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Pakistan Lifts 3-Year Ban On YouTube, Allows Local Version (go.com) 36

An anonymous reader writes: Pakistan has allowed access to a localized version of the video sharing website YouTube on company assurances that country-specific filters would be added to remove objectionable content. ABC reports: " Pakistan banned YouTube under a court order in September 2012 for carrying a controversial made-in-America movie trailer that sparked deadly protests across the Muslim world. The movie 'Innocence of Muslims' was considered blasphemous and derogatory to Islam for its portrayal of the Prophet Muhammad. Some of the most intense protests erupted in Pakistan, where the role of Islam in society is sacrosanct and anti-American sentiment runs high. Pakistan Telecommunication Authority spokesman Khurram Mehran says all the instructions were given and the website was accessible across the country on Monday."
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Pakistan Lifts 3-Year Ban On YouTube, Allows Local Version

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  • If there was any doubt about the recruitment advantages of the internet,

    the willingness of the Pakastanis to accept some inevitable blasphemy against their beloved Mohammed should tip you into the correct direction.

    • by Halo1 ( 136547 )

      The average Pakistani, and even the Pakistani government, has very little power to accept or reject anything. Virtually all power lies with the Pakistani army and its intelligence service [newyorker.com], thanks to US "aid". This aid is moreover not entirely voluntarily any more today, as its main purpose now appears to be to keep a completely messed up corrupt bunch of people in power, in an attempt to reduce the risk of a completely messed up bunch of other people that may be allied with Al Qaeda or the Taliban from taki

      • It's not so insane when you consider that they have nuclear weapons and are right next to (and hostile towards) another country that has them too. The U.S. will do almost ANYTHING to keep the peace in that region. And they know that it's better to have a corrupt-as-hell extortionist scumbag military in charge, and at least maintaining a status quo peace, than to take their chances with an Arab-Spring type popular radical government that might easily stumble into a regional nuclear war and possibly set off W

        • And they know that it's better to have a corrupt-as-hell extortionist scumbag military in charge, and at least maintaining a status quo peace, than to take their chances with an Arab-Spring type popular radical government that might easily stumble into a regional nuclear war and possibly set off WWIII.

          Learning are they? Slowly, but yes... who would've thought that encouraging the overthrow of a sovereign nation might backfire?

          It's difficult to argue that Iraq (and Syria) wouldn't be better off today with Saddam's Sunnis still in power.

          • And they know that it's better to have a corrupt-as-hell extortionist scumbag military in charge, and at least maintaining a status quo peace, than to take their chances with an Arab-Spring type popular radical government that might easily stumble into a regional nuclear war and possibly set off WWIII.

            Learning are they? Slowly, but yes... who would've thought that encouraging the overthrow of a sovereign nation might backfire?

            It's difficult to argue that Iraq (and Syria) wouldn't be better off today with Saddam's Sunnis still in power.

            Ignorant knee jerk stupidity.

            Learning? Bush entrenched that standard with his cowboy speech declaring you are either with us or against us. Before troops where deployed to Afghanistan let alone Iraq. The express purpose was to declare to Musharaf that America was no longer willing to tolerate Pakistan playing nice and cozy with Islamic jihadists like Al Qaida and the Taliban. Of course, in diplomacy it wasn't advisable for the president of the United States to publicly call out the leader of Pakistan for es

            • Everything you've described is something that was an internal affair of Iraq/Arab world/Islamic empire. Monstrous no doubt, but no reason for the US to intervene.

              The ouster of Saddam was justified on the grounds that he was supporting terrorism - Abu Nidal was killed in Baghdad just days before the invasion. However, once his regime was overthrown, the only role of the US should have been to look for WMDs, and once they didn't find them, return home. Trying to create a democracy in a culture openly hos

              • The ouster of Saddam was justified on the grounds that he was supporting terrorism
                I don't feel bound to the Bush admins pathetic efforts at defending its actions in Iraq. I even vehemently agree with how grossly ignorant the push for the invasion and ham fisted bungling of the occupation afterwards were.
                Saddam had committed genocide on multiple occasions, all signatories to convention on genocide were obligated to act to prevent that, or failing that to punish those responsible. Grounds enough right there f

            • You seem very knowledgeable about the region.

              You should be confident in the value of your ability to bring new information and viewpoints to the discussion.

              Your opinions are legitimate enough to stand on their own. The snideness just makes you look bad.

        • by Halo1 ( 136547 )

          It's not so insane when you consider that they have nuclear weapons and are right next to (and hostile towards) another country that has them too. The U.S. will do almost ANYTHING to keep the peace in that region.

          I guess you mean that they will do anything to avoid war between India and Pakistan. Peace is not a term I would use for Pakistan.

          And they know that it's better to have a corrupt-as-hell extortionist scumbag military in charge, and at least maintaining a status quo peace, than to take their chances with an Arab-Spring type popular radical government that might easily stumble into a regional nuclear war and possibly set off WWIII.

          That's pretty much exactly what I said in my sentence that started with "This aid is moreover not entirely voluntarily any more today ...".

          That doesn't make it any less insane or counter-productive though. It's insane to think that this status quo can be be maintained. It's insane to think that this prevents nuclear proliferation, because as the article mentions, this has already

    • You do NOT need anti Mohammed videos to get members of the religion of perpetual outrage outraged. They - the observant ones at least - get enough of that from Quran and Sunnah

      While the movie in question did highlight controversial aspects of Mohammed - such as his pedophilia, it was badly made, and even critics of Islam found it underwhelming. It was however NOT the reason Muslims got infuriated: they get infuriated w/ the minimal of efforts, which is what happened here, as well as in Benghazi

  • Mohamed's funniest cat videos!

  • It's like regular YouTube, only the cute female puppies and kittens are covered with burkas.

  • Now they can watch the 100 hour version of Nyan cat!
  • LOL cats only!
  • "...that sparked deadly protests across the Muslim world."
    Bullshit. Those who repeat this lie are the diehard Clinton supporters who do not possess a shred of intellectual honesty.

    • "...that sparked deadly protests across the Muslim world."
      Bullshit. Those who repeat this lie are the diehard Clinton supporters who do not possess a shred of intellectual honesty.

      I never knew that Al Jazeera [aljazeera.com] was among the diehard Clinton supporters.

      From the Arab backed media outlets timeline linked above, dozens of people died and hundreds more were injured in the protests. That is the definition of deadly protests so I've not a clue were you are coming from save complete and total ignorance.

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