From Attraction to Action — How Young People Are Radicalized

Anne Khodabandeh “…To our eyes, the overt horror of terrorism and extremist violence appears a crude instrument. But recruiters are involved in a highly sophisticated game of mind control which we ignore at our peril. If we don’t take seriously the methodology behind the bloodied images, then we will continue to allow our young people … Continue reading From Attraction to Action — How Young People Are Radicalized

May 26, 2016
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The emotional tipping point between religion and cult

Pierre Le Coz “…The aim of a religion is not to change its member’s ordinary life. The realistic moderation of its ambitions explains why religion does not need to use artifices of manipulation. The admission in a cult is much more costly because it requires a conversion, a rupture with others and oneself. The leader … Continue reading The emotional tipping point between religion and cult

May 21, 2016
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Anne Khodabandeh (Singleton)

Letter to The Guardian – Pros and cons of the Prevent strategy

The NUT’s vote to reject the Home Office’s Prevent strategy is disappointing. It would be a disaster if the fallout from weak and incoherent training is allowed to blight the future of the Prevent duty… Anne Khodabandeh, Guardian Letters, March 29, 2016… As an ordinary Leeds lass who spent two decades embroiled in a foreign … Continue reading Letter to The Guardian – Pros and cons of the Prevent strategy

April 11, 2016
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Kathleen Taylor Brainwashing author

Thought crime

‘Brainwashing’ is routinely invoked to explain atrocities,  but what does it really mean? Kathleen Taylor, The Guardian, October 8, 2005… Three months ago, on July 7, London suffered its 9/11. An attack on the capital had long been predicted and, mercifully, far fewer people were killed than in the Twin Towers. But that was no consolation … Continue reading Thought crime

March 30, 2016
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Fueling Terror: How Extremists Are Made

Fueling Terror: How Extremists Are Made

The psychology of group dynamics goes a long way toward explaining what drives ordinary people toward radicalism S. Alexander Haslam and Stephen D. Reicher Scientific America, March 25, 2016… Understanding Co-radicalization Although we may think of terrorists as sadists and psychopaths, social psychology suggests they are mostly ordinary people, driven by group dynamics to do … Continue reading Fueling Terror: How Extremists Are Made

March 27, 2016
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Could a Toll-Free Number Have Saved Brussels?

All the surveillance and intelligence gathering in the world won’t matter if you can’t stop people from becoming terrorists in the first place. By Julia Ioffe, March 24, 2016, Foreign Policy… Edit Schlaffer has been in Brussels this week for the graduation ceremony of one of her Mothers Schools, a network of seminars to train … Continue reading Could a Toll-Free Number Have Saved Brussels?

March 27, 2016
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With nearly forty years of research and experience as activists, campaigners, writers and practitioners, Open Minds is established as the country’s leading authority on cultic abuse and terrorism. While fear focuses on the very real threat that terrorism poses to the lives of so many people worldwide, the methodology behind this frightening phenomenon is little … Continue reading About Us

March 24, 2016
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Steven Hassan

ISIS Is a Cult That Uses Terrorism: A Fresh New Strategy

By Steven Hassan, The World Post, October 17, 2014… Who is drawn to join violent terrorist groups and why? Could it be the violence itself? Last week The New York Times suggested that the group calling itself Islamic State has adopted a ‘cult of sadism’ — using its brutal images of rapes, crucifixions and beheadings … Continue reading ISIS Is a Cult That Uses Terrorism: A Fresh New Strategy

February 23, 2016
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Abigail Clay

Why improving understanding and increasing confidence among education professionals can help prevent young people from falling victim to radicalisation

Abigail Clay, Telegraph and Argus, February 10, 2016… There are few, if any, who would dispute the fact that radicalisation of young people is a form of abuse. But those who work in safeguarding could be tackling this more effectively by recognising a disturbing but overlooked facet of this challenging issue. Let us first question … Continue reading Why improving understanding and increasing confidence among education professionals can help prevent young people from falling victim to radicalisation

February 11, 2016
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Anne Khodabandeh (Singleton)

Deceptive Recruitment – from Canada to Colorado

By Anne Khodabandeh, Iranian.com, February 9, 2016… A father from Aurora, Colorado managed a last minute rescue of his daughter and two other girls from the nightmare of travelling to Syria. He said hed had no previous indication that she had been radicalised, but that his intuition kicked in when he discovered that her passport … Continue reading Deceptive Recruitment – from Canada to Colorado

February 10, 2016
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