Stories in Volume 11, Issue 1 — April-June 1999


In Kenya, consultation and partnership are factors for success in development

KALIMANI, Kitui District, Kenya - Under the hot sun, the women slowly and deliberately carried their heavy loads up the steep and dusty path from the river. Some supported their burdens on their backs, braced with a cloth band around their forehead. Others used sticks to... Read more

Relying on local resources, Matinyani women are a global model

MATINYANI, Kitui District, Kenya - Were it not for the training she has received from her participation in the Matinyani Women's Group, Tabitha Muthui believes she would be a bar-girl today - if she were alive at all. "I've seen so many people left by their parents, having... Read more

At the Hague, civil society mobilizes for peace, calling for a "new diplomacy"

THE HAGUE - In terms of their origins, the reversal between the 1899 Hague Peace Conference and one held this year is quite dramatic. A hundred years ago, the First Hague Peace Conference was organized by governments. Convened by Russia and the Netherlands, it drew... Read more
The Arts

A "world-class" artist who straddles two worlds: painting and development

NAIROBI - It may be coincidence. Or it may be something working through her subconscious. But the theme in most of Geraldine Robarts' recent paintings is water. "I love the water," said the London-born painter. "So I've been painting the sea and the ocean for the past... Read more
United Nations

UN Commission on Human Rights again expresses concern for Iran's Baha'is

GENEVA - For the eighteenth time in eighteen years, the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) has expressed its concern over human rights violations against the Bahá'ís of Iran, noting a "worsened pattern of persecution, including death sentences, executions,... Read more
United Nations

The Millennium Forum to be held in UN General Assembly hall

UNITED NATIONS - In an unusual arrangement, the Millennium Forum has been given the use of the UN General Assembly Hall for its opening and closing sessions, which have now been scheduled for 22 and 26 May 2000. The United Nations Secretariat has also agreed to provide... Read more

Baha'i Studies chair dedicated in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (June 7) - Prof. Moshe Sharon, the first incumbent of the world's first academic chair in Bahá'í studies [in Israel], said yesterday that the post was being set up at Hebrew University of Jerusalem with the aim of doing away with "tremendous ignorance" concerning... Read more

Perspective: Writing our common future

[The following is adapted from a statement titled "Who is Writing the Future?: Reflections on the Twentieth Century," which was released by the Bahá'í International Community's Office of Public Information in February 1999. The statement examines the events of the twentieth... Read more

Riding the new wave of economic globalization

The Lexus and the Olive Tree By Thomas L. Friedman Farrar, Straus & Giroux New York In June, Amazon.com, the huge internet bookseller, listed more than 400 books about "globalization." Which raises the question: why yet another book on the topic? Perhaps... Read more