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Stories in Volume 19, Issue 3 — April-June 2008

Governance

In Haifa, a global election showcases global diversity

More than 1,000 delegates from 153 countries, using a distinctive democratic electoral process, gather to elect the international governing body of the Bahá'í Faith HAIFA, Israel — For nearly three hours on 29 April 2008, more than 1,000 people from 153 countries filed... Read more
Governance

With no nominations or campaigning, how does the Baha'i electoral process work?

Related story: In Haifa, a global election showcases global diversity More than 1,000 delegates from 153 countries, using a distinctive democratic electoral process, gather to elect the international governing body of the Bahá'í Faith HAIFA, Israel - In a world... Read more
Perspective

Perspective: Crossing the divide between science and religion: a view on evolution

Many people today question the place of religion in an age of science. This is understandable: the extraordinary success of the scientific method at providing a nearly seamless explanatory framework for the physical world has acutely challenged traditional religious beliefs... Read more
Women

Women's equality can improve economic performance, economist tells the UN

UNITED NATIONS - Equality between the sexes can have a real world economic effect, potentially improving the economic performance of nations and corporations. That was among the ideas offered by noted economist Augusto Lopez-Claros, speaking in February at the United... Read more
Poverty

At the UN, a discussion of poverty, employment, and the meaning of work

UNITED NATIONS - The Bahá'í International Community issued two statements, one on poverty and one on employment and work, and helped to organize a panel discussion on youth and employment at the UN Commission on Social Development in February. The statement on poverty, "... Read more
Human Rights

In Iran, new anti-Baha'i tactics come amidst surprising pockets of support

GENEVA - Last March, after being threatened twice, once by anti-Bahá'í graffiti at his workplace and then by a hate-filled letter, a 53-year-old Bahá'í businessman in Shiraz, Iran, was chained to a tree, doused with gasoline, and assaulted by an unknown assailants who threw... Read more
Human Rights

In Egypt, the government decides not to appeal Baha'i decision in religious freedom cases

From previous issues: Egypt lower court rules in favor of Bahá’ís, opening door to ID card solution CAIRO — In a victory for religious freedom, a lower administrative court has ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in two lawsuits that sought to resolve the government’s... Read more
Recognition

In Vietnam, a milestone for Baha'is

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam - The Bahá'ís of Vietnam have reached a historic milestone with the election - for the first time in many years - of a national Bahá'í administrative body. In Vietnam, the Bahá'í national convention and election held 20-21 March 2008 were the... Read more
Review

The "new Alexandria" and global change

Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything By Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams Portfolio New York We live in a period characterized by diversity, chaos and an intense search for solutions to increasingly complex and global problems. Within that... Read more