writing for the right to education: baha’is in the charlatan

As a follow-up to the Fulcrum article on the same topic, The Charlatan, Carleton University’s student newspaper, ran an article about the denial of higher education to Baha’is in Iran and the greater campaign by Iran’s government to destroy the Iranian Baha’i community [1][2][3][4][5]. The article quotes Sam Benoit as chair of the Carleton CABS and Tahirih Naylor as a representative for the office of governmental relations for the Bahá’í Community of Canada. Both describe the restrictions on higher education for Bahá’ís in Iran – including the Iranian government’s numerous attempts to shut down the Bahá’í Institute for Higher Education, an “Open University” organized by the Bahá’ís of Iran.

Learn more about Iran’s campaign to deny higher education to Baha’is.

Visit the University of Ottawa CABS website for more resources, including photos from Dr. Payam Akhavan’s Nov. 17th talk on the situation of the Baha’is of Iran.

your daily news bites

  • There’s a Call for Photos on flickr’s Bahá’ís group:

    “Allah’u’Abha! We’re putting together a photo collage with images from around the world of Baha’i youth offering service, but need more photos! The slide show will be used at this year’s NEBY Fest (www.neby.org).”Read more.

  • Dr. Abdu’l-Missagh Ghadirian is coming to Ottawa for a talk on “Spirituality and Healing in the Stressful”. The University of Ottawa CABS is sponsoring the talk. It’ll start at 7:30 pm on Saturday, January 28, 2006, in Montpetit Hall Room 202 at the U of O campus.
  • My brother works as a tech for the National Gallery of Canada, installing art exhibits here in Ottawa and across Canada. Take a look at some photos he took of the wierdness he had to put up and take down in Shawinigan this year.
  • Don’t forget the recent letters from the Universal House of Justice:
    • December 27, 2005 to the Conference of the Continental Boards of Counsellors;
    • December 28, 2005 to all National Spiritual Assemblies;
    • December 31, 2005 to the Bahá’ís of the world.

    Take the time to study them – not just once, but many times. The December 27th letter, in particular, is the foundation for the next Five Year Plan, and taking the time to understand it early will mean that the Baha’i community will be able to hit the ground running come Ridván.

    If this item is gibberish to you – send me an email… we’ll talk.



Verily the most necessary thing is contentment under all circumstances; by this one is preserved from morbid conditions and lassitude. Yield not to grief and sorrow: they cause the greatest misery. Jealousy consumeth the body and anger doth burn the liver: avoid these two as you would a lion.

Bahá’u’lláh, Tablet to a Physician


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tahirih goes to new york

tahirih & companyMartinsQuest.com has the following announcement on Tahirih Naylor’s upcoming move to New York City:

On Sunday January 22nd, just 17 months after we helped her unload her things into her apartment on Laurier, we will be having an all-inclusive going-away party for Tahirih at Saffron’s Persian Restaurant at 6:30pm and then chilling afterward at Anisa’s. Clear your schedule and come out since she wants to see everyone there! Dinner starts at 6:30pm

Tahirih’s tireless work for the National Spiritual Assembly’s Office of Governmental Affairs brought her to Ottawa, and her devotion has landed her a position with the Baha’i International Community, a non-governmental organization (NGO) that both encompasses and represents the world-wide membership of the Bahá’í Faith. Apparently, I knew this before anyone else did. Go figure. Make sure to join us at Saffron’s tomorrow to wish Tahirih well in this next chapter of the unfolding story of her life.

Update: Dinner was awesome and the after-party at Anisa’s was delightfully wolfy. Check out the “official” photos on Martin’s smugmug site.

first nhl hockey game ever

rue saint-louisOttawa Senators: 3
Anaheim Mighty Ducks: 4
Dan Jones: 1

So after narrowly surviving the worst day ever at work, I joined several of my colleagues from work at the newly christened Scotiabank Place (previously the Corel Centre) at my first ever NHL hockey game, starring the Ottawa Senators vs. the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. We had a VIP room (or whatever you call it) all to ourselves – like a hotel room that gives onto the rink. It was heated, catered and everything, with comfy couches and a private washroom. I felt like a little kid at Disneyland or something. it was awesome (and I kept on saying so throughout the evening – just so it was clear). I even caught a hot dog from Spartacat (the Senators’ mascot), and it was wrapped in a signed Senators bandanna. I traded it for a blanket from a colleague whose kids are way bigger hockey fans than I am – I’m not picky. The hot dog was great. Sure, the Sens didn’t win in the end, but it was a good game, and it was fairly won.

Check out the pictures on flickr.