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Health 101: Myth and Foreign Ideas

Health 101: Myth and Foreign Ideas

It’s been said repeatedly that the healthcare systems used in other nations to provide universal healthcare to all citizens are “too foreign” to work in the United States. In other words: America is unique and, some would argue, superior–in a word, exceptional. This is so, in the sense that every country is unique. And every country probably has some area in which it is (depending on your values) superior to other countries. Alas, in the area of taking care of our…

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Health 101: Myth and Bloated Bureaucracies

Health 101: Myth and Bloated Bureaucracies

Myth #3: other country’s universal healthcare systems require bloated bureaucracies.  This first of two related myths, as summed up by TR Reid, has it that the universal healthcare systems of other wealthy countries are run by bloated bureaucracies. This is simply not true. Every other system Reid cited is less wasteful than ours. This is true whether they are public or private systems. Our for-profit setup has the highest administrative costs in the world. This is a major reason we spend more on healthcare and…

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Media: Mirror of the World

Media: Mirror of the World

“Islamophobia is the accepted form of racism in America. Leaders … show us that you can take a potshot at Muslims and get away with it.” — Arsalan Iftikhar, human rights lawyer. February 4 on Fox News’ The Five, in the aftermath of President Obama’s speech at a Baltimore mosque, three of the show’s five hosts that evening jumped in to interrupt a fourth (Juan Williams) as he was remarking on “the spike in attacks, hate crimes against Muslims in the United States” and on…

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On Every Page: Bill Maher and the Qur’an

On Every Page: Bill Maher and the Qur’an

  I read an article on Thinkprogress.com recently that asked the question “Has Bill Maher Finally Gone Too Far?” with regard to his animosity toward Muslims and Islam. I personally think the answer must be “yes”, if for no other reason than that he is taking significant heat from other self-identifying liberals, progressives and atheists. In the article, Maher is quoted as saying, “The Qur’an absolutely has on every page stuff that’s horrible about how the infidels should be treated.” I’ll cut…

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Hateful propaganda sparks concern for Baha’is of Rafsanjan

Hateful propaganda sparks concern for Baha’is of Rafsanjan

NEW YORK, 16 December 2014, (BWNS) — Against the backdrop of increasing economic pressures, a recent anti-Baha’i demonstration and a hateful speech delivered by a cleric have raised concerns for the safety of the Baha’is of Rafsanjan, a city in Iran. Hojatoleslam Abbas Ramezani-Pour, the Friday prayer Imam of Rafsanjan, declared in a speech at the end of November that, according to religious fatwas, Baha’is are “unclean” and that it is “forbidden” to conduct business and trade with them. “The…

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Thoughts of War and Peace—an Anniversary Observed

Thoughts of War and Peace—an Anniversary Observed

Tides of change are sweeping the earth, and we all feel helpless to withstand its powerful force. Every day there is fresh and depressing news of terrorism, famine, war, deep economic disorders and the like. Shoghi Effendi, the head of the Baha’i faith from 1921-1957 has stated:  “A tempest, unprecedented in its violence, unpredictable in its course, catastrophic in its immediate effects, unimaginably glorious in its ultimate consequences, is at present sweeping the face of the earth. Its driving power…

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Increase in arrests highlights continuing persecution of Baha’is in Iran

Increase in arrests highlights continuing persecution of Baha’is in Iran

From the Bahá’í World News Service: GENEVA — The arrest last week of five Baha’is in Tehran signals a rising tide of detainments and imprisonments of Baha’is in Iran in recent months. Since June, at least 14 Baha’is have been arrested, a trend that exemplifies a pattern of systematic persecution of Iranian Baha’is by the government, this despite its claims to uphold international standards of human rights. In Yazd, 20 Baha’is who had originally been acquitted of charges leveled against them…

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Threatening anti-Baha’i posters distributed in Yazd, Iran

Threatening anti-Baha’i posters distributed in Yazd, Iran

GENEVA, 18 June 2014, (BWNS) — A highly inflammatory and threatening flier calling Baha’is “godless” was distributed in the city of Yazd, Iran, last week on the eve of an important Shiite holy day. The anonymously authored leaflet was posted on walls and also placed on the homes and cars of Baha’is, said Diane Ala’i, the representative of the Baha’i International Community to the United Nations in Geneva.“The distribution of this poster was obviously timed to inflame religious passions against…

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In the Arab world, a new discourse on religious coexistence takes root

In the Arab world, a new discourse on religious coexistence takes root

MANAMA, Bahrain, 4 June 2014, (BWNS) — Throughout the Arab world, a new discussion on how to live peacefully side by side with the followers of all religions has begun to take shape. This discourse is inspired partly by the dramatic call of an Iranian Ayatollah for religious coexistence with Baha’is, but has since taken on a life of its own, becoming a heartfelt discussion about the situation of religious freedom in Arab lands. “Man was created ‘free,’ and from the…

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Unseen Valor: Acts of Interfaith Courage

Unseen Valor: Acts of Interfaith Courage

Editor’s Note: This story is from the Bahá’í World News website. NEW YORK, 16 May 2014, (BWNS) — In this world of division and conflict, it takes a special kind of courage for those in a dominant group to break ranks and speak out on behalf of the oppressed, especially when this comes at great personal risk. Examples, often overlooked, can be found in many places, such as when Albanians refused to round up Jews during World War II, when…

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