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
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
By Anne Khodabandeh, Iranian.com, February 9, 2016… A father from Aurora, Colorado managed a last minute rescue of his daughter and two other girls from the nightmare of travelling to Syria. He said hed had no previous indication that she had been radicalised, but that his intuition kicked in when he discovered that her passport … Continue reading Deceptive Recruitment – from Canada to Colorado
Tony Kovaleski, February 5, 2016… PART 1: ISIS recruits teens from across the globe AURORA – A Colorado father has broken his silence, more than a year after his teenage daughter and two friends boarded a plane to the middle east intending to join ISIS. In an exclusive interview with Denver7 Investigator Tony Kovaleski, the … Continue reading Aurora dad exclusively tells Denver7 how ISIS lured his daughter through social media
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
…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
…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
The Tunisia gunman was an ordinary boy who loved breakdancing and Real Madrid. So how was he induced to massacre innocent people? By Prof Ian Robertson – The Telegraph, 30 Jun 2015… The father of Tunisian gunman Seifeddine Rezgui said on Sunday that Islamist extremists had ruined my sons brain with horrid thoughts and ideas, … Continue reading How does a ‘normal student’ like Seifeddine Rezgui turn into a cold-blooded murderer?