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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What a great idea!

by Monda on

It would please Me to contribute anyway I can to this wonderful site that has even replaced therapy sessions for many of its readers and contributers, including myself some days, if not most days.  

As Princess suggested making monthly contributions is the best idea.  All these years I never noticed a button of any color anywhere! Where was it?  Well, please put it back on if it's not too much trouble. 

In the meantime I'll be here bright and early tomorrow morning, as usual :o)


We love you JJ. You are

by vildemose on

We love you JJ. You are amazing. You have redeemed yourself and then some.

 Where should we send the gift cards?? How does it work??


Khar, the private & safe way

by SamSamIIII on


 is by Visa or Master card gift cards which can not be traced to your name and are out there in $50 or $100 notes and I use em for my clandestine detective sam activities :) since thx to my nasdaq venture i owe few hundred G,s to both amou visa & MC & others . JJ must open a visa & mastercard account and he can have my left over credit on couple of these cards. & JJ, US is an exception I certainly wont blame you for taking grants from US as long as editorial policies are not set by any one.Cheers!!!

&btw,your visa&mc has to be set up so folks can send money online thru gift cards anonymously.


Path of Kiaan Resurrection of True Iran Hoisting Drafshe Kaviaan // //


Stay Independent

by divaneh on

I also agree that IC needs to stay independent and will be pleased to contribute.


With pleasure JJ

by Mehrban on

Please let me know an address or a bank account.  Thank you for everything you and your staff do to keep IC as my most reliable connection to Iran. Being part of this community is very important to me.  

Jahanshah Javid

You are the best

by Jahanshah Javid on

Thank you Nazy for all your support and wonderful contributions to this site. That's already worth a pot of gold!

And thank you bajenaghe naghi, Yolanda, Ari, Princess, VPK and Khar e aziz :)

Your support means everything to me.


All, this is the time to put our money where our mouth is!

by Khar on

Jahanshah Jaan, is there a way to support IC anonymously through PayPal, Sending Money orders or such?

P.S, There is nothing to forgive you for or for you to fell ashamed about!!! by the way I think AFTAB TV was one of the first seeds of reform.

Veiled Prophet of Khorasan

Pitching in

by Veiled Prophet of Khorasan on


I'll pitch in.

Do  you have a PayPal account? If not you should get one. It makes is easier to donate. 


The least we can do

by Princess on

I am so glad to see you finally do this. There is no reason for the Iraniandotcom to be dependent on any government for funding. It's independence is a major reason why I come here everyday. I am more than happy to contribute something on a monthly basis to maintain its independence. So please make the donation button a permanent feature.

Thank you for all your hard work! 


Ari Siletz

Proud to help.

by Ari Siletz on

Very important to keep our site unbeholden to anyone but ourselves.

To add to Nazy's list, I pay for integrity.

bajenaghe naghi

JJ jan

by bajenaghe naghi on

What you are going to do is the right thing. I am surprised that you had not done this a long time ago.  

Nothing is free in this world. Everything has a cost. If as readers we enjoy and derive benefit then we all have to stop being just takers and also give, no matter how little. 

Nazy Kaviani

Who pays?

by Nazy Kaviani on

Who pays for YouTube clips?
Who pays for volunteer photo essays?
Who pays for newspaper clippings?
Who pays for blogs written by steaming users?
Who pays for comments of venting anonymous users?
Who pays for a Moshiri poem?
Who pays for the nostalgic writings of a few?
Who pays for the irreverent?
Who pays for the satire?
Who pays for the analysis?
Who pays for the calls for petition?
Who pays for news of murders?
Who pays for news of protests?
Who pays to come and know?
Who pays to come and read?
Who pays to come and see?
Who pays to come and understand?
Who pays to come and feel?
Who pays to come and cry?
Who pays to come and laugh?
Who pays to come and be a member of a community which would let us all in, without asking any questions?

We should. We should pay to help a community which lets us all in and lets us all vent and feel connected. We should help if we can to remain independent and to continue its operation.

For all of Jahanshah's tireless work, for his open mind, for his open heart, for saving a corner for each and every one of us, the colorful, the jaded, the sad, the religious, the atheist, the left, the right, the ones stuck in the past, the ones impatient for the future, for all that makes up Iranians and for the space that we have each claimed in this community, we should help.

I think we should all help in any way we can. Where would we go if is unable to sustain itself? I don't even want to answer that question.

Please bring back the yellow button.



by yolanda on

I will be glad to contribute some, but please protect my identity.......don't reveal my real name..... it will make me feel uncomfortable.....

Thanks for everything

Jahanshah Javid

Your presence

by Jahanshah Javid on

Bitter Divorced Man, no worries at all. I fully understand. Your presence through blogs and comments adds to the richness of this site. Mamnoonam.

Bitter Divorced Man

Please forgive me

by Bitter Divorced Man on

I already contribute to my ex-wife, and I don't have any extra money to give, but if there is any other help I could provide this maginificent website, please let me know, darigh nimikonam, if I could do it.

Jahanshah Javid

Thanks :)

by Jahanshah Javid on is not a non-profit organization. Thanks for your support, Proud_To_Be_Anonymous.



by Proud_To_Be_Anonymous on

Are the contributions tax deductible?

Just kidding.  Of course we'll all pitch in.