APR 25, 2012 - This video was sent to us by A Poet Nomad Ali, who played Neda's brother in the new riveting film, "I Am Neda" from Persepolis Pictures. Poet told JTMP that he "brought together a live orchestra, and around the time that Neda lost her life, long before I was cast for the part as her brother in the film. We wrote, recorded and shot this video in her honor". Watch the video below.
Also, he sent us this video about the "Green Movement" in Iran called "Last of the Warriors". Poet talked to JTMP about this song and said, “Although this song's poetic tone overshadows some of the political under currents of the entire video and the track, it is saying so much through the music video and symbolism and was written circa the time of the green movement.” Watch it below.
Justice Through Music Project and Op-Critical did this back in 2009, and we thought we would re-release it in honor of the powerful film "I Am Neda" coming out, and the film winning so many awards. It's called, "Flowers For Your Guns".
APR 20, 2012 - LA based rapper, musician and now actor, A Poet Nomad Ali, who describes himself as "a student in life" will be starring in the new film, "I Am Neda" which will have a screening on April 27. Poet is also doing a charity show for a organization that is just starting up called KIDS, (Kindness Inspiring Dreams and Smiles), where on their Facebook page they say their mission is, "To comfort, encourage and serve children by providing enriching and inspiration activities, with the objective of motivating, encouraging, inspiring and improving their outlook and quality of life during their hospital stay by providing financial assistance."
FEB 20, 2012 - JTMP ran across this video of Iranian rappers singing for the people of Homs in Syria. This song says it is produced by Emad Ghavidel and Hamed Fard for people of Homs in Syria. The video maker posted, “I have decided to put English subs on it and upload it here as a gesture of support for Syrians who fight for their freedom.” Watch the video and check out Emad's Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/EmadGhavidel
FEB 13, 2012 - Melody and Safoura Safavi are a musical sister band called "Ajeez", who were born in Iran but live in Swedeen and New York, for in Iran the music and especially women playing music are strictly forbidden. Also, they delve into politics and use their music to help spread freedom in Iran from afar. Safouri does not really want to be strictly a political band, but she told the Washington Post, "Being an Iranian you have no choice but to be political, and being outside of Iran, it's our duty to speak up." Check out a video below of one of their songs, and check out a great article and interview on WashPo here.
December 15, 2011. Toronto-Canada: The International Center for Human Rights (ICHR) announced today that Mr. Heshmatollah Tabarzadi, Iranian political leader and prisoner, is receiving a prestigious human rights award from ICHR for his human rights activities. Five other prisoners also won the awards in the realms of student, labour, culture, human rights and legal advocacy. The International Center for Human Rights presented the human rights awards to prominent activists on behalf of the award winners at its first annual gala on Sunday December 11, 2011.
“Winners of the 2011 awards are among activists who have made significant efforts to resist dictatorship and injustice,” said Hassan Zarezadeh Ardeshir, ICHR’s director. “The selection process was not easy when there are many prominent Iranian activists currently behind bars. However, the ICHR eight member selection team narrowed down the list of nominees to five names who received glass awards and one name who won the crystal award along with cash prize.”
-Translation by Siavosh Jalili
October 17, 2011- Amin Niayifar, 22, a mechanical engineering student with an outstanding academic record at the University of Tehran, was flogged 30 times this morning in Evin prison on the charge of insulting Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Based on reports received by Kalame, Niayifar, who is currently held in ward 350 of Evin prison, was returned to the ward after the flogging sentence was carried out. He was twitching and shivering from the pain he endured, but he did not receive any medical attention or help.
Niayifar is a supporter of the Green Movement. he was arrested in the Ashura protests (December 27, 2009) and sentenced to six months in prison, a year and half suspended imprisonment, and 30 lashes. The sentence was issued by Judge PirAbbasi, the head of branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court.
Iran Using Hikers As Political Pawns
09.18.2011– Washington, DC -- On September 14, 2011, Justice Through Music, www.jtmp.org, a national non profit that supports political prisoners worldwide, wrote a letter to Iranian President Ahmadinejad calling for the immediate release of American hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal who have been held in Iranian prison for more than two years. Last month, the two were convicted and sentenced to eight year terms for supposedly straying into Iranian territory while hiking in the mountains surrounding Iran.
-by Gazelle Emami
September 14, 2011- "This Is Not a Film" will be making its way to the U.S. and U.K., despite the fact that it was never supposed to exist, much less leave Iran. Confused? Let's backtrack a bit.
Iran Human Rights explains that the state-run Iranian news agency ISNA reported that the men were put to death for acts against sharia, "based on the articles 108 and 110 of the Iranian Islamic penal code."
Articles 108 and 110 of the penal code are part of the chapter covering the punishment of sodomy, according to Iran Human Rights.
-By Dena S. Behi
June 24, 2011- Admittedly, I couldn’t resist the urge to chuckle when I heard that Iran’s President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, refused to attend meetings of the Majlis (the Iranian parliament) in April of this year. This 10-day temper tantrum was in direct response to the Supreme Leader’s veto of the President’s dismissal of the Intelligence Minister, Heydar Moslehi, earlier that month, not to mention a few, albeit major, hiccups since the disputed presidential election in 2009. Ahmadinejad has an uncanny ability to laugh off critical attacks from the international community regarding human rights, nuclear power and oil prices. So why, now that all eyes are on the Middle East, has Ahmadinejad decided to lose his cool?
Iranian president under increasing pressure from MPs after supporting foreign minister's controversial appointment of deputy
-by Saeed Kamali Dehghan
SOCIARTS and the Iranian Student Association of Portland is holding a musical concert on June 25, and will be featuring the Persian musician Mohsen Namjoo. Mohsen's music has been described as "folk" by some people, and has been speaking out about the "Iranian Green Movement", and is often described as the "Bob Dylan of Iran". He often appears at public functions dealing with Iran and the struggle by the Iranian people to bring freedom to their country. Mohsen had to flee Iran himself, for the security forces in Iran suppress musicians and free speech, and he feared arrest for speaking out through his music.
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The event is also coordinated with SOCIARTS, a great non-profit organization that is a production company and online community dedicated to socially conscious artists to promote positive social change through the arts and media. SOCIARTS’ mission is to create a vibrant environment for creative visionaries to come together and focus on conscious creativity and positive activism, while encouraging openness to the diversity of the world's cultures. Membership with SOCIARTS is free and open to anyone and everyone.
For more information visit: www.sociarts.com.
JTMP attended a Democracy Award Ceremony in Washington, DC on June 10, 2010, where Mohsen performed, and the video is below. The award was given to the Iranian people, for their Green Movement, by the National Endowment For Democracy. The instrument being played is a Setar (pronounced seh-tar), and has 3 strings. The "Seh" is Persian for "three", and "tar" means "string".
The Ministry’s website is still down as of this writing, and the servers are under Anonymous control. One of the Iranian members of Anonymous involved with the operation sent me a message from the compromised email servers as evidence that they were still under Anonymous control.
While email addresses can be spoofed, the collection of 10,000 emails is a pretty good indication that they have no need for spoofing.
The email archive includes approvals and rejections for a variety of visas and passports, among other requests and correspondence.
May 18, 2011- On May 22 one young man will turn 25. But he will not be able to celebrate his birthday with friends and family as many young men would. Instead, Majid Tavakkoli will be spending his 25th birthday in a dank and fetid cell in one of Iran’s most squalid prisons.
What could he possibly have done to deserve this? Majid Tavakkoli was a student leader studying ship building at Amir Kabir University of Technology and had the audacity to exercise his internationally guaranteed right to freedom of expression by making a speech to mark Students Day in December 2009, in which he criticized the government. He was arrested shortly thereafter and has been in prison ever since then. He was beaten in detention and held in solitary confinement.