Oct 29, 2020

CultNEWS101 Articles: 10/29/2020

NXIVM, Siddha Yoga, People of Praise, Golden Dawn, Greece, Legal 

I understand how good it feels to find a teacher who sees you.

"I'm holding back the urge to scream "Wake up!" at Alison Mack, an actor involved in NXIVM (pronounced "Nixium"), the cult depicted in HBO's documentary series "The Vow."

I grip the round seam of the sofa cushion while watching her meet her creepy guru, Keith Raniere, for the first time. She cries as he reflects back to her the way she condemns herself by limiting her feelings of bliss to art.

It's obvious to viewers that he's seducing her, but I also understand, from my psychotherapy training, that he is mirroring her, a process in which the therapist reflects something back to the client that the client hasn't been able to articulate. The stark relief of being seen is intensely powerful; it is the fulfillment of a need the client didn't know existed but had been missing all along. 

I also understand how good it feels to find a teacher who sees you. In the 1990s, I was accepted as a full-time sevite — a staff member who does selfless service — in exchange for room and board at the Siddha Yoga ashram in the Catskills."

"The Canadian starlet revealed in newly unsealed court documents that she was Nxivm leader Keith Raniere's "partner" for 10 years.

In a letter to a Brooklyn federal judge ahead of Raniere's sentencing for running a master-slave group within the upstate organization, Clyne argued that it was "absurd" to say it "was created for Keith to have sex partners" — and she should know.

"I find this idea completely absurd and even offensive — as a woman and a partner of Keith's for over a decade," Clyne wrote in a letter of support for Raniere unsealed Tuesday [10/20/2020] in Brooklyn federal court.

"I have never known Keith to want intimacy with someone who doesn't want it, and it's a ridiculous notion to think he would have gone to all that trouble for sex."

Clyne's letter was one of dozens written by former students and supporters ahead of his sentencing for sex-trafficking and other charges next week.

The 37-year-old actress has previously been identified by federal prosecutors as having been a part of Raniere's "inner circle" or "first-line masters" in the secret group, called DOS — along with her wife, former "Smallville" star Allison Mack.

Mack, purportedly Raniere's right-hand woman in DOS, has herself pleaded guilty to racketeering and conspiracy charges, including extortion and forced labor."

The Guardian: Revealed: ex-members of Amy Coney Barrett faith group tell of trauma and sexual abuse
"People of Praise hire lawyers to investigate historical sexual abuse allegations as former members speak of 'emotional torment'

Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the supreme court has prompted former members of her secretive faith group, the People of Praise, to come forward and share stories about emotional trauma and – in at least one case – sexual abuse they claim to have suffered at the hands of members of the Christian group.

In the wake of the allegations, the Guardian has learned that the charismatic Christian organization, which is based in Indiana, has hired the law firm of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan to conduct an "independent investigation" into sexual abuse claims on behalf of People of Praise.

The historic sexual abuse allegations and claims of emotional trauma do not pertain specifically to Barrett, who has been a lifelong member of the charismatic group, or her family."

" ... Legal experts note role female lawyers took in confronting far-right party's violent tactics

The dark episode of Golden Dawn – its meteoric rise from being a fringe movement 40 years ago to Greece's third-biggest party on the back of protest votes over EU-dictated austerity – has raised disquieting questions.

When historians look back they will also see a nation whose political class was inexcusably slow in dealing with the rightwing menace and a society whose silence was deafening. A police force whose complicity enabled the extremists to act with impunity – until their murder of a popular anti-fascist Greek hip-hop artist, Pavlos Fyssas, provoked a backlash that was impossible to ignore – has already been illuminated by the trial. Officers who sympathised with the group, covering up attacks on leftists, migrants and refugees and the LGBTQ community, were among the hearing's 68 defendants.

Instead, it took the justice system, viewed as one of the country's few meritocratic institutions, to confront the party's violent tactics and thuggish behaviour."

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