Iran’s ‘domestic Internet’ schedule slips
Government ministries to unplug ‘next month’
Iran’s leader Ayatollah Khamenei had best make the most of his time on Twitter and Instagram, since the country’s telecommunications minister is doggedly pressing ahead with his program to cut the country off from the Internet. In the fullness of time, as Sir Humphrey Appleby would have put it.
In spite of Khamenei’s membership of Twitter and Instagram, the country’s telecommunications ministry says various ministries are going to disconnect from the Internet to protect sensitive information, according to The Telegraph.
Telecommunications minister Reza Taghipour, speaking at the Amir Kabir University in Tehran, said disconnecting key ministries would make sure their information “won’t be accessible to” the “one or two” countries hostile to Iran, The Telegraph reports.
Iran has previously announced plans to disconnect itself from the Internet and promote its own Islamic network, something that’s met with skepticism in the outside world.
The plans certainly seem to be on a constantly-sliding window: if the April report was accurate, which AFP told El Reg at the time was not so, the cutoff was due to happen this month. Now, Iran’s telling The Telegraph its timetable is over the next 18 months.
Back in April, Reporters Without Borders noted that the plan has been “frequently announced and always postponed” – something echoed by The Telegraph. ®
Iran is mostly our fault.
The massive popular support of the Theocracy was a response to the Dictator the US and the UK put in there, when we paid for the overthrow of Iranian Democracy in 1954, and paid to keep the Shah in power for years.
Back then of course, we didnt make any pretense of it being for anything other than the oil.
Unsurprisingly there not our biggest fans, and are unlikely to be so any time soon.
Re: easy pick
You're right. Iran just oppresses its own people. Entirely peacefully, I'm sure.
Of course, Salman Rushdie might also disagree with your opinion of Iran's peaceful nature, too.
Or perhaps any political party that isn't Islamic.
Or anybody of the Bahá'i faith.
But apart from that, yes. I'm sure the Grand Ayatollah is an entirely reasonable feller who would listen to criticism and respond in a most peaceful manner. Even if you drew him a nice picture of Mohammed!
Western civilisation is a twat fest of epic proportions, yes. Don't think I don't want corporations like Coca Cola held accountable for things like, oh, bottling plants in drought zones, turning a blind eye to paramilitary operations in South American countries, and all the rest of it.
Fucking saints in comparison though. When was the last time you saw a government sponsored attempt to assassinate people over funny drawings of Jeebus? What about a mildly provocative book accusing God's Zombie Son of being a bit gay? Perhaps we could call it, oh, "The Luciferian Verses", or something.
Wonder what would happen if a certain satirist that worked hard to expose Coca Cola were an Iranian, exposing Iranian fuckwittery? You think he'd still be alive?
This isn't a Holier Than Thou attitude. It's shooting fish in a barrel, because it's so damned easy. Wonder why that is?
Incidentally, Belching Out The Devil is a damned good read, and he's done an hour or so long documentary on the subject if your Youtube-hunting skills are up to the task.
I still wonder whether Mark Thomas would be alive if he were an Iranian in the same line of work. In fact no, I don't wonder at all. I think you and I both know he'd be in a box by now.