Friday, November 19, 2010

Why does the U.S. Prohibit Iranians Google-Earth?

If you try to download or use Google Earth or some other google products such as Google Toolbar and Google Maps in Iran, you will see this error messages:
"Thanks for your interest, but the product that you're trying to download is not available in your country" and "You are accessing this page from a forbidden country"
No, this time it is not the Iranian government's filtering these sites - Iran has filtered Google Mail many times- . It is part of the U.S. sanctions, or better to say, it seems to be part of the sanctions.

Information and knowledge are necessary for achieving democracy and that is why the Iranian government has filtered many websites. I cannot understand why the U.S. government has forbidden the Iranians to use Google products. The sanctions had  to punish Iran’s rulers, not its people, who are struggling for freedom.

To find the reason for this U.S. government's prohibitions, I searched at Internet, but got no answer. I wonder why there are no reports on this subject. Or are are there some, and I couldn't find them?

As long as we don't get any good answer to such questions, we have no other choice but to to see the sanction as a gift to the Iranian regime, as Guardian writes. If the U.S. really wants to support the green movement, it should shower the country in free satellite Internet access, not to forbid Internet products.

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