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Naysan is the editor of Baha'i Blog and he has worked in various avenues of media for two decades. He’s passionate about using the arts and media to support and explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith and he has produced and collaborated on popular music projects like the "DawnBreaker Collective" and the successful Ruhi-inspired sequence of "MANA" albums. His experience as a producer for CNN was invaluable while working on a number of special projects for the Baha’i World Centre, including the "Building Momentum" and "Pilgrimage: A Sacred Experience" videos. If there’s a media-related Baha’i project out there, chances are that Naysan was involved with it somehow!

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The Baha’i Faith in Papua New Guinea on EMTV

In this special episode of Olsem Wanem, a TV show on EMTV, a Papua New Guinean TV channel, they explore how the Baha’i Faith found its way to the shores of Papua New Guinea some 60 years ago.

“Olsem wanem” means “What’s happening?” and the program aims to hear the views from all those who live in Papua New Guinea in order to gain a greater understanding of issues facing ordinary Papua New Guineans and the things happening around them.

“What a Power is Love” by Shireen & Carmel Zein [Audio Track]

Baha’i Blog’s “Studio Sessions” is a series of videos on Baha’i Blog’s YouTube Channel where we invite Baha’is and their friends from around the world into a studio to record and share a song or two based on the Baha’i Writings which they’ve put to music.

In this Baha’i Blog Studio Session, we go to Sydney, Australia, where sisters Shireen and Carmel Zein sing “What a Power is Love”, based on an excerpt from a talk given by Abdu’l-Baha. Continue reading

Baha’i Blog Presents “Studio Sessions” – A New Series on our YouTube Channel

As someone who’s had the opportunity to travel a whole lot over the years, I’ve had the fortune of attending a variety of different Baha’i-related gatherings around the world, and one of the things I’ve enjoyed immensely is being able to listen to songs performed by members of these various communities, who have been moved to put the Sacred Baha’i Writings to music.

I’ve always wished others could hear these songs, and so now we’ve started what we call Baha’i Blog’s “Studio Sessions” in order to share some of these beautiful compositions with the rest of the world. In this new series of videos found on our YouTube Channel, we invite individuals or groups to come into the studio to perform a song or two while we record and film it. Continue reading

What a Power is Love – Shireen & Carmel Zein

Baha’i Blog’s “Studio Sessions” is a series of videos on Baha’i Blog’s YouTube Channel where we invite Baha’is and their friends from around the world into a studio to record and share a song or two based on the Baha’i Writings which they’ve put to music.

In this Baha’i Blog Studio Session, we go to Sydney, Australia, where sisters Shireen and Carmel Zein sing “What a Power is Love”, based on an excerpt from a talk given by Abdu’l-Baha. Continue reading

Open The Gates by Smith & Dragoman

Smith & Dragoman’s debut album titled Open the Gates, is a 20 track album, released in 2004. It focuses on the life of the Bab and His followers, and takes the listener on a journey of courage, faith, crisis and victory. It is a soul-stirring and rich blend of Middle Eastern, African and Western instruments and melodies.

You can buy a digital version of Open The Gates here.

You can also read Baha’i Blog’s interview with Brett Smith of Smith & Dragoman here.

Introducing Baha’i Blog’s YouTube Channel!

Laaaadies and Gentlemaaaan, Baha’i Blog is extremely excited about introducing to you all, our very own Baha’i Blog YouTube Channel! Yaaaaay! (Listen to that crowd going wild!)

On Baha’i Blog’s YouTube channel we’ll be creating a variety of original, Baha’i-inspired video content for your viewing pleasure, and we could really use your help by having you ‘SUBSCRIBE’ to our YouTube Channel as we need at least 500 subscribers to unlock certain admin privileges on YouTube. Continue reading

Education is not a crime | Laura Hemmati | TEDxULB

In this TEDx talk called “Education is not a crime” by Laura Hemmati, Laura talks about the Education is Not a Crime campaign which aims to put a stop to the continued denial of eduction for Baha’is in Iran. She also shares the creation of the Baha’i Institute for Higher Education (BIHE), which was established in 1987 as an informal university to give young Baha’is a chance to learn, and which is the subject of the film To Light a Candle, produced by the Iranian-Canadian filmmaker Maziar Bahari.

The Baha’is are Iran’s largest religious minority. More than 200 Baha’is were executed between 1979 and 1987, after the Islamic revolution, and over 100 Baha’is are currently imprisoned because of their faith. The community was also periodically persecuted in the decades before the revolution. Baha’is today are still routinely harassed, denied livelihoods, arrested, and jailed on false charges.

Laura is a political speechwriter and motivational speaker. Originally from Scotland, Laura works in Brussels. She was recognized for her work on female leadership by U.S. President Barack Obama last year and believes universal education is a vital prerequisite for full participation in every society.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx