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PRESS RELEASE: Justice Through Music Calls On Iran To Release American Hikers

Iran Using Hikers As Political Pawns

09.18.2011– Washington, DC -- On September 14, 2011, Justice Through Music,, 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.

Losing your Cool: the Precarious Nature of the Iranian Presidency

-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?

"PARAZIT" Beams In Satire

January 24, 2011- Kambiz Hosseini and Saman Arbabi, Iranian expatriates living in Washington, DC, have put together a funny and satirical television show called "Parazit" (Persian for "static") beamed into Iran via satellites and the Internet. Their weekly half-hour Persian-language satirical television show is broadcast on Voice of America's Persian News Network, and was inspired by The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and is very popular in Iran. They speak about political figures and issues, something that is not allowed in Iran, and they are trying to help to spread free speech and free thought in Iran.

Click HERE for their website.

Jailed Blogger Freed on $500,000 Bail

September 13, 2010- Jailed Iranian blogger and human rights activist Shiva Nazar Ahari has been released on $500,000 bond. She is awaiting sentencing following her trial on September 4th, but for the present she is free after 266 days in prison.

In her September 4th trial she faced charges of  “assembly and collusion to commit a crime”, “propaganda against the regime”, “disrupting the public order”,  and most seriously, “moharebeh” (enmity with God), which carries a possible death sentence. The trial took place in branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court with presiding judge Pir-Abassi.

Worldwide protests have been staged calling for her release.

Iraninan Protesters Demand the Release of Shiva Nazar Ahari

September 3rd, 2010- On the eve of Shiva Nazar Ahari's trial, in which she potentially faces the death penalty, Iranian-American protesters gathered outside the Iranian Interests Section in Washington DC. On the previous day, representatives of the Iranian Government refused to accept a petition from the protesters demanding Shiva's release.

For more on Shiva's case click HERE 

Iran Freedom Rally June 12 2010

Mobile Banner Campaign In Support Of Iranian Freedom At Rally

Rally Marks One Year Mark Of Fraudulent Elections

Boobquake and Brainquake: Why Not Both?

-By Melody Moezzi, April 26th, 2010

Last week, Iranian cleric Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi–Tehran’s Friday Prayer leader–shook the patience of women worldwide by claiming that promiscuous and immodest women were responsible for earthquakes. Yes, you read that right.

I wish I could say that his absurd statement surprised me as much as it did countless others, but as an Iranian American woman who is all too familiar with the words and ways of misguided mullahs, I can’t say that I have an ounce of surprise left in me for Sedighi’s dim-witted declaration. I was, however, pleasantly surprised by two creative responses to his comments. One from an imaginative Indiana-based blogger Jen McCreight , who also calls herself Blag Hag, and another by an ingenious pair of professors–Golbarg Bashi , an Iranian studies professor at Rutgers University, and Negar Mottahedeh, a film, literature and women’s studies professor at Duke University.