Feb 1, 2024

CultNEWS101 Articles: 2/1/2024 (Legal, Kenya, Good News International Church, Meditation, Wellness Programs, Adnan Oktar, Turkey, Sexual Abuse, IndoctriNation Podcast, MindShift Podcast)

Legal, Kenya, Good News International Church, Meditation, Wellness Programs, Adnan Oktar, Turkey, Sexual Abuse, IndoctriNation Podcast, MindShift Podcast

The Guardian: Kenya death cult leader charged after hundreds found dead in forest
"A Kenyan court has charged a cult leader and dozens of suspected accomplices with manslaughter over the deaths of more than 200 people.

Self-proclaimed pastor Paul Nthenge Mackenzie and 94 other suspects, including his wife, pleaded not guilty to 238 counts of manslaughter, according to court documents seen by AFP.

Mackenzie, who was last week also charged with terrorism, is alleged to have incited his acolytes to starve to death in order to "meet Jesus" in a case that provoked horror across the world.

He was arrested last April after bodies were discovered in the Shakahola forest near the Indian Ocean. Autopsies revealed that the majority of the 429 victims had died of hunger. Others, including children, appeared to have been strangled, beaten or suffocated.

The 238 victims mentioned in Tuesday's hearing were killed between January 2021 and September 2023 at Shakahola, court documents said."

Financial Post: Work wellness programs have zero mental health benefits, study says
"Employers sinking money into workplace wellness programs such as mindfulness training, on-site massages and meditation apps might want to think again because new research suggests the programs do absolutely nothing to buoy mental health.

People who take part in well-being programs aimed at teaching them how to firm up their mental health get zero benefits when compared to employees who don't participate, according to an Oxford University study of more than 46,000 British employees at over 200 companies. The research, released Jan. 10, examined how workers' well-being fared after participating — or not — in programs ranging from volunteering and charity work to mindfulness classes to apps promoting well-being and healthy sleep habits.

Oxford researcher William Fleming then compiled data from employees across a wide range of industries and positions who had anonymously answered survey questions about their stress levels, job satisfaction and sense of belonging, among other indicators. "Across multiple subjective well-being indicators, participants appear no better off," Fleming said in the report. "Results show that those who participate in individual-level interventions have the same levels of mental well-being as those who do not."

The findings are the exact opposite of a narrative that has helped fuel the adoption of workplace wellness initiatives in the United Kingdom, Canada and beyond. "It's a fairly controversial finding, that these very popular programs were not effective," Fleming said in the New York Times."

Duvar English: Turkish court reveals former justice minister linked to notorious cult leader Adnan Oktar
"Turkish court documents revealed that 49 high judiciary members, including a former justice minister, were linked to Islamic televangelist cult leader Adnan Oktar, according to the reporting of KRT TV.

The judicial process initiated after the 2018 operation against the group referred to by the government as the "Adnan Oktar Armed Crime Organization" has came to an end.

The Chief Public Prosecutor's Office of the Court of Cassation has requested the approval of the sentences handed down by the local court in the case involving 215 defendants.

The court also examined the thousands of pages of documents seized during the operation in 2018. It determined that the members of the cult especially profiled members of the higher judiciary."

" ... The 66-year-old Oktar who owned a TV channel was arrested in 2018 along with 200 collaborators, following allegations of sexual abuse and kidnapping of minors.

He was also convicted of sexual abuse of minors, holding a person against their will, torture, interruption of the right to education, recording personal data, and threatening someone."

Crossover Episode Part 2: An Interview with Rachel Bernstein of the IndoctriNation PodcastMindShift Podcast
This episode marks now the second time I've done a crossover episode with Rachel Bernstein, host of the fantastic IndoctriNation podcast.

As a therapist, cult expert, and specialist in dealing with folks who suffer from religious trauma syndrome, Rachel is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to dealing with a wide variety of issues caused by cults, fundamentalist religions, and other high-control groups.

If you suffer from RTS, or have come out of a controlling religious or group background, you'll benefit from this discussion. And don't forget to head over to the IndoctriNation podcast platform to catch Part 1, Rachel's interview with [Clint].

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