from The Great Debate:

Joining Islamic State is about ‘sex and aggression,’ not religion

By Arie W. Kruglanski
October 16, 2014

Militant Islamist fighter waving a flag, cheers as he takes part in a military parade along the streets of Syria's northern Raqqa province

It is easy to look to religion for an explanation of why young men -- and some women -- become radicalized. But it is psychology, not theology, that offers the best tools for understanding radicalization -- and how best to undo it.

China broadcaster says Xinjiang attack mastermind sought an Islamic state

By Reuters Staff
October 15, 2014
(A Uighur man looks on as a truck carrying paramilitary policemen travel along a street during an anti-terrorism oath-taking rally in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region May 23, 2014. China launched a one-year campaign against terrorist violence in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region on Friday, after 39 people were killed and 94 injured in a terrorist attack on Thursday, Xinhua News Agency reported. The Chinese characters on the banner read, "Willingness to spill blood for the people. Countering terrorism and fighting the enemies is part of the police spirit." Picture taken May 23, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer)

(A Uighur man looks on as a truck carrying paramilitary policemen travel along a street in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region May 23, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer)

Saudi Arabia sentences outspoken Shi’ite cleric to death: brother

By Reuters Staff
October 15, 2014
(A protester holds up a picture of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr during a rally at the coastal town of Qatif, against Sheikh Nimr's arrest July 8, 2012. Sheikh Nimr, a prominent Shi'ite Muslim cleric who was wanted by the police, was detained in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province on Sunday over calls for more rights for the minority Muslim sect in the Sunni monarchy, his brother and an activist said. REUTERS/Stringer)

(A protester holds up a picture of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr during a rally at the coastal town of Qatif, against Sheikh Nimr’s arrest July 8, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer)

Palestinians and Israeli police clash at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa compound

October 15, 2014
(Palestinians from Gaza pray in front of the Dome of the Rock during their visit at the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City October 5, 2014. In a rare step Israel said on October 1 it would let 500 Palestinians living in Gaza pray at the Jerusalem holy site during the Eid al-Adha feast at the weekend, and allow Palestinians from the West Bank to enter Israel more freely for the holiday. The Israeli military said that from Oct. 5 through 7, the days of the Muslim feast, 500 Palestinians from Gaza aged 60 and over would be permitted to pray at the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, and 500 could visit close relatives in the occupied West Bank. REUTERS/Ammar Awad )

(Palestinians from Gaza pray in front of the Dome of the Rock  in Jerusalem’s Old City October 5, 2014. REUTERS/Ammar Awad)

Nigeria’s megachurches: a hidden pillar of Africa’s top economy

October 15, 2014
(Bishop David Oyedepo (C), founder of the Living Faith Church, also known as the Winners' Chapel, conducts a service for worshippers in the auditorium of the church in Ota district, Ogun state, some 60 km (37 miles) outside Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos September 28, 2014. Hundreds of millions of dollars change hands each year in Nigeria's popular Pentecostal "megachurches", which are modelled on their counterparts in the United States. Some of these churches can hold more than 200,000 worshippers and, with their attendant business empires, they constitute a significant section of the economy, employing tens of thousands of people and raking in tourist dollars, as well as exporting Christianity globally. To match Insight NIGERIA-MEGACHURCHES/ Picture taken September 28, 2014. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye )

(Bishop David Oyedepo (C), founder of the Living Faith Church, also known as the Winners’ Chapel, conducts a service for worshippers in Ota district, Ogun state, some 60 km (37 miles) outside Lagos September 28, 2014. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye )

Conservative Catholics want changes to Vatican document on family and gays

October 15, 2014
(Pope Francis adjusts his cap as he leads his weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican October 15, 2014. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

(Pope Francis adjusts his cap as he leads his weekly audience in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican October 15, 2014. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

Vatican document challenges Catholic Church to change attitude to gays

October 15, 2014
(Pope Francis waves as he leads his weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican October 8, 2014. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

(Pope Francis waves as he leads his weekly audience in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican October 8, 2014. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

Families torn apart as young Western women join jihadist cause

By Reuters Staff
October 10, 2014
(Foad, the brother of 15 year-old Nora who left her home in Avignon for Syria nine months ago, shows a portrait he took last September on his cell phone as he attends an interview with Reuters in Paris, October 6, 2014. Foad, a French truck driver of Moroccan origin, travelled alone through war-torn Syria to rescue his 15-year-old sister from an Islamist group she said was holding her captive. But when they finally stood face to face, in tears, she would not leave. Foad is convinced that his sister Nora, whom he described as an impressionable teen who loved Disney movies before leaving for Syria one afternoon in January, stayed on because she was threatened with execution by the French-speaking commander, or emir, of the group she joined. The former high school student is among dozens of European girls, many of them her age, living with such groups in Syria - an aspect of the conflict that is beginning to worry European governments previously more focused on the flow of young men to join the ranks of Islamic state and other armed militias. Picture taken October 6, 2014. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann)

(Foad, the brother of 15 year-old Nora who left her home in Avignon for Syria, shows a portrait he took last September on his cell phone, October 6, 2014. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann)

Leading Vatican cardinal says Catholic Church will never bless gay marriage

October 10, 2014
(Italian Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio arrives to attend a prayer at Saint Peter's Basilica in the Vatican March 6, 2013. Catholic cardinals said on Tuesday they wanted time to get to know each before choosing the next pope and meanwhile would seek more information on a secret report on alleged corruption in the Vatican. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

(Italian Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio at Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican March 6, 2013. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

Nobel Peace Prize honours “Hindu and Muslim in common struggle” to protect children

By Reuters Staff
October 10, 2014
(Malala Yousafzai arrives for the We Day UK event at Wembley Arena in London March 7, 2014. The inaugural We Day UK event is run by the charity Free the Children to inspire young people to take action on global issues in a voluntary capacity. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor)

(Malala Yousafzai arrives for the We Day UK event in London March 7, 2014 to inspire young people to take action on global issues in a voluntary capacity. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor)