Bahá'í

Iranian Media Attacks on Baha'is and Nobel Prize Winner Shirin Ebadi Seek to Stir “Irrational Fears and Prejudices”

August 12, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Baha'i World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/650

Fraudulent claims in the Iranian news media about seven imprisoned Baha'i leaders and the efforts of Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi and others to defend them represent an effort by the government to prevent Baha'is from having adequate legal representation – and also to stir up “irrational fears and prejudices,” the Baha'i International...

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Iran Intensifies Disinformation and Attacks on Bahá’ís

August 12, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: A Statement of the Bahá’í International Community

http://bic.org/statements-and-reports/featured/Iran-Intensifies-Disinformation.htm

The fears of Bahá’ís worldwide over the intended fate of their coreligionists in Iran have heightened in the light of occurrences since the arrests, three months ago, of the “Friends in Iran,” the seven Bahá’ís who coordinate...

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Barred From College in Iran, Moorpark Resident Excels at Studies in the U.S.

August 10, 2008

Author: Jean Cowden Moore

Source: Ventura County Star

http://www.venturacountystar.com/news/2008/aug/10/putting-his-faith-in-education/

Sattar Khoshkhoo came to the United States from Iran four years ago, escaping a government that would not allow him to attend college because of his Baha'i faith.

His family had been living a comfortable life in Iran, his dad working as a dentist, his mom as a homemaker. But...

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Tha Baha'i Faith: Light of Unity

August 9, 2008

Author: Joe Rodriguez

Source: The Wichita Eagle

http://www.kansas.com/194/story/488214.html

Inside the Baha'i Center on North Amidon, a Baha'i Scripture is painted on a wall inside a room where followers gather each week.

"So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth."

It's that light -- the light of unity -- that Baha'is stress when they speak about their religion.

Founded in 19th-century Persia by...

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Baha’is Reject Allegations of Subversive Activity in Iran

August 3, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Baha'i World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/648

The Baha’i International Community categorically rejects statements by an Iranian prosecutor that seven Baha’is detained in Tehran have “confessed” to operating an “illegal” organization with ties to Israel and other countries.

“We deny in the strongest possible terms the suggestion that Baha’is in Iran have...

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A Campaign of Persecution

August 1, 2008

Author: Benjamin Balint

Source: The Wall Street Journal

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121755160850702963.html

Earlier this summer, Unesco added the Bahai holy places here to its list of World Heritage sites. Bahai officials greeted the announcement with enthusiasm. "[It] highlights the importance of the holy places of a religion that in 150 years has gone from a small group found only in the Middle East to a worldwide community with followers in...

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Most Holy Book of Baha’i Faith Published in Norwegian

July 29, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Baha'i World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/646

The Baha’i book known as the Kitab-i-Aqdas, the “Most Holy Book,” has been published in Norwegian for the first time, bringing to nearly 30 the number of different language editions of the work.

The book, originally written in Arabic, was presented this month at a ceremony in Beitostolen attended by more than 300 Baha’is and their...

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Arsonists in Iran Target Baha’i Homes, Vehicles

July 28, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Baha'i World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/645

Acts of arson targeting homes and vehicles are the latest violent tactics directed against the Baha’is of Iran.

“In the early hours of the morning of 18 July, the house of the Shaaker family in Kerman went up in flames, only weeks after their car had been torched and in the wake of a series of threatening phone calls,” said Bani Dugal,...

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Baha’i Community Recognized as Religious Organisation

July 26, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: VietNamNet Bridge

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/politics/2008/07/795619/

The Government’s Committee for Religious Affairs has recognized the Baha’i Community of Vietnam as a religious organisation able to operate on an equal footing with other religions.

Head of the Government’s Committee for Religious Affairs Nguyen The Doanh handed over a certificate to this effect to the Baha’i Community of...

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Turkmen, Uzbek Faith Groups Still Under Pressure

July 18, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Institute for War & Peace Reporting

http://www.iwpr.net/?p=bca&s=b&o=345801&apc_state=henh

The state of religious freedoms in both Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan remains as poor as ever, with both governments suspicious of Muslim and non-Muslim faith groups alike.

At a White House meeting on July 14 dedicated to the tenth anniversary of the United States’ International Religious Freedom Act, President...

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Baha’i Shrines Chosen as World Heritage Sites

July 8, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/642

A United Nations committee meeting here has determined that two Bahá’í shrines in Israel possess “outstanding universal value” and should be considered as part of the cultural heritage of humanity.

The decision today by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee means that the two most sacred sites for Bahá'ís – the resting places of the...

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Baha'i Building on Faith

June 22, 2008

Author: Tim Martain

Source: The Sunday Tasmanian

http://www.news.com.au/mercury/story/0,22884,23902992-921,00.html

The Baha'i faith may be something of a mystery to many Tasmanians but members of the religion are keen to help people understand more.

As Hobart's distinctive Baha'i Centre for Learning nears completion next to the ABC Centre, the local Baha'i community was more than happy to throw open the doors for the Sunday...

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Baha’i Faith Picnic Celebrates Diversity in Community

June 8, 2008

Author: Jessica Jordan

Source: Gainesville Time

http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/news/article/6254/

Red and yellow, black and white were all welcomed to the Race Unity Day picnic at Wilshire Trails Park by the Baha’i faith of Hall County.

Race Unity Day took place Sunday and is a concept local Baha’i community members have celebrated at Longwood Park or Wilshire Trails Park for at least the past 10 years, said Baha’i...

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Baha'i Leader Decries Iran's Action

June 6, 2008

Author: Paige Aarhus

Source: London Free Press

http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/News/Local/2008/06/06/5790241-sun.html

One of Canada's Baha'i leaders, speaking in London yesterday, called on members of the faith to stand strong behind other Baha'is facing persecution in Iran.

Enayat Rawhani, one of nine members of the Baha'i Community of Canada's national assembly, said the recent arrest and imprisonment of six Baha'i leaders in...

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Bahá’í-Inspired Development Program Highlighted at U.N. Meeting

May 19, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/633

A Bahá’í-inspired program that has trained thousands of people in Honduras and Colombia to contribute to rural development was highlighted as a model for sustainable development at a major U.N. meeting this month.

The program, known as SAT -- an acronym for Sistema de Aprendizaje Tutorial (Tutorial Learning System) -- was presented in a three-hour...

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