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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
The methods used in Coercive Control can be used in Cultic Abuse to subjugate and control victims. Such recognised methods could become the basis of criminal legislation against Cultic Abuse [Open Minds]. The New York Times, By Abby Ellin, July 11, 2016 Lisa Fontes’s ex-boyfriend never punched her, or pulled her hair. But he hacked into her … Continue reading With Coercive Control, the Abuse Is Psychological
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
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
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?
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
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
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
…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
…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