Mapping the Cult Landscape with a New Lexicon

Why Words Matter: An Activist/Campaigner’s Perspective ICSA Conference 2019, Manchester, UK Presentation by Anne Khodabandeh Over the past forty years many things have changed in the field of cults. For an activist and campaigner, it is important to periodically create a new map to explain the changed cult landscape and to think how we can … Continue reading Mapping the Cult Landscape with a New Lexicon

July 9, 2019
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Shamima Begum was the victim of a cult – she needs help

“the teenager showed all the signs during her recent interviews of having been under cultic influence. Her head was tilted down, she used monotone speech conveying no emotion and her manner was detached and cold.”

March 11, 2019
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Radicalisation Awareness: An Opportunity to Criminalise Cultic Abuse

Presentation at the ICSA Conference, Bordeaux, July 2017 – Theme of Conference: Cultic Dynamics and Radicalization. Radicalisation Awareness: An Opportunity to Criminalise Cultic Abuse By Anne Khodabandeh (Bio can be found here – in alphabetical order) I am not a researcher or academic or legal expert. Instead I am an expert in activism, campaigning and … Continue reading Radicalisation Awareness: An Opportunity to Criminalise Cultic Abuse

July 8, 2017
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Following new stalking protections we need to tackle cultic abuse

Anyone who has suffered the fear and helplessness of being stalked will welcome Home Secretary Amber Rudd’s stalking prevention orders. Along with laws to protect against coercive control, grooming for sex and modern slavery, it is gratifying to see that the psychological element in exploitative and damaging relationships is at last being recognised. But there … Continue reading Following new stalking protections we need to tackle cultic abuse

December 12, 2016
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Study of CEGEP students shows vulnerabilities to violent radicalization

[This is an interesting study which comes close to identifying how people can become susceptible to cultic abuse. That is, the way that cults and violent extremist groups target susceptible people and use deceptive recruitment techniques followed by various stages of psychological manipulation in order to enthral and enslave followers. Open Minds Ed] Catherine Solyom, Montreal … Continue reading Study of CEGEP students shows vulnerabilities to violent radicalization

November 2, 2016
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Far-right Combat 18 in ‘secret plan to recruit Birmingham teachers’

Birmingham Mail, 2 July 2016 BY MIKE LOCKLEY Ex-member Nigel Bromage claims feared group targeting ‘people with influence’ after Brexit … A FORMER leading light in the violent world of neo-Nazism has revealed a plot to recruit Birmingham and West Midlands teachers to the far-right. Nigel Bromage has documents from ultra-right wing group Combat 18 … Continue reading Far-right Combat 18 in ‘secret plan to recruit Birmingham teachers’

September 29, 2016
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The trap: Cult thinking and conflict in the Middle East

The notion of ‘cult behaviour’ can explain the persistent cycle of violence in the Middle East. John Bell, Al Jazeera, July 28, 2014:  In mid-June, I wrote an article about the attachment to identity in the Middle East and its deadliness in our times. Since then, a caliphate was announced from Aleppo to Tikrit, the … Continue reading The trap: Cult thinking and conflict in the Middle East

July 26, 2016
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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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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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