Stories in Volume 16, Issue 4 — January-March 2005


At the UN, women rally to preserve advances gained in Beijing

Ten-year review of 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women finds a mixed record of gains and delays on women's rights worldwide and sees a large turnout of NGOs. UNITED NATIONS — For two weeks in March, the stately halls of the glass and steel UN building took on a... Read more

Copenhagen plus 10 fights to keep social development at center stage

Advocates for the world's poor, the unemployed, and the disempowered, laboring under the shadow of the 11 September 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and all that followed, indicated they were hard-pressed merely to hold ground on social development promises. UNITED... Read more

Perspective: The challenge of extreme poverty

For as long as can be remembered, even people of good conscience have dismissed the challenge posed by extreme poverty as something too overwhelming, too vast, and too complicated to be solved. But now a team of 265 development experts and economists has concluded that... Read more
Human Rights

Baha'i International Community dismayed at lack of human rights resolution on Iran as persecution worsens

GENEVA — The Bahá'í International Community has expressed its dismay and disappointment at the failure of the UN Commission on Human Rights even to consider a resolution on human rights in Iran this year. “In view of the sharp increase of human rights violations against... Read more

Two new members join the Universal House of Justice

HAIFA, Israel – In a by-election involvIng the 183 national Bahá'í communities worldwide, two new members have been elected to the international governing council of the Bahá'í Faith. The two new members of the Universal House of Justice, Payman Mohajer and Paul Lample,... Read more

Baha'is in three African nations celebrate 50 years of accomplishments

GABORONE, Botswana — Half a century ago, because of apartheid restrictions, the Bahá'ís of Botswana had to meet under the cover of darkness. Today, however, the community is well accepted — including by the Government. Celebrations of the Bahá'í community's 50th... Read more

Clinical economics for the global emergency room

The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time By Jeffrey D. Sachs The Penguin Press New York In an early chapter of his bold and thoroughly engaging new book, Jeffrey Sachs says he has learned much about development economics from watching his wife practice... Read more