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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Education and Workshops

Open Minds provides bespoke training and workshops for all staff from senior leaders and managers to front-line staff and practitioners. Training for the implementation of the Prevent Duty will be undertaken in collaboration with Cosain Consulting Ltd. An extended education course on cultic abuse and terrorism to train Prevent trainers is available on request. This … Continue reading Education and Workshops

January 10, 2016
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Conferences and Speakers

Open Minds offers an inspiring and engaging presentation which explains the methodology behind radicalisation and how this can take hold of susceptible individuals no matter what their background. The presentation can be used as a stand-alone to provide an overview of what frontline staff training would involve. It would also slot into a wider institutional … Continue reading Conferences and Speakers

January 10, 2016
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Consultancy and Advocacy

Open Minds is dedicated to helping organisations and individuals gain knowledge and implement long-term solutions that counter the radicalisation which can lead to extremism and terrorism. This is not limited to the public sector. Open Minds offers consultancy to any organisation which is concerned with the threat of radicalisation. This would be of interest to … Continue reading Consultancy and Advocacy

January 10, 2016
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Schoolgirl jihadis: the female Islamists leaving home to join Isis fighters

The el-Bathy family is now taking legal action for their daughters kidnap, believing that while Nora went to Syria of her own free will, she had been brainwashed by extremists. Their lawyer, Guy Gunoun, told journalists that her recruitment and disappearance appeared to have been well planned. Its obvious shes been taken in hand by … Continue reading Schoolgirl jihadis: the female Islamists leaving home to join Isis fighters

January 3, 2016
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