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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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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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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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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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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