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Update on the Baha'is of Shiraz

As you may recall, a few months ago more than 50 Baha’is were detained in Shiraz, Iran. Most of them were released almost immediately but a few were jailed for a short time. These were also released shortly. The latest development in this saga of persecution is that this coming Friday this same group of Baha’is [...]
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Religion and World Government

There have been a number of religious leaders over the years who have advocated world government. According to the American Baha'i WORLD ORDER (October 1947), "Baha Ullah spoke of a United Nations of the World as early as 1860," and called for a world religion, world government, world police force, world language and world currency.

Among Protestants, the American Baptist Publication Society in 1919 published THE NEW WORLD ORDER by Samuel Zane Batten, in which he declared: "The old order passes from view; the new world rises upon our vision....We have vindicated the right of social control....There must be developed a national spirit of service....Society must break the stranglehold of capitalism....The natural resources of the nation must be socialized....The state must socialize every group....Men must learn to have world patriotism. World patriotism must be a faith....There is no more justice for the claim of absolute sovereignty on the part of a nation than on the part of an individual....The only alternative is World Federation...with a world parliament, an international court, and an international police force....Men must have an international mind before there can be a world federation. They must see and affirm that above the nation is humanity. Internationalism must first be a religion before it can be a reality and a system."

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The David Kelly "Dead in the Woods" PSYOP

Steve Bell, The Guardian

British diplomat David Broucher describes to the Hutton Inquiry a meeting he had with David Kelly in February 2003. An audible gasp goes up when he recalls how the government scientist apparently predicted his own suicide. But evidence subsequently unearthed by Kelly's daughter, shows their one and only meeting actually took place in February 2002 - a whole year earlier. It would have made perfect sense in February 2003 for them to have discussed Resolution 1441, the September dossier and ‘the 45 minutes’ as Broucher claims; but wind back the clock to February 2002 and what do we find? None of them were in existence. Was the whole Broucher-Kelly conversation a fabrication? Had this civil servant been sent to help contrive one of the biggest cover-ups in British history?

Discovered in July 2003 slumped against a tree with his left wrist slashed, the consensus was that Dr David Kelly had committed suicide after being pushed to the edge by the MoD. Media pundits concurred that being humiliated in front of a televised government committee was for him, the last straw.

{josquote}Since they had met in 1998, Mai Pederson had become Kelly‘s close friend, introducing him to the Baha’i religion. After his death she told her Baha’i associates, ‘There will be more coming out on this… Don’t believe what you read in the papers.’ Her optimism was misplaced. Denied the right to have her identity disguised at the Hutton Inquiry, she was whisked out of sight.{/josquote}

But many of his colleagues were incredulous that this steely weapons expert, highly-respected and at the peak of his career, would have crumbled to the point of taking his own life. Kelly was a man ‘whose brain could boil water’; who had, in the course of his career, dealt skilfully with evasive and threatening Iraqi officials. E-mails written just before his disappearance were upbeat, expressing his strong desire to return to Iraq and get on with the ‘real’ work.

Asked by US translator and military intelligence operative Mai Pederson, if he would ever commit suicide, he had replied, ‘Good God no, I would never do that.’ Immediately after his death, Pederson asserted, It wasn’t suicide’.

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Saviour: Do we really need another Bab?

In the beginning of the 21st century, while human beings are expected to discover the new boundaries of art, science and technology, when the world still suffers from the threat of international terrorism, people like Ayatollah Kazemeini Boroujerdi step forward and claim to be the promised Imam Zaman, or at least his personal assistant!

Like the Bab in 1844, and Ayatollah Khomeini during the 1979 revolution, now Boroujerdi comes from nowhere to capture hearts and minds of frustrated people. People who are bored with political Islam. But who is he really?

A quick look into his background does not reveal any major difference between him and others. He invites people to a peaceful version of Islam but it is the exact promise we have heard before from others.

{josquote}I hope Bahais will not be offended by this posting, but I am still having problems calling the Bab and his movement, a religion.{/josquote}

Like always, people from undeveloped parts of the world (including our country Iran) are surrounded by religious beliefs and fanatic superstitions. Instead of relying on themselves and outlining their own lives by their own hands, they seek miracles from someone else. Someone maybe an ordinary people like you and me but a propaganda specialist.

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How the Internet Is Backfiring on Arab Governments

LOS ANGELES -- A visiting Egyptian media scholar said Monday at the USC Center for Public Diplomacy that "the Internet is creating a new media agenda in the Arab world, creating new audiences and putting new pressure on Arab governments."

Doctoral candidate Ahmed El Gody of the Modern Sciences and Arts University in Cairo discussed how Web usage in the Middle East has contributed to grassroots political activism.

According to El Gody, Internet penetration in Arab countries was very low until 2000. He said the number of Web users in the Arab world -- out of a total population of over 200 million people -- held steady at roughly 1.8 million from 1991, when the Internet was first introduced, until 2000. But in the six years following, the number of Internet users has exploded to 33 million people.

. . . {josquote}Groups like women, gays and comparatively smaller faiths like Coptic Christians and Bahai suddenly had a voice in politics{/josquote}

"The Internet created a call for social change," El Gody said. For the first time, "Arabs had unfettered access to an unprecedented amount of information around the globe." Groups like women, gays and comparatively smaller faiths like Coptic Christians and Bahai suddenly had a voice in politics, he said.

El Gody detailed the efforts of some Arab governments to curtail dissent online, including outright censorship, page removal and redirection and arrests of bloggers. However, the more governments attempt to crack down on political speech online, "the more the number of political websites in the Arab world increases," he says.

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