Stories in Volume 11, Issue 4 — January-March 2000


Madame Ruhiyyih Rabbani, leading Baha'i dignitary, passes away in Haifa

An author, filmmaker and lecturer who cared deeply for the environment and indigenous peoples, she held a preeminent position as a Bahá'í representative; millions mourn. HAIFA, Israel - Madame Rúhíyyih Rabbáni, the preeminent international dignitary of the Bahá'í Faith,... Read more

Baha'is pitch in after "super-cyclone"

Local Bahá'í councils provided a network through which the Bahá'í community of India was able to assist both its co-religionists and the population at large after a "super-cyclone" struck India's east coast last November. ORISSA, India - It has been roughly six months... Read more

Women of the world look ahead to Beijing Plus Five in June

This year's Commission on the Status of Women wrestled with difficult issues in assessing world progress for women since the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. UNITED NATIONS - For the better part of March, the United Nations Commission on the Status of... Read more

In Botswana, a simple sewing club for women makes a big difference

The Oodi Sewing Club is modest as development projects go. It takes no money from the outside and its membership has numbered a total of 25 women, mostly poor single mothers. Yet more than half have found jobs since joining and virtually all say they have found a new... Read more

Adib Taherzadeh, member of the Universal House of Justice, passes away

HAIFA, Israel - Mr. Adib Taherzadeh, member of the Universal House of Justice, passed away on 26 January 2000 after some months of illness. He was 78. Born in Yazd, Iran, Mr. Taherzadeh studied electrical engineering at Teheran University and then pursued advanced... Read more

Earth Charter final draft issued

Wangari Maathai, Maurice Strong and Peter Adriance in The Hague at the official launch of the final draft of the Earth Charter PARIS - After eight years of deliberations, involving more than 100,000 people in at least 50 countries, the Earth Charter Commission issued a... Read more

Perspective: Religion and the advancement of women

"According to the spirit of this age, women must advance and fulfill their mission in all departments of life, becoming equal to men. They must be on the same level as men and enjoy equal rights. This is my earnest prayer and it is one of the fundamental principles of Bahá'... Read more

Mildred Mottahedeh, first Baha'i International Community representative to the United Nations, passed away

NEW YORK - Mildred Mottahedeh, the first Bahá'í International Community representative to the United Nations, passed away on 17 February 2000. She was 91. A world-renowned producer and collector of fine porcelain, a promoter of social and economic development, and an... Read more

A first novel weaves "an intricate Persian carpet" about a thief, a priest, a spy and a saddlebag

The Saddlebag By Bahiyyih Nakhjavani Bloomsbury London Among the new cultural expressions that have arisen in our contracting world, with its shifting and blurring of national boundaries, are "world music" and "world literature." In the latter category, one thinks... Read more