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The Way to Unhappiness - seduction into toxic groups and relationships, part I - an excerpt from Opening Minds

Explaining Undue Influence

Cults / Sects Extremism - religious or political Domestic Violence Radicalisation Terrorism Scams / Fraud Totalist / Totalitarianism Abuse / Child Abuse

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The Chibok Bride's Regrets

News (International)

Extremism - religious or political Radicalisation Terrorism

Most of us have already heard about ‘Boko Haram,’ and know about the kidnapping of the Chibok schoolgirls and their subsequent dramatic release. Now, that these girls are returning home, we realize that there is more here than just the kidnapping of schoolgirls and their forcible marriage to radicalized militants.

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Separating Out Overlapping Undue Influences

Explaining Undue Influence

Cults / Sects Extremism - religious or political Radicalisation Terrorism Totalist / Totalitarianism General Influence

Editor's Note: While we at OMF value all free expression of opinion, the views expressed by our guest bloggers are their own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of OMF, its board members, or trustees.

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France investigating minors in ISIS execution video…

News (International)

Radicalisation Terrorism

A 14-minute video released by ISIS recently is alleged to show two French children participating in the killing of Syrian prisoners. It has been claimed that the two French-speaking children participated in the execution of the prisoners who were shown kneeling in a forest and who ISIS purported were a…

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Are we more fearful than the evidence sanctions?

Opinions

Terrorism

A recent article on the Council on Foreign Relations website assessed the current landscape of fear in the US, analysing it against real-time statistics on the areas of greatest risk. It proposed that perhaps, the culture of fear that is established in relation to the current threat from ISIS is…

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Case study: my journey into hell. Taking my four-year-old to join ISIS

Personal Experiences

Radicalisation Terrorism

In an interview with The Guardian, Sophie Kasiki* reveals her journey to join ISIS in Raqqa and her subsequent escape…

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British Government launches information website to help tackle extremism

News (International)

Radicalisation Terrorism

England’s Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has this week launched a new website 'educate against hate' as part of the drive to help stamp out extremism in the UK. Complete with sections for parents, teachers and schools, the information based website is designed to help explain and tackle the problem of…

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Dial I for ISIS

News (International)

Extremism - religious or political Radicalisation Terrorism

Back in November, when the world was shocked as a group of militant youth brutally murdered 130 people in Paris, many people found themselves asking: what kind of person would do such a horrible thing? Who are these people who are doing this?

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