September 2004 Archives

Russia Supports Kyoto - Maybe

September 30, 2004

It was declared today that Russian President Vladimir Putin has at last expressed his approvalof the Kyoto Protocol on Global Climage Change. If he can get this through the Duma for ratification, then the Protocol will become international law despite the US's lack of ratification. But what is really going on? And how will it effect the U.S.?

Announcing 'Conscientia'

September 27, 2004

As a teenager — and perhaps beyond — I thought I might achieve some great thing in this world. I wished for recognition, aspired for greatness and some exalted place, to strive with Tennyson's gods…

Death closes all: but something ere the end
Some work of noble note, may yet be done
Not unbecoming men that strove with gods.

The Forest at the Intersection of Ecology and Economics

September 22, 2004

I've been reading a great deal about ecology and conservation biology lately, and thus found the article Ecolonomics: Valuing Forests quite timely. Of course it is an intriguing article whether or not one has been reading up on the subject, and I recommend it even more to those who haven't been doing so.

Security Council Resolution on Darfur; More Global Conflict

September 20, 2004

Thank God that the U.N. Security Council has chosen to act on the Darfur crisis. The internal conflict has been resolved — with Algeria, China, Pakistan, and Russia abstaining — and specific sanctions, investigations, and new legal obligations have now been imposed on Sudan. Its too bad we can't get this done elsewhere in the world, as Darfur is really just the current poster child of global conflict.

Lessons on Baha'i-Christian Dialogue from a Muslim

September 19, 2004

As an active Bahá'í on campus in the mid-to-late 90's, I often found myself engaged in intriguing but sometimes pointless discussions with various Christians. The Bahá'í Faith, progressing from an Islamic milieu, shares a good deal of religious worldview with that faith. Thus in "A note on Muslim-Christian dialogue" one could almost directly substitute the Bahá'í Faith for Islam.

Cold Fusion and Alternative Energy

September 16, 2004

Though historically I've not read many blogs, I've been poking around looking for good news sources to add to my news feeds in the new Mozilla Firefox pr1. My slumming has turned an interesting piece on the future of cold fusion over at Popular Science.

Responding to the Genocide in Darfur

September 15, 2004

Just as a negotiated-peace began to take hold in southern Sudan, a new crisis arose in the western Darfur region this past winter and spring. Half a year after escalation of the atrocities, estimates of the dead range from 30,000 to 50,000, and well over a million people have been internally or externally displaced. Men and boys have been systematically murdered; worse yet, a conscious effort at genocide has once again turned to mass rape of the remaining women. International response has been harsh yet guarded, and far too slow. We must push our political leaders to appropriate action under international law. [This editorial is specifically focused on religious and interfaith communities].

Relaunch of InterfaithNews.Net

September 12, 2004

This weekend I have relaunched InterfaithNews.Net, with a few interface enhancements and new features — the most important of which is the ability to add comments to select articles. I invite you to stop by to see the new features and articles; read on below for descriptions of the latest articles added this month.

Unity - The Mortar of World Peace

September 8, 2004

"The well being of mankind, its peace and security, are unattainable unless and until its unity is firmly established." -Bahá'u'lláh

The concept of world peace is surely not new to you. The idea that it just might come about — now that is a revolutionary concept.

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