"The government is trying to create a digital border to stop culture and news coming from abroad — a vision of the Net which is worrying for the country's future," it said.If the China comparison is supposed to alarm people, it's useless. Western nations are falling over each other trying to do business with China and it's not going to be any different with Iran.
"The Iranian government policy is not an isolated case. It is getting closer and closer to that of the authorities in China, with particular stress being laid on censorship of cultural output," it said.
Asked to note achievements of Bolton, both Wang and Vassilakis cited approvingly a simple but dramatic step Bolton took a year ago when the United States occupied the presidency of the Security Council. He insisted that Council meetings begin on time, and to illustrate the point, he gaveled the first meeting of his tenure to order at the appointed hour though he was the only ambassador in the chamber.
Robert Gates, the White House choice to be the next defense secretary, conceded Tuesday that the United States is not winning the war in Iraq and warned that if that country is not stabilized in the next year or two it could lead to a "regional conflagration."So how do we win this war?
At the outset of his Senate confirmation hearing, Gates said he is open to new ideas about correcting the U.S. course in Iraq, which he said would be his highest priority if confirmed as expected.
Gates, 63, said he believes President Bush wants to see Iraq improve to the point where it can govern and defend itself, while seeking a new approach. "What we are now doing is not satisfactory," Gates said.
"In my view, all options are on the table, in terms of how we address this problem in Iraq," he added.
Asked point-blank by Sen. Carl Levin (news, bio, voting record), D-Mich., whether the U.S. is winning in Iraq, Gates replied, "No, sir." He later said he believes the United States is neither winning nor losing, "at this point."
Gates was noncommittal on questions about whether and when to begin a U.S. troop withdrawal.