Sixteen year old who attempted to reach Syria removed from parents care

Radicalising materials found at home Family Law Week, 31 August 2015 Mr Justice Hayden has ordered that a 16 year old girl who had attempted to travel to Syria in order to join Islamic State should be removed from her parents’ care. Mr Justice Hayden, determining the application in London Borough of Tower Hamlets v … Continue reading Sixteen year old who attempted to reach Syria removed from parents care

January 28, 2016
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The Islamic State’s Territorial Methodology

In this new study, jihadi expert Aaron Y. Zelin provides a framework for understanding how the Islamic State goes from no control to full consolidation of control in a particular area. Three case studies show how this framework plays out …   The Islamic State’s Territorial Methodology: Policy Analysis By Aaron Y. Zelin, The Washington … Continue reading The Islamic State’s Territorial Methodology

January 22, 2016
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Anne Khodabandeh (Singleton)

Brainwashing? There should be a law against it

…In the modern vernacular, the term brainwashing is used by ordinary people exactly to describe an unaccountable change of mind and/or personality in an otherwise normal person. Bewildered families of young people travelling to Syria say their children have been brainwashed. The government needs to catch up with scientific and social understanding of this phenomenon … Continue reading Brainwashing? There should be a law against it

January 21, 2016
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The psychology behind religious belief

…Reisss theory of what attracts people to religion is based on his research in the 1990s on motivation. He and his colleagues surveyed thousands of people and asked them to rate the degree to which they embraced hundreds of different possible goals. In the end, the researchers identified 16 basic desires that we all share: … Continue reading The psychology behind religious belief

January 16, 2016
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More Islamic State defectors speaking out – report

…The report suggests that stories of disillusionment could help to discourage new recruits. “The defectors provide unique insight into life in the Islamic State,” it says. “But their stories can also be used as a potentially powerful tool in the fight against it. The defectors’ very existence shatters the image of unity and determination that … Continue reading More Islamic State defectors speaking out – report

January 16, 2016
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Why my fascination with ‘jihadi brides’ hits close to home

…I prided myself on the belief I’d never be duped by that kind of flattery or attention. But I can’t help wondering if the real reason I’m so fascinated by the stories of these teenaged jihadi brides bestowed with texts and affection, is that, deep down, I worry it could have been me… By Tamar … Continue reading Why my fascination with ‘jihadi brides’ hits close to home

January 16, 2016
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How does a ‘normal student’ like Seifeddine Rezgui turn into a cold-blooded murderer?

The Tunisia gunman was an ordinary boy who loved breakdancing and Real Madrid. So how was he induced to massacre innocent people? By Prof Ian Robertson – The Telegraph, 30 Jun 2015… The father of Tunisian gunman Seifeddine Rezgui said on Sunday that Islamist extremists had ruined my sons brain with horrid thoughts and ideas, … Continue reading How does a ‘normal student’ like Seifeddine Rezgui turn into a cold-blooded murderer?

January 16, 2016
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Recruits a useful tool in fighting Islamic State cult

“…But as the government considers stripping citizenship from Australian terrorists to prevent their return, Mr Aron said the government should make a distinction between the hardcore leaders, such as Islamic State recruiter Khaled Sharrouf, and youth such as reclusive Melbourne schoolboy Jake Bilardi who was recruited as a suicide bomber…” Recruits a useful tool in … Continue reading Recruits a useful tool in fighting Islamic State cult

January 10, 2016
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Criteria for Recognizing a Religious Sect as a Cult

[A good article for explaining why the expression ‘cultic abuse’ is more useful than labelling a group as a cult. It is what happens to an individual in relation to a manipulator which defines the abuse. Cultic abuse can happen in any organisation…] Criteria for Recognizing a Religious Sect as a Cult May 21, 2015 … Continue reading Criteria for Recognizing a Religious Sect as a Cult

January 10, 2016
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Our Approach

Our approach has developed from a unique and in-depth knowledge of how terrorist groups recruit, maintain and further radicalise members, changing them from ordinary citizens into people prepared to die and kill for an idea. Open Minds shows how using the ideologically neutral model of cultic abuse as a guide to understanding, recognising and reporting … Continue reading Our Approach

January 10, 2016
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