Journalist Sarah Berman brings her signature gimlet eye and impeccable reporting to the story of the NXIVM women in Don’t Call It a Cult, a chilling true crime account.
Convicted in 2019 of federal crimes including sex trafficking, sexual exploitation of a child, and conspiracy to commit forced labor, Keith Raniere’s shocking abuses of the women who devoted themselves to him made headlines. Sensational stories exposed the links between the Seagrams heirs, a Smallville actress, and a toxic
Before we get into the details of the book, let's have a look at two significant and influential events that are discussed in it.
Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO): The People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran is a militant left-wing Islamic political organization. The Mojahedin Organization was founded on September 6, 1965, under the leadership of Mohammad Hanifnejad, Saeed Mohsen, and Abdolreza Nikobin, and initiated military action against the Pahlavi dynasty soon after.
Some members, led
A former cult member and a leading researcher on cults and mind control, Steven Hassan has been actively defending the freedom of mind for decades. His influential work has brought immense relief to innumerable individuals and families across the globe who fell victim to cults and mind control.
His book titled FREEDOM OF MIND; Helping Loved Ones Leave Controlling People, Cults and Beliefs includes 13 chapters where Hassan explains his novel approach called SIA (Strategic Interactive
By Nigel Inkster
In March 2019, 51 people were shot dead in Christchurch, New Zealand, in a live-streamed terrorist attack perpetrated by a white supremacist. Seven months later, a neo-Nazi murdered two people outside a synagogue in Halle, Germany with 3-D printed guns in his arsenal; he, too, live-streamed his attack.
New technologies bring with them both risks and opportunities for the modern world. New and emerging tech and innovation, including AI, the Internet of Things and robotics, have
Though we may wish it were otherwise, Islamist extremism is today the world’s most potent revolutionary political force. It has transmuted in recent decades, but is a tenacious ideology and shows no sign of going away.
Most books on jihadism focus on what militant groups do, as well as the history of jihadism and the political context in which it evolved. By contrast “Salafi-Jihadism”, by Shiraz Maher of King’s College London, stands out as an excellent and original account of what jihadists
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One of the many unnamed intelligence officials quoted in Chris Woods’s Sudden Justice: America’s Secret Drone Wars declares that the drone is “the most precise weapon in the history of warfare.” It is a claim that’s repeated throughout the book. For General David Deptula, who oversaw the Air Force drone program in its early years, this aerial tool represents a radical departure from “the industrial age of warfare,” when pilots would simply drop thousands of
‘An Enemy We Created’ is a useful addition to the body of work on the current conflict in Afghanistan. Whilst its stated aim is to break the myth of a symbiotic relationship between the Afghan Taliban and Al-Qaeda, the book also has wider resonance. Through the preparatory work for the book several significant texts have been translated from Arabic in to English and the authors usefully add clarity for Western audiences regarding the differences between radical Islamist jihadists and the
Phil Gurski served for more than 30 years as an analyst in the Canadian intelligence community, both in the RCMP and CSIS. He certainly is well qualified to express experienced and insightful views. The author is careful to note that all sources used in the book are public, so any potential reader looking for ‘new’ or ‘secret’ revelations may be disappointed, but should read the book anyway for its real value.
This well-annotated book is divided into 6 – actually 7 sections. Each section has
Australia, Canada and Iraq: Perspectives on an Invasion is a series of essays that examines the 2001 Invasion of Iraq by the United States and its allies, why Australia joined the Coalition and why Canada did not. The Editors are Ramesh Thakur and Jack Cunningham two noted academics, who both address the topic with great credibility. Given the authors’ backgrounds it is not surprising the book is critical of the Bush administration and its Iraq policy. Thakur is a former United Nations
Research on the insurgency and the appearance of local jihadist groups within the North Caucasus after the dissolution of the Soviet Union has been dominated by studies of the uneasy history of Islam under Russian rule, the oppressive post-colonial political rhetoric in handling insurgencies, Chechen wars in the 1990s, and the Russian militaristic counterterrorism approach.
Many studies are devoted to Islamic revival, the spread of radical Islam, Russian war crimes, and human rights violations
Cult thinking is not something out there—a rare affliction that infects a few people on the margin of society—but a disturbing phenomenon that most of us have experienced in some degree. In Them and Us: Cult Thinking and the Terrorist Threat, author and psychiatrist Arthur Deikman shows the connection between classic cult manipulation and the milder forms of group pressure that can be found in even the most staid organizations—churches and schools, mainstream political movements and corporate
No matter who wins the U.S. election in November, Americans can be sure their new leader will try to solve the problems of the Middle East by dropping a lot of bombs. Hillary Clinton is an avowed hawk: she backed the 2003 invasion of Iraq, orchestrated the 2011 Western intervention in Libya and intends to increase the bombing of ISIS. Donald Trump’s rhetoric is more bellicose, but much of his stated policy is quite similar to Clinton’s. Trump supported the wars in Iraq and Libya (although he
New Book "Cults Inside Out: How People Get In and Can Get Out"
How do individuals get involved with cults in the first place, and what steps can be taken to “deprogram” and heal those who have been drawn into these damaging groups? These questions and more are addressed in Cults Inside Out, written by well-known cult expert Rick Alan Ross. Over the course of three decades, Ross has participated in about 500 cult interventions, provided expert court testimony, and performed cult-related work
Cults in Our Midst: The Hidden Menace in Our Everyday Lives is a nonfiction psychology book on cults, by Margaret Singer and Janja Lalich, Ph.D., with a foreword by Robert Jay Lifton. A second edition of the book without Lalich as co-author was published in paperback form by John Wiley & Sons, in 2003, with a new title  shortly before Dr. Singer's death.
Margaret Singer, the author of “Cults in our Midst”, was never in a cult but she demonstrates a remarkable understanding of how cults
By 2011 and eruption of war in Syria, the very first blossoms of the terrorism seeds finally raised. The very first outcome for the supporters and founders of terrorist groups was suppression of a great ally of Islamic resistance and a key role of the region and also it was an opportunity for the supporters of terrorism to establish a foothold on the heart of the middle east. This situation was a great opportunity for the narrators to narrate the story, the way they like it to be. The