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  • David and Goliath

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    Borna Safai
    5 Jul 2015 | 3:02 pm
    David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm GladwellMy rating: 3 of 5 starsWhy did David beat Goliath? Why do seemingly smaller entities beat larger ones, in war or other situations? How can apparent disadvantages be turned into advantages?I think that's the premise of the book. And there's some information about how the smaller ones can choose not to play by the rules of the other, and thus create advantages to their own. But then Malcom Gladwell goes on to tell a bunch of other stories that don't really seem to convey any sort of message, except for the…
  • July 6

    Bahái Words
    Words
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    The Tongue of My power hath, from the heaven of My omnipotent glory, addressed to My creation these words: “Observe My commandments, for the love of My beauty.” Happy is the lover that hath inhaled the divine fragrance of his Best-Beloved from these words, laden with the perfume of a grace which no tongue can describe. Think not that We have revealed unto you a mere code of laws. Nay, rather, We have unsealed the choice Wine with the fingers of might and power. To this beareth witness that which the Pen of Revelation hath revealed. Meditate upon this, O men of insight! ~…
  • UN seminar highlights global citizenship education

    Baha'i World News Service Headlines
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    On June 15, UN permanent missions from France, Korea, Nigeria, Qatar, and the United States co-organized a seminar titled "Global Citizenship Education for a Just, Peaceful, Inclusive and Sustainable World", held in UN Headquarters in New York City. The Baha'i International Community and UNESCO were among seven NGOs and UN organizations that co-sponsored the event. Spanning nearly three hours,...
  • July 7

    Bahái Words
    Words
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    The fruits that best befit the tree of human life are trustworthiness and godliness, truthfulness and sincerity; but greater than all, after recognition of the unity of God, praised and glorified be He, is regard for the rights that are due to one’s parents. This teaching hath been mentioned in all the Books of God, and reaffirmed by the Most Exalted Pen. Consider that which the Merciful Lord hath revealed in the Qur’án, exalted are His words: “Worship ye God, join with Him no peer or likeness; and show forth kindliness and charity towards your parents …”…
  • Arlington Baha’is Sing for Unity

    The Baha'i Community of Arlington, Virginia
    Mitko
    11 Jun 2015 | 8:24 am
    “We, verily, have made music as a ladder for your souls, a means whereby they may be lifted up unto the realm on high” ~ Bahá’u’lláh Three Arlington Bahá’í sing with the Metropolitan Washington Bahá’í Chorale, a group of amateur singers whose youngest and eldest members are separated by more than 70 years of age difference yet united by their love for uplifting songs about peace and unity. Arlington Baha’is Sing with the Metropolitan Washington Baha’i Chorale The Metropolitan Washington Bahá’í Chorale is committed to promoting the…
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    Baha'i World News Service Headlines

  • UN seminar highlights global citizenship education

    25 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    On June 15, UN permanent missions from France, Korea, Nigeria, Qatar, and the United States co-organized a seminar titled "Global Citizenship Education for a Just, Peaceful, Inclusive and Sustainable World", held in UN Headquarters in New York City. The Baha'i International Community and UNESCO were among seven NGOs and UN organizations that co-sponsored the event. Spanning nearly three hours,...
  • Baha'i shopkeepers in Iran pressured against observing their religious holy days

    16 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Tens of Baha'is' shops in the cities of Rafsanjan, Kerman, Sari and Hamadan have been sealed by government authorities in an effort to pressure Baha'is not to observe their religious holy days. These shops, mostly small businesses, offering services like household appliance repairs or the sales of automobile parts or clothing, were sealed in April and May when the owners closed their stores in...
  • Global solidarity with seven imprisoned Iranian Baha'is

    26 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    A global campaign to call attention to the long and unjust imprisonment of seven Iranian Baha'i leaders spawned a worldwide outcry this month on the seventh anniversary of their arrest. From simple village assembly halls to government chambers, individuals and groups raised their voices to denounce the unjust incarceration of the seven, along with the 110 other Baha'is currently jailed for...
  • Newsreel marks new developments in Chile

    26 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    SANTIAGO — The eighth in a series of newsreels documenting the construction of the Baha'i House of Worship for South America has been released and can be viewed online in Spanish, English, and Portuguese at the official...
  • European Parliamentarians call for release of Iranian Baha'i prisoners

    20 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    BRUSSELS—Together with many voices from within Iran—including Nasrin Sotoudeh, a prominent human rights lawyer there—and from outside, five members of the European Parliament are calling for the immediate release of the seven imprisoned former Iranian Baha'i leaders saying, among other things, that such religious...
 
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    Bahái Words

  • July 7

    Words
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    The fruits that best befit the tree of human life are trustworthiness and godliness, truthfulness and sincerity; but greater than all, after recognition of the unity of God, praised and glorified be He, is regard for the rights that are due to one’s parents. This teaching hath been mentioned in all the Books of God, and reaffirmed by the Most Exalted Pen. Consider that which the Merciful Lord hath revealed in the Qur’án, exalted are His words: “Worship ye God, join with Him no peer or likeness; and show forth kindliness and charity towards your parents …”…
  • July 6

    Words
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    The Tongue of My power hath, from the heaven of My omnipotent glory, addressed to My creation these words: “Observe My commandments, for the love of My beauty.” Happy is the lover that hath inhaled the divine fragrance of his Best-Beloved from these words, laden with the perfume of a grace which no tongue can describe. Think not that We have revealed unto you a mere code of laws. Nay, rather, We have unsealed the choice Wine with the fingers of might and power. To this beareth witness that which the Pen of Revelation hath revealed. Meditate upon this, O men of insight! ~…
  • July 5

    Words
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    O SON OF BEING! Thou art My lamp and My light is in thee. Get thou from it thy radiance and seek none other than Me. For I have created thee rich and have bountifully shed My favor upon thee. ~ Bahá’u’lláh from The Hidden Words
  • July 4

    Words
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    O God, Almighty Protector! O Thou Who art the confirmer of every just power and equitable empire in eternal glory, everlasting power, continuance and greatness! Strengthen with the abundance of Thy mercy every government which acts with equity towards its subjects, and every dominion under whose flag the poor and weak find protection. We ask Thee by Thy holiness and bounty to pour out Thy blessing upon this government which has stretched its tent over citizens from every land, that its inhabitants, its industries, its territories may be penetrated by justice. O God! Strengthen its executives,…
  • July 3

    Words
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    O Son of Being! If poverty overtake thee, be not sad; for in time the Lord of wealth shall visit thee. Fear not abasement, for glory shall one day rest on thee. ~ Bahá’u’lláh from The Hidden Words
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    The Baha'i Community of Arlington, Virginia

  • Arlington Baha’is Sing for Unity

    Mitko
    11 Jun 2015 | 8:24 am
    “We, verily, have made music as a ladder for your souls, a means whereby they may be lifted up unto the realm on high” ~ Bahá’u’lláh Three Arlington Bahá’í sing with the Metropolitan Washington Bahá’í Chorale, a group of amateur singers whose youngest and eldest members are separated by more than 70 years of age difference yet united by their love for uplifting songs about peace and unity. Arlington Baha’is Sing with the Metropolitan Washington Baha’i Chorale The Metropolitan Washington Bahá’í Chorale is committed to promoting the…
  • Seven Days in Remembrance of Seven Years in Prison for the Seven Baha’i Leaders

    Mitko
    14 May 2015 | 10:52 am
    On May 14, the five men and two women that once comprised the unofficial Iranian Bahá’í leadership group known as the Yárán mark the completion of seven long years of imprisonment―difficult years that represent less than half of the manifestly unjust 20-year sentences they received in court proceedings that were not a trial but a travesty. Their continuing incarceration is but one facet of a ceaseless campaign of harassment, deprivations, and violent attacks the Bahá’ís of Iran have been forced to endure for well over three decades, a campaign of hate and repression…
  • 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…
 
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  • The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

    Borna Safai
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:22 pm
    The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric RiesMy rating: 3 of 5 starsI actually finished this book a month ago, but didn't know what I thought about the book until I went through it again. Now I know.The Lean Startup helps startups go from idea to product through experiments that generate validated learning. How is this done? Through a repeated series of steps through the Build - Measure - Learn feedback loop. With the assumptions that are inherent in the product, decide how to test it, build something that tests it…
  • David and Goliath

    Borna Safai
    5 Jul 2015 | 3:02 pm
    David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm GladwellMy rating: 3 of 5 starsWhy did David beat Goliath? Why do seemingly smaller entities beat larger ones, in war or other situations? How can apparent disadvantages be turned into advantages?I think that's the premise of the book. And there's some information about how the smaller ones can choose not to play by the rules of the other, and thus create advantages to their own. But then Malcom Gladwell goes on to tell a bunch of other stories that don't really seem to convey any sort of message, except for the…
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    Borna Safai
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    Bahais Online

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    4 Jul 2015 | 9:10 am
    The national organization for the Baha'i faith paid $1.2 million in May for a 2,863-square-foot vintage American Foursquare-style house on Sheridan Road in Wilmette, almost directly across the street from the landmark Baha'i House of Worship. Built in 1921, the brick house had not officially been listed. The sellers were a couple who bought it in 2013 for $895,000, netting them a $305,000 profit in less than two years. The house is at the northwest corner of Sheridan Road and Linden Avenue. To the north of the home is a vacant lot that the Baha'is own, and then across the street to the north…
  • The Confederate Flag and the Oneness of Humanity

    1 Jul 2015 | 9:01 am
    Just like ... the just-reached seminal decision by the U.S. Supreme Court granting marriage equality in all fifty states, realization of the Oneness of Mankind "implies an organic change"... As the Confederate flag of South Carolina goes down – literally and figuratively – and others, like Mississippi’s and Alabama’s, and even previously revered collectibles like the famed Dukes of Hazzard General Lee Confederate Matchbox Car, fall with it in rapid succession, many of us stand in awe that such a change is actually happening. While these moves were unimaginable just two weeks earlier,…
  • Closure of the BCCA

    7 Jun 2015 | 8:06 pm
    This is an extremely difficult letter for us to write. We are saddened to announce that, after nearly a quarter century of services provided to the Baha'i community world-wide, the BCCA is closing down all services as of 31 July 2015. This shutdown includes all email lists and websites that are currently managed by the BCCA. After that date, however, lists for Assemblies, clusters, teaching institutes and groups will be created and maintained under the newly-formed 'bahai.email' domain. Topical lists, such as Baha'i Writers and Baha'i Women will be discontinued. The Daily Readings and Baha'i…
  • "Bahais marry their sisters" - the prohibited degrees of affinity for marriage

    6 Jun 2015 | 9:21 am
    This posting will explore the principles and procedures that determine the ‘prohibited degrees of marriage’ in Bahai law. How closely does someone have to be related to you, to be too close for you to marry? The term “affinity” is used to include blood relationships and marriage relationships. Bahai readers will no doubt ask, why do we need a systematic explanation of this now? It is not as if there is a problem: we do not have a prevalence of first cousin marriages in Bahai communities, our assemblies are not overburdened by requests from fathers wanting to marry their daughters. Our…
  • Gay Baha'i man withdraws from faith over its anti-LGBT stance

    6 Jun 2015 | 7:58 am
    A gay California man who's advocated for LGBTs in the Baha'i faith recently withdrew from the religion over its anti-gay stance. Sean Rayshel, 36, is a third-generation American Baha'i who founded the LGBT Baha'i Twitter account Gay Baha'is United, is co-administrator of the Facebook group "LGBTQ Baha'is and Allies," and heads LGBT Baha'i online site Gay/Lesbian Baha'i Story Project. A May 2014 letter that Rayshel believes was circulated by Baha'i leadership says, "To regard a person who has a homosexual orientation with prejudice or disdain is entirely against the spirit of the faith."…
 
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    Iran Press Watch

  • “I Will Not Give up My Integrity”

    editor
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:54 pm
    Source: bahainews.net Translation by Iran Press Watch “I will not give up my integrity” In an interview with Baha’i News, Press Mr Farrokh Rostami, the husband of Mrs Farahnaz Misaghian*, a Baha’i prisoner in Yazd, offered some information about his wife. He spoke about her condition and the stress which she is undergoing. He spoke of mounted pressure from the Yazd Information Office to luring her into “cooperating”. Below is his interview: Mr Rostami, it is mentioned repeatedly that Yazd prison does not meet any acceptable sanitation standard. Please elaborate on that and…
  • Two Years Added to Baha’i Citizen’s Sentence

    editor
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:49 pm
    Source: bahaicamp.com Translation by Iran Press Watch According to reports from the “No Mistreatment And Imprisonment Of Fellow Baha’is Residents” Campaign,  Fariborz Baghi, Baha’i citizen of Yazd, who was transferred to the prison on Saturday 7  March 2015, has been sentenced to an additional two years in prison. This Baha’i citizen, upon being transferred directly from prison to the court, was sentenced to another two years of imprisonment under a charge of disturbing public opinion. Previously, Fariborz Baghi and twenty other Baha’i citizens were all…
  • Closure of the Shops of Four Baha’is in Sari

    editor
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:46 pm
    Source: bahaicamp.com Translation by Iran Press Watch According to reports received by the “NO to the Harassment and Imprisonment of Baha’is” campaign, agents from the Chamber of Commerce went to the shops of three Baha’is in the city of Sari in northern Iran by the names of Yaghoub Akbari, Anbar Aghaie, and Payam Taghavi, and closed their places of business at noon on Tuesday June 30th. On the same morning other agents of the same office shut down for the second time the business of Mr. Mahin Bakhtroo, a Baha’i from Sari, citing his religious beliefs as an excuse. That brought…
  • Baha’i Painter and Art Scholar Arrested

    editor
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:37 am
    Source: bahaicamp.com Translation by Iran Press Watch Based on reports from “No to the harassment and imprisonment of Baha’i citizens”, Baha’i artist and painter Shahriar Cyrus (1) was arrested on the afternoon of June 30th, when eleven agents of the Ministry of Information raided his home. The agents transferred him to an unknown location after presenting a warrant and confiscating all Mr. Cyrus’ personal belongings. At this time, there is no information available about his condition and whereabouts. Shahriar Cyrus started working as a professional painter in 1991. He studied with…
  • Shop Closures Only One Element of Economic Persecution of Iranian Baha’is

    editor
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Source: www.bic.org NEW YORK—1 July 2015—The recent punitive closure of Baha’i-owned shops (link is external) in four Iranian cities by the authorities, after the proprietors shut their businesses to observe Baha’i holy days, is merely the latest in a series of efforts by the government of Iran to destroy the economic livelihoods of its Baha’i citizens. A Baha’i-owned shop in Rafsanjan that was one of a dozen hit by arsonists there in late 2010. The economic persecution against the Baha’i community of Iran includes a ban on all forms of government employment, including…
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  • Three Bahais released on bail in Yazd

    Sen
    5 Jul 2015 | 11:42 am
    Bahai News (Persian), July 5, 2015. Nasser Baqeri (ناصر باقری), Fa’ez Baqeri (فائز باقری), and Mrs. Rouha Emani (روحا ایمانی) were freed on bail in the past few hours. The release of Mrs Emani was reported on July 1, but on July 2 it was reported that there had been some delay. She was arrested in Yazd during a raid on her home on May 12. Fa’ez Baqeri and his father Nasser Baqeri were arrested in their home on February 28 this year. On June 25 it was reported that had been moved from prison to hospital because of a severe ear infection. Short link:…
  • Fu’ad Moqaddam’s condition critical

    Sen
    4 Jul 2015 | 2:13 pm
    Campaign against harassment of Bahais [undated, apparently July 4, 2015] The condition of Dr. Fu’ad Moqaddam (فواد مقدم), a 63-year-old physician and one of the administrators of the Baha’i online university, who is serving a five year prison sentence at Raja’i Shahr (or Gohardasht) Prison in Karaj, is reported to be critical. He is known to have had at least two heart attacks since he was imprisoned. The lack of air conditioning in prison, the heat, and blocking all the windows with sheets of iron, and limiting exercise hours to three hours per day in the afternoon heat,…
  • Four more Bahais tried in Gorgan

    Sen
    4 Jul 2015 | 1:39 am
    HRANA, July 3, 2015. The fourth of a series of group trials of Bahais has taken place in Gorgan. This time four Bahai women were tried on charges of propaganda against the regime, apparently connected to a prayer meeting. The sentences have not been announced (a ‘guilty’ verdict may be assumed, as Bahais are never “not guilty” in Iranian courts). Those tried this time are Rufeya Pakzadan ( روفیا پاکزادان), Shohreh Saimi (شهره صمیمی), Parivash Shoja`i ( پریوش شجاعی ) and Tina Mauhabati ( تینا موهبتی ). Mrs. Pakzadan was not…
  • Four Bahais from Rasht free on bail

    Sen
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:45 am
    Bahai News (Persian), July 3, 2015. Foad Yazdani (فواد یزدانی) and his son Peyman Yazdani (پیمان یزدانی), and Nima Najafi (نیما نجفی) and his wife Paria Keshvar (پریا کشاور), have been released on bail in Rasht. Foad and Peyman Yazdani were arrested on May 26, 2015. Nima Najafi and Paria Keshvar were arrested on May 28. Three other Iranians, who are not Bahais, were arrested at about the same time and charged with having links with Bahais. All seven were taken to the Ministry of Intelligence in Rasht. On November 17, 2014, an agent of the Ministry of…
  • Kourush Ziari moved from prison to hospital

    Sen
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:02 am
    Bahai News (Persian), July 3, 2015. Kourush Ziari (کوروش زیاری), a Bahai from Gonbad-e Qabus in North-eastern Iran who is serving a 5-year sentence in Raja’i Shahr prison, was taken to a hospital on July 2. This ends a long period in which he has been denied both a medical furlough and proper medical treatment. He was arrested by the Ministry of Intelligence in Gonbad-e Qabus on October 17, 2012, and later transferred to Gorgan. In the company of 6 other Bahai prisoners in Gorgan, he was transferred to Evin Prison in Tehran and finally to Raja’i Shahr prison, on December 22,…
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