Stories in Volume 18, Issue 3 — October-December 2006


In Ethiopia, local children's classes aim to fill an academic gap

Small-scale classes on moral education in more than 45 localities stress the importance of common virtues like honesty, trustworthiness, and nobility of self. NEFAS SILK LAFTO, Ethiopia, 11 October 2006 — Although this sub-city on the western edge of Addis Ababa is home... Read more

The eradication of violence against women and girls

By many measures, the status of women and girls has improved significantly over the last 50 years. They have achieved higher rates of literacy and education, increased their per capita income, and risen to prominent roles in professional and political spheres. Moreover,... Read more
Human Rights

UN Declaration on religious tolerance commemorated in Prague

PRAGUE — Although it was negotiated at the height of the Cold War, a 25-year-old international agreement on freedom of religion or belief remains as relevant today — and perhaps even more so — said speakers at a major United Nations-sanctioned observance here in late... Read more

UN forum sees interfaith dialogue as essential to peace

UNITED NATIONS — Continuing a distinctive initiative that brings together governments, UN agencies, and civil society to discuss how governments and religions can work together for peace, the Tripartite Forum on Interfaith Cooperation for Peace sponsored a high level... Read more

Baha'is help found Interfaith Forum in Iceland

REYKJAVIK, Iceland — The Bahá’í community of Iceland has joined with twelve other faith groups and collaborative partners here to form the country’s first national interfaith forum. The Iceland Forum for Interfaith Dialogue was officially founded on 24 November 2006 in... Read more

In Tanzania, families and youth are identified as keys to reducing poverty

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania — Strengthening families and empowering youth are two key factors in poverty reduction, said experts at a one-day symposium held here on 21 October 2006. Organized by the Dar es Salaam Union Student Organisation (DARUSO) and the Bahá’í community... Read more
United Nations

UN General Assembly again expresses concern over human rights in Iran

UNITED NATIONS — For the 19th time since 1985, the United Nations General Assembly has adopted a resolution expressing concern over the human rights situation in Iran — and specifically mentioning violations against Iranian Bahá’ís. The resolution passed on 19 December... Read more
Human Rights

Egypt court rules against Baha'is on ID cards, upholding policy of discrimination

CAIRO — In a closely watched case that became the focus of a national debate on religious freedom, Egypt’s Supreme Administrative Court has ruled against the right of Bahá’ís to be properly identified on government documents. The decision, handed down on 16 December 2006... Read more

We are what we eat, globally

The Spirit of Agriculture Edited by Paul Hanley George Ronald Oxford As Paul Hanley points out in his new book, the topic of agriculture sometimes conjures up more jokes than serious discussion, especially in contrast to seemingly more urgent issues like war, peace,... Read more