's 15th birthday present

Jahanshah Javid
by Jahanshah Javid

I was on my way to a bar in Budapest last night to watch the Spain-Portugal match (how about that David Villa? My god he's fantastic!). I was wearing my vintage t-shirt. It felt special. I remembered that fifteen years ago this week, this site was born as THE IRANIAN in my studio on the 28th floor of Waterside Plaza overlooking the East River in New York. Yaadetooneh? :)

I began thinking that growing up as a kid, the coolest thing was to wear a t-shirt with a major sport logo; Adidas was the favorite of my generation. Here I was strolling in a European capital proudly showing off  MY (and shareholders' :) logo on my chest. I thought, wow... has t-shirts just like Adidas. That's fricken awesome!

Well, my illusions of grandeur abruptly ended when I realized that, um, I'm the only one who wears an t-shirt. Kheet shodam badjoor.

I'll tell you what's really great though.

(Completely by accident,) on's 15th anniversary we're staging a concert for arguably the greatest and most influential Iranian rock band. They have set the standard for their field. Most admirably, they have been a voice with a conscience in this "Green Age". Now THAT's something to be proud about.

I'm talking of course about Kiosk and their concert in San Francisco this Sunday. That kid from Abadan can't believe he's collaborating with the coolest rockers around. Thank you Arash Sobhani and the gang!

And thank YOU all. is the cup, you're the wine.


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by Zan Amrikai on

Ah, yes, the good old days.   JJ, you just GO RIGHT AHEAD and wear that T-shirt!  You've every reason to be very proud of the work you started fifteen years ago: you had a vision and you've been steadfastly seeing it through. Your website is a great resource for not just Iranians, but for all humans.   Keep up the good work--and live long and prosper, to channel a Vulcan.  (And by the way, love the photo of the outside window and door of your Budapest flat!) 

Mola Nasredeen

Thank you JJ,

by Mola Nasredeen on

You and your team have done an excellent job of growing and managing this site. Iranian dotcom has improved its form and content over time. Hoping to see another 15 years of iranian dotcom.

Also, thanks for saving millions of dollars of US taxpayers' money by helping people in emotional and psychological distress who may have ended up in emergency rooms (very costly).   


Jahanshahe Javid - Future funding for this site

by Marjaneh on

It has occurred to me that , since this site is a cross between Hotel California (which one can never leave) and predominantly and very evidently an asylum, sort of "Care in the Community" project, have you thought of contacting WHO's mental health section for a grant to continue your international services?

I'm (almost) serious!

Every fascism is an index of a failed revolution - Walter Benjamin

Nazy Kaviani

Happy Birthday!

by Nazy Kaviani on

You have worked so hard on this Jahanshah, and is a truly unique and special forum as a result. Khasteh nabashi! In a few weeks, we will also be ending three years of blogging and community publishing on One of the things that has made this medium so powerful is the intensity, depth, and the flavor of hundreds and thousands of people having contributed to its content and dialogue. Thank you for continuing to take care of with all that you have. It is an extremely valuable asset as a result. Happy Birthday!

Masoud Kazemzadeh

Happy 15th anniversary

by Masoud Kazemzadeh on

JJ jaan,

Thank you so very much for this wonderful site.

Happy 15th anniversary.


Orang Gholikhani

A Birthday Gift

by Orang Gholikhani on

For you and all friends:





by babakjaf on

JJ, 15 years ago I was a lonely student in the UK and saw the first article about good old Ababdan days and I hooked ever since. Thanks a lot


congrats on 15 wonderful years

by ahvazi on


JJ, is our home.


Happy B-Day I-com and JJ

by Bavafa on




by Doctor X on

  I doubt if there is a better way for anyone us who come here, to release our frustrations, anger while engaging in classy and constructive and educational debates. In essence you have provided us with this gift of Democracy and freedome in putting out there what is in our mind.

Many of us owe a huge debt of gratitude for letting our Zaboons to be opened , our fingers to get moving , to tap on those keyboards so hard and write things that we never dared to write before.

Thank you. Thank You. Thank You.

BTW. Don't keep the "jeegar" behind the counter waiting too long.


Happy Birthday IC

by minadadvar on

And thanks for creating such a wonderful site.  


Me too

by amirkabear4u on

Mr JJ you done a good job starting and putting up with this so far.

I found this web site very EDUCATIONAL but it does not matter at times it gets boring. I also admire your tolerance and patience. Not going in length to explain to you I remembered and practiced one of the important lessons (called freedom and democracy).

Also on behalf all the rights, in the middles, lefts and gays (and of course lesbians! hm yes them too!!!!) like to wish your web site a happy birthday. 

Fairness and Equality in Justice


RealMcCoy LOL!!!!!

by Marjaneh on

I was also thinking why he's giving away $40 a month to other children, when I'm childish too!


Hala shirinimamo ham  mige "talabet". (see below)

ajab, ajab, ajab

Every fascism is an index of a failed revolution - Walter Benjamin

Niloufar Parsi

happy birthday

by Niloufar Parsi on

to and all those who have made it a success. great work JJ.


Jahanshah Javid

Tears of joy

by Jahanshah Javid on

Dear Friends,

I've had internet problems all week. I'm in an internet cafe at Budapest's central station. I opened this blog after more than 12 hours without a connection and I'm overwhelmed by your kind messages.

I wonder what the woman behind the counter here is thinking. "Chera een yaroo daareh ashk mirizeh... nanash mordeh? baabaash mordeh?..."

I'm touched and moved. Thank you.



thank U jj and team!

by Anonymous8 on

zende bashid


Here is to another 15 years !

by alborz on

Will the nostalgia of today's bygone days be stronger or weaker?

Will the readers and bloggers be debating the same topics?

Will I ever get to take pictures of Iran and post them on IC?

I don't know, but thanks JJ for keeping it going and Happy b'day 



Happy birthday

by Theosopher on


Time goes so fast. I was 81 when you started this website... Though I have always been a silent reader.






Happy Birthday!

by farshadjon on

JJ jan,

Thank you for all the hard work and dedications for the past 15 years! Job well done, JJ jan!

Just to let you know that I am a big fan of your site and being around here for the last 10 years.

Khosh bashi va damet garm.




Real McCoy

Happy cost-nothing

by Real McCoy on




جهانشاه جون، تبریک...جهانشاه الهی قربون سایتت برم...اوا
توروبه خدا اذیت نکن، چقده زود پونزه سال گذشت...جهانشاه ما اگه تورو
نداشتیم، توی این دنیا آبرو و حیثیت نداشتیم... اوا جهانی‌، جون من راس
میگی‌؟ منکه اون موقع‌ها توی قنداق بودم...

حالا اگه همین جهانشاه، که ازش به عنوان ناجی فرهنگ و منادی آزادی و
بقیه لقب‌هایی‌ که اینجا نمیشه نوشت اسم میبرن، بگه : "آهای ایها الناس،
توی خرج و دخلش موندم، اگه فکر می‌کنین ارزش نگهداری داره، همّت عالی‌ مزید
امتنانه"، همین جماعت شروع می‌کنن که" اوا مگه پول علف هرزه؟ اینم مارو خر
گیر آورده، همین چن وخ پیش کلی‌ بهش پول دادیم که حالا رفته "بوداپست"
دنبال ...نده بازی و عرق خوری..."

میگی‌ نه؟ امتحان کن!



Happy 15th Birth Day to

by siminkhanum on



Dear Janhanshah, I can’t believe it has been that long! Congratulations on the job well done. has been a big part of many Iranians of different ages. I think Iranian. com has played a big role in connecting and building bridges among Iranian and none Iranian all over the world. Happy Birthday and many happy returns. 



Happy Birthday Iranian.Com

by daneshjoo on


Thank you Jahanshah and your colleagues. 

 What you have been doing is priceless



Happy Birthday

by IRANdokht on

and many more...

Thanks for creating this forum of free speech for the ones who never had it in their homeland, for all your tireless work, your integrity, your open mind, your fairness and your friendship.

I just remembered it was 12 years ago when I first wrote you an email and was shocked to receive a very kind and sweet reply. It feels like a lifetime ago.

JJ you rock! 



Freedom of Expression for All

by Ahura on

Happy birthday to IC and much thanks to you JJ for providing a wonderful platform for everyone to communicate and keep up with the news. IC has been a valuable site for us Iranians to practice freedom of expression, tolerance, and ways of democracy.


MY Memory........

by ardavan on

When I discovered I was only 14 years old in 1995.  I remember sending a check (can't remember it was either 10, 15 or 20 bucks) in order to receive emails from Jahanshah, also can't remember was the email sent 5 times a week or more?  I remember there was some sort of a controversy, something about Islam I think, and some people got mad and demanded that their subscriptions end and to get their money back. has always been controversial from day 1.  The only reason that I signed up for a subscription of was because the internet was really slow back then and when I was going to site like BBC or it really took a long time to load and I thought how great it is to receive email which you can open right away without the stupid upload time. Yep the dial tone era.:) you guys remember the "eeeaaa shoooo" sound of the phone whenever you tried to connect to the internet?  I came with my parents to USA when I was 10 so my Farsi was really weak, and was and is a great site for me because I get to keep up with the news on Iran.

Ahhhh Memories...........

 Jahan, do you still have the list of the people who paid for a subscription of


Dear Jahanshah

by Cost-of-Progress on

Congrats and thank you for a truly unique site where we can speak our mind about our beloved motherland.

May we all learn to be tolerant and forgiving for if we do not, the Iran we know and love may not be...for much longer.




ebi amirhosseini

خانه ي ما اينجاست

ebi amirhosseini

من دلم مي خواهد

خانه اي داشته باشم پر دوست

کنج هر ديوارش
دوستهايم بنشينند آرام

گل بگو گل بشنو

هرکسي مي خواهد

وارد خانه پر عشق و صفايم گردد

يک سبد بوي گل سرخ

به من هديه کند

شرط وارد گشتن

شست و شوي دلهاست

شرط آن داشتن

يک دل بي رنگ و رياست

بر درش برگ گلي مي کوبم

روي آن با قلم سبز بهار

مي نويسم اي يار

خانه ي ما اينجاست

تا که سهراب نپرسد ديگر

" خانه دوست کجاست؟ "

فريدون مشيري

Ebi aka Haaji


Happy 15th Birthday IC

by divaneh on

You look much wiser than your age.

Thanks JJ for creating such a rich medium for all those interested in Iran. I find this site highly educational and so valuable in the way that people from different end of spectrum intermingle with each other.

Now you can have a wish.


Happy birthday

by Princess on

... and congratulations! Thank you JJ and the IC team for all your hard work and persistent effort to make this a forum where we can exercise our freedom of expression. We've come a long way in 15 years and still have a long way to go.

Thank you! 


M. Saadat Noury

To JJ & His Colleagues

by M. Saadat Noury on

Happy Anniversary & Congratulations on Hitting 15 Years of an Excellent Online Journalism. Many people find themselves coming to IC more and more often to the point where their visits are almost daily now. More power to you!