Stories in Volume 19, Issue 1 — October-December 2007


In Ghana, innovative literacy program produces dramatic results

“Enlightening the Hearts” program of the Olinga Foundation encourages local dialects and moral virtues, reaching more than 22,000 students in remote rural schools GONUKROM VILLAGE, Western Region, Ghana — For years, Owusu Ansah Malik thought his native language was... Read more

Perspective: Religion, the modern age, and the coming global society

There can no longer be much doubt that the next phase in human society is the emergence of a world civilization. The processes by which such a new planetary life is being constructed are collectively known as “globalization.” And while the debate continues over whether... Read more
Human Rights

Iranian government campaign to incite hatred against Baha'is shows new facets

The bulldozing of a Bahá’í cemetery in Iran in September is the latest in a series of incidents in a government-led campaign of hatred against Bahá’ís. The cemetery was destroyed sometime between 9-10 September near Najafabad. It followed a similar incident in July, when... Read more

Moral issues of climate change stressed at Commission on Sustainable Development

UNITED NATIONS — As the scientific consensus on global warming grows, it’s time to look more closely at how to share the economic, social, and humanitarian burdens that climate change will likely bring. That was the main message of a panel discussion on “The Ethical... Read more

Confidential Iran memo exposes policy to deny Baha'i students university education

NEW YORK — The Bahá’í International Community has obtained a copy of a confidential 2006 letter written by Iran’s Ministry of Science, Research and Technology instructing Iranian universities to expel any student who is discovered to be a Bahá’í. The letter refutes... Read more

Baha'i world loses most distinguished member

HAIFA, Israel — The worldwide Bahá’í community has lost its most distinguished member with the passing of Dr. Ali-Muhammad Varqa on 22 September 2007 at his home here. In 1955, Dr. Varqa was appointed to the high rank of “Hand of the Cause” by Shoghi Effendi, Guardian of... Read more

Samoan head of state, a Baha'i, passes away

APIA, Samoa — The Samoan head of state, His Highness Susuga Malietoa Tanumafili II, who was a Bahá’í, passed away on the evening of 11 May 2007. He was 94 years old. One of the longest reigning monarchs in the world, he had been head of state since Samoa gained... Read more

Religion can help fight AIDS, says study

GEORGETOWN, Guyana — Strategies to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS among young people could be more effective if they tapped into the power of religious belief and practice, according to researchers who studied the knowledge and attitudes of young people in relation to... Read more

New Baha'i representative to open office in Brussels to strengthen ties with European Union

GENEVA — Sarah Vader has joined the Bahá’í International Community as a representative to the United Nations. In addition to working at UN offices in Geneva, Ms. Vader will establish an office in Brussels aimed at strengthening the Community’s ties with the European... Read more

Can corporations possess spiritual qualities?

Spiritual Enterprise: Building Your Business in the Spirit of Service By Lawrence Miller George Ronald Oxford Lawrence Miller’s client list reads like a page from the Fortune 500 directory. In 30 years of management consulting, Mr. Miller has worked with companies... Read more