Stories in Volume 22, Issue 1 — September-February 2012

Human Rights

Global outcry over Iran's human rights violations

UN General Assembly resolution on Iran passes by widest margin since 1993; Nobel laureates, philosophers and theologians in more than 16 countries express concern for Bahá’í educators UNITED NATIONS — From every region of the globe, including the UN headquarters building... Read more

Initial considerations regarding the elimination of the extremes of poverty and wealth

Poverty eradication programs have generally focused on the creation of material wealth. While these measures have improved living standards in some parts of the world, inequality remains widespread. In its 2005 Report on the World Social Situation, the United Nations... Read more
Sustainable Development

Network aims to make pilgrimage a greener experience

ASSISI, Italy — An estimated 100 million people make some kind of pilgrimage every year, some for a few hours, others for days or months. To address the environmental impact of these journeys — and to assist the world’s holy places to become as environmentally... Read more

President of Palau visits Baha'i World Centre

HAIFA, Israel — The head of state of the Republic of Palau paid an official visit to the Bahá’í World Centre in November while on a state visit to Israel. President Johnson Toribiong with his wife, Valeria Toribiong, were welcomed by a member of the Universal House of... Read more

Award-winning composer dedicated life to building a better world

KERIKERI, New Zealand — Russell Garcia, who died on 20 November at the age of 95, was an influential composer, arranger, and conductor, who dedicated his prodigious talents to promoting the teachings of the Bahá’í Faith around the world. In a career spanning eight... Read more

In India, Lotus temple embodies "message for the world of today"

NEW DELHI — On the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Bahá’í House of Worship here, Delhi’s Chief Minister praised the impact the temple has made on Indian society, and beyond. “This is a very iconic building of India. There’s nothing like this anywhere else,” Sheila... Read more

Australia "enriched and ennobled" by Baha'i temple

SYDNEY, Australia — On the fiftieth anniversary of Australia’s Bahá’í House of Worship, dignitaries paid tribute to its contribution to the life of the community. “Our society is enriched and ennobled by the temple,” said the Mayor of Pittwater, Councillor Harvey Rose... Read more
Human Rights

New report exposes Iran's media campaign to demonize Baha'is

NEW YORK — In a wide-ranging media campaign that has gone largely unnoticed outside of Iran, hatred and discrimination are being systematically stirred up against the country’s 300,000-member Bahá’í minority. A report released 21 October 2011 by the Bahá’í International... Read more

In Bangladesh, jurists learn about Baha'i personal and family law

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Almost 180 legal professionals from around the country gathered here for a conference on the Bahá’í Faith and the personal and family laws that apply to its members. Held in the auditorium of the country’s Supreme Court, the unprecedented event aimed... Read more
Human Rights

Former UN commander in Rwanda sees pre-genocide conditions for Baha'is in Iran

One of the strongest statements about the situation facing Bahá’ís in Iran came recently from Canadian Senator Romeo Dallaire, who said that Iran’s current actions remind him of pre-genocide conditions he witnessed in Africa when he commanded a UN peacekeeping force in... Read more

Two former members of the Universal House of Justice pass away

Two former members of the Universal House of Justice, the international governing body of the Bahá’í Faith, have passed away in recent months. Peter J. Khan, who served on the Universal House of Justice from 1987 until April 2010, died suddenly on 15 July 2011 in his... Read more

A new direction for world economics?

Right Relationship: Building a Whole Earth Economy By Peter G. Brown and Geoffrey Garver Berrett-Koehler Publishers, San Francisco Unlike many environmental books, Right Relationship: Building a Whole Earth Economy does not spend a lot of time trying to convince its... Read more