Because of Google's boycotting Iranian users i can't chat here!!!

i wanted not to complain about my condition here because i myself have been bored and exhausted of these complains but now when i saw the blow text in chat section of atheist nexus i couldn't not complain again . here Google has banned some of its service for iranians like it browser google chrome , google earth and ... however i can use them with some tricks (like changing my ip through a proxy server or ...) but it still vexes me . why should people (even an atheist like me) be punished because of a minority who has the power and govern over them ?!! do i want to make a nuke by Google services?


Google Error


Forbidden
Your client does not have permission to get URL /api/getmeebo/?blendapps_room_id=9a366b1984af783fa5fef2d8f86e5a8b&logged_in=false from this server. (Client IP address: *.*.*.*[here my IP was written] )

You are accessing this page from a forbidden country.

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Comment by Chrys Stevenson on March 7, 2009 at 5:02pm
I'm sorry OA, you are right. I found an article explaining it here.

You may be interested to know that an Australian atheist, Anthony Loewenstein, has recently written a book called, "The Blogging Revolution" which looks at the political potential of blogging in countries like Iran.

Here are some extracts from some reviews of his book:

"In 2007, journalist Antony Loewenstein travelled to some of the world’s hot spots to meet up with bloggers, activists and dissidents whose cyber activities challenge the dominance of the state-run media of various repressive regimes. The Blogging Revolution is the result of his informal discussions with those who agitate for change in the face of government propaganda, censorship and suppression.

"Loewenstein discovers that Iran’s blogging community is the healthiest in the Middle East despite constant surveillance and filtering."

"Loewenstein is also critical of the complicity of Western powers (particularly the US) in hindering the dissemination of information.

"He points out that everywhere he went, he heard the same message: “That democracy, the rule of law and free media would come in spite of America, rather than because of it.”

"... blogging - and all online interaction, for that matter - is changing the way the world learns, communicates and argues. But it has also become a risky pursuit in many places around the world. And bloggers are being routinely harassed, roughed up, jailed and sometimes even killed.Take the case of Reza Valizadeh, an Iranian journalist and blogger who was reportedly incarcerated last year after he reported that the Iranian president’s security staff had imported four dogs from Germany at a cost of $US150,000 ($230,000) each. The purchase was revealed at a time when authorities were cracking down on what was deemed as the “impure” practice of keeping dogs as pets."
Comment by ObscureAtheist on March 7, 2009 at 2:56pm
sorry kristy but i think you haven't got the point .Google has not established these restriction in iran upon iranian government's request . i think there is no relationship between our government and google at all . look google doesn't filter its search result for iranians or doesn't give our IPs to our government or .... google's restriction for iranian users are not about these issues(like china ) . they have banned the usage of their web browser (google chrome) or their messenger service(GTalk) or ... so they haven't done anything in favour of iranian government. Google has done it to be in direction of US sanctions against iran. they have just limited some ordinary people from accessing some ordinary technologies. i don't know they do it arbitrarily or upon USA government pressure . i just know it s very foolish decision because they can't stop all iranian users and they just deprive none professional users from useful ordinary services.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on March 7, 2009 at 2:31pm
I may be wrong, but I understand that Google has had to agree to certain restrictions in order to be allowed into particular countries like Iran and China.

The choice was to allow people in those countries to have a restricted access to Google features, or no access at all.

Obscure Atheist, what are your thoughts? Would you rather have Google with the restrictions required by your government, or would you rather Google had refused to compromise - thus denying your countrymen access to it at all?
Comment by ObscureAtheist on March 7, 2009 at 9:07am
Sydni here in Iran we have faced 2 kinds of censorship 1 main censorship which is done by government 2 by other countries and companies censorship like this case.
Comment by Douglas Christensen on March 7, 2009 at 8:27am
Typically, in cases like this, they are using the Export-Restricted and Embargoed Countries as a guideline as to who may download software. Silly? Yes. I don't know if this is the case here, but it is akin to something I've seen in the past.

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