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  • April 27

    Bahái Words
    Words
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Say: God sufficeth all things above all things, and nothing in the heavens or in the earth but God sufficeth. Verily, He is in Himself the Knower, the Sustainer, The Omnipotent. ~ The Báb
  • They don’t like the aggression

    The Cormorant Baker
    Steve
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Kate Kelly’s excommunication letter, June 23 2014: “The difficulty, Sister Kelly, is not that you say you have questions or even that you believe that women should receive the priesthood. The problem is that you have persisted in an aggressive effort to persuade other church members to your point of view and that your course […]
  • Unnatural acts

    The Cormorant Baker
    Steve
    6 Jun 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Homo sapiens emerged out of Africa. As the species spread, some populations became afflicted with abhorrent conditions such as light skin colouring. Today, billions of people have this aberration. We must turn off the gene that causes pale skin, so that people no longer need to “cover up”. Pastiness is highly condemned and often a […]
  • The Universe loves laughter?

    The Cormorant Baker
    Steve
    25 Apr 2015 | 2:19 am
    The decline in quality and propriety of book titles has been going on for decades. In 1960, William Sears, a retired radio and television personality, put out a book with the title “God Loves Laughter”, despite the obvious fact that God is beyond limitations. One very important consequence of God’s being incomparable is that God […]
  • April 26

    Bahái Words
    Words
    25 Apr 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Thy name is my healing, O my God, and remembrance of Thee is my remedy. Nearness to Thee is my hope, and love for Thee is my companion. Thy mercy to me is my healing and my succor in both this world and the world to come. Thou, verily, art the All-Bountiful, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise. ~ Bahá’u’lláh
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    Baha'i World News Service Headlines

  • Dialogue on development paves new path in India

    14 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    INDORE — Approximately 90 academics, development practitioners and university students gathered for a seminar here on 7 April, to explore the direction of development planning and policies in India. Organized by the Baha'i Chair for Studies in Development at Devi Ahilya University in Indore, the seminar, titled Applying Spiritual Principles and Scientific Methods to Development Practice,...
  • Religious leaders and World Bank commit to ending extreme poverty

    9 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    WASHINGTON — A group of diverse religious leaders has issued a statement giving strong support and "moral consensus" to a World Bank-initiated effort to end extreme poverty in 15 years. The statement, "Ending Extreme Poverty: A Moral and Spiritual Imperative", was released today at a media teleconference featuring World...
  • Symposium reframes dialogue on secular society, religion, and the common good

    4 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    VANCOUVER — Leading Canadian scholars, public servants, and civil society actors gathered here for a symposium at the University of British Columbia from 22 to 24 March to explore the meaning of building a "whole society" and the constructive role of religion in the secular, public sphere. Organized by a national committee representing a cross-section of civil society organizations in Canada,...
  • In rural Colombia, seeds of transformation take root

    29 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    AGUA AZUL, Colombia — In Norte del Cauca, the land is blanketed by sugar cane plantations. They run for miles, under the watchful gaze of the Andes. Scattered amid the expanse of monoculture fields, villages and small farms dot the terrain. In recent decades, these traditional farms and the lush greenery of the region have been largely overtaken by vast fields of sugar cane crop. Here,...
  • UN votes for continued monitoring of human rights in Iran

    26 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    GENEVA — In a clear rejection of Iran's claim that the human rights situation in that country has improved, the UN Human Rights Council today extended the mandate of its Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran. "The Council's vote to renew the mandate of Ahmed Shaheed sends a strong signal to Iran that the world does not accept mere promises on human rights but rather expects concrete...
 
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    Bahái Words

  • April 27

    Words
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Say: God sufficeth all things above all things, and nothing in the heavens or in the earth but God sufficeth. Verily, He is in Himself the Knower, the Sustainer, The Omnipotent. ~ The Báb
  • April 26

    Words
    25 Apr 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Thy name is my healing, O my God, and remembrance of Thee is my remedy. Nearness to Thee is my hope, and love for Thee is my companion. Thy mercy to me is my healing and my succor in both this world and the world to come. Thou, verily, art the All-Bountiful, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise. ~ Bahá’u’lláh
  • April 25

    Words
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:02 pm
    Delight not yourselves in the things of the world and its vain ornaments, neither set your hopes on them. Let your reliance be on the remembrance of God, the Most Exalted, the Most Great. ~ Bahá’u’lláh
  • April 24

    Words
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Be in perfect unity. Never become angry with one another. Let your eyes be directed toward the kingdom of truth and not toward the world of creation. Love the creatures for the sake of God and not for themselves. You will never become angry or impatient if you love them for the sake of God. Humanity is not perfect. There are imperfections in every human being, and you will always become unhappy if you look toward the people themselves. But if you look toward God, you will love them and be kind to them, for the world of God is the world of perfection and complete mercy. ~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
  • April 23

    Words
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    This is the Day whereon He Who is the Revealer of the names of God hath stepped out of the Tabernacle of glory, and proclaimed unto all who are in the heavens and all who are on the earth: “Put away the cups of Paradise and all the life-giving waters they contain, for lo, the people of Baha have entered the blissful abode of the Divine Presence, and quaffed the wine of reunion, from the chalice of the beauty of their Lord, the All-Possessing, the Most High.” ~ Bahá’u’lláh
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    The Baha'i Community of Arlington, Virginia

  • Celebrate with us the Twelfth Day of Ridván

    Mitko
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:47 pm
    The Baha’i Community warmly invites you to celebrate with us the The Twelfth Day of Ridván, concluding the annual Bahá’í festival commemorating the historic events during which Bahá’u’lláh declared Himself to be God’s Messenger to the age of humanity’s collective maturity, foretold in all the world’s scriptures. The celebration will take place on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at the picnic shelter to the right of the Amphitheater at Lubber Run Park, 200 N Columbus St., Arlington, VA 22203. A potluck picnic lunch starting at noon will precede a devotional…
  • An interfaith prayer gathering for a departed Arlington neighbor

    Mitko
    5 Jan 2015 | 12:13 pm
    “God got a gift for Christmas and it was my Daddy…” These were the words my 7 year old neighbor told his family and there was not a dry eye at the gathering to mourn the departure of his father.  This and many other stories of that family’s unshakable faith were shared with me when several ladies — grandmother, sisters, aunts — stop by to thank me for taking care of their little boy the night when his daddy’s soul winged its flight from this mortal world. “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if…
  • Celebrating the birth of the Báb, Bahá’u’lláh’s herald

    Mitko
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    “The path to guidance is one of love and compassion, not of force and coercion.” — The Báb On Monday, October 20, 2014, from noon till 4 pm, the Bahá’is of Arlington, VA will join neighboring communities in celebrating the Birth of the Báb, with a picnic and devotional program hosted by the Bahá’i community of Falls Church, at Cherry Hill Park. Annual Birth of the Bab Celebration – Oct. 20 – Cherry Hill Park, Falls Church, VA The Bahá’í Faith traces its origin to 1844 and the announcement by a young man, Siyyid ‘Ali-Muhammad, in Shiraz, Persia. He…
  • Commemoration of the Martyrdom of the Bab

    Mitko
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    The Martyrdom of the Báb, the forerunner of the Baha’i Faith, took place on July 9, 1850 at noon. An event with no parallel in history save the crucifixion of Jesus, it is commemorated as a solemn Holy Day by Bahá’ís around the world. The holy day commemorates the anniversary of the execution of the Bab, the herald of the Baha’i Faith, by a firing squad on July 9, 1850, in Tabriz, Persia. It is one of the nine holy days of the year when work, for Baha’is, is suspended. There are no prescribed activities for this solemn day, but usually Baha’is will gather to read from…
 
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    Befriended Stranger

  • From the Garden of Eden to the Garden of Ridvan

    Mitko Gerensky
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Spiritual  Conversation and Prayer Station “From the Garden of Eden to the Garden of Ridvan” – 7:30 pm on Friday, April 24, 2015 Dear friends, What nurtures your soul? What makes your heart tender? Prayer, spiritual conversation, music, fellowship, tea poured in peace, refreshments shared with smile? Whatever the answer might be, sharing songs, prayers and inspiration with friends gets us all closer to the Creator and recharges us for the days ahead. We invite you and your loves ones tonight to an Interfaith Spiritual Conversation and Prayer Station in Arlington, VA on the theme…
  • Musical Prayer Station “What Cannot Be Forgotten”

    Mitko Gerensky
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:36 pm
    “O SON OF SPIRIT! My claim on thee is great, it cannot be forgotten. My grace to thee is plenteous, it cannot be veiled. My love has made in thee its home, it cannot be concealed. My light is manifest to thee, it cannot be obscured.” ~ Baha’i Faith, Bahá’u’lláh, The Hidden Words #20 Dear friends, Have you had enough of this winter’s snow? Have the daily distractions blurred your vision of who you truly are? Then, it is time to remember not only that spring shall come but also what cannot be forgotten! What nurtures your soul? What makes your heart tender? Prayer,…
  • From “Selma” to Love ‘n Faith

    Mitko Gerensky
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:33 pm
    Discussing “Selma” at Love ‘n Faith I am sitting at a table in the cozy Love ‘n Faith Community Cafe  with a group of strangers, some of them students –current and former ones — of Howard University, and I can’t help but think of the invisible connection between the NC A&T Students’ Sitting for Justice at the Woolworth lunch counter in Greensboro, NC, and these words spoken by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá more than a century ago at Rankin Chapel in Howard University: “Today I am most happy, for I see here a gathering of the…
  • Appreciate, Befriend, Co-create

    Mitko Gerensky
    11 Jan 2015 | 9:17 pm
    See ye no strangers “You were talking as if you’ve been friends whole life”, Sofia, my 11 year-old daughter commented as we were walking to Northside Social for coffee and afternoon snack before our makeshift Bulgarian lesson at the library. She was referring to the pleasant conversation she, her sister and I had had with a beautiful half-Japanese/half-American graphics designer, Deborah, and her dog, Bentley, whom we met on the street. I smiled and answered: “Isn’t this what the Baha’i Faith is about — to treat strangers as friends?”…
  • Interfaith Prayer Station “Back to the Father”

    Mitko Gerensky
    27 Dec 2014 | 4:35 pm
    “God got a gift for Christmas and it was my Daddy…” These were the words my 7 year old neighbor told his family and there was not a dry eye at the gathering to mourn the departure of his father.  This and many other stories of that family’s unshakable faith were shared with me when several ladies — grandmother, sisters, aunts — stop by to thank me for taking care of their little boy the night when his daddy’s soul winged its flight from this mortal world. “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s…
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    borna's own blog

  • Cooked

    Borna Safai
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:09 pm
    Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael PollanMy rating: 3 of 5 starsFire, water, wind and earth - the four elements, and four different ways of filling our stomachs. Michael Pollan takes the reader on a tour of his investigation of and experimentation with food, and it is a fascinating and captivating read.Reading about barbeque, slow-cooking meals, baking bread, and making pickles/cheese/bread through fermentation with the help of some experts in their fields brings some saliva to the mouth. There's a lot to digest (pun intended), and there's a lot of science to back up the…
  • Have Hope

    Borna Safai
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:06 am
    This year's Ridván message from the Universal House of Justice had a beautiful paragraph, inspiring courage and giving hope to the Bahá'ís around the world:We wish to address some additional words to those of you in whose surroundings marked progress is yet to occur and who long for change. Have hope. It will not always be so. Is not the history of our Faith filled with accounts of inauspicious beginnings but marvellous results? How many times have the deeds of a few believers—young or old—or of a single family, or even of a lone soul, when confirmed by the power of divine assistance,…
  • this red cardinal brought much joy to my walk, spring is here!

    Borna Safai
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:07 pm
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  • User Story Mapping: Discover the Whole Story, Build the Right Product

    Borna Safai
    3 Apr 2015 | 7:28 pm
    User Story Mapping: Discover the Whole Story, Build the Right Product by Jeff PattonMy rating: 4 of 5 starsWriting stories is simple, but not easy. In User Story Mapping by Jeff Patton User Story Mapping: Discover the Whole Story, Build the Right Product, we get the rundown on why doing it is a good idea, and how to do it. While it feels like story mapping is something we can just step up and start doing after hearing about it, having a guideline such as this by Jeff Patton is very helpful.The first few chapters explain the basics, on how to get the big picture, plan for small releases and…
  • To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism

    Borna Safai
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:19 am
    To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism by Evgeny MorozovMy rating: 5 of 5 starsWhatever your thoughts are on technology and its use to solve problems, To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism will change your mind. And if it doesn't change your mind, it will at least make you start thinking about the Internet and blindly applying technology as a solution to every problem we face and experience.Unfortunately I read the book over too long a period of time so my memory is quite disjointed. Evgeny Morozov spends a great part of the…
 
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    Bahais Online

  • Brokenhearted Baha'is: LGBT's Rejected by Their Church

    17 Apr 2015 | 7:53 am
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  • MSU student shunned in Egypt wins coveted PD Soros Fellowship

    14 Apr 2015 | 10:14 pm
    Raeuf Roushangar, a Michigan State University graduate student studying biochemistry, has won a prestigious Paul Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans (http://www.pdsoros.org./) – an honor that comes with up to $90,000 stipend. Roushangar was one of 30 winners of the premier graduate school fellowship for immigrants and children of immigrants. The recipients, chosen from a pool of 1,200 applicants, were selected for their potential to make significant contributions to U.S. society, culture or their academic field. While winning the award is a high achievement, what Roushangar had to…
  • Shipwrecked sailor says he survived 66 days at sea with a lot of prayers

    3 Apr 2015 | 10:07 pm
    Facebook posts paint Jordan as a free-spirited young man who shared his father’s Baha’i faith... Louis Jordan’s Facebook page foreshadowed his fate. A year ago, the 37-year-old South Carolina man began posting photos of himself on his beloved 35-foot sailboat, Angel, which he had painstakingly restored. Over the coming months, he uploaded pictures of food he had jarred and fish he had caught for dinner. Jordan, it seemed, was preparing for a journey. On Dec. 28, 2014, he posted a video to Facebook. It was grainy footage of a woman recounting a near-death experience. Less than a month…
  • Seeking Justice and not Vengeance - a Baha'i Perspective

    31 Mar 2015 | 8:23 pm
    A young black man, Nicholas Thomas was gunned down on March 24, 2015. Iraj offers a few Baha'i prayers on healing and justice ... and ultimate forgiveness of those who repent in this gathering of family and friends of Nicholas in Smyrna, Georgia on March 31, 2015.
  • Baha’i Curious: Why Can’t My Religion Accept My Sexuality?

    24 Mar 2015 | 10:08 am
    I’ve been a Baha’i since April 21, 2007. I came out of the closet November 4, 2010, at age 24. I’ve been gay, however, since as far back as I can remember. I first learned about the Baha’i Faith from a Persian classmate at my high school in Auburn, Maine. We’re best of friends 15 years later, still. What concerns me are the contradictions within the guidance of the Baha’i Faith and how that affects what is, in all other respects, the most accepting, loving and global community I’ve ever known. She invited me over to her family home for a devotional. There, I met friends from…
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    The Cormorant Baker

  • The Universe loves laughter?

    Steve
    25 Apr 2015 | 2:19 am
    The decline in quality and propriety of book titles has been going on for decades. In 1960, William Sears, a retired radio and television personality, put out a book with the title “God Loves Laughter”, despite the obvious fact that God is beyond limitations. One very important consequence of God’s being incomparable is that God […]
  • They don’t like the aggression

    Steve
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Kate Kelly’s excommunication letter, June 23 2014: “The difficulty, Sister Kelly, is not that you say you have questions or even that you believe that women should receive the priesthood. The problem is that you have persisted in an aggressive effort to persuade other church members to your point of view and that your course […]
  • Born to be mild

    Steve
    6 Jul 2014 | 6:12 pm
    Get your motor running Head out on the highway Looking for Baha’u’llah In whatever comes your way
  • Horton hears a whoso

    Steve
    30 Jun 2014 | 2:44 am
    Sooner or later, every Bahai gets to hear a whoso. I heard quite a few in the Dunedin community just after Alison was removed from membership. Listen in, and you might hear one, too. “The sacred and youthful branch, the Guardian of the Cause of God, as well as the Universal House of Justice to […]
  • Unnatural acts

    Steve
    6 Jun 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Homo sapiens emerged out of Africa. As the species spread, some populations became afflicted with abhorrent conditions such as light skin colouring. Today, billions of people have this aberration. We must turn off the gene that causes pale skin, so that people no longer need to “cover up”. Pastiness is highly condemned and often a […]
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    Iran Press Watch

  • Demolition of the Home of a Baha’i Prisoner

    editor
    25 Apr 2015 | 9:49 pm
    Source: www.roozonline.com Translation by Iran Press Watch April 23, 2015 “Harassment of the Khanjani family is systematic” Fereshteh Ghazi f.ghazi@roozonline.com The country home of Jamaleddin Khanjani’s family in Semnan was demolished by Security Forces yesterday. Jamaleddin Khanjani is a member of the Baha’i Yaran Committee who is in prison. Based on reports from the Khanjani family, a day earlier they were given 48 hours to evacuate the house and even though they had succeeded to obtain a ruling from the Supreme Court to stop the demolition, the home, which was in the middle of…
  • BIHE Professor Freed at the End of Her 4-Year Sentence

    editor
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:48 pm
    Source: hra-news.org Translation by Sen’s daily  Nooshin Khadem, one of those arrested in May, 2011, when the Iranian authorities raided the Bahai Institute for High Education (BIHE), has been released from Evin prison at the end of her 4-year sentence. Throughout her sentence she was denied any prison furlough.   by
  • Baha’i Bride Arrested

    editor
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:43 pm
    Source: hra-news.org Translation by Alliance for Rights of All Minorities-ARAM Farima Farzandi, a Bahai resident of Tehran was arrested on April 21st and taken to an undisclosed location. According to a report from HRANA, armed government security agents raided Ms. Farzandi’s residence, searching and videotaping what is described as a “violent arrest.” Farima Farzandi was engaged to be married next week. No further information has been released on her location and wellbeing.   by
  • Imprisoned BIHE Professor Has Received Time off Due to Illness

    editor
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:34 pm
    Source: No to Campaign of Harassment and Imprisonment Against Baha’i’s Translation by Iran Press Watch Amanollah Mostaghim, a professor at the Baha’i Institute for Higher Education (BIHE – the Baha’i Open University) who has been assigned to Rajai Shahr Prison in Karaj, has received time off due to illness. This Baha’i from Shiraz, who was sentenced to five years of prison, is diabetic; he also has heart disease, and for this reason doctors have declared the stress of prison conditions to be dangerous to him. As reported by Saham: due to the upcoming end date…
  • Hassan Bazrafkan Begins One Year Sentence

    editor
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:34 pm
    Source: www.farzanfaramarzi.com Translation by Sen’s daily Hassan Bazrafkan, a Bahai from Marvdasht county (in Fars Province), was told to report to the authorities to begin serving a one-year sentence on April 18, although he has appealed the sentence and the review court has not yet issued its ruling. Mr. Bazrafkan was arrested in the street on September 11, 2013, and transferred immediately to the Ministry of Intelligence’s detention facility 100, in Shiraz, where he was held for 48 days before being transferred to Adel Abad prison. He was freed on bail from Adel Abad prison in…
 
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    Sen's daily

  • Another Bahai arrested in Hamadan; Bahai businesses remain closed

    Sen
    26 Apr 2015 | 3:28 pm
    Iran Religious News, April 26, 2015. Mehran Khandel (مهران خاندل), a Bahai living in the city of Hamadan, was arrested in his home on the afternoon of April 26. Agents from the security forces of Hamadan Province first searched his home, where Mr. Khandel was present with his two young children. Witnesses said that the agents had no search warrant, and conducted the search and arrest in an inhumane manner. Agents from the security forces had visited his home earlier, when they arrested nine other Bahais in Hamadan city, but he was travelling at the time. He had just returned, on…
  • Nine Bahais arrested in Hamadan: seven released on bail

    Sen
    25 Apr 2015 | 2:17 pm
    HRANA, April 25, 2015. In late March, nine Bahais were arrested in Hamadan. In recent days seven of these have been released on bail, ranging from 25 to 60 million tumans (8000 to 19,500 euros / $US 9000 to 21,000). Two Bahai women, Farida Ayoubi and Fataneh Mushtaq (فریده ایوبى و فتانه مشتاق) are still being held. Those who have been bailed are Hamid Adharnoush (حمید آذرنوش), Mas`oud Adharnoush (مسعود آذرنوش), Shahin Rashedi (شاهین راشدى), `Atefeh Zahedi (عاطفه زاهدى), Roumina Tabibi (رومینا طبیبى), Mina Hemmati…
  • Demolition of the house of a Bahai prisoner

    Sen
    25 Apr 2015 | 1:59 am
    Rooz Online (text in Persian and English), April 25, 2015. (Abbreviated) In Semnan, the vacation home of Jamaledin Khanjani (جمال الدین خانجانی), one of the seven imprisoned ‘Yaran’ (national facilitators for the Bahai community in Iran), has been demolished by security agents. According to a member of the family, one day they were told that they had 48 hours to vacate their house and the next day, even though they had obtained an order to delay the demolition from the Supreme Court, their house, which was situated in the middle of an agricultural field, was…
  • One arrest in Tehran

    Sen
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:40 pm
    ARAM (translating a HRANA report), April 25, 2015. Farima Farzandi (فریما فرزندى), a Bahai resident of Tehran, was arrested on April 21st and taken to an undisclosed location. According to a report from HRANA, armed government security agents raided Ms. Farzandi’s residence, searching and videotaping what is described as a “violent arrest.” Farima Farzandi was engaged to be married next week. No further information has been released on her location and wellbeing. Short link: http://wp.me/pNMoJ-2id Older items can be found in the archive, here. Even older news is…
  • Nushin Khadem freed

    Sen
    23 Apr 2015 | 1:14 am
    HRANA, April 22, 2015. Nushin Khadem (نوشین خادم), one of those arrested in May, 2011, when the Iranian authorities raided the Bahai Institute for High Education (BIHE), has been released from Evin prison at the end of her 4-year sentence. Throughout her sentence she was denied any prison furlough. Short link: http://wp.me/pNMoJ-2i9 Older items can be found in the archive, here. Even older news is here. Filed under: Bahai rights, prisoners Tagged: Bahai Faith, BIHE, Human rights in Iran, Iran, religious persecution, Sen McGlinn, بهایی, بهائی, بهائیت
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