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Finnish TV Talk Show Host Finds Success in Unconventional Approach

December 9, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/593

Television talk shows often use conflict as their formula to win viewers, but a young producer in Finland is making a go of it with a different model.

On his Monday night program, Aram Aflatuni presents a problem, then has a panel of experts try to solve it using consultation and cooperation.

"I don't believe in confrontational journalism," he...

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U.N. Committee Passes Resolution about Human Rights Violations in Iran

November 20, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/588

A committee of the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution today expressing "deep concern" about "ongoing systematic violations of human rights" in Iran.

Put forward by Canada and co-sponsored by 41 other countries, the resolution took note of repression and persecution aimed by the Iranian government at groups ranging from women and women's...

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Human Rights Groups Issue Report on Egypt

November 16, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://www.news.bahai.org/story/587

Egypt should end discriminatory practices that prevent Baha'is and others from listing their true religious beliefs on government documents, said Human Rights Watch and the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights in a major report released this week.

The 98-page report, titled "Prohibited Identities: State Interference with Religious Freedom," focused on the...

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Egypt Denies ID Papers to Converts

November 13, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: TVNZ.Reuters

http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/536641/1444148

Human rights groups said that Egypt routinely denies converts from Islam and members of unrecognised minority faiths such as Baha'is the right to list their true religious affiliation on key identity documents.

Regulations, rigidly enforced in Egypt, require that official documents show a religious affiliation chosen from three recognised faiths: Islam, Christianity...

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Young Zambian Teens Pull Together in Service Program

October 25, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://www.news.bahai.org/story/583

The Tonga tribe has lived in southern Zambia for hundreds of years, and members are proud of their longstanding traditions and strong social codes. But leaders say some of the customs are eroding - young people, for example, no longer seem to respect the elderly.

A new program involving hundreds of young teens working in small groups may help change that - and...

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Baha'is Hope Move Will Help Spread Word of Their Religion

October 20, 2007

Author: JEFFREY WEISS

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/city/collin/plano/stories/DN-relbahais_20met.ART.South.Edition1.428e293.html

The Dallas Baha'i Center celebrates moving into a new home today. Last weekend, the Plano Baha'i Center celebrated the dedication of a new worship hall.

In recent years, several other Baha'...

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New Baha'i Representative to Open Office in Brussels

October 12, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story/581

Sarah Vader has joined the Baha'i International Community as a representative to the United Nations.

In addition to working at U.N. offices in Geneva, Ms. Vader will establish an office in Brussels aimed at strengthening the BIC's ties with the European Union. In that role, Ms. Vader will work closely with national-level Baha'i affiliates in the 27 countries that are members...

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Baha'i Testifies at U.N. about Understanding among Religions

October 5, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story/580

A Baha'i from Tanzania - where different religious communities live peacefully together - testified yesterday before the United Nations General Assembly on how to promote religious understanding.

Addressing an informal hearing on "Interreligious and Intercultural Understanding and Cooperation for Peace," Mitra Deliri said that in her country, "large Christian and Muslim...

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Iranian Government Campaign Against Baha'is Shows New Facets

September 21, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/578

The bulldozing of a Baha'i cemetery in Iran last week is the latest in a series of incidents in a government-led campaign of hatred against Baha'is.

The destruction of the cemetery by individuals using heavy equipment occurred between 9 September and 10 September near Najafabad, on the outskirts of Isfahan. What happened there is nearly identical to what...

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Universal House of Justice Addresses Iranian Baha'i Students

September 14, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/577

In the wake of new evidence that Iran has lied about its intention to allow Baha'i students into universities, the Universal House of Justice has sent a letter to Iranian Baha'i youth encouraging them to respond with composure, perseverance, and a redoubled commitment to work towards the common good in Iran.

"With an illumined conscience, with a world-...

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Confidential Iran Memo Exposes Policy to Deny Baha'i Students University Education

August 27, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/575

The Baha'i International Community has received a copy of a confidential 2006 letter from Iran's Ministry of Science, Research and Technology instructing Iranian universities to expel any student who is discovered to be a Baha'i.

The letter refutes recent statements by Iranian officials, who say Baha'i students in Iran face no discrimination - despite the...

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South African Film Shows Faith in Action

August 19, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/573

Two professional filmmakers have finished an hourlong documentary about three Baha'is and how they practice their faith, and the film is being aired on television in South Africa and neighboring countries.

"Baha'i Faith: A Way Forward" was produced by Ryan and Leyla Haidarian at the request of the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which has licensed...

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Hip-Hop Hits Spiritual Chords

August 11, 2007

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/572

Be cool. Be religious. Yes, you can watch MTV and still have morals.

Some music professionals in Los Angeles - all of them Baha'is and all knee-deep or more in the entertainment industry - have come out with what one recording artist terms a "straight-up Baha'i album."

The group calls itself the Dawnbreaker Collective, the album is named "Arise," and the music is, well, cool.

Iran Harrassing Baha’i Kids on a Massive Scale

August 1, 2007

Author: Omid T

Source: Mideast Youth

http://www.mideastyouth.com/2007/08/01/iran-harrassing-bahai-kids-on-a-massive-scale/

Baha’i 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...some 150 incidents of insults, mistreatment, and even physical violence...

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