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Stories in Volume 10, Issue 1 — April-June 1998

Development

In Stockholm, a global dialogue on microcredit focuses on social impact

Some 80 leading specialists on microfinance, gathered for a face-to-face exchange, warn of new challenges as large financial institutions and other major players increasingly turn to small-scale lending. STOCKHOLM - In an effort to ensure that the global rush to promote... Read more
The Arts

In Norway, a classical composer strives for a new musical paradigm

Lasse Thoresen, well-known in his native country, integrates meditation and music within the complex framework of classical composition; a new CD and a book map out his intended direction. BERGEN, Norway - Even though he is widely recognized as one of Norway's top... Read more
Perspective

PERSPECTIVE: The Spiritual Foundation of Human Rights

Human rights are essentially a codification of mainly spiritual laws which are themselves the cumulative achievement of the world’s religious traditions. [Editor's note: The following Perspective is adapted from a keynote address delivered by Dr. Suheil Bushrui... Read more
Education

In Thailand, a provincial school paves the way for education in a global society

A learning environment that encourages a global vision and moral action. YASOTHON, Thailand - Every May in this quiet provincial capital, people gather to fire elaborately designed handmade gunpowder rockets into the atmosphere. The Rocket Festival is held to wake the... Read more
Governance

Eighth International Convention a showcase for diversity

An electoral process that stands as a "functioning model of global governance." HAIFA - More than 1,100 Bahá'ís from around the world gathered here at the end of April to choose the membership of the international governing council of the worldwide Bahá'í community, the... Read more
Development

Hospital Bayan wins government support

PALACIOS, Honduras - Hospital Bayan, a Bahá'í-sponsored community hospital and medical center, has entered into a three-year agreement with the Ministry of Health and the municipality. Under the agreement, which was signed 4 June 1998, the Ministry of Health will provide... Read more
Review

Women, putting differences aside with love and faith, fight a terrible tradition

Do They Hear You When You Cry By Fauziya Kassindja and Layli Miller Bashir Delacorte Press New York At first glance, Do They Hear You When You Cry seems to be a fairly straightforward institutional horror story, about an African woman who flees to America to escape... Read more