Yeah you heard it right. Gmail got blocked in Iran (do I really need to make it clear by whom and why?!) in an attempt to force Iranian users to register for a governmental mail instead of their secure Gmail one. And it's not that much easy to register for this governmental mail either as you MUST fill in a form with all your details including name, address, ID card(s) numbers and so on and so forth in a case if you sent a blabla email (which is obviously monitored by [...]), then you could be easily traced and arrested. Then only God can help you if he could after all :-(
is the other website getting blocked in Iran in recent weeks.
Although it is still in its alpha stage and is not perfect yet, it is indeed a Wowing news to see Google -forbidding Iranians to access some of its certain pages or downloading its products like Google Chrome and toolbar due to sanctions- is finally adding Persian to its translation tool too
Google Translates Persian
Today is exactly one week from the Election Day when Iranians rushed to cast their votes in a hope of some changes and a better future but the outcome result was so shockingly surprising that resulted in some peaceful where-is-my-vote protest. But it was turned into a sad scene of violent bloodshed when savage hardliners attacked the defenseless protesters with knives, clubs, chains, pepper sprays and guns and started slaughtering people on the street, in the campus and even in their own houses.
Now after one week, the SMS system is still down and GPRS network has joined it too. Internet services were almost cut down too in the first 4-5 days after the election results came out. Lots and lots of news sites and social networks are blocked during the past few days including YouTube, twitter, facebook, friendfeed and flickr. Even it was impossible to access email services for the past 2 days (I still have problem accessing my GMail and sometimes just manage to load it in its basic mode only). Yahoo messenger is the all time favorite messenger in Iran (I'm not into instant messaging though and have no idea how it works!) and people using it have reported that it's also gone dead as its ports are blocked by the ICT.
OK, I've talked too much. Since the "Big Brother" is watching us restlessly, I hope that I survive long enough to at least see the next morning!
Friday, June 19, 2009 | Labels: Today Iran |
and that's when the stone-minded authorities of Iran suddenly decide to have the whole blogger images BLOCKED just because of one pic not being favored by them!!!
and below is the very ugly page you see when you click on an uploaded-to-blogger image like this one:
Edit: it is finally solved.
This photo is rather old (2006) but still interesting to look at and no it is not fake :
This photograph by Thomas P. Peschak is genuine and was taken from a September 2005 Africa Geographic article titled "Shark Detectives," about researchers studying Great White sharks off the coast of South Africa. As the article described the circumstances under which this picture was snapped: