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Stories in Volume 21, Issue 1 — April-July 2010

Interfaith

World religious leaders call for action on poverty, peace, and the environment

WINNIPEG, Canada — Religious leaders from around the world convened in June in this central Canadian prairie city to challenge global political leaders to take “inspired leadership and action” to halt poverty, protect the environment, and work harder to end violent conflict... Read more
Perspective

Rethinking Prosperity: Forging Alternatives to a Culture of Consumerism

Against the backdrop of climate change, environmental degradation, and the crippling extremes of wealth and poverty, the transformation from a culture of unfettered consumerism to a culture of sustainability is now widely understood as a necessary step. To promote such a... Read more
Environment

At the UN, a discussion on consumerism and its impact on the planet

NEW YORK — One of the critical questions about humanity’s long term future is this: Can the earth support the estimated nine billion people who are likely to be alive at mid-century if everyone adopts a consumer-oriented lifestyle like Europeans or North Americans? Many... Read more
Religious Freedom

Freedom of belief discussed in prelude to World Religions Summit

WINNIPEG, Canada — Religion remains a powerful force in world affairs, and freedom of religion must be upheld to ensure that its influence is progressive and positive. That was among the main themes at a seminar on religious freedom held 22 June 2010. Sponsored by the... Read more
Administration

Two new members of the Universal House of Justice are chosen in a by-election

HAIFA, Israel — The worldwide Bahá’í community has elected two new members of the Universal House of Justice, its international governing body, replacing two departing members. Stephen Birkland and Stephen Hall were chosen in a by-election held earlier this year. Their... Read more
Advancement of Women

In Brazil, innovative seminars help combat domestic violence

BRASILIA, Brazil — Without doubt, domestic violence is a global problem, affecting women in every country. According to the World Health Organization, as many as one in four women in the world have suffered violence at the hands of an intimate partner. Brazil is no... Read more
Human Rights

In Iran, the bulldozing of 50 Baha'i homes is only part of the story

The demolition of 50 Bahá’í homes in small northern Iranian farming village of Ivel in June drew expressions of outrage from around the world. The BBC used the incident to introduce a general story about the wide-ranging and intensifying persecution faced by Bahá’ís... Read more
Review

What the fall of the Roman empire tells us about humanity's global future

The Empathic Civilization: The Race to Global Conciousness in a World in Crisis By Jeremy Rifkin Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, New York Imagine for a moment that human beings have a faculty deep inside that, if properly nurtured, could reliably counteract our seemingly... Read more