Wednesday January 22, 2020

Disturbing story of Norwegian sisters who joined Isis

Non-fiction: Two Sisters: Into the Syrian Jihad, By Åsne Seierstad, translated by Seán Kinsella, Virago, €17.25

11th February, 2018
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Raqqa in ruins after years of bombardment and civil war: the two sisters left their home in Oslo to come to the Syrian city Pic: Getty

Non-fiction: Two Sisters: Into the Syrian Jihad, By Åsne Seierstad, translated by Seán Kinsella, Virago, €17.25

There’s a psychological phenomenon known as the End of History Illusion, which shows that while we understand how much we have changed in the past, we rarely believe that we will change again in future. This is how rash decisions are made, the kind which take seconds, but which create consequences lasting a lifetime....

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