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War and Information control

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• In War & Peace,

The power of censorship and news control is on display for all who care to look around. Today, the online maps of the country of Georgia have no roads. None. And very little other information. Just gone.

Above is a screenshot of Google Maps today - and a blank Georgia. Note Sochi in the top left corner? That is where the 2014 Winter Olympics are scheduled - thanks to the wisdom of the IOC. Wonder if the war will still be going on.

Google Earth is the same - roads from Turkey just end at the border. Most all information is just gone inside the border of Georgia.

So - what else is gone from our Internet today - and who decides what disappears - and who commands Google, the “Do no harm” company, to delete basic information. What astonishs me is why would the US government - if they have a hand in this - not want us to see road maps in Georgia. Or is Google being pressured by some other entity to delete this information. And caving in.

Anybody know more?

About John Servais

Citizen Journalist and Editor • Fairhaven, Washington USA • Member since Feb 26, 2008

John started Northwest Citizen in 1995 to inform fellow citizens of serious local political issues that the Bellingham Herald was ignoring. With the help of donors from the beginning, he has [...]

Comments by Readers

g.h. kirsch

Aug 11, 2008

“I myself have little data beyond what I saw with my own eyes and what I have learned from other eye-witnesses whom I believe to be reliable…

This kind of thing is frightening to me, because it often gives me the feeling that the very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world.  After all, the chances are that those lies, or at any rate similar lies, will pass into history…

The implied objective of this line of thought is a nightmare world in which the Leader, or some ruling clique, controls not only the future but the past.”

George Orwell Homage to Catalonia

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Dick Conoboy

Aug 11, 2008

Yahoo still has satellite photos of Georgia on its site:  http://travel.yahoo.com/p-map-473710-map_of_republic_of_georgia-i

The map at the same site only shows major routes without any identifying data.

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John Servais

Aug 12, 2008

Of course I wrote Google asking why the blank country.  No reply. 

As an added observation.  George Bush has condemned the Russian invasion as a “disproportionate” reaction to Georgia’s invasion to South Ossetia - a disputed province between Russia and Georgia. Yes - Georgia staged a surprise military invasion of South Ossetia.  Hard to find that fact reading the AP news reports it as a “crackdown” - an ambiguous word.

And my my - imagine the US response - after bombing the ancient country of Iraq into rubble in an all out war that has killed over a million of its people in a country half way around the world - just to get rid of the dictator - Bush thinks the the Russians are overreacting.

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John Servais

Aug 12, 2008

The Google Press Team has sent this notice in reply to my question.

“Google has not made any recent change to Georgia, Amenia and Azerbaijan on its Google Maps product. We do not have local data for those countries and that is why local details such as landmarks, cities, etc. do not appear.”

So, I’ve asked them if their maps ever showed more information in the past.  The term “recent changes” is very ambiguous as it could refer to only this week or the last day or two. 

To me it is beyond credibility that they would not have the capital and major cities listed.

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John Servais

Aug 13, 2008

Google has responded and says it has never had any data posted for the country of Georgia. 

This seems too unreal to believe.

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