Stories in Volume 21, Issue 4 — April-August 2011

Human Rights

Iran cracks down on efforts to provide higher education for Baha'i youth

For more than 30 years, the Iranian government has blocked young Bahá’ís from obtaining a university education. Shortly after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Bahá’í students were banned from public and private colleges in Iran — and Bahá’í faculty members were fired. In... Read more

Reflections on recent events in Egypt

The events of recent months have provided us, the Bahá’ís of Egypt, with an opportunity we have never experienced before: to communicate directly with you, our brothers and sisters. We rejoice that we are able to make a humble contribution to the conversation which has now... Read more
Sustainable Development

UN Commission discusses ethics behind the environmental crisis

UNITED NATIONS — Focusing solely on the material aspects of the environmental crisis, while ignoring its moral and ethical dimensions, will not ensure humanity’s long term survival. That was among the perspectives under discussion at this year’s UN Commission on... Read more
Holy Places

In Israel, a restored Shrine is unveiled, dazzling visitors and pilgrims

HAIFA, Israel — After more than two years of extensive restoration work, Haifa’s golden-domed Bahá’í Shrine was recently unveiled to the delight of visitors, pilgrims and residents of the city. Early on 12 April 2011, the final set of covers was removed from the Shrine’s... Read more
Cultural Diversity

In India, iconic "lotus" temple is the focus of a worldwide campaign

NEW DELHI — Step onto a bus in Ottawa, Canada; open a magazine in Paris, France; or look upwards at Rimini’s railway station in Italy — all around the world, India’s Bahá’í House of Worship is capturing the public’s attention. To coincide with its 25th anniversary year,... Read more
Human Rights

In Toronto, a high-level academic conference explores "othering" of Iranian Baha'is

TORONTO — Iranian scholars, many from globally prominent universities, gathered in early July for an academic conference on the persecution of Iran’s Bahá’ís. Titled “Intellectual Othering and the Bahá’í Question in Iran,” and held at the University of Toronto, the... Read more
United Nations

Four new staff members at Baha'i International Community's United Nations Office

NEW YORK — Four people have joined the United Nations Office of the Bahá’í International Community in recent months. Ming Hwee Chong Ming Hwee Chong joined the office as a representative to the United Nations in May 2011. Previously, he worked at several companies in... Read more

A moral philosophy with devastating results

Materialism: Moral and Social Consequences By Abdu’l-Missagh Ghadirian George Ronald Publishers Oxford It is a question many people in affluent countries have increasingly come to ask: why has not the steady rise of material wealth and comfort been accompanied by a... Read more