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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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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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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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Library of Congress

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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