Iran says ‘No more Gmail’

by Shayne Rana

More on the Google front is not good news for the Internet ruler. Iran’s telecommunications agency has just announced that they have permanently suspended Google’s e-mail services in the country. The situation is a little more serious than mere blocking of a personal email accounts to deter citizens from joining anti-government protests that were planned for the up coming the 31st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. The government has gone ‘Big Brother’ on the community and have even resorted to checking mobile handsets and disrupting the service of text messages as well. They’ve even gone as far as to confiscate satellite dishes off of people’s homes. Seems like a ‘1984’ style era has gripped Iran in a vice. I though the idea was to move forward in time not backward.