Gmail shut down in Iran, state e-mail service on the way

By Derek Sooman on February 14, 2010, 3:00 PM
The wonderful bastion of free speech, liberty, and general all round niceness the Islamic Republic of Iran has decided to close access to Google's Gmail service. Like that other champion of human rights, the People's Republic of China, it seems Iran has gotten a tad miffed with pesky Google and to have decided that enough is enough.

The story goes that Iran will soon shut down access to Gmail on a pretty permanent sort of basis and will instead be offering its own national e-mail service. Whether the recent launch of Google Buzz has anything to do with this is anyone’s guess, but Google was able to confirm Gmail access problems in Iran; they declined to finger point at the actual Iranian authorities as being those responsible, though.

The initial shut down was reported last Wednesday and as of today the service has not been reestablished. With many opposing journalists arrested and private newspapers closed in Iran, the Internet is considered the most prominent medium for citizens to get informed outside of the government's spectrum.




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tengeta tengeta said:

igetspiedon@iran.com

awesome!

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Religion is a sublime concept that has been rendered useless by the interference of man. Worse still is the fact that blind adherence and obedience to a religious dogma causes, at it's worst case, precipitates the complete usurpment of individual freedoms.

Iran is called a "democracy" but as we all know it is a theocracy. The pretense of democracy is so corrupted by the Iranian state as to be completely meaningless.

Therefore, the religious establishment is nothing more than the propaganda arm of the state. It is here in the US also, save for the fact it must be maintained by huge political contributions.

Yet something inside me keeps telling me that in allowing their current state of affairs to happen, the the Iranian people have been inattentive, acquiescent, and perhaps a bit self brainwashed.

So the instant event of having your email service shut down, does require long term complicity with the status quo. Praise the lord.

If our high functioning ***** of an ex-president hadn't pissed all our troops and treasure on the fool's errand that is Iraq, we could have invaded someplace where it would have done the most good.

The current Iranian president, is nothing more that the latest of a long line of petty despots, imbeciles, and terrorists turned heads of state such as Yassar Arafat and Moamar Quadaffy, that seem to flourish in the middle eastern environment.

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Can't say that I didn't see this coming. So much for your privacy Iran. Time for another Iranian Revolution, though you need to throw all the Ayatollas out this time (starting with Khomeini), then go after Ahmadinejad.

P.S. Learn from your mistakes in 1979 and throw some bigger rocks this time.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Can't say that I didn't see this coming. So much for your privacy Iran. Time for another Iranian Revolution, though you need to throw all the Ayatollas out this time (starting with Khomeini), then go after Ahmadinejad.

Nobody can spell "Ahmadinejad" from memory. Fess up, you looked that up, didn't you?

thatguyandrew92 said:

Thank god I live in America, everywhere else sucks. Please don't deny it either, deep down, you know it's true.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Thank god I live in America, everywhere else sucks. Please don't deny it either, deep down, you know it's true.
It sucks here too, just not even remotely close to how bad anyplace else sucks. Now you can't deny getting the memo.

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

captaincranky said:

Can't say that I didn't see this coming. So much for your privacy Iran. Time for another Iranian Revolution, though you need to throw all the Ayatollas out this time (starting with Khomeini), then go after Ahmadinejad.

Nobody can spell "Ahmadinejad" from memory. Fess up, you looked that up, didn't you?

Damn you're a perceptive one. Yeah, I looked it up.

EXCellR8 EXCellR8, The Conservative, said:

I wasn't aware that Iran actually had internet access...

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

I wasn't aware that Iran actually had internet access...

Yeah, they jamb the main server cable up the ayatollah's a**.

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Thank god I live in America, everywhere else sucks. Please don't deny it either, deep down, you know it's true.

I'm afraid not any more, the truth is the politics over there is just as rotten as any place else; the quality of leadership available has been degrading overtime; mostly because of the money culture (read stifling of the real economy by the "financial economy and its influence" along with other issues ofcourse.

But whether you are in Iran or in US, the problem stems from the fact that "we the people, don't want to get out and make our voices heard and our wishes complied with full force and vengeance".

This slackness has lead to our failure in realizing that political / cultural and economic disorders are inherently linked together in the long run; and is often the precursor to the rise and fall of empires through out history.

Su47GoldenEagle said:

lol

it's useless

we in Syria have been prevented from using Google Earth , and from signing in our Windows live Messenger account , for every one has put his country is Syria ... so we first changed our country to US, and now we r using Proxy servers to use Google Earth , and the same will be in Iran, that's really useless what they did ......

JudaZ said:

thatguyandrew92 said:

Thank god I live in America, everywhere else sucks. Please don't deny it either, deep down, you know it's true.

Yeah, like your goverment isnt blocking content, shutting down sites and monitor internet traffic, "listening" to e-mail traffic and so on.

USA PATRIOT Act anyone?

...sure Iran is not precisely heaven on earth , but neither is america.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Yeah, like your goverment isnt blocking content, shutting down sites and monitor internet traffic, "listening" to e-mail traffic and so on.

USA PATRIOT Act anyone?

...sure Iran is not precisely heaven on earth , but neither is america.

I am sure there is "abuse" here in America, but I also have to think that some of the "shutdowns" are justified. IE terrorist meeting places, severe child pornography sites, and perhaps sites devoted to illegal downloading among others. The simple fact that a website exists, doesn't legalize it, or justify its purpose and existence.

There is of course the potential of abuse, but that abuse has left office, and is back in Texas.

So, comparatively speaking the US, and wherever you're posting from, are heaven on earth when viewed against the conditions in Iran.

The "problem" is that whenever any government is implemented, it makes the act of revolution against that government illegal.

Thus, the Iranian people don't have the same right of "peaceful assembly" or to "petition the government for redress of grievances".

The sticking point here is, that if it's legal, it's also easy to ignore.

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