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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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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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Girl, 16, who tried to travel to Syria must be removed from her home

High court rules schoolgirl from east London should be taken away from deceitful parents and a household full of Islamic State propaganda Mr Justice Hayden, sitting in London, said: I can see no way in which her psychological, emotional and intellectual integrity can be protected by her remaining in this household. Press Association, Friday 21 … Continue reading Girl, 16, who tried to travel to Syria must be removed from her home

January 28, 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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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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