JTMP Re-Releases "Flowers For Your Guns" in Honor of "I Am Neda"

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".

Iranian Band Abjeez Promotes Iranian Freedom From Afar

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.

Iranian political prisoners receive HR awards from ICHR


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.”


Persian2English: Another distinguished student flogged for insulting Ahmadinejad

-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.

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, 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.

Huffington Post: Jafar Panahi's 'This Is Not A Film' Gets U.S., U.K. Rights

-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.

Huffington Post: Three Men Hanged For Having Gay Sex In Iran: Reports

September 6, 2011- Three men were executed by hanging in Iran for "forbidden acts against religion," according to AFP.

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.

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?

The Guardian: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad faces impeachment threat

Iranian president under increasing pressure from MPs after supporting foreign minister's controversial appointment of deputy

-by Saeed Kamali Dehghan 

June 21, 2011- Ministers in Iran moved a step closer towards impeaching the president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, after a series of clashes with supporters of the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

SOCIARTS: Persian Musician Mohsen Namjoo To Play Live Unplugged Concert in Portland on June 25

 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.

For more information, please go here:

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 Next Web: Anonymous steals 10,000 Iranian government emails, plans DDoS attack

June 3, 2011- Anonymous has hacked into Iranian government servers and procured over 10,000 email messages from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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.

Amnesty International: Remember Majid Tavakkoli On His Second Birthday Behind Bars

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.

Washington Post: Hard-liners call for arrest of Ahmadinejad confidant as pressure builds on president

May 18, 2011- TEHRAN, Iran — A hard-line publication called on security forces Wednesday to arrest President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s closest political aide amid a widening political power struggle over who will shape Iran’s next government.

The demand by the Ya Lesarat weekly, considered the mouthpiece for some of Iran’s most extremist factions, does not necessarily mean authorities will act. But it reflects the fierce internal battles between Ahmadinejad and ultra-conservative groups who accuse him of trying to defy the authority of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The heart of the crisis is over attempts to block Ahmadinejad and his loyalists from controlling the next parliament and influencing the candidates to succeed Ahmadinejad when he leaves office in 2013. Ahmadinejad’s critics claim he seeks to expand his powers at the expense of the ruling clerics, who were once his solid allies.

Huffington Post: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Warned By Iran Cleric Amid Power Struggle

May 13, 2011- TEHRAN, Iran — A hard-line senior Iranian cleric and former Mahmoud Ahmadinejad loyalist on Friday issued a veiled warning to the president, saying wrong steps can lead to loss of popular support – the second time this week the cleric has opposed the president.

The remarks by Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati are the latest in a series of rebukes to the president, who has been locked for weeks in a simmering confrontation with Iran's highest authority, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The dispute appears to be part of a power struggle ahead of parliamentary elections next year and the vote for Ahmadinejad's successor in mid-2013.

Jannati, who until recently was a staunch Ahmadinejad supporter, did not refer to the president by name but stressed that "people do not depend on individuals" who hold office.