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Iranians unimpressed with Google
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Iran slams 'Google plot'

Tehran says Google distorting historical facts by referring to Persian Gulf as Arabic Gulf

Iran angry at Google: Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini slammed Google Earth Tuesday over what he claimed was a plot to distort historical facts by referring to the Persian Gulf as the Arabic Gulf, according to several Iranian media reports


The alleged distortion attempt is sure to compromise Google's image in the eyes of Iranians and in the international community, the Iranian spokesman said.


“Raising such issues about a historically-documented and undeniable term is illegal,” Hosseini told the Mehr News Agency.


'Insulting intelligence of international community'

Hosseini characterized Google's move as a “political ambition,” the ISNA news agency reported, while commending Iranians living in the country and overseas for protesting the move in e-mails to Google.


The Tehran Times reported that the Islamic Iran Participation Party also slammed Google over the matter and said that it raises suspicions that Google Earth managers and experts are “knowingly or unknowingly” following the lead of external powers aiming to provoke conflict in the region.


"In a declaration released on Monday, the party described the action as insulting the intelligence of the international community," the Tehran Times said.


פרסום ראשון: 04.16.08, 00:07
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