Stories in Volume 8, Issue 4 — January-March 1997


In Russia, a long-suppressed community is restored

New freedom to investigate religion has opened doors for individual spiritual searching; many have re-discovered the Bahá'í Faith, which has focused on building tolerance and ethics PERM, Russian Federation - Like so many of her generation, Larissa Tsutskova was raised... Read more

The Rise of Civil Society

PERSPECTIVE -- It is perhaps the most significant social phenomenon of our time: the sudden efflorescence of countless movements and organizations of social change at local, regional, and international levels. This blossoming of civil society, as represented by non-... Read more

The Microcredit Summit: NGOs host a world-class meeting

WASHINGTON - With some 17 dignitaries from around the world waiting to speak, it was not surprising that Sam Daley-Harris became concerned when Ugandan President Yoweri Kakuguta Museveni started running beyond his allotted time. So Mr. Daley-Harris, as director of the... Read more

"Benchmark" draft of Earth Charter emerges at Rio + 5

Looking ahead to the upcoming "Earth Summit II," scheduled for June in New York, NGOs call for an emphasis on values, issuing a new draft of the long-discussed Earth Charter RIO DE JANEIRO - A redrafted "Earth Charter," which emphasizes human oneness and challenges the... Read more
Human Rights

Sentenced to death for "apostasy," two Baha'is in Iran await appeals

A number of governments and organizations outside Iran have recently expressed grave concern over the status of two Bahá'ís in Iran who have been sentenced to death for allegedly committing apostasy - a "crime" that boils down to choosing one faith over another. NEW YORK... Read more
Human Rights

With deep roots, the Baha'i community of Russia survived a long era of Communist persecution

The connection between Russia and the Bahá'í Faith stretches back more than a century. In the mid-1800s, Russian diplomats made important interventions on behalf of the Faith when it faced a first round of persecutions in Iran. Turn-of-the-century Russian intellectuals... Read more

An unsung hero of the early women's movement

The Sex Side of Life: Mary Ware Dennett's Pioneering Battle for Birth Control and Sex Education By Constance M. Chen  The New Press  New York Good biographies tell the story not only of a subject's life, but also of their times, covering the major social and... Read more