Obsessing About Records: Yoga and the Guinness Book

July 06, 2015

Many Indians rejoice in the universalization of yoga, yet some are alarmed by its commodification. What is it about the Guinness World Records that makes Indians dizzy with anticipation and sends them on a bizarre journey of self-gratification? A number of public commentators, among them...

Africa Yoga Project: Inspiring Youth to Achieve Greatness

August 29, 2014

Using the practice of yoga, AYP aims to create opportunities for African youth to become leaders in their communities. Paige Elenson, Ashoka Fellow and founder of Africa Yoga Project, is committed to creating the future market leaders of Africa’s currently untapped wellness industry. Using the...

Yoga in Africa: Transforming Young Minds, Hearts and Livelihoods

August 23, 2014

The Africa Yoga Project provides young Africans with an opportunity to become leaders and positive change agents. “Wellness” is a multifaceted and multi-billion dollar industry in many countries across the West. While holistic approaches to mental and physical health are not new to...

Shale and European Energy Security

March 26, 2014

What does the shale revolution mean for European energy security? The International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts the United States will surpass Russia as the world's largest gas producer and Saudi Arabia as the world's largest oil producer by 2015 and 2020, respectively. The catalyst in...

The Real North Korean Threat

October 27, 2013

In North Korea, the threat of desertification should be raised to the same level as nuclear nonproliferation. By Emanuel Pastreich There is a terrible danger lurking just over the DMZ that threatens the Republic of Korea and Northeast Asia. This threat demands an immediate response that is...

The Judicial Fallout of the Uttarakhand Disaster

September 18, 2013

The Uttarakhand government is responsible for the destruction caused by recent floods. The heavy pre-monsoon showers that flooded the upper reaches of the Ganga and Yamuna rivers was India’s biggest natural disaster since the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. “Unfortunate,” was how the...

Water Wars: Is It Just a Mirage?

September 16, 2013

Water scarcity is a key threat to world peace. Within the last decade, climate change has become a hotly debated topic. Many people struggle to imagine what the effects of climate change will be and whether the danger is real. At the heart of climate change, however, there are some very real and...

The Uttarakhand Disaster and Climate Change

September 08, 2013

India is aiming to prevent future catastrophes, such as the recent flashfloods. A spell of torrential rainfall during June, 15-17, 2013, over Uttarakhand, India, caused devastating floods and landslides in the country's worst natural disaster since the 2004 Tsunami. According to...

Building Bridges: A Spiritual Approach

February 05, 2013

How Spirituality can contribute to resolve conflicts 'We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience' – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. We customarily measure the cost of any conflict/violence or disaster, natural or...

Environmental Issues in Southeast Asia

February 05, 2013

Environmental issues are omnipresent in Southeast Asia . Apart from entailing tremendous environmental damage, the impact on regional security in Southeast Asia is noticeable. In 1972, the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm marked a watershed moment in international...

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