The May 14 Anniversary of the Yaran: Fariba Kamalabadi’s Plight as a Baha’i in Iran

The following op-ed by Azadeh Rohanian Perry appeared on Iranian.com on May 13, 2014 Nava Taeifi was born in November 2013, while her grandmother was serving time as a prisoner of conscience in Iran. As of May 14, it will have been six years that Nava’s grandmother, my sister, Fariba Kamalabadi, is in prison. Fariba … Read More

The May 14 Anniversary of the Yaran: Vahid Tizfahm’s Plight as a Baha’i in Iran

The following op-ed by Ferdos Nikoumanesh appeared on Iranian.com on May 12, 2014 My brother-in-law, Vahid, is now sitting in a prison cell in Iran. He and six others were part of an ad hoc leadership group of the Baha’i community of Iran, known as the “Yaran-i-Iran,” or friends of Iran, who were arrested and … Read More

The May 14 Anniversary of the Yaran: Jamaloddin Khanjani’s Plight as a Baha’i in Iran

The following op-ed by Nika Khanjani appeared on Iranian.com on May 9, 2014 Almost six years have passed with my uncle imprisoned in Iran. Jamaloddin Khanjani is one of the seven Yaran (“friends”) who has served the Baha’is, the largest religious minority in Iran, until they were arrested on May 14, 2008. My uncle and … Read More

The May 14 Anniversary of the Yaran: Saeid Rezaie’s Plight as a Baha’i in Iran

The following op-ed by Azadeh Rohanian Perry appeared on Iranian.com on May 8, 2014 It was 4:00 a.m. in the summer of 2010 when I awoke to the voice of my brother-in-law, Saeid Rezaie, phoning from Rajai Shahr prison in Gohardasht, Iran. He had just been transferred from the notorious Evin Prison in Tehran, and … Read More

The Imprisonment of the Yaran: Mahvash Sabet’s Plight as a Baha’i in Iran

The following op-ed by Bijan Masoumian appeared on Iranian.com on May 7, 2014 My cousin, Mahvash Sabet, is now in the women’s ward of Evin Prison, which is well known for its human rights abuses in Iran. She and six others were part of an ad hoc leadership group of the Baha’i community of Iran, … Read More

Baha’is of Iran and the Historical Responsibility of the President

The following op-ed by Mehrangiz Kar appeared on Iran Press Watch on May 5, 2014 The minds of all Iranians have been introduced to the “Bab’s sedition” and the “mischievous sect of Baha’i” since childhood; whether we like it or not, we have been influenced by it. At the time of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, … Read More

An Ayatollah’s Gift to Baha’is, Iran’s Largest Religious Minority

The following op-ed by Michael Karlberg appeared on OnFaith on April 23, 2014. On April 7, through a courageous and compassionate gesture, Ayatollah Abdol-Hamid Masoumi-Tehrani stood as a champion for the dignity and rights of Iran’s most oppressed religious minority – the Baha’is. On that day, Ayatollah Tehrani announced on his website that he had … Read More

The Faith-Climate Connection

The following op-ed by Peter Adriance appeared in The Huffington Post on March 14, 2014. Through sermons, discussion groups, prayer gatherings, dramatic readings, video screenings and postcard-writing sessions to their U.S. Senators, people of diverse faiths across the country recently arose to proclaim the urgent need to address climate change. Interfaith Power and Light’s annual … Read More

Impunity in Iran – One Family’s Story

The following op-ed by Mona Rezvani appeared on Iranian.com on March 9, 2014. While U.S.-Iran engagement on the nuclear issue captures headlines, it is important not to overlook Iran’s abysmal human rights record. If you asked me what it feels like to move to the United States and attend university while my family is in … Read More

Faith Communities Stress Moral Dimension of Carbon Pollution at EPA

The following op-ed by Peter Adriance appeared in The Huffington Post on February 12, 2014. What drove me and more than fifteen representatives of other faith communities to deliver compelling testimonies at a hearing of the Environmental Protection Agency last week? The need for robust carbon standards for new power plants in the United States. … Read More