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Stories in Volume 16, Issue 2 — July-September 2004

Human Rights

In Iran, a renewed persecution aims at "cultural cleansing"

In its ongoing persecution of the Bahá'í community, the Iranian government shifts to softer targets – destroying cultural landmarks and depriving youth of education – in an apparent effort to avoid international attention while smothering the country’s largest religious... Read more
Interfaith

Interfaith relations in the post-9/11 world are examined in Barcelona

At perhaps the largest interfaith gathering ever held, the 2004 Parliament of the World’s Religions considers the richness of diversity and the "Pathways to Peace." BARCELONA, Spain — Without doubt, there was a distinct shadow over the 2004 Parliament of the World’s... Read more
Perspective

Perspective: The moral challenge of Beijing + 10

While statistics give the big picture, the individual stories about the everyday burdens that women face around the world are often what touch the soul and stir the conscience. New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof recently told one such story, about a woman in rural... Read more
Development

In Ghana, Baha'i development efforts are praised

ACCRA, Ghana — The principles of the Bahá'í Faith "could shed light on what steps our society should take to improve our social and economic life," a senior government official told participants at the Bahá'í jubilee celebrations in this West African nation. The theme of... Read more
Scholarship

"Spirit and Intellect" the theme of annual Baha'i studies conference

CALGARY, Canada — Spiritual ideas are an essential component in solving the world’s complex problems, according to the opening speaker at the annual conference of the Association for Bahá'í Studies-North America, held here 3-6 September 2004. "The global problems of the... Read more
Community Development

In the United Kingdom, Bahá'ís promote a dialogue on diversity

Against a backdrop of national concern, the Bahá'í community of the United Kingdom has taken a leading role in promoting a wider discussion of how to heal the divisions that have arisen as Great Britain has grown more diverse. HACKNEY, United Kingdom — Once known as the... Read more
Review

Good intentions, complex realities

Building Sustainable Peace Edited by Tom Keating and W. Andy Knight United Nations University Press Tokyo / New York / Paris When the Cold War effectively ended some 15 years ago, there was great hope that the world would soon move into a new era of peace and... Read more