NXIVM story continues to resonate around the world: Berlin

The Berlin Courier – like so many other media outlets around the world – has picked up the story of the branding sex cult called NXIVM.

The publication is in German. Here is the English translation:

Hollywood stars in the clutches of a crazy sex sect? –

Los Angeles: “NXIVM” calls itself a “self-help organization”, but in reality, it conceals a brutal sex sect that torments and brands its members.

After “Denver Clan” star Catherine Oxenberg (56) revealed in October that her daughter, India, was caught in the clutches of the cult, more and more Hollywood stars seem to be involved in the sect …

Nicki Clyne is probably one of the members

According to “The Sun”, another “Battlestar Galactica”, beauty Nicki Clyne (34), is one of the members of this bizarre sisterhood. Like all the other female followers of the cult leader Keith Raniere,  she also had to provide him with pornographic photos and videos as a pledge to guarantee her loyalty.

As ex-members reported, “NXIVM” brands women with the initials of guru Keith Raniere. Should they commit any transgressions, they must starve and be beaten.

Officially a self-help organization

Officially, the “self-help organization” promises supporters a more fulfilling life. But according to Frank Parlato, ex-spokesman for the group, the sect’s narrower circle is made up of slaves to its master, Raniere. Raniere also has recruited US actress Allison Mack (35, “Smallville”), who recruits more slaves for Raniere. Mack is also responsible for the introduction of flogging, Parlato continued.

Keith Raniere first offered workshops in Albany, New York, in the 1990s to “eliminate psychological and emotional barriers.” According to “New York Times”, Raniere built up a cult of members. Ex-members accuse the 57-year-old, he manipulated female members to have sex with him – and required them to starve themselves to match his ideal of the female body.

Attempts to put an end to the cult have, thus far, been unsuccessful: As ex-member Sarah Edmondson and two other women reported for “NXIVM” methods, the authorities stopped the investigation shortly thereafter. Reason: Everything happened on a voluntary basis …

– Quelle: https://www.berliner-kurier.de/29309516 ©2017


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    Los tentáculos de Nxivm en México (Reportaje especial)
    por Juan Omar Fierro diciembre 20, 2017 9:51 am

    Three sons of former presidents, including Emiliano, are or were in the group founded by Keith Raniere. The sister of the Secretary of the Treasury is also part of it.

    The commercial and political ties in Mexico of the Nxivm self-help group, under judicial scrutiny in the United States and Canada for alleged abuses against women who were marked on the hip with hot iron, go beyond the active militancy of Emiliano Salinas Ocelli.

    Hand in hand with the son of former President Carlos Salinas, the ideology of Keith Raniere has achieved great acceptance among the highest financial and power circles in Mexico: in 15 years Nxivm joined the ranks of the son of another former president, the sister of a Secretary of State and the heir of one of the leading Mexican pharmaceutical companies.

    Three decades after his first contact with “Vanguard”, a title Raniere awarded himself, Emiliano Salinas continues to recruit new executives and entrepreneurs to take courses and workshops designed by the founder of Nxivm Corporation and Executive Success Programs, a well-known company by its initials as ESP.

    According to the study “The decadence of humanism: coachism” written by specialists in psychology, Hector Cerezo Huerta, Jaime Eduardo Calixto González and Martín Espinoza Martínez, groups like Nxivm work in a similar way to religious sects.

    According to the study, the courses and workshops imparted by this group can be classified as “coercive coaching”, an indoctrination scheme that makes its members part of the staff of its leaders and active agents to enroll more members, a role that has been Emiliano Salinas Occelli played very efficiently.

    Her work as a recruiter worked even within her own family: her sister Cecilia Salinas Occelli is already an active part of Nxivm and is now the director of another “license” that Raniere operates in Mexican territory: Rainbow Multicultural Garden, a pre-school methodology that presumes the teaching of seven languages ​​to children with the support of extra curricular activities.

    According to current members of Nxivm, the “licensees” of the teaching method designed by Raniere sought for six years the permission of the Ministry of Public Education (SEP) to open a school, but it was not until April 2013 that they were granted the corresponding authorization.

    That is, during the mandate of former President Felipe Calderón, the SEP refused to give an operating permit to the educational center, but with the arrival of President Enrique Peña Nieto, they finally received authorization to operate.

    Alejandra González Anaya, sister of the current Secretary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), José Antonio González Anaya, has also joined the ranks of this group; and Fabiola Sanchez de la Madrid, wife of Federico de la Madrid Cordero and concuña of the Federal Tourism Secretary, Enrique de la Madrid Cordero.

    Miguel de la Madrid Cordero, brother of both and son of former president Miguel de la Madrid Hurtado, now deceased, was also part of Nxivm and attended one of the intensive courses at the organization’s headquarters in Albany, New York.

    However, after a disagreement with the group’s ideas, he preferred to distance himself from him. Consulted on the matter, the son of the ex- agent chief executive said that preferred not to speak of that subject, reason why declined to give more details on its brief passage by the organization directed by Raniere.

    Emiliano Salinas: his closeness to Raniere in the United States and Mexico

    Until before the report “Inside Nxivm, a secret group in which women are marked,” published on the cover by the New York Times on October 17, Emiliano Salinas openly referred to Raniere as his mentor, but after the accusations of alleged abuses he tries to take a little distance and has presented himself before the media as a “licensee” of the courses designed by ESP.

    However, the close ties that the son of former President Carlos Salinas de Gortari wove with Raniere sprout everywhere and are in force. They can not be hidden and are visible to everyone in documents of the Public Registry, in the files of the Mexican Institute of Intellectual Property (IMPI) and in testimonial videos that Emiliano himself recorded to promote the Raniere courses.

    In an interview for Aristegui Noticias, Emiliano Salinas finally recognizes that he is part of Raniere’s “staff” and that his commercial relationship with this one is much narrower than he had wanted to admit: two Nxivm commanders hold managerial positions in one of their companies and Emiliano himself has a seat in the companies of Keith Raniere.

    In this way, Salinas Ocelli serves as the Ethical Vice President of Executive Success Programs. Your partner in the Mexican companies Prorsus Capital, Nxivn Mexico, Adamant Corporation, known as MoneyBack, Vista Salipe and Mexican Solidarity Administrator, Alejandro Betancourt Ledesma, occupies an additional seat in the companies of Raniere.

    In the opposite case, the President of Nxivm Corporation in the United States, Nancy Salzman, and its Vice President of Operations, Clare Bronfman, are part of the Board of Directors of Nxivn Mexico as “president” and “secretary”, respectively.

    Emiliano Salinas companies in Mexico do not only have business with Raniere: Adamant Corporation and its commercial brand Moneyback were favored with the delivery of a public concession granted by the Ministry of Finance to allow tourists to claim the return of taxes they pay in Mexico while they are visiting.

    The exclusive business circle of Nxivm in Mexico

    The first circle of Nxivm in Mexico has among its members the entrepreneur María Alejandra del Carmen González Anaya, sister of the current Secretary of the Treasury and former director of Pemex, José Antonio González Anaya.

    Alejandra is co-owner of the company Anima Shows, whose commercial name is Anima Inc., in which she is associated with Anabel Cantú Merodio and Esteban González Guzmán, both from the world of entertainment. The company Anima Inc, was created under the concept of “Human Potential in Performing Arts” created by Raniere.

    The registration of the brand and logo of Anima Inc. before the Mexican Intellectual Property Institute coincides with the only address that Keith Raniere has created: Closed Santa Catarina 21, Colonia San Ángel Inn in the Delegation Álvaro Obregón.

    The coincidence is due to the fact that Keith Raniere and González Anaya decided to establish the same legal address for security reasons, according to an explanation by Anima Inc through a brief document.

    To start, the company Anima Inc. was financed by Prorsus Capital. The company of Emiliano Salinas and Alejandro Betancourt made a loan to him so that he could initiate activities, but the son of the ex- president maintains that the debt already was liquidated, reason why both companies now operate of completely independent way.

    Also part of Nxivm in Mexico, Omar Boone Sabag and Jimena Garza Dávila, partners of the Milliare company that issues invoices for those who take Executive Success Programs (ESP) courses in Monterrey, Nuevo León. Milliare has the same address as the ESP Center in the conurbated zone: Vía Savotino 105, Colonia Fuentes del Valle, municipality of San Pedro Garza.

    Omar Boone has another company that could be at the service of the group: his corporate name is Integración Hispana and his only partner is his brother Edgar Boone, another of Raniere’s loyal followers.

    The sisters Loreta and Carola Garza Dávila are the licensees of the Rainbow Cultural Garden school in Monterrey, which operate through the company Centro Multicultural Rainbow.

    The recruitment of business leaders includes the pharmaceutical entrepreneur, Juan López de Silanes Blanco, partner of the Inosan Biopharma laboratories.

    All these entrepreneurs have reached the category of Proctor or Senior Proctor, the maximum titles of those who are below Keith Raniere, self-described “Vanguard”, and Nancy Salzman, whose title is “Prefect”.

    The former president CSG also doubts NXIVM

    After the departure of Keith Raniere from Albany in New York, where the judicial investigation is under way due to the lawsuit filed against him by Sara Edmondson, the marriage of Omar Boone and Jimena Garza would be giving accommodation to the American businessman in our country.

    In fact, this weekend Raniere was again photographed in a subdivision of Monterrey. His stay in Mexico coincides with the investigation to which he is subject in the United States, but the members of ESP Mexico deny that their leader has left his home in Albany for fear of American justice.

    Questioned about this visit, Emiliano Salinas, who did not once utter the name of his former mentor throughout the interview, said he does not know where to locate who is still one of its main partners in several of its companies.

    Finally, he acknowledged that his father, the former president of Mexico, Carlos Salinas de Gortari has also asked for explanations about this case, but warned that he is respectful of all his decisions.

About the Author

Frank Parlato is an investigative journalist.

His work has been cited in hundreds of news outlets, like The New York Times, The Daily Mail, VICE News, CBS News, Fox News, New York Post, New York Daily News, Oxygen, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, The Sun, The Times of London, CBS Inside Edition, among many others in all five continents.

His work to expose and take down NXIVM is featured in books like “Captive” by Catherine Oxenberg, “Scarred” by Sarah Edmonson, “The Program” by Toni Natalie, and “NXIVM. La Secta Que Sedujo al Poder en México” by Juan Alberto Vasquez.

Parlato has been prominently featured on HBO’s docuseries “The Vow” and was the lead investigator and coordinating producer for Investigation Discovery’s “The Lost Women of NXIVM.” He also appeared in "Branded and Brainwashed: Inside NXIVM, and was credited in the Starz docuseries "Seduced" for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

Additionally, Parlato’s coverage of the group OneTaste, starting in 2018, helped spark an FBI investigation, which led to indictments of two of its leaders in 2023.

Parlato appeared on the Nancy Grace Show, Beyond the Headlines with Gretchen Carlson, Dr. Oz, American Greed, Dateline NBC, and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, where Parlato conducted the first-ever interview with Keith Raniere after his arrest. This was ironic, as many credit Parlato as one of the primary architects of his arrest and the cratering of the cult he founded.

Parlato is a consulting producer and appears in TNT's The Heiress and the Sex Cult, which premieres on May 22, 2022.

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