You know a medium by its enemies

Friday, November 18, 2005
Cuba, Iran lash out at Internet freedom

Especially ironic:

"Fidel Castro, the unflinching promoter of the use of new technologies," believes "it is necessary to create a multinational democratic (institution) which administers this network of networks," said the WSIS delegate from Cuba.

In Cuba, only people with government permission can access the Internet, owning computer equipment is prohibited, and online writers have been imprisoned, according to Reporters Without Borders, a Paris-based free speech watchdog group.

9 comments:

David Thomson said...

Thank God that John Kerry is not our president. The Democratic mainstream is more interested in sucking up to the international liberal elites then remaining loyal to the United States. They would not hesitate for a moment to hand over the control of the Internet to the UN. Our so-called arrogance is allegedly the cause of much trouble in the world. American power should be shared with lesser nations---especially those representing the Third World. Make no mistake about it, the Democratic Party is now, on a practical basis, the enemy of our country. Only in rare cases is it morally allowable to vote for a Democratic candidate.

markg8 said...

"Only in rare cases is it morally allowable to vote for a Democratic candidate."

LOL, thanks for the decree Commissar Thomson. I'll get the word out.

Knucklehead said...

The internet pisses off:

The U.S. and other Western nations "insist on being world policemen on the management of the Internet," Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe... Bobby, babe, somebody's gotta do it and you ain't qualified.

The aforementioned Castro...

Too often, the Internet is used for the "propagation of falsehoods," said Mohammad Soleymani, Iran's minister of communication and information technology. Mohammad, meshuggener, learn how to use google and snopes and leave the rest of us out of your nightmare.

Mozambique Prime Minister Luisa Diogo predicted the struggles to replace ICANN were not over, saying that "it is a matter of justice and legitimacy that all people must have a say in the way the Internet is governed." Luisa, dollface, take yer struggles down the hall to somebody who gives a shit.

"The proceeds have not been equally shared by developing and developed countries," said Sudan President Omar Ahmad al-Bashir. Omar, bubbalah, proceed on a long walk off a short pier.

Economists generally agree, however, that investors prefer nations with a respect for property rights, the rule of law and a functioning court system--which means that few African nations make the list. Heh, those dismal scientists have an amazing grasp of the obvious - in general at least. Which ones disagree?

Jamie Irons said...

We are going to have to be almost preternaturally vigilant to keep the disaster of UN or internationalist-transnationalist control of the Internet at bay.

These idiots will not give up.

I'm so glad Iran's Minister of "Information" and IT (wink wink) is aware that the Internet is used "for the propagation of falsehoods." Fortunately, Iran would never be guilty of that sort of thing.

Jamie Irons

Barry Dauphin said...

"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.": Thomas Jefferson

Yes, Jamie is spot on. And vigilance means a lot of work. Many of these UN types hope to prey upon our urges to simply rest, to not think about the hard stuff, to let someone else do the heavy lifting, etc. We're supposed to believe that Iran's minister of communication and information technology would be perfectly content with the an internet that includes the likes of YARGB. Yeah, right. Of course wait until the campaign finance "reform" folks try to literally regulate the content of a blog like this. Hell hath no fury like a blogger screwed.

Knucklehead said...

Barry,

Not that it let's anyone off the vigilance hook, but "acbonin" at redstate.org notes that the FEC unanimously approved Advisory Opinion 2005-16 which seems to be good news on the home front. Our ministers of information and IT have, at least momentarily, refrained from leaping headlong into the dark night.

Barry Dauphin said...

Thanks for the info, Knucklehead. That is good news I hadn't heard, although we should still keep the powder dry.

Skookumchuk said...

"Fidel Castro, the unflinching promoter of the use of new technologies . . ."

Unflinching. Wow.

Knucklehead said...

Barry,

Not only keep the powder dry but also tamped up solid (it ain't funny if you gotta 'splain it but it should be known to all Dan Rather "admirers").