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Written by Amy McNeilage, The Sydney Morning Herald   
Monday, 19 January 2015

Friends of Leila Alavi say the 26-year-old hopelessly tried to support her troubled and abusive husband right up until he allegedly murdered her with a pair of scissors.

...Mr Hosseiniamraei followed the Baha'i faith and they were married at the Australian House of Worship on Sydney's northern beaches in 2011.

Her body was found in her car on Saturday morning at the Auburn shopping complex where she worked as a hairdresser.

That evening, police arrested and charged her 33-year-old husband Mokhtar Hosseiniamraei with murder. He was refused bail on Sunday and police told a Sydney court he "has made admission to the offence".

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The mystery of Marsha Mehran PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Cahal Milmo, The Independent   
Tuesday, 13 January 2015
Marsha in happier times

The best-selling young novelist who died a recluse in a rubbish-strewn cottage on Irelands west coast

From the moment of her arrival in Lecanvey, Marsha Mehran cut a solitary figure.

The few times she was seen were when she would sit, in the depths of winter, on a bench in the shadow of Irelands holiest mountain and open her laptop to catch the Wi-Fi from the village pub opposite.

The Dawson family, who run Stauntons Pub in a crook of the meandering road that tracks the stark beauty of County Mayos Atlantic coast, repeatedly invited the striking young woman into the warmth.

Once or twice in four months, she accepted. But most of the time the 36-year-old politely declined, explaining that she needed to get back home. Visitors to her nearby rented house overlooking a rocky beach were greeted with a sign: Do not disturb. Im working.

Born in Tehran in 1977, Marsha was the daughter of an accountant, Mehran, and his wife, Shahin, a teacher, both members of Irans Bahai faith...

As Therese Dawson, the landlady of the homely boozer in the shadow of the 2,500ft Croagh Patrick, put it: I suppose she needed our Wi-Fi and shed be out there in all weathers. Of course we invited her in. We told her she didnt have to worry about buying anything. But I sensed from her that she preferred to be alone.

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My Turn To Come Out PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mara Migraineur, My Migraine Family   
Thursday, 08 January 2015

The news of Leelah Alcorns suicide has, of course, hit my family hard. And while I wrote a post, erm, a year and a half ago, about being a person of deep faith in which I only mentioned the name of my religious persuasion in the tags this is not something I discuss publicly.

it is time for me to claim my right for my family to proudly be a part of the Bah family.

In large part, I do not discuss this publicly because I have had an internal struggle in which I was not sure my transgender child had a place in my faith. And if she did not have a place, that meant it no longer had a place for me. And that was an intensely painful struggle for me.

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Carole Lombard Baha'i PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Robert Matzen   
Friday, 26 December 2014

The Weaver

Carole Lombard

Confidential Bahai documentation reveals a spiritual side to the earthy, madcap Lombard that would surprise many

Carole Lombard loved the secular side of Christmas, as demonstrated by the number of surviving letters, cards, and notes attached to or referencing various gifts presenting by Carole to friends and acquaintances over the years. Examples can be seen at the fine Carole & Co. web site. Much less is known about her religious beliefs, which was a topic she kept private. A glimpse into Caroles belief system is found in the poem entitled The Weaver that she wished to have read at her funeral service. I am not a religious person by nature; I would label myself as spiritual, so this column is by no means meant as an endorsement of any religion. The poem, by Grant Colfax Tullar of Bolton, Massachusetts, was abridged in Fireball: Carole Lombard and the Mystery of Flight 3. Many variations exist online and in religious tracts and emblazon many plaques hung on many walls, but this version of The Weaver seems to be the full original. It reads:

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