3 Jul 2005 roozbeh   » (Master)

Google and sanctions: This got forgotten in the election atmosphere: Since Google has agreed to Behdad's project proposal, after he clearly mentioning that he is an Iranian and doesn't hold any other nationality, I consider that they have taken back their restriction about no Iranian particapting. This may have had its negative effects anyway, discouraging Iranian students living abroad to apply, of course, but I don't personally know of any such case. I assume Google will fix this in their next requirements document or whatever of a new service or project or something, so I will not call them racist or whatever unless it happens again.

There is still the ban about those students in Iran, but I believe Google can't do anything about it. It's US Federal Government's "discrimination" agaist Iranians, Syrians, etc. I am still educating myself on the matter, and I still believe that Fedora Project etc are infringing copyright by sticking that Federal Government text over the GPL. But I still haven't completed all the documents that have been posted by the US government about these: I'm only thorough some of the ones posted on the US Treasury website. The ones about cryptography and all that weren't there.

Democracy: BTW, don't listen to the crap the US media are telling about the new President-elect's involvement in US hostage crisis or his involvement in killing Kurdish opposition leaders in Austria. Very probably it was not him. Very probably he is simply someone who will make life a lot harder for us living here, in both the money we earn and the rights we can practice.

For example, Ahmadinejad has mentioned that the human rights issue "is a sickening issue that has become a cliché" and that "Europe should step down from his ivory tower" of mentioning these. These guys believe in something called "Islamic Human Rights" (which I, and several muslims, don't consider Islamic). For example, they consider that the case of a father killing his son should not be considered equal to someone else killing the boy, because the boy's blood was "owned" by the father in the first case. Another is that noone practicing any religion other than the four mentioned in the constitution (Islam, Christiany, Judaism, and Zoroastrianism) to work in any office in our huge government. I won't go into more examples, and I'm not an expert in law anyway, but that should give you some idea.

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