Journey to Jihad – Why are teenagers joining ISIS?

[This article goes beyond blaming radical ideas and gets close to identifying the methodology of brainwashing used in terrorist recruitment and training.] Belkacem ran an intensive twenty-four-week program of ideological training. He began by declaring that the world was divided into two groups: Muslims and non-Muslims. In mainstream mosques, nuance and interpretive religious scholarship are … Continue reading Journey to Jihad – Why are teenagers joining ISIS?

January 2, 2016
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Cult Leader Will Tell Congress: Fight ISIS by Regime Change in Iran

The MEKs story is a tragic one of sustained failure, of being massacred and massacring, of being abused and abusing its own people, of terrorizing and being terrorized, and of a constantly morphing politics consistent only in its oddness and toxicity. That story needs to be heard, but as a cautionary tale, not as expert … Continue reading Cult Leader Will Tell Congress: Fight ISIS by Regime Change in Iran

January 2, 2016
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The Empathy Trap – How To Recognise And Understand Sociopathic Behaviour

The empathy trap: therapists and counsellors almost by definition are empathic, to facilitate clients’ recovery ?- but this quality can mean those carers are targets for sociopaths, aided by what Dr Jane?&?Tim McGregor call apaths. The first UK article on this cruel sport shows how to identify and thus avoid it. The Empathy Trap – … Continue reading The Empathy Trap – How To Recognise And Understand Sociopathic Behaviour

January 2, 2016
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15 Narcissistic Religious Abuse Tactics

A narcissist uses their religious belief to manipulate, control and dominate you through fear. They systematically take the life out of your faith and replace themselves in the center. It doesnt matter the religion. Major organizations such as Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, and Jewish or even minor sects such as Mormon, Taoism, Confucianism, New Age, … Continue reading 15 Narcissistic Religious Abuse Tactics

January 2, 2016
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The Sociology and Psychology of Terrorism: Who becomes a terrorist and why

The Library of Congress The Sociology and Psychology of Terrorism: Who becomes a terrorist and why September 1999 INTRODUCTION Why do some individuals decide to break with society and embark on a career in terrorism? Do terrorists share common traits or characteristics? Is there a terrorist personality or profile? Can a terrorist profile be developed … Continue reading The Sociology and Psychology of Terrorism: Who becomes a terrorist and why

December 31, 2015
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Welcome to Open Minds

With nearly forty years of research and experience as activists, campaigners, writers and practitioners, Open Minds is a leading authority on cultic abuse and terrorism. Providing training and support for front-line staff to identify and report possible radicalisation under the Prevent Duty. This programme will provide information about how violent extremist and terrorist groups recruit … Continue reading Welcome to Open Minds

December 26, 2015
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Cultic Abuse

Understanding Radicalisation as Cultic Abuse to Support Detection and Prevention The precise, narrow definition of what is meant by Cultic Abuse: Cultic Abuse occurs when an ideology or belief system is used alongside the systematic and sustained application of an array of recognised techniques for psychological manipulation without the knowledge or informed consent of the victim … Continue reading Cultic Abuse

December 24, 2015
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Education, Implementation, Speakers

Open Minds acts as a consultancy for Prevent and Challenge. Provides speakers for Prevent related events and conferences. Tailored workshops to help organisations gain knowledge of the Prevent Duty and how they can implement specific, long-term strategies that counter all types of violent extremism and terrorism at staff level.  

December 24, 2015
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