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Baha'i World News

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“We are all Baha’is”—Chorus of solidarity grows to unprecedented levels

August 23, 2016 Sana'a, YEMEN — An extraordinary wave of support by organizations and individuals has kindled hope in the hearts of the Baha'is of Yemen in the wake of recent arrests in that country, and has revealed the degree to which the motives of Baha'is to build unity have resonated with so many in that country and across the region. One statement of support opened with this dramatic assertion of... Read More

Songs to inspire social change

August 11, 2016 Near Ecuador's southwestern coast lies the town of Chongon. For the past four years, this small locality has brought together young adults from across Latin America for an innovative songwriting workshop. Participants all have an interest and talent in music as well as experience working with young people in Baha'i-inspired educational programs. The aim of the workshop is to produce music on... Read More

New website launched for Chile House of Worship

July 21, 2016 A new website for the Baha'i House of Worship in Santiago, Chile, has recently been launched. The site, which can be accessed at, has been redesigned in the lead up to the Temple's inauguration in October of this year. The beauty of the Temple's design, which the architect, Siamak Hariri, has described as " Read More

More voices from Islamic countries call for Iran to stop persecuting Baha'is

July 17, 2016 A group of Bangladeshi lawyers have joined the increasing numbers of Muslim intellectuals, religious leaders, and professionals worldwide who have called for an end to the persecution of Baha'is in Iran. In a letter dated 29 May 2016, signed by a dozen "law professionals of Bangladesh", the group says it... Read More

Faiths' contribution to peace explored at Presidential Palace in Colombia

July 12, 2016 BOGOTA — Approaching a highly anticipated, historic peace agreement in Colombia between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), President Juan Manuel Santos invited over 100 religious representatives to gather at the Presidential Palace on 4 July 2016. Given the unique role that religion plays in inspiring individuals and communities to work together for the... Read More

Five decades of guidance foster a growing youth movement

June 30, 2016 This summer marks fifty years since the Universal House of Justice first addressed a letter specifically to Baha'i youth around the world. Written in June 1966, the letter emphasized the centrality of the role of youth in bringing about a better world. Over the decades... Read More

European conferences highlight need for inclusive societies

June 26, 2016 VIENNA — With the rise in refugees entering Europe, greater attention is being given to building inclusive societies. This was one of the themes at two events last week: the Fundamental Rights Forum, held in Vienna from 20 to 23 June titled "Rights, Respect, Reality: the Europe of Values in Today's World", and the Council of Europe Conference of International NGOs, held in Strasbourg from 20 to... Read More

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Documenting the Persecution of the Baha'i Community in Iran

From Nayriz to New York: Hussein Ahdieh and the Story of Harlem Prep

Source: By SEAN NEVINS In 1961, a young immigrant by the name of Hussein Ahdieh arrived in New York Harbor aboard the RMS Queen Mary, an ocean liner carrying over 1,000 other passengers. He... Read More

Baha’i Businessman Arrested with His Daughter in Shiraz, Iran

Source: bahaitoday On Saturday, August 27th 2016 agents arrested by raiding into the house of Mr. Nematollah Bangaleh. Through this situation, his daughter- Nazanin Bangaleh- was arrested also. Good in the house were demolished while... Read More

Recording on 1988 Prison Massacre Exposes Early Fissure in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Source: The recently released audio recording of Grand Ayatollah Hosseinali Montazeri sharply denouncing the mass execution of political prisoners in the summer of 1988 has highlighted disagreements among prominent figures of the Islamic Republic that arose... Read More

Yashar Rezvani Arrested in Tehran

Source: Translation by Iran Press Watch August 3, 2016 According to a report from Bazdasht News, this morning agents of the Ministry of Information and Intelligence attacked a Baha’i, Mr. Yashar Rezvani, and arrested... Read More


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Light of the Kingdom: A Book by JoAnn Borovicka

August 29, 2016

I love books and have a particular soft-spot for Baha’i books. I was doubly happy when I heard that a friend, JoAnn Borovicka, has published a new book called Light of the Kingdom: Biblical Topics in the Baha’i Writings. I was joyful that a new Baha’i book was made available to the world, and proud of [...] Read More

Do Animals Have Souls?

August 25, 2016

My daughter was saddened when our pet hermit crab, Betsy, died and she asked if she’d see her again in the next world. The simple Baha’i answer to her question was no, she wouldn’t. However, I found a blanket “no” with no other exploration of the topic was not only insensitive but potentially incomplete. Baha’is [...] Read More

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