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Iran Launches Video-Sharing Website

Youtube deemed inappropriate

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Iran has launched its own video-sharing website to compete against Google's popular YouTube whose content is deemed inappropriate by the Islamic regime, the state television reported on Sunday.

The website (http://www.mehr.ir) called 'Mehr', meaning affection in Farsi, aims to attract Persian-speaking users and also promote Iranian culture, according to its About Us page.

"From now on, people can upload their short films on the website and access (IRIB) produced material," said IRIB deputy chief Lotfollah Siahkali.

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  1. Hiding from the world is proof enough that the Iranian regime cannot withstand scrutiny even from its own people.
    And with Assad on the way out — and perhaps Chavez going before him — the regime will get lonely. Indeed, the only friend left might be Kim Jong-un.
    In the end, this stubborn, myopic, and anachronistic theocratic regime has succeeded in turning Iran into another North Korea.
    Yet these two countries could just as easily have become economic and technology powerhouses for the good of their people.
    Iran’s loss is worse because the regime has foregone its chance to set a new path towards the country’s Persian greatness — not as a military power, but as a technology and industrial leader of the Middle East. This is hard to do when a country is in deep isolation.
    “If you can’t beat them, join them” might be an American proverb, but the Iranian and Korean regimes will be glad when they eventually figure it out.

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