Bahá'í

Iranian Government Campaign Against Baha'is Shows New Facets

September 21, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/578

The bulldozing of a Baha'i cemetery in Iran last week is the latest in a series of incidents in a government-led campaign of hatred against Baha'is.

The destruction of the cemetery by individuals using heavy equipment occurred between 9 September and 10 September near Najafabad, on the outskirts of Isfahan. What happened there is nearly identical...

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Universal House of Justice Addresses Iranian Baha'i Students

September 14, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/577

In the wake of new evidence that Iran has lied about its intention to allow Baha'i students into universities, the Universal House of Justice has sent a letter to Iranian Baha'i youth encouraging them to respond with composure, perseverance, and a redoubled commitment to work towards the common good in Iran.

"With an illumined conscience, with a...

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Confidential Iran Memo Exposes Policy to Deny Baha'i Students University Education

August 27, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/575

The Baha'i International Community has received a copy of a confidential 2006 letter from Iran's Ministry of Science, Research and Technology instructing Iranian universities to expel any student who is discovered to be a Baha'i.

The letter refutes recent statements by Iranian officials, who say Baha'i students in Iran face no discrimination -...

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South African Film Shows Faith in Action

August 19, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/573

Two professional filmmakers have finished an hourlong documentary about three Baha'is and how they practice their faith, and the film is being aired on television in South Africa and neighboring countries.

"Baha'i Faith: A Way Forward" was produced by Ryan and Leyla Haidarian at the request of the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which has...

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Hip-Hop Hits Spiritual Chords

August 11, 2007

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/572

Be cool. Be religious. Yes, you can watch MTV and still have morals.

Some music professionals in Los Angeles - all of them Baha'is and all knee-deep or more in the entertainment industry - have come out with what one recording artist terms a "straight-up Baha'i album."

The group calls itself the Dawnbreaker Collective, the album is named "Arise," and the music is, well, cool.

Iran Harrassing Baha’i Kids on a Massive Scale

August 1, 2007

Author: Omid T

Source: Mideast Youth

http://www.mideastyouth.com/2007/08/01/iran-harrassing-bahai-kids-on-a-massive-scale/

Baha’i students in primary and secondary schools throughout Iran are increasingly being harassed, vilified, and held up to abuse, according to recent reports from inside the country.

During a 30-day period...some 150 incidents of insults, mistreatment, and even physical...

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Iranian Baha'i Students Shut out of Vocational Education

July 31, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/570

Iranian Baha'is seeking to enter Iran's technical and vocational institutes have been effectively barred from admission for the coming academic year, since the application to sit for the entrance examinations leaves them with no option but to deny their faith, which Baha'is refuse to be coerced into doing.

The Baha'i International Community...

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Jamaica Celebrates Baha'i Day with Exhibition in Kingston

July 25, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Cayman NetNews

http://www.caymannetnews.com/news-727--1-1--.html

BahÃ¥’í Day in Jamaica is observed annually on 25 July, but when former Governor General of Jamaica, Sir Howard Cooke, first proclaimed Baha’i Day fours years ago, Baha’is in Jamaica had no idea it would become an annual event.

Proclaimed in July 2003 as part of the sixtieth (60th) anniversary celebrations of the establishment of the...

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Tasmanian Baha'i Center Gets Dome

July 23, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/569

A huge dome has been lifted into place atop the new Baha'i Centre of Learning on the island of Tasmania, an Australian state that lies south of the mainland.

Six years in the planning and three years in the building, the new center boasts a 300-seat auditorium and other facilities that will be used not only for core Baha'i activities but also by...

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Anniversary of the Martyrdom of the Bab

July 8, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/568

On July 9, Baha'is around the world commemorate the date in 1850 that the Bab - one of two main figures in the founding of their Faith - was executed by a firing squad in Iran, then called Persia.

The Bab, whose name means "gate" in Arabic, had declared in 1844 that He was a messenger of God sent to prepare the way for the long-awaited promised...

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School Teaches 'We' Instead of 'Me'

July 2, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story/567

It's only three words - a total of six letters. But the "Me to We" slogan helps students understand what service is all about, says the principal of the Maxwell International School, located in the woods of Vancouver Island.

"By adopting what Canadian youth activist Craig Kielberger calls the 'Me to We' philosophy, we help our students to be less 'me'-centered...

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Unity Choir Performs in Chicago

June 22, 2007

Source: Hamilton Mountain News

http://www.hamiltonmountainnews.com/hmn/news/news_818892.html

Members of the Voices of Unity Choir, a multi-faith choir based in the Hamilton and Niagara, were invited to sing in the Baha'i Temple in Wilmette, Chicago.

It joined six other choirs from around the USA and Canada to form a choral group of over 200 singers to perform in the Temple on the 24 May 2007. Van Gilmer, a professional director from Chicago,...

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Attacks on Iranian Baha'is, from the Elderly to Elementary School Children, Continue Unabated

June 7, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/552

NEW YORK, 7 June 2007 (BWNS) -- Reports and documents filtering out of Iran over the last six months indicate a widespread and calculated effort by the government to maintain and gradually intensify the persecution of Iranian Baha'is.

The evidence tells of continued efforts by the government to identify and monitor Baha'is; further incidents of...

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Baha'is Commemorate Anniversary of the Ascension of Baha'u'llah

May 27, 2007

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/549

HAIFA, Israel, 27 May 2007 (BWNS) -- On May 29, Baha'is around the world will observe the 115th anniversary of the ascension of Baha'u'llah, the founder of their faith.

Baha'is recognize Baha'u'llah as the divine educator who, as the one promised in the scriptures of all the world's religions, has come to inaugurate a new age of peace and justice for the entire human race.

Edward Granville...

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