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Courts Are Rarely Kind to ‘Brainwashed’ Victims

Months ahead of the NXIVM sex-trafficking trial, we take a look at how juries react to cults.
Sarah Berman
7.9.18
The VICE Guide to Right Now

Russians Think Fidget Spinners Are the New Opiate of the Masses

Spinners are likely a "form of hypnosis" being used to "zombify" people, according to a Russian news report.
River Donaghey
7.19.17
Inside Outsider

Why Does Radical Islam Appeal to So Many Young Men?

After the San Bernardino shootings and the tragic terrorist attacks in Paris, I asked some of my friends, who have dabbled in extremism, what the draw is for so many young muslims.
Mahmood Fazal
3.2.16
Stuff

How Spreading the Word of God Made Me Lose My Own Faith

If you think starting college is hard, try doing it as a 17-year-old virgin going through a breakup, spending your freshmen orientation week trying to get strangers to come to Jesus.
Mat Drogemuller
2.25.16
Stuff

This Is How Cults Work

Ian Haworth, an ex-cult member, has been running the Cult Information Center since 1987. I caught up with him recently to get an insight into how a modern day cult operates.
Daniel Dylan Wray
12.16.14
News

A Former MEK Member Talks About the Extremist Iranian 'Cult'

"I remember a guy who said, 'My brother works in the Iranian embassy in London. Before I loved him as my brother, now I hate him as my enemy. I am ready to kill him tomorrow, if necessary.' And everyone applauded."
Adam Forrest
9.2.14
Stuff

Scientology's "Celebrity" Magazine Will Make Me Famous

All this time I’d been relying on my incredible talent, my very white teeth, banging the right people, and just a little bit of luck, and now I know the real reason why I’m not yet mega-famous.
C. Casey
5.24.12