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Stories in Volume 19, Issue 4 — July-September 2008

World Heritage

Baha'i holy places in Israel added to UN World Heritage list

The Shrine of Bahá'u'lláh and the Shrine of the Báb join the Vatican, the Old City of Jerusalem, and the Pyramids, among other places, as sites of "outstanding universal value." ACRE, Israel — The holiest place on earth for Bahá'ís is an 19th century mansion and... Read more
World Heritage

Baha'i pilgrimage: "People can sense the presence of God"

HAIFA, Israel - In its decision to inscribe the two major Bahá'í holy places on the UN World Heritage list, the World Heritage Committee focused in large part on their significance as a place of pilgrimage. "The Holy shrine of Bahá'u'lláh and the Holy shrine of the Báb,... Read more
Perspective

Perspective: The future of food: balancing the local and global

In June this year, global food prices climbed to an all-time high, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). While consumers in developed countries have been forced to look a bit harder for discounts at their local grocer, the effect on those living in... Read more
Human Rights

Concerned about "quagmire" in human rights, Baha'is launch new discourse

NEW YORK - Concerned that the goal of establishing a universal standard for human rights has become mired in competing international agendas, the Bahá'í International Community has launched an initiative to explore how best to strengthen the promotion of human rights and... Read more
Human Rights

Iranian Baha'is face new attacks - and also gain increased support

NEW YORK - In recent months, Iranian Bahá'ís have continued to face increasing persecution from their government and its proxies. At the same time, however, they are receiving growing support and succor from both inside and outside Iran. Among recent developments:... Read more
Development

Rural development is the focus at UN Commission on Sustainable Development

UNITED NATIONS - Over the last 30 years, the Bahá'í-inspired SAT program has trained upwards of 100,000 people in Latin America in new methods of rural development, using a distinctive integrated approach that places knowledge and individual empowerment at its center.... Read more
Literacy

In Ethiopia, an educational TV show for children wins an audience and more

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - "Tsehai," a young giraffe, was born from the marriage of a local schoolteacher and an American software developer. A hand puppet who is the star of her own Amharic-language television show, Tsehai went on to capture the imagination of children... Read more

Vietnam recognizes its Baha'is as a religious community

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam - The government of Vietnam has given full recognition to the Bahá'í community as a religious organization. A certificate was presented to representatives of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Vietnam at a ceremony on 25 July 2008... Read more
Review

Step by step, a recipe for world peace

Collective Security Within Reach By Sovaida Ma'ani Ewing George Ronald Oxford If ever there were a great idea that failed most regrettably in its implementation, it is that of international collective security. The concept is simple: to establish peace, the nations... Read more