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Iran Is Using a Neocon to Hack Its Foes PDF Print E-mail
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Entries - Bahais in Iran
Written by Eli Lake, The Daily Beast   
Sunday, 09 November 2014
John Bolton

John Bolton, the former U.N. ambassador under George W. Bush, is playing an unexpectedly prominent role in an Iranian cyberspying campaign.

In Iran’s intelligence war against America, the regime has a new weapon: “John R. Bolton.”

This is what happened to Kit Bigelow, one of Washington’s leading advocates for the Baha’i...

No, Iran has not turned President Bush’s former ambassador to the United Nations into a sleeper agent. Instead, hackers believed to be connected to the Tehran government are posing as Bolton on social media platforms in a scheme to get human rights activists and national security wonks to hand over their passwords and user names.

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Taking the Diefenbunker PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Chronicle Herald   
Friday, 07 November 2014

Debert landmark fully belongs to patient buyer

Businessman Jonathan Baha’i has cleared a final hurdle in claiming sole ownership of the Debert Diefenbunker, an abandoned Cold War fallout shelter, shown in a file photo before the purchase.

Hunkered down inside the Diefenbunker in Debert, Jonathan Baha’i can finally breathe a secure sigh of relief.

“We finally stomped out the appeal,” Baha’i said Wednesday of clearing the final legal hurdle to undisputed ownership of the underground shelter.

The legal wrangling started not long after Baha’i purchased the 64,000-square-foot former military installation in November 2012 for less than $40,000 in a Colchester County tax sale.

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China's rags-to-riches duo back in spotlight PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Esther Teo, Straits Times   
Tuesday, 04 November 2014

Ms Zhang and Mr Pan are the power couple behind real estate giant Soho China and the Soho China Scholarships, a US$100 million endowment in financial aid aimed at encouraging less well-off Chinese students to study abroad. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

Publicity-savvy couple slammed for their huge donations outside China

SHE has developed architecturally stunning buildings in Beijing and is one of China's richest women, but property magnate Zhang Xin, 49, says her whirlwind engagement in 1994 to twice-divorced Pan Shiyi, now her husband, remains her biggest venture.

Some 20 years later, the power couple behind real estate giant Soho China - whose combined net worth is estimated at US$3.6 billion (S$4.6 billion) - have added to their track record of opting for the unconventional.

...spirituality has become increasingly important for the couple, who practise the Baha'i faith

They announced last week they were giving US$10 million to Yale University, once again prompting an angry outcry from Chinese netizens who believe that the money should have gone towards education in the country. In July, the couple's gift of US$15 million to Harvard University also sparked a similar controversy.

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Baha'i Haifa, Banana St. and the ultimate Other PDF Print E-mail
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Entries - Buildings
Written by Yuval Ben-Ami, +972 Magazine   
Sunday, 26 October 2014
The view from the Baha’i Gardens (Photo by Yuval Ben-Ami)

A few weeks ago, my dear friend Osnat had an interesting experience on the slopes of Mt. Carmel. It happened when she came to visit the famed Baha’i Gardens: an astounding pillar of greenery rising up from Haifa’s port district, crowned by the golden-domed Mausoleum.

The group climbed down the higher tiers of the garden, descending toward the Tomb of the Bab – the Baha’i faith’s major prophet. There are 18 tiers in all. They reflect the pillars of faith as described by the Bab, and also provide a fairly nice framework for a guided tour. A basic introduction is given at the top, with a splendid view of the bay. A few steps down, features of the garden can be pointed out, and one or two tiers later it’s time for a Q&A session.

This was a real conversation killer.

Osnat asks: “So say I would like to become Baha’i, how would I go about it?”

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