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Monday, September 24, 2012

Iran Imposes Economic Sanctions on Itself

Posted by on Mon, Sep 24, 2012 at 8:52 AM

At the risk of sounding too deterministic, I think it reasonable to suggest that information technology is both a) absolutely crucial to competing in our modern global economy, and b) inherently democratizing in that it diminishes the power of the state to control access to information. These axioms were as true of the photocopier and fax machine as they are of the Internet today.

And so the Iranian government's choice is clear:

The Iranian government appears to have blocked access to Google's search engine and Gmail webmail service from inside Iran, according to Internet users there. ... In May, Iran said it would separate its internal networks from the Internet.


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But how will Iranians find "movie about guy no memory"?
Posted by Ben on September 24, 2012 at 10:15 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 2
They remind me of the old Soviet Union. Oppress, oppress, oppress until the lid pops off.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on September 24, 2012 at 10:18 AM · Report this
treacle 3
1. We have to start thinking other than simply "competing" in our global economy. Pure capitalist "competition" is functionally detrimental, drives people and community apart, and empowers fundamentally sociopathic organizations. People cooperate, and the market could be arranged around cooperation as well, if it weren't for all the aggression built into the issuing of government war-debt-money.

2. For those who may not know, the US has been engaging in massive economic warfare with Iran for the past two years (or more). (To say nothing of the cyber espionage and sabotage.) This has led to massive price fluctuations, the destruction of the value of the rial, shopkeepers using the U$D as a primary currency, and has prompted Iran to shift major commerce (ie. oil/gas purchases) to both gold and the Chinese yuan.

I don't think that Iran's cutting off Google search and Gmail --regrettable as that action is-- will have *that* significant of an impact vis-à-vis what is already going on now.

Between the economic warfare, computer/virus warfare, and Israel's frequent bellicose pronouncements of near-term attack, the US-Israel dyad is probably trying to bankrupt Iran into overspending with increasingly worthless money.

It will be interesting to see how this all plays out.
Posted by treacle on September 24, 2012 at 12:06 PM · Report this

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