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Arson suspected in Tobago death

Arson is suspected in the death of a woman, who lived alone in a rented apartment for several years in Concordia, Tobago.

The death of Marion Simmons plunged the village into mourning yesterday and marred their Christmas celebrations.

She was said to be in her 80s and came from Trinidad to live in Tobago 'sometime ago'.

{josquote}All she did was typing because she belonged to the Bahai faith.{/josquote}

Simmons, a member of the Bahai faith, was treasurer at the MasonHall Church.

Neighbours said she was robbed on more than one occasion at her home.

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Iran: Anti-riot drills taking place in Tehran

Tehran, 10 Nov. (AKI) - More than 30,000 police agents and members of the security forces were expected to take part in a series of anti-riot drills in the Iranian capital, Tehran, from Monday. During the drills, eight roads will be closed to traffic to facilitate the movement of the security forces over the next week.

The drills' aim was for the country to "be ready to confront the psychological aggression of the enemy," said recently ousted Interior Minister Ali Kordan.

Kordan also spoke about the "cultural aggression" of some religious minorities such as the Bahai and the Wahabis. He also said that ethnic minorities and those who propose a secular democracy instead of an Islamic democracy are a "danger to the Islamic Republic."

{josquote}Kordan was impeached on Tuesday after admitting he lied about a fake degree from a top British university.{/josquote}

Kordan also spoke against modernism, feminism which he claimed were against tradition, and the Internet, which he said was a "challenge" to the government.

Kordan was impeached on Tuesday after admitting he lied about a fake degree from a top British university.

Iran's hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has backed Kordan and called the move 'illegal'.

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Home not so sweet for Wildcats


Chris Wells, Jordan Mabin

"...Nowhere was NU's paw-poor tackling more damaging than on [Chris] Wells' 55-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter. The remarkable power back -- who just might be the second coming of Jim Brown before all is said and done -- appeared nailed for a four-yard loss but instead burst away from the scrum and blasted toward Wilmette. He completed the game-breaking play with a muscular stiff-arm that that sent cornerback Jordan Mabin tumbling away like a fallen leaf on the steps of the Baha'i Temple."

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Biden as VP Candidate

A warm congratulations to Senator Joe Biden on his VP candidate position on the Democratic ticket!

Sen. Biden called me to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Iraq in April 2004, when there was heavy fighting between the Mahdi Army and the US military. He did so on the basis of a journal article I had written on the Sadr Movement in the Middle East Journal, which he had read. That knocked my socks off. People in Washington don't often read journal articles. It struck me as the sort of thing that should happen in our democracy every day -- you write something in your specialty, and your elected representative calls you to talk about it. No lobbies, think tanks, etc. involved.

{josquote}It struck me as the sort of thing that should happen in our democracy every day -- you write something in your specialty, and your elected representative calls you to talk about it.{/josquote}

So it was a positive impression! And in the hearing he was informed and articulate.

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Another case of arson against the Baha'is in Iran

On Friday July 25, 2008, at 5 in the morning, the personal vehicle of Suhail Na'imi was destroyed through arson as it was parked in front of his house. Mr. Na'imi is a Baha'i and lives in Rafsinjan. He is also a member of "khadimin" - a supervisory committee appointed in each town charged with coordinating Baha'i activities and attending to the community's needs. According to neighbors, the arson took place by two individuals on motorcycles. Emergency police and fire engines arrived at the scene and prepared a report of the incident. The Muslim neighbors were most gracious towards the Na'imi family and strongly condemned this terrorist act.

Some time ago, Mr. Na'imi and 10 other Baha'i families in Rafsinjan had received warning letters [threatening them because of their religion].

Earlier, related, story: A Baha'i home arsoned in Kerman, Iran