So as you can see my promise to keep this blog alive and kicking was shortlived to say the least. So here I am ready to give it another go and hopefully this time my attempt will last longer then my first. I still haven’t decided how regularly ill be posting in this blog but for now ill just post when I can *which shouldn’t be much of a problem as I doubt being a bum takes up that much time* and whenever I happen to come across an interesting issue.
But since I’m posting I might as well add my lil tidbit of commentary on an issue I happened to hear about. Apparently both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are kicking up a fuss with blackberry over there refusal to allow them access to monitor some of the blackberry handsets communication facilities. So they have instigated a ban on these communication features on the blackberry so people within there states can’t access them. So the action they have taken is if they can’t monitor it, then to hell with it. They are hoping to increase pressure on blackberry to release the information when they need it. They claim this request is for ’national security reasons’.
Now, I don’t doubt it’s for security reasons, what I do doubt is if its for national reasons. It seems to me its more of a case of monarchy-trying-to-keep-its-ass-on-the-throne security reasons. Its no secret that the ruling monarchy likes to keep a tab on all things that threaten there ruling interests. Lets just say democracy hasn’t yet reached the shores of these countries as quickly as the latest batch of blackberries have…customs in those shores can be quite a bitch when it comes to letting democracy through its borders. Latest technology – yes….democracy – will think about it and by think about it I mean I’ll keep a close *cracks whip* eye on those who do think about it and by close I mean as close as a contact lens gets to an eye….fairly close. Even clamp-down-on-everything China hasn’t taken these steps with blackberry, looks like these two countries like to be ahead of the totalitarian/dictatorship trend. China will be green with envy when it sees them strutting there new brand of the big brother state. I hope blackberry don’t bow down to pressure and stick to their guns as stubbornly as the ruling elite in these countries stick their backsides on there oil rich throne. Hopefully the ban might raise the same backlash as China’s ban on google did with the wider world. though I doubt it, as on trend as these two countries are with dictatorships unlike China they are sat snug and cosy in the pocket of the western nations whose criticisms China endured.
Thats all for now
Till next time