I've just stumbled across an incredible, moving, soul-stirring animated short about the persecution of the Baha'is of Iran and Egypt: http://www.bahairightsday.org/. This is hosted by an independent group called Iran Press Watch. Please visit this site and tell others about it, particularly sending to friends and colleagues in the Middle East — for they are the only ones who can stand up in direct, non-violent solidarity.
July 2009 Archives
Iran Press Watch calls today "Baha'i Rights Day"
Saberi, USCIRF Call for Release of Baha'is
The Bab's Legacy
Having promulgated a new religion, having laid claim to be the Promised One of God, Siyyid ‘Alí Muhammad of Shiraz, known as the Báb, and his followers, were oppressed and persecuted from the beginning of His Mission in 1844. After 6 tumultuous years, the clergy and government of Persia agreed to a sentence of death. Imprisoned in the remote capital of Tabriz, the Báb and a young follower named Anís were executed in a spectacular, seemingly-miraculous fashion.
Class and Race in Social Networking
Not having been on either Facebook or MySpace, I had a hard time believing it at first — but the talk The Not-So-Hidden Politics of Class Online makes a convincing argument that racial and class politics have made emerged in social networking in some surprising ways. Do you buy it?