Opinion

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Iran eliminated its best asset - talented people

The saga of Iran's missed opportunities during these past 30 years of Islamic theocracy would probably fill a university library. The prosperity and progress of neighboring Turkey and Dubai are simple to see. It is even more remarkable when one considers that they have virtually no indigenous resources except the resourcefulness of their populations.

{josquote}Iranians in the diaspora settled abroad with good jobs, businesses and new families. They witnessed tolerance and real democracy. They therefore present a threat to the mullahs and they know it.{/josquote}

Iran has probably lost a generation of doctors, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, you name it. A large group of highly educated and experienced professionals was lost to the 1979 revolution. More than a million Iranians live overseas in a diaspora of professionals producing more value -- estimated at greater than $200 billion -- than the $118 billion gross national product of Iran today.

U.S. census details and several other reports confirm that Iranian-Americans are the best-educated and most affluent first-generation immigrant group here. A wise government in Tehran would have recognized the immense value of this generation and found a way to harbor it.

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Would Baha'u'llah own an Ipod? Opinion is divided

I would like to buy an ipod. It's cost is $150 dollars. But then i think about kids who don't have food and clothing in parts of the world and charities that provide for them. Then i feel guilty. Although, i did earn all $150 dollars on my own.

What would Baha'u'llah do? What would you do?

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Kitab-i-Kuchik - "The Little Book"

This book is offered by an individual Bahai who has no official position or rank within the Bahai Faith. It seeks to speak to a number of challenging topics which, likely, hold no interest to the general population of religious scholars and or individual seekers.

What is presented is a manner of "seeing" the Words of God through the prism of various forms of Word Play and exploring that particular heuristic in a manner which some people might find a little uncomfortable.

As it explores the Word, and its history, it also ventures into the regions of human sexuality and asks questions that are simply intended to stimulate the individual's thinking process in relation to what other sorts of insights may still lie hidden in this wondrous Ocean of Words.

The style is casual and sometimes "cheeky". It was written under the banner of
"Be anxiously concerned with the needs of the age ye live in".

A sample:
By going all the way down, down, down to the fabulously un-intellectual level of basic names, you can discover a slew of things. For instance, Mirza Yahyah, the great Covenant-breaker, translates in to “Mr. John”. Yahyah translates from Farsi to John in English. Makes him a little less spooky to me anyway.
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My Wish List for 2007


I've given up on making resolutions or predictions for the New Year. The resolutions rarely last past the Super Bowl, and the only predictions that come true are the most depressing ones. So this year, I'm creating a Wish List for 2007. This is what I hope will happen. And given enough goodwill and a little luck, who knows, they just might come true.

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{josquote}Mahmoud Ahmadinejad becomes a Baha'i and Moqtada al Sadr converts to Buddhism.{/josquote}

12. Osama bin Laden's remains are discovered in a cave in Afghanistan. Ayman al Zawahiri is captured by Egyptian special forces and begs to be transferred to Guantanamo. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad becomes a Baha'i and Moqtada al Sadr converts to Buddhism. Al Qaeda and its offspring disband worldwide.

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A brief look at the Baha'i Faith

CAIRO: Bahaism has recently been making headlines in the national press. As the debate on whether or not to recognize the faith officially heats up, it spurs a seemingly endless stream of misinformation about Bahaism. Here is a quick glance at what is considered “one of the youngest of the world’s major religions.”

The Bahai faith was founded by Bahaullah (the Glory of God in Arabic) in Iran in 1844. According to Bahai teachings, religious history is seen as a continuous learning process for mankind through God’s messengers, which are termed “Manifestations of God.” Bahaullah is believed to be a more recent “manifestation”, and proclaimed that he was not the final messenger but spoke of the impending arrival of the latest in the line of prophets, including Moses, Jesus Christ, and the Prophet Mohamed.

{josquote}Bahais believe in a single, imperishable God, the creator of all things. The existence of God is thought to be eternal, without a beginning or end.{/josquote}

The faith’s central concept is that of unity. Bahais believe that people should combine their efforts towards the benefit of humanity as a whole. In that sense, the Bahai religion is unusual in that it accepts all other faiths as true and valid.

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