Stories in Volume 15, Issue 1 — April-June 2003


In Vanuatu, a proving ground for coconut oil as an alternative fuel

Entrepreneur Tony Deamer shows that pure coconut oil can be used as an alternative to petroleum in automotive diesel engines. The result is an environmentally friendly fuel that might also help the local economy. PORT VILA, Vanuatu -- Rounding a corner and heading up a... Read more

The Ethics of Globalization: A Baha'i Perspective

Debates on globalization, especially in policy-making circles, are often shaped by purely national interests, whether social, economic, or political. But such interests are parochial, whereas, if the phenomenon of globalization were to be carefully examined, it would be... Read more

Commemorations in Chicago highlight the immense impact of House of Worship

In May, the Bahá'í community of the United States celebrated the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the first Bahá'í Temple in the West, reflecting on the building's architectural innovation, spiritual significance, and continuing prominence. WILMETTE, Illinois, USA... Read more

At local, national, and international levels, Baha'is elect leadership councils worldwide

HAIFA, Israel -- Using a distinctive electoral process that extends from the grassroots to the international level, the worldwide Bahá'í community on 29 April 2003 elected its international governing council, the Universal House of Justice. Altogether 1,544 electors,... Read more
Human Rights

The Baha'i International Community expresses concern about the human rights of Iranian Baha'is

GENEVA - The Bahá'í International Community has expressed deep disappointment that the UN Commission on Human Rights failed this year to put forward or adopt any kind of resolution on the human rights situation in Iran. Despite a new human rights "dialogue" between Iran... Read more
The Arts

Exhibition at European Parliament tells the story of Baha'i contribution to social harmony

BRUSSELS - At its main building here in June, the European Parliament hosted a special exhibition highlighting the contribution that Bahá'í communities in Europe have made to promote social harmony. Titled "The Bahá'í International Community: Promoting Unity in Diversity... Read more
United Nations

Baha'i UN Representative elected to head NGO women's committee in New York

NEW YORK - Bani Dugal, the Principal Representative of the Bahá'í International Community to the United Nations, has been elected to chair the main committee of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) concerned with women's issues at the UN. Ms. Dugal will serve for two... Read more

A new approach to violence against women

Overcoming Violence against Women and Girls: The International Campaign to Eradicate a Worldwide Problem By Michael L. Penn and Rahel Nardos Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. Lanham, Maryland, USA Why is it that although women compose half the world's... Read more