Remember These Names

Ribbons of political prisoners at IRI office in Washington

by Jahanshah Javid
UPDATE: I went back to the IRI office last night and hung ribbons on the entrance door handle and nearby poles.

July 25: I paid a visit to the Interests Section of the Islamic Republic of Iran on Wisconsin Ave in Washington, DC, Monday. First in the afternoon and then late at night when no one was around. I stuck the names of a few political prisoners and quickly took pictures until, about half an hour later, someone from the office showed up and started cursing. I told him: "man barmigardam". And I will. If you would also like to do something to highlight the plight of prisoners of conscience, send photos, cartoons and... to and they will be added to this collection.


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JJ clearly appreciates freedom of speech...

by Disenchanted on


      If Iranian intellectuals are barred from expressing their views freely we would be left only with the kind of idiots who would tell us Imam Ali would rule for 44000 years after the world ends and dead people will develop wings to fly over walls of heaven and all kind of utter nonsense we have been watching on Iran's national TV!

Esfand Aashena

I'm refering to its recent history and name recognition.

by Esfand Aashena on

Glock is the same handgun used in VT and the Arizona shootings as well as some other ones I think.  If I'm going to get one I want to get one that its name won't remind me of these recent tragedies.  Personal choice.

Besides before I get one I need to try out few and see which one suits me better.  Right now I have just a rifle BB gun!

BTW JJJ can't strap a gun in DC in public.  It is in Virginia that you can strap one in public, go to a bar, get drunk and hee haw! 

Everything is sacred

Anonymous Observer

EA - Glock is the best!

by Anonymous Observer on

It's light weight, you can put 17 rounds in the standard magazine, and you can really beat the "safe action" feature.  I'm actually planning on getting the tactical light and the red laser.  I love firing that gun. 

Esfand Aashena

AO jaan I'd like to get a little friend too but not a Glock!

by Esfand Aashena on

Everything is sacred

Anonymous Observer

Oh come on JJ--

by Anonymous Observer on

you have one of the most abusive characters on your site call me all kinds of names, and when I leave a comment saying that I will not respond, you delete my comment?!!!!!

BTW, don't we love our [fake] peace-niks jumping out to IR's defense everytime they are called what they are: terrorists?  Where are these people when people are shot, imprisoned and tortured in Iran?  Oops, I forgot.  They are busy looking for "evidence" that the IR was actually behind those acts!  Who knows, it could have well been a BBC agent who shot Neda Agha Soltan. :-))

Roozbeh, while I abhore hunting as an animal lover and a vegan, it appears that you and I have a lot in common.  We should get together, go for a run and then go out shooting.     


"Never had a gun, never will"

by Roozbeh_Gilani on

It's your choice. But you are for sure missing out on a favourite sport of mine, hunting.

I agree with Faramarz  and others that these warnings  by some of potential physical harm on you by the agents of Islamist regime are because people are  either just being over cautious because they(e.g. vildemose) just like you and care for your safety (I for one am a  fan of yours since reading this blog) or god forbid,  attempting to create fear and disunity. Fear is the biggest tool in the arsenal of any fascist tin pot dictator. However, Islamist regime's agents are nowadays too busy filling assylum forms for themselves and extended family whilst not calling the rest of us names on! I'd never turn down  an invitation from the person(s) behind MG or Hoshang Avatars for sure!    

"Personal business must yield to collective interest."

Soosan Khanoom

AO .....

by Soosan Khanoom on

They are just working there and yes they are morons but certainly they do not deserve to be shut dead ...  Not everyone who is a pro IRI or works for the government is a criminal ...  What you are suggesting is nothing but a terrorist activity ....

AO... seriously ....  it seems that you need something to calm you down and bring you back to your senses ....  

and  even if you are  joking that is not funny ....   i would remove your post from this blog if I were JJ ....

Anonymous Observer

That's because you've never tried the good stuff

by Anonymous Observer on

A police officer friend of mine introduced me to this one:


Trust me...once you try it, you'll become addicted.  I fire it for recreation, at a safe shotting range.  The moving target practice is saved for my Wii. Black Ops, Modern Warfare to be exact.  :-)) 

Although I have to say that when the time comes for mullahs to be on the run, I will take it out and go look for one for those cockroaches...wherever in the world they hide. 

Jahanshah Javid

Calm down cowboy :)

by Jahanshah Javid on

Anonymous Observer, even if what you say is true and within the law, I'm not going to carry any gun for christ's sake. I've never had a gun, never will. Not my style :)

Anonymous Observer

Start packing heat next time you show up there

by Anonymous Observer on

Last I checked the 2nd Amendment was still alive and well, and the DC anti-handgun law was struck down as unconstitutional by federal courts.  I assume you're not a convicted felon, and thus eligible to carry a handgun.  So, please avail yourself of that opportunity and carry a piece next time you show up there.  And when one of the goons shows up to do some IRI style "fahashi," you point to your little friend and remind him that there's only a mili-second difference between his skull having--and not having---a hole in it.  Also, you may want to remind him that NO ONE, including U.S. law enforcement, will miss or shed a tear for a dead IRI goon.  They'll just chalk it up to self defense against a terrorist.  Trust me...he will first piss his pants and then run away...


let me know if you

by shushtari on

need a bodyguard to beat up some of these goons



by shushtari on


the mullas are gonners for sure! 



by Parham on

Some of these warnings sound like they come directly from the Islamic Republic!


Be careful

by asadabad on

You could end up like Faroukhzad.  You are a popular figure amongst the Iranian diaspora, you would make a tempting target.

As you may know, Ali Akbar Tabatabaei was murdered by an IRI agent in Maryland.  I hope you don't think that being in the USA gives you any type of amnesty, because it doesn't. 



Wow can't believe it!

by amirparvizforsecularmonarchy on

Upon looking over each picture the degree to which the IR has gone to hurt, harm and terrorize people...

and for what?

I am so angry about the impunity of these IRI guys.

No Freedom, No Justice, Jomhouriyeh Islami!!


Thanks JJ

by Siavash300 on

Good job man. I enjoyed. you're a great Iranian. Embassies are good place to protest. We should also gather all documents of crime had been committed by these murders for last 32 years to bring these monsters to intenational court. Shame on those bastards who works in these embassies. Shame on those back stabbers who sell their country and their people for few bucks they're receiving from ruling mullahs in Iran. Shame on them.

Payandeh Iran


Faramarz: You are right.

by vildemose on

Faramarz: You are right. D.C. actually is very unsafe. There have been murders and mugging right in front of GW library late at night. A friend of mine was a victim of mugging right around that area.

DearAnahid: I have a very suspicious mind. I had no intention to offend anyone or create a panic.

Temporary Bride

Kick some arse!

by Temporary Bride on

JJ - this is a brilliant idea. I think the most effective protests are the ones that are personal and more confrontational. Having been along to 3 protests in London now, I really wonder how much good it does singing the same songs with 'Seyd Ali' or 'Basiji' subbed in the right places in front of the Iranian embassy on a Sunday when most of the staff are away anyway.

I'm also really surprised at how paranoid the comments have been to what you are doing. I can't imagine that you are planning to go back to Iran anytime soon given your chosen career - so why shouldn't you avail yourself of the freedoms you have in the US and make your mark? Let them catch you on all their security cameras - what the hell can they do to you? 

Perhaps I'm naive but I think you cannot underestimate the laziness (and often empathy!) of people working for the IR gov't abroad. 

Keep it up - and thanks for the inspiration. I'm getting some good ideas for alternative protesting myself!





No Worries JJ

by Faramarz on

Basijis generally attack when they have the numbers. They don't believe in fair fights. Actually it is not a bad idea to slap one of them around to give them a taste of their own medicine!

But, it is not a bad idea to coordinate your activities with the local police since it is late at night and DC is not the safest place in the US. What you are doing is peaceful and protected by the law as long as it is not considered loitering which carries a warning or maybe a fine.

I am not worried about Basiji crowd as I am about others.



by Hooshang Tarreh-Gol on

Aziz jan, no apologies needed. Just get a group of interested Iranian and non-Iranians together, where you live (an affinity group, is usually a good start) and do some 'art work' of your own. And do sent IC a report. Cheers



Hooshang tarreh gol: I

by vildemose on

Hooshang tarreh gol: I apologize. I knew you were going to say that. I trust you 200% and perhaps you are right, I'm a bit paranoid. I have no inention of silencing anyone or spreading any panic. If I have done that, I apologize to everyone.

Anahid Hojjati

Vildemose jan

by Anahid Hojjati on

This surprised me too:"don't trust anyone from IC who wants to come along and help you either...just sayin.... "


Thanks VDM for spreading "communal trust and cooperation!"

by Hooshang Tarreh-Gol on

I just sent JJ an email, about contacting me, when he's in my city to do some 'art work' together. But if he takes your advice he shouldn't even trust me! What gives? Being cautious and careful is one thing, treating a simple act of protest as a major security hazard, and spreading paranoia about it is another.  The whole idea is to turn these individuale acts of protest into one big coordianted collective act of protest.

As Fred said (and I usually don't agree with him): Once, one out of 1000 in diaspora does so as well, opposition will begin to coalesce


Anahid jan: Agreed. JJ: I

by vildemose on

Anahid jan: Agreed.

JJ: I know they don't. You are right. But there is no harm in being cautious. Is there?? Please pretty please, do not announce your plans and take somebody with you...don't trust anyone from IC who wants to come along and help you either...just sayin....


Ahga JJ, I am sure the late Shah of Iran would be proud of you!

by Abgousht on

For what you are doing today.

I wish I were there with you going to that Sag Dooney (aka Iranian Interests, how oxymoronic) and make them dogs going wild!

PS -- I am willing to buy some free chello kabob and abgousht for the fellow Iranians living in the DC, Northern Virginia, and Southern Maryland area if they accompany JJ!

Anahid Hojjati

thanks Vildemose, your concern is valid

by Anahid Hojjati on

I had the same concern. I think anyone who does anything against IRI, gets similar advice. I have had people tell me:" why do you write political poems and blogs? don't you see men of Iran benefiting from IRI?" So I just had to say that I write for women, I guess :).

Jahanshah Javid

haaaaah :)))

by Jahanshah Javid on

VDM that's so funny... Islamists on IC attacking someone? ina faghat baladan harf bezanan... they like their comfortable lives. jor'at nadaaran. sefr.


Here is worse case scenario:

by vildemose on

Here is worse case scenario: One of the Islamists on IC reads your posts and decide on his own in the name of his Emame Rahel, to stalk you when you get there to do you harm...The fantics are capable of doing the most unspeakable in the name of their God as we have witnessed for the past 32 years. Just my two cents.

Jahanshah Javid


by Jahanshah Javid on

Thanks VDM... I am careful. I am also aware that the risk associated with protesting in this country is a millionth of the risk of protesting in Iran these days. I accept this minimal risk as a free citizen under the protection of the law.


Not keeping silent

by Fred on

I will not keep silent :)”

Once one out of 1000 in diaspora does so as well, opposition will begin to coalesce. It is getting there.