A new article of mine was published today at openDemocracy,"The Rapid Evolution of Al-Shabab's Media and Insurgent 'Journalism' ". It examines the evolution of the media output by the Somali insurgent movement Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahideen (Movement of the Mujahideen/Warrior-Youth) from 2007 to today. Their media has progressed rapidly and the movement's media arm currently produces extremely high quality propaganda materials.
The article abstract reads:
"The evolution of Al-Shabab’s media arm provides a window into the group’s overall maturation as an insurgent movement that has endorsed key elements of Al-Qaeda Central’s ideology while still focusing primarily on waging a domestic insurgency inside Somalia."
Read the rest of the article at openDemocracy.