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How to stop countries sliding back into civil war

AS A child soldier in Sierra Leone in the 1990s, Eric Wolo smoked a brown powder that made him dizzy during the day, and took cocaine that kept him …

World News

It's not Islam that drives young Europeans to jihad, France's top terrorism expert explains

<i>This article was originally published in May 2017 following a terror attack in Manchester and re-published after a series of attacks in Barcelona in</i> …

How People Learn to Become Resilient

Norman Garmezy, a developmental psychologist and clinician at the University of Minnesota, met thousands of children in his four decades of research. But one boy in particular stuck with him. He was nine years old, with an alcoholic mother and an absent father. Each day, he would arrive at school …

U.S. Military Operations Are Biggest Motivation for Homegrown Terrorists, FBI Study Finds

A secret FBI study found that anger over U.S. military operations abroad was the most commonly cited motivation for individuals involved in cases of …

The Black Panthers’ Overlooked Revolution

The year 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, an organization that remains largely frozen in the popular …

Black History

(Ashtanga Vinyasa) Yoga with Wrist Injuries; a guest post by La Gitane

So much of our regular Ashtanga yoga practice relies on being able to bear weight with our hands: Chaturanga, vinyasas, jump-backs and jump-throughs, …

Vitamin B12 as Protection for the Aging Brain

As a woman of a certain age who consumes a well-balanced diet of all the usual food groups, including reasonable amounts of animal protein, I tend to dismiss advice to take a multivitamin supplement. I’ve been told repeatedly by nutrition experts that the overuse of dietary supplements for …

Kenya’s seaside looks peaceful, but a murderous war is being waged

Tourists may be returning to the Kenyan coast, but the hinterland is being ravaged by Islamic militants, their defectors and armed police<p>A football field and a grove of mango trees lie between Bongwe and its neighbouring village. On one side live the family of 33-year-old Subira Mwangole, shot dead …

Jack Kornfield on Sitting in Love Rather Than Fear

<i>A dialogue on fear and love between Jack Kornfield and Catherine Ingram.</i><p><i>Jack Kornfield</i>: …In the Buddhist teaching, one of the phrases for the sense …

Aid workers speak out about mental health: 'I was afraid they would think I couldn't handle it'

<b>‘It was a long time before I admitted to myself that I’d nearly died’</b><p>I didn’t realise how my work affected me at the time. Within five months of arriving at my new post, I had been in a plane accident and nearly died of malaria. Though it was a long time before I admitted to myself that I’d nearly …

Interview with Karen Armstrong: Islamist violence is "in part a product of Western disdain"

<i>Ms Armstrong, in an article for "The Guardian" you wrote that the barbaric violence of IS may be "at least in part, the offspring of policies guided</i> …

Religion

Top Ten Reasons to Cleanse with Ghee

Average Reading Time: 6 minutes, and 22 seconds An Ayurvedic cleanse would not be an Ayurvedic cleanse if it did not call for the ingestion of melted …

Biosciencetechnology.com

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Enduring Blend of High-Low Cool Endures in Art and Fashion

An art world darling at the tender age of 20, Jean-Michel Basquiat became as famous for his confidently cool style of mixing designer clothes with …

Streetwear

Mind over mat: how yoga is helping refugee women | Kirsty Brewer

Charity-run classes provide a breathing space for women who may have faced torture and sexual abuse<p>On Tuesday mornings female refugees like Eden come to practise yoga. The sessions are run by Ourmala, a voluntary organisation that every week gives around 60 refugee women a safe space to breathe, …

BKS Iyengar on yoga practice and ageing

<i>At 92 years of age BKS Iyengar continued to practise yoga for several hours each day. Here he describes how his practice changed with age and offers</i> …

Albert Einstein’s Essay on Racial Bias in 1946

In the years after World War II, Albert Einstein took up the mantle of confronting racism in America. He became a good friend and comrade of the …

How Prolonged Exposure to Sweet, Blessed Silence Benefits the Brain

I write this to the soundtrack of a literal chainsaw; there are men at work outside my window attempting to – well, I’m not exactly sure what they’re …

The Independence Day Nobody’s Celebrating

NAIROBI — On Saturday, July 9, South Sudan will mark five years of independence, more than half of which has now been spent mired in civil war. That …

How to make Google forget your most embarrassing searches

By Andrea Peterson<p>Andrea Peterson<p>Reporter who covered technology policy<p>Bio Follow<p>Google probably knows you better than your closest friends and family. With every search you make or YouTube video you watch, the search giant is quietly collecting information for a personalized profile it uses to …

Maps

How to Make Yourself Work (When You're Not in the Mood)

How to beat procrastination and get things done even when you don't feel like working.<p>Procrastination affects everyone. It sneaks up on most people when they're tired or bored, but for some, procrastination can be a full-fledged addiction. They avoid all day the work that is right in front of them, …

Peace, at last, in Colombia

IT HAS been a long time coming. After 52 years of fighting, almost four years of peace negotiations and three months after a final deadline, the …

FARC

3 things you should know about the new Colombia peace agreement with its rebels

By Abbey Steele<p>Colombia has been fighting the longest-running civil war in the world, and it may finally come to an end very soon.<p>Here are three things you need to know about the state of the peace talks:<p><b>1. The Colombian government has reached a bilateral cease-fire agreement with the country’s</b> …

Summer Outfit Ideas With Denim-Free Pants—for When It's Way Too Hot to Wear Jeans

Usually we live and breathe jeans, jeans, jeans. But the thought of wearing skinnies on a hot and humid summer day? No thanks. Sometimes though, pants are the only option (because...

What Type of Magnesium Should I Take?

Magnesium is one of the top mineral deficiencies in the world. Despite being an essential mineral, it’s estimated that one-third of the population …

Period pain is officially as bad as a heart attack - so why have doctors ignored it? The answer is simple

John Guillebaud, professor of reproductive health at University College London, revealed this week that research shows period pain can be as “bad as …

Menstruation