Stories in Volume 18, Issue 4 — January-March 2007

The Arts

For artist Duffy Sheridan, painting is a means to "elevate the human condition"

Increasingly recognized for his contributions to the new “realism,” Mr. Sheridan is unambiguous about how his Bahá’í belief affects his artistic expression. ELOY, Arizona, USA — Having painted in obscurity for decades, artist Duffy Sheridan was in Italy of all places... Read more

Perspective: Climate change and the oneness of humanity

With the release in February of the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), there remains little doubt about the reality of global warming. “Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, as is now evident from observations of increases in... Read more

Focus on the empowerment of girls at 2007 UN meeting on women's status

UNITED NATIONS — Last autumn, Anisa Fadaei started a discussion group on women’s issues at her high school. Meeting every two weeks at lunch, about a dozen girls examined issues like domestic violence, unequal pay rates, and trafficking in girls. The topics were... Read more
The Arts

Design for Baha'i temple in South America wins citation

TORONTO, Canada — After months of testing a key computer model for the unique Bahá’í House of Worship to be built in Chile, architects announced in February that fabrication of components for the structure is beginning. The milestone comes just as the design for the... Read more
Human Rights

In Iran, Baha'i schoolchildren are now targets of persecution

NEW YORK — Bahá’í students in primary and secondary schools throughout Iran are increasingly being harassed, vilified, and held up to abuse, according to recent reports from inside the country. During a 30-day period from mid-January to mid-February 2007, some 150... Read more
The Arts

Congo Republic issues stamp for World Religion Day

BRAZZAVILLE, Congo Republic — The Congo Republic became the second country to issue a postage stamp for World Religion Day, an annual event commemorated in dozens of cities and towns around the globe. The stamp was presented here on 20 January 2007 at a World Religion... Read more

In Papua New Guinea, mothers take charge

MOM VILLAGE, Papua New Guinea — In a simple but striking example of grass roots development, a group of villagers on a remote island some 30 kilometers off Papua New Guinea’s northern coast have funded and built their own medical aid station. Inspired by the teachings of... Read more
Human Rights

Firing of Egyptian Baha'i draws international scrutiny, highlights rights concerns

CAIRO — The firing of a young teaching assistant at the German University of Cairo, apparently solely because he is a Bahá’í, has drawn concern from German politicians and academics concerned with human rights. Bassem Wagdi, a 24-year-old, third-generation Egyptian Bahá’... Read more

The new atheism, reconsidered

The God Delusion By Richard Dawkins Houghton Mifflin Company Boston – New York In a world threatened by religious extremism, the need to take stock in religion and to search for new perspectives is an urgent one. Among the most vigorous of such examinations is a... Read more