Stories in Volume 17, Issue 4 — January-March 2006

Human Rights

Alarming new evidence that Iranian Baha'is are being secretly monitored

The UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief releases a secret letter from the Iranian military command; human rights groups express grave concern. NEW YORK – Recent events in Iran have begun to follow a pattern that has often preceded major human rights... Read more

Commission on the Status of Women remains a global rallying point

The high level of participation by nongovernmental organizations at the Commission on the Status of Women shows that it remains a global rallying point for women and men who care about the advancement of women. UNITED NATIONS — Not far from the bright lights of Broadway... Read more
United Nations

UN creates new Human Rights Council

UNITED NATIONS – In outlining a plan for reform of the United Nations a year ago, Secretary General Kofi Annan made human rights a central component of his proposal. “No security agenda and no drive for development will be successful unless they are based on the sure... Read more

British politicians commend Baha'i efforts on social cohesion at Naw-Ruz

Top British politicians and interfaith representatives gather to celebrate the Bahá'í New Year with members of the Bahá'í community of the United Kingdom. LONDON — Prime Minister Tony Blair and other top British politicians have sent greetings to the Bahá'í community of... Read more

First Baha'i Chair for World Peace changes hands at University of Maryland

COLLEGE PARK, Maryland, USA – A former senior official with the United States Agency for International Development, John Grayzel, has been appointed to the Bahá'í Chair for World Peace at the University of Maryland in the United States. Dr. Grayzel will succeed the... Read more

Government officials visit Baha'i book display in Senegal

DAKAR, Senegal — The Minister of Culture and Historical Heritage visited a display by the Bahá'í community of Senegal at an international book fair, held in the West African capital city of Dakar in December 2005. Mame Birame Diouf, head of the Ministere de la Culture et... Read more

Nossrat Peseschkian awarded German Order of Merit

WEISBADEN, Germany — Nossrat Peseschkian, the founder of Positive Psychotherapy, has been awarded the order of merit of Federal Republic of Germany. Dr. Peseschkian, who is a Bahá'í, received the honor from Silke Lautenschläger, Minister of Social Affairs in Hessen in... Read more
The Arts

Two Baha'i musicians receive Grammy nominations

NEW YORK — Two Bahá'í musicians received separate nominations for a 2006 Grammy Award, the music industry's best known and most prestigious awards. Singer songwriter Red Grammer received a nomination for “best musical album for children” for his 2005 album, BeBop Your... Read more

Perspective: Iran and the rule of law

By Bani Dugal Principal Representative of the Bahá'í International Community to the United Nations Respect for human rights is a clear indication of a nation's commitment to the rule of law, to humanitarian principles, and to honesty in its public affairs. And there... Read more

A New Voyage of Discovery

The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century By Thomas L. Friedman Farrar, Straus and Giroux New York To come right to the main point of this review: Thomas Friedman's brilliant catch phase, book title and powerfully developed new thesis — "The World... Read more