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Old 09-26-2014   #161
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Default Depression, Vulnerability and Resistance to Violent Radicalisation

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Young British Muslims whose families have lived in the UK for generations are more at risk of radicalisation than recent migrants to Britain, according to new research which reveals the common characteristics of those most vulnerable to recruitment by terrorists.

Suffering from depression, being financially comfortable and being socially isolated were also common factors amongst those sympathising with terrorism, the University of London study found.
The author is Professor Kamaldeep Bhui, lead author of the study and professor of cultural psychiatry and epidemiology at Queen Mary University of London said:
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The relationship between radicalisation and mental health is complex but we now know depression, alongside poor social networks and isolation, does play a role in vulnerability to radicalisation.
Link to newspaper report:http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk...d-9754062.html

This C4 News (TV) report has a little more information:http://www.channel4.com/news/islamic...di-uk-research

Finally found the actual research paper 'Might Depression, Psychosocial Adversity, and Limited Social Assets Explain Vulnerability to and Resistance against Violent Radicalisation?' on an open access e-journal:http://www.plosone.org/article/info%...l.pone.0105918
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Default The psychology of violent extremism - digested

A short article with links to the areas covered:http://digest.bps.org.uk/2014/10/the...extremism.html
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Default Self Determination revisited

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A short article with links to the areas covered:http://digest.bps.org.uk/2014/10/the...extremism.html
Certainly interesting. As I read history, this process is not limited to a small group of close friends. Whole nations can and have made a "Risky Shift". Germany, Cambodia, Rwanda, and others. At large scales, these shifts look very much like self-determination.

Here's the question: If self determination leads to a nation or people bent on world conquest or tribal slaughter, must that self-determination be respected?

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Certainly interesting. As I read history, this process is not limited to a small group of close friends. Whole nations can and have made a "Risky Shift". Germany, Cambodia, Rwanda, and others. At large scales, these shifts look very much like self-determination.

Here's the question: If self determination leads to a nation or people bent on world conquest or tribal slaughter, must that self-determination be respected?
Your question, if worded differently, regularly appears here on SWC. I recall discussions over R2P (Right to Protect) and Mass Atrocities (usually with an African setting). Rwanda crops up too IIRC.

The world remains imperfect, but there is some form of concensus that genocide should be responded to - Darfur comes to mind and the LRA's longterm campaign of murder plus. It is a political decision of course, as non-state responses are rarely, if ever, effective.

Respecting 'self-determination' now that is a question that Bill C. often raises, usually on SWJ, about the American wish to pursue its own values beyond its shores: free trade, markets, democracy etc.
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Default The Danish way to deradicalise

A lengthy article in The Guardian, on the city of Aarhus programme. Citing an academic psychologist
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Look: these are young people struggling with pretty much the same issues as any others – getting a grip on their lives, making sense of things, finding a meaningful place in society. We have to say: provided you have done nothing criminal, we will help you to find a way back.

(Citing a local police officer) What’s easyis to pass tough new laws. Harder is to go through a real process with individuals: a panel of experts, counselling, healthcare, assistance getting back into education, with employment, maybe accommodation. With returning to everyday life and society. We don’t do this out of political conviction; we do it because we think it works.
Link:http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...ria?CMP=twt_gu

Added. A short three minute BBC News report:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30045214
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Default Learning from Germany

A three part, superb Der Spiegel article:http://www.spiegel.de/international/...a-1003468.html

The actual title is: The Jihad Cult: Why Young Germans Are Answering Call to Holy War.

Full of good quotes on how to understand why.
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Default Who to Call When Your Kid Wages Jihad

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Parents in The Netherlands worried their boys and girls will join the ranks of ISIS now have a place to call.
Link:http://www.thedailybeast.com/article...es-jihad.html?

A nice, simple step - a hotline for help. Sadly it took till 2015 to arrive.
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Default The role of Islam in radicalisation is grossly overestimated

An Australian academic's contributution, which is entitled as above and sub-titled:
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There is no empirical evidence that religion and ideology are primary motivators for violent extremism. Radicalisation is a social issue
Link:http://www.theguardian.com/commentis...-overestimated

It is a very good contribution IMHO.
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A useful contribution via WoTR by Lorenzo Vidrino, a European SME, which will be copied to the Paris attacks thread too: 'Wrong assumptions, integration, responsibility and counterterrorism in France':http://warontherocks.com/2015/01/wro.../?singlepage=1

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On the other side, the rhetoric (particularly in some quarters of the U.S. debate) about the French suburbs (banlieues) often populated by large minority communities) is largely exaggerated. It is undeniable that areas like Les Minguettes in Venissieux (Lyon) or Clichy sous Bois (outside of Paris) are not exactly St. Tropez or central Paris. But they are not the lawless and squalid “no-go” zones they are often made out to be. In fact, based on crime rates, health care, education, and public transportation, the banlieues are actually significantly better off than neglected cities and communities in the United States.
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