Working for you


Jahanshah Javid
by Jahanshah Javid

Dear friends,

When you visit on Monday, you will see a page asking for your financial support. is now in its 15th year. Since its launch, it has relied entirely on the support of its readers. Well, my late mother, a couple of sisters, a few cousins, and a handful of  friends have been extremely generous too.

I am proud to say that I have not taken a dime from any government or any government-funded organization. If I had applied for some of those millions of dollars handed out by the U.S. State Department, my bank account would not have been more than $500 in the red at the end of last month.

Last year I remember having dinner with two people in Washington. I casually joked that I was going to apply for some government grants.

-- "You should! Why don't you?"

-- "The most important thing that distinguishes from others is its reputation for independence. If I start getting money from the U.S. or any government-backed agency, everything will change."

-- "You're wrong. How will it change? You can go on doing all that you are doing now, but with some money in your pocket. You're making yourself suffer for no reason."

-- "That's not true. It makes a big difference to people who is backing you. Some people will never forgive me for working for the Islamic Republic News Agency or Aftab TV. It doesn't matter if I tried hard to report the truth or do something interesting. What mattered was that my salary came from a tainted source. I have tried very hard to redeem myself with and all of it would be destroyed in an instant if I accepted money from some government again. And remember, governments don't give out money for no reason. They have their own expectations. In effect, you would be working for them."

So in short, it feels good to be working for you, the reader, and fulfilling my passion for publishing. I am grateful for your support during all these years. Can't do it without you.


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Bijan A M

To be on the safe side…..

by Bijan A M on

I hope JJ has the advice and friendship of a good (and cheap) lawyer, Just-In-Case. In to days world, it is quite possible that JJ can afford to build a multi-million house in the best neighborhood in California out of his income from advertisements on his site.

We don’t want him get into trouble if FBI starts investigating where he got the money.  I’m sure he keeps track of donations for his own protection. For sure we don’t want a Jim Baker scenario around here. The service he provides if by far 1000 times more valuable than what Jim & Tammy Baker provided.

I, for one, am grateful for your service, JJ.


Bijan A M


Where's Saman's artwork baba?

by Monda on

I hope your store gets it soon.

Arash Monzavi-Kia

Hi JJ - does Money Order still work?

by Arash Monzavi-Kia on

For my donations last year, I used money order sent to the following address. Does that still work?

Iranian LLC
507 Mariani Lane
San Jose, CA 95112 


JJ How can I email you my social & ATM PIN & Home Address & Cell

by NOT_AK69 on

by Jahanshah Javid

"And remember, governments don't give out money for no reason. They have their own expectations. In effect, you would be working for them."

._____________________ Everyone has expectations when it comes to paying for it _________________________________LOL


by mannya2001 on

1. when people sign up, the email confirmation and password  is sent to the SPAM box in email accounts

2. Suggestion: can we have a daily/weekly polls on events/traditions/cuisines/whatever

3. Suggestion: Can we have a battle of champions section between music clips uploaded by readers?





tax deductability

by Monda on

Should not be an issue since donations would be rather small. My 2 cents.



by mannya2001 on

1. when people sign up, the email confirmation and password  is sent to the SPAM box in email accounts

2. Suggestion: can we have a daily/weekly polls on events/traditions/cuisines/whatever

3. Suggestion: Can we have a battle of champions section between music clips uploaded by readers?


this message will self destruct after JJ reads it

Mola Nasredeen

With all due respect contribution has been made

by Mola Nasredeen on

To show our gratitude for  Mash Jahanshah for managing the Camel Races on Iranian dot com, fair and square. 


BTW I suggest quiz photo/cartoons for the online store

by Anonymouse on

This one is my favorite quiz of all time! Maybe if it can be translated for T-shirts both in Farsi or English


and this one my 2nd favorite quiz!


Everything is sacred.


JJJ no 100 One Hundred Billion Dollars donation yet?!

by Anonymouse on

Everything is sacred.

Jahanshah Javid


by Jahanshah Javid on

We got a $500 online donation today, the biggest single donation so far. must be doing SOMETHING right :o)

Thank you HK, and thank you all for every penny you have given to keep this website going.

Very grateful :)


We need vainglorious Azalis on this site

by hooshie on

The more characters like our Azali (aka Nuri-i-Daghal) put their vanity on show, the more people would learn about the cult of Mirza Yaha Sobeh-i-Daghal.

Carry on Azali, We are waiting for your next show..... LOL. 


Anahid, you and my daughter have the same taste

by Monda on

My daughter wants those mugs too, and the t-shirt saying baba vote digeh... she's waiting for my new credit card to order them. (I lost my wallet!)


Dear JJ

by varjavand on

Dear JJ,


Is it possible that you send a note to those who responded positively to your call by making a contribution, to make sure that their contribution has been properly processed and reached you promptly?




Ali P.

Who is claiming that?

by Ali P. on

"You are, after all, claiming to be wanting to bring democracy to Iran, are you not?", says Mr. Nuri.


I know JJ has never claimed that.

(Are you, JJ jaaan, planning to bring democracy to Iran?)

I have never claimed that.

Anahid Khanum has never claimed that.

Even IRANdokht, has never claimed that.


Besides, this site is a private entity!

He can censor whatever he wants!

This is much like a private library: You can believe in democracy, but stop people from shoving different books from different views, in your library!

And this place, people, is JJ's library .


Nuri is Zulfaghar

by Cost-of-Progress on

He used to post anti bahai crap last year and would cross post his nonsense to other places. He is a brainwashed "peace-loving" islamist.

Just ignore the maggot.





Anahid Hojjati

Dear JJ, your store has cool mugs and I am going to order one

by Anahid Hojjati on


Dear Jahanshah, your store has a cool Persia map mug. I am going to order that so I can show my daughter different parts of Iran as I drink my coffee, even though you call it chai mug:).

Anahid Hojjati

Dear Nur-i-Azal,you are here to criticize, makes sense

by Anahid Hojjati on


Dear Nur, I understand your point and you are right. To bring democracy to Iran, we need all voices so then do you agree that it is great that you can voice your ideas here?  Most web sites don't even let you do that. 


Dear JJ

by amirkabear4u on

I know you like my suggestions so much I like to give another one!!!

Since this is the first Iranian web site of its kind, then why don't you write a book of your experience since your first consideration?? Before you start let me tell you there are a lot of people who read books. You can also have it in two languages too.

I think it is a good idea about donation.



by Nur-i-Azal on

Do you mind showing me where I have ever supported Islamism when I have been a single minded public opponent of Islamism for years? Supporting the rights of Muslims and asking that the Islamicate civilization be correctly and unbiasedly represented is not supporting Islamism. Islamism is a political ideology, in any case, and not a religion. Islam is a religion, and Traditional Islam has absolutely nothing to do with this manufactured Islamist ideology of latter day Marxist-Leninist-Stalinists who have taken over Islam and hijacked it to their own ends. I have ever been consistent for upwards of 16 years  now in making that very clear, precise distinction.

Crossposting to USENET ensures that any messages censored from this site do not disappear from the public record and collective memory, since, as I have pointed out many times before, this site is a paternalistic dictatorship that seems to push only one particular spin on the greater issues.


Anahid khanum

by Nur-i-Azal on

why are you here if this site is not to your liking?


Simple. First, because it is free to be here (i.e. we don't have to pay to be here, although JJ feel free at any time to change this specific rule as you  seem to be telegraphically intimating) and, second, to make sure that this website and its various uncritical voices don't get to think that the world revolves only around them and their take on the issues; and, more importantly, to ensure that there is not one single chorus of voices or one kind of spin on the greater issues and perspectives involved.

You are, after all, claiming to be wanting to bring democracy to Iran, are you not? Here is your chance to put your  monies where your mouths are on that score and practice these things on us, the critics, rather than for you to take the easy way out and just censor us or seek to cut our heads off and silence us in other ways. Perhaps by us being the critics here we are actually helping you in the long-run to become better democrats that you say you all want to be. Think of it that way. So feel free to practice what you preach and thereby make your proverbial muscles stronger with each criticism made by us in the spirit of the freedom of conscience that a real democratic system is built upon.

Correct me if I am wrong, but clashes of differing opinions and even opposition is what genuine democracies are supposedly made of, right? I understand that living in North America, esp. the USA, for too long somewhat dilutes and breaks down such perspectives, since America is one of the most molly-cuddled pseudo-democratic nations on the face of the earth where the manufactured consent of the elite few manifests in the form of the tyranny of the majority, and reins supreme, whatever they claim about themselves otherwise.  

So with that said, we're here, we're queer, so get used to us! ;-)


[Crossposted to USENET]

Mohammad Ala

Thanks Jahanshah jaan for your time and dedication.

by Mohammad Ala on

Thanks Jahanshah jaan for your time and dedication.  I am one of the first people who joined group in 1995-96 time frame.  In its first few editions, my letter to Ms. Ryder was published defending our right as a community (yes, almost 15 years ago.)   I have used my real name and I am a regular donor because I understand the meaning of social responsibility.   I was a major donor for over six years in exchange for advertising the websites which I created for Iran and Iran related issues.  Once I mailed a large check but it was returned because JJ forgot to endorse it.  

My frustration with has been the nature of most members being anonymous.  They used to attack others freely which caused some valuable members to leave.  This has changed somewhat and people are acting responsibly. 

  Over the years, my interests have changed and my income has been cut because of retirement (early) and the U.S. real estate market decline.  I am hoping the economic (real estate) condition will turn around (3-5 years) so that I can make bigger contributions to worthy causes.  

We have a long way to go in order to be counted as a community both inside and outside of Iran.



by Golinedairani on

"چون ايران نباشد تن من مباد"  You know everytime I come here all I see is people being nasty to each other, for example with Afghan Idol video... You can evaluate a society by the actions of their people, and maybe one of you had a nice thing to say.. What the hell is wrong with Iranian people? I would really like to know, I looked at the same video and honestly said look at Afghanistan in their country they sing the women are not fully covered their young people are being YOUNG and its nice to see, its actually sweet and beautiful...they deserve some happiness their generations are beyond traumatized JJ asks for money to keep his website afloat and if you don't agree KHOB PUL NADIN,,, HAM PUL NEMIDIN HAM FOSH, TOHMAT TOHEEN  What the hell did you give here you can not get back? To the moron who said he should start a competitive site goodluck you obvioiusly know nothing about SEO time effort etc...the guy has the name furthermore...chandin sal zahmat keshide,,shabane rooz mikhay website besazi goooood luck!  You know maybe if you have nothing nice to say you can say nothing at all.  I will be sending my donation to you on Friday,  also I do agree you do censor some comments and are not very jewish friendly but so what... its an intelligent person that can read and decipher and keep what they want and get rid of what they do not. Mer30


Thank you JJ

by Sargashteh on

First and foremost I would like to thank you JJ for this beautiful site. I have been a reader since 1995. One of the articles I remember from those days was the one about an Iranian POW that you had interview in Tehran, Since I was a soldier during the war it really touched my heart. I also tried to subscribe to the printed version which you said was no longer available. but I did subscribe to "Iranina Times" and really enjoyed it. I did make a humble contribution this time and hope that it helps you. Keep up the great work JJ

never ever again

anon111.2 & Monda - on my used lingerie

by never ever again on

let me clarify somthing: some of those items still have tags on, waiting for the right man to share them with.  since my chances of finding that guy are slimming, i'm considering to let other people enjoy them.  i need my draweres' space.

Anahid Hojjati

To AK69 and all who are upset and don't want to help

by Anahid Hojjati on


I would like to say to all those who are on this comment thread and are upset with and JJ and don't want to help, my question is then why are you here if this site is not to your liking?  Obviously in your eyes, even if IC has limitations, still it must be best site to be otherwise we would not be reading from you on IC.

never ever again

Dear JJ - on Kuma Sutra

by never ever again on

I should have let you know that I am definitely keeping my favorite editions of the holy book.  In fact I'm willing to mail you one for Norooz, if you give me your address in Mexico.  That's how much I love!

P.S. btw it's spelled different ways you know. 


Wow, Noori

by AsteroidX on

"Death to ...Islamism! "   

Perhaps there is still hope for you yet.

PS: Glad you saved to USENET. One day perhaps you can let us know why you keep doing that. Where does it all go, do you file them away in alphabetical order, read them at night, hug them etc.


welcome home anonymous111.2

by Monda on

Before I leave, I wanted to say that we agree on auction items! It is our right to know whose Used lingerie we're wearing.


What the hell is going on?

by anonymous111.2 on

Hello.  I leave for a month (has been that long?).  I come back.  I see JJ asking for money and Nur-i-Azal still without his medication.  JJ, what are you talking about, man?  An auction is a great idea.  You hold it, and I promise I'll contribute something good.  How about an original copy of a screenplay for a film that has already been produced, complete with handwritten corrections?  And as far as used lingerie, I think that it'll sell.  It all depends on whose used lingerie it is!


BTW - in the main IC page, you can find the button for donation

by MM on

If the donation page does not pop up when you first get into the site, you can click "support" button under the orange donation campaign heading and the same window will pop up.

OK - You know how to set up PayPal and now here is your chance.  What are you waiting for?