Iran blocks email, restricts net access: reports

Feb 12, 2012
Iranians surf the internet at a cafe in Tehran in 2011. Iran has further restricted access to the Internet and blocked popular email services for the past few days, in a move a top lawmaker said could "cost the regime dearly," media reports said.

Iran has further restricted access to the Internet and blocked popular email services for the past few days, in a move a top lawmaker said could "cost the regime dearly," media reports said on Sunday.

Millions of Iranians have been unable to log onto their accounts on popular email websites such as Google's , Yahoo's Mail and Microsoft's since Thursday without any official explanation, the Arman newspaper reported.

But the Mehr news agency said the restrictions were not related only to email.

"It has been a while that Internet users have had difficulty accessing domestic and news websites as well as foreign search engines and email services," it said on its website.

These difficulties include "low speed, outage and blocking" of websites, Mehr said.

A top conservative lawmaker, Ahmad Tavakoli, criticised the new "annoying" filtering and said it should be explained.

"The new filtering measure and cutting of access to the services used by most people without prior notice... will raise the ire of educated" people, he told Mehr.

"Such annoying filtering will cost the regime dearly."

Control over the flow of information is a key issue for Iran -- home to most Internet users in the Middle East with more than 36 million people out of the 75-million populace online.

Access to many globally popular websites, including Facebook, Twitter and , is blocked in the Islamic republic.

Iran in early 2011 launched a special police unit to combat "cyber crimes," especially those committed on which are popular among the opposition and dissidents.

The Internet played a major role in the wave of anti-government protest that rocked the country after the disputed re-election of President in 2009.

Tehran also blocks most foreign news websites, accusing the Western media of taking part in a plot against it by the United States, Israel and Britain-led Europe.

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Lurker2358
2.1 / 5 (7) Feb 12, 2012
I use youtube all the time, but never use twitter and hardly ever use facebook.

Still, as screwed up as U.S. economics and politics is, we are so fortunate...

I can't imagine living in a nation where the insane religious elders who control everything would ban youtube and social networking.

they are trying to maintain their level of brainwashing over the 30-somethings and younger generations, who are becoming more aware of the outside world.

Yes, we're all so propagandized to death as well, but at least we still have some rights to try to sort it out for ourselves.

It would really suck to live some place where the government or a fanatic force-fed everyone BS and filtered out any knowledge or oppinions to the contrary.

Well, unfortunately the scientific community is that way now, but not quite the same.
bewertow
3.7 / 5 (3) Feb 12, 2012
Well, unfortunately the scientific community is that way now, but not quite the same.


Oh really are you a scientist? Because it sounds like you're full of crap.
Lurker2358
1.5 / 5 (8) Feb 12, 2012
Well, unfortunately the scientific community is that way now, but not quite the same.


Oh really are you a scientist? Because it sounds like you're full of crap.


You'll eventually figure out what I'm talking about if you give it some time.
Parsec
5 / 5 (4) Feb 12, 2012
Well, unfortunately the scientific community is that way now, but not quite the same.


Oh really are you a scientist? Because it sounds like you're full of crap.


You'll eventually figure out what I'm talking about if you give it some time.


Why on earth would I want to examine your crap?
TheGhostofOtto1923
1 / 5 (3) Feb 12, 2012
It would really suck to live some place where the government or a fanatic force-fed everyone BS and filtered out any knowledge or oppinions to the contrary.
This is what a country looks like when it is preparing for war. It is vital during a war that the people only know what you want them to know.

Does it really make any sense to any body that a country needs to conduct medical isotope research by making its own isotopes in facilities located 300 ft underground, instead of simply buying them? That a country which makes 80 pct of its income from oil, would rather fight a war and kill a million citizens rather than build refineries?

What makes sense to me is that they are making war unavoidable, because it is absolutely inevitable, and the Time has come to start it.
Tseihta
1 / 5 (1) Feb 13, 2012
Probably some truth to that.
Vendicar_Decarian
1 / 5 (1) Feb 13, 2012
How telling that Israel would rather die as a nation than allow Iran to have a nuclear power program.
TheGhostofOtto1923
1 / 5 (3) Feb 13, 2012
How telling that Israel would rather die as a nation than allow Iran to have a nuclear power program.
Israel would die as a nation if it allowed Iran to develop nuclear weapons, per irans own admission. Both countries are in the throes of obsolete religionist cultures which are configured to force war through aggressive reproduction rates. Both need these cultures to be destroyed in order to survive.

This was exactly the same predicament in Russia and Germany, which is what made the world wars inevitable. Those cultures were destroyed as a Result. We can expect a similar Cleansing in the middle east. Technology has made the world far too dangerous to allow cultures such as these to survive.
TheGhostofOtto1923
1 / 5 (3) Feb 13, 2012
A true, joint Jewish/Shiite state is too attractive an Outcome to let pass. This would dissolve differences after a few generations re northern Ireland. 150 nukes says Israel can't be destroyed. The easiest way to destroy Fordo is with a nuke. Bad precedent? We have seen a few such unthinkable precedents - nuclear meltdowns, gulf oil spill, middle eastern revolts, economic collapse.

No major weapons system has ever been developed which has not been used in war. Hiroshima notwithstanding, perhaps it is Time to consider the unthinkable. Perhaps religionist fanatics need to see just what the west is willing to do to preserve Law and Order in the world, before the religionist fanatics get the chance to erase 1000 years of Progress. Which they WILL do, because they SAY they will.

To save the world, religionism must end. As it is a far worse threat than communism or fascism ever were, as it's structure is based on overpopulation and war, then it may take the unthinkable to end it.
Callippo
1 / 5 (1) Feb 13, 2012
Both need these cultures to be destroyed in order to survive.
This is just a war propaganda, my dear. In this context it's not surprising, you're expressing your skepticism about cold fusion all the time. The people like you would lead the nations to global nuclear war, rather than to allow technological progress. But you're not alone - such frustrated people existed whole human history.
To save the world, religionism must end
It's just you, who is promoting religious war and discussions all the time - just try to reread posts of your. Always off-topic.
TheGhostofOtto1923
1 / 5 (3) Feb 13, 2012
It's just you, who is promoting religious war and discussions all the time - just try to reread posts of your. Always off-topic.
Hey - I think LENR is real and have said so many times. Try reading in english next time.
It's just you, who is promoting religious war and discussions all the time -
Not me - but obviously Someone is;

"JERUSALEM -- Israeli officials on Monday blamed Iran for nearly simultaneous attempts to bomb Israeli diplomats in India and Georgia in what some analysts suggested may be Iranian retaliation for a series of attacks on its nuclear program that have been widely blamed on Israel."
just try to reread posts of your. Always off-topic.
And as far as youre concerned the topic is always aether/coldfusion. They go so well with everything, yes?

I know what the problem is - youre pissed because I never give you 5/5s.

Too bad.
Callippo
1 / 5 (1) Feb 13, 2012
I'm pissed, because I'm afraid, more than 200.000 of Iranians will die soon and the whole world will face just another wave of global crisis - and we can do absolutely nothing with it. The silly downvoting of yours is funny with compare to it. Don't feel yourself so self-important - you actually mean anything for anybody here.
TheGhostofOtto1923
1 / 5 (3) Feb 13, 2012
I'm pissed, because I'm afraid, more than 200.000 of Iranians will die soon and the whole world will face just another wave of global crisis - and we can do absolutely nothing with it.
Thats right - you cant. But take heart - things will be much much better as a Result. Because they are Planned to be. And either way those people would die because there are far too many of them. This is the fault of their religion. This is why religions have to end.

Sad? Cruel? I suppose. But that is only the way things appear; not the way I would want them to be.

See what german mothers got for their service to the reich for conceiving and raising at least four children?http://en.wikiped...n_Mother
The silly downvoting of yours is funny with compare to it. Don't feel yourself so self-important - you actually mean anything for anybody here.
But I rarely vote anybody down except philosophers. You sure you havent confused me with someone else?
Callippo
1 / 5 (1) Feb 13, 2012
I rarely vote anybody down except philosophers
It's symptomatic, you're dealing with philosophical and religious topics here only - even at the case, when the article is completely technical.
TheGhostofOtto1923
1 / 5 (3) Feb 14, 2012
I rarely vote anybody down except philosophers
It's symptomatic, you're dealing with philosophical and religious topics here only - even at the case, when the article is completely technical.
Uh so are you? Your theories are nothing but words and concepts. No science, no numbers, no concurrence, no support, no interest; LOTS of derision. 'Father Mackenzie, wiping the dirt from his hands as he walks from the grave, no one was saved.'
El_Nose
not rated yet Feb 14, 2012
If the US went through a REAL political upheaval -- such as we the people deciding we need a new government -- we can only hope that the same sanctions are not implemented on us, the people.

I have much resect for those trying to set up and over through their government -- its difficult -- it exists because so many people believed in it in the first place -- to change that idea - that ideal is gut renching and just damn difficult.

Stopping the free flow of information -- You will know those that consider themselves your master for they will try to limit your access to information -- this has always been true. Even here in America

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