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Sunday, December 19, 2004 CE


I have recently found out that my blog has been censored in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Or at least it is under observation, "pending for approval". I have a friend who, when she wants to log in, she obtains an old version of the blog, probably stored in the her temporary internet files or cookies. When I gave her a direct link to any of the new postings, she could read them, so I think thre an external source controlling the access to the main page. I might be mistaken, but if I am not, I would like to tell the ayatollahs that they should be concerned about more critical stuff for the development of their nation and that I am very interested in what my fellow friends form Iran think about my postings. So if the access to my site has been restricted, I ask them, please, to remove the restriction.


Blogger el griu said...

I noticed that the guy in the picture is silenced with an american flag. I assume that's a coincidence since it doesn't seem to fit in this case.
Cool picture though, where did you find it?

1:37 PM  
Blogger Gindy said...

I am telling you. This blog was a great find. I seem to appreciate the subject matter and you do seem to find the best pictures. I don't know where you get them.

1:58 PM  
Blogger Doctor Marco said...

To be honest, I did not notice the American flag. So I apologize in advance if someone gets offended. Anyway, its the Iranians who I am complaining about.

To find my pictures I use, the search engine from Amazon.

2:04 PM  
Blogger Doctor Marco said...

I will proceed to modify the picture to avoid further confusion.

Thanks Griu for letting me know

2:07 PM  
Blogger Gindy said...

I did not have time to find the article I was looking for. I will post on the U.N. by tuesday. I don't think anyone will get offended by the picture.

12:37 AM  
Blogger Gindy said...

I did it. Not my best post. But I want to know what you think about the concept. There are many commentators and analyst who have talked of a similar concept.

6:17 PM  
Blogger Puma said...

Marco, this doesn't sound like your site is being censored. Where is the "pending for approval" and "under observation" coming from? If an administrator were going to go to the bother of censoring someone's blog, do you think they would really monitor every post? If they wanted to censor your site, they would just make it unavailable, period. Believe me, DNS records are enough of a pain in the ass to maintain already without fiddling with it like that.
The problem your friend is having can be entirely ascribed to her browser software. She probably needs to clear the cache occasionally and refresh the pages. I clean up people's computers as part of my job, and I wish I had a nickel for every time someone assigned nefarious reasons to ordinary browser behavior...and at the same time ignoring blatant threats to their own software security, such as spy-ware and pop-ups. Confusing browser occurences are often self-inflicted because the person neglected to maintain their computer.

1:37 PM  
Blogger Doctor Marco said...

Thanks, Sarah. I will contact my Iranian friend again and try to convice her to check my site again nad to try to correct the possible reasons for this to happen. She believes that the government has something to do with it and she also told me that I have to be careful!! Anyway, I am not that important to be censored

7:20 PM  
Blogger Puma said...

People being "careful" what they said is what allowed Nazism to flourish in Germany :)

8:25 AM  
Blogger Doctor Marco said...

The desire of people to keep their comfort, being "careful", was certainly one of the causes that helped the Nazis in their rise to power. However, there were other causes like the generalized financial stress product of the Wall Street Crash and the Great Depression, fear of the Communists by the upper classes, a hurted national pride product of the defeat of the First World War...

6:27 PM  

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