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Banned in Turkey

Antalya 03 - Cat on the Wall
Antalya Cat on the Wall

I am in Turkey, where wordpress.com (yes, the entire domain) has been banned since August 2007. So I cannot access my blog, canno approve comments, cannot post about what would otherwise be an incredibly exciting trip, the furthest I have ever been.

Instead, I am like that cat on the wall, in Antalya, sulking a bit. I had no intention of making any kind of political comment on Turkey, but this is frustrating. I empathise with the Turkish bloggers, although I am only in this predicament temporarily. Will try the proxies, but longer tales of my travels will have to wait. Feel free to check my Flickr stream for photos.

And for those who left comments and didn’t see them – I received notification, but unless the proxy thing works still, I cannot approve them

Update: Apparently the proxy thing works. For now. I may blog properly, but I will definitely post some pix on Flickr!

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8 Comments so far (Add 1 more)

  1. Assalaamu alaykum
    Enjoy your stay but when one thinks how close you are to so many relatives in neighbouring places one wonders…….you would have loved the sight seeing in Syria…….
    You needed to visit them …ah well another time…..
    Take care and keep good…………
    Love your photos
    Wa alaykum assalaams

    1. TriniMom on November 15th, 2007 at 6:14 am
  2. I have read may stories about Turkish prisons and baths. The main difference is one is more pleasant than the other.

    I like the pictures of Turkey very much and it is a scenic country.

    When you ban something it is craved even more. One exception is my blog :)

    2. aka_lol on November 15th, 2007 at 1:07 pm
  3. Mom and aka_lolTesekur Ederim (Tesh e kur edereem)
    Turkey is indeed scenic, and tonight there were whirling dervishes and leaping, twirling dancers, and 3 types of bakalva-like sweets so sweet I think I’ve had my weekly quota. But back to work in the morning!

    3. chennette on November 15th, 2007 at 5:53 pm
  4. Sorry to hear that. I wonder if it is the same for blogger also. I have a 2 Turkish bloggers blog that I vist and they are both on blogger.

    4. Cynthia on November 15th, 2007 at 11:03 pm
  5. Blogger is accessible. As is typepad and other blog domains. Just wordpress.com…

    5. chennette on November 16th, 2007 at 1:39 am
  6. I was wondering who it was that had visited by blog from Turkey, and was excited when I realised that it was you. I’m looking forward to a post telling us what it’s like — Turkey is high on my list of dream destinations.

    7. titilayo on November 16th, 2007 at 11:28 am
  7. Heya,

    I’m actually in Turkey for work, and I’m able to access this (as well as my own)…. maybe the hotel wireless somehow gets around the issue? Hmm.

    8. clubsodaandsalt on November 18th, 2007 at 12:38 pm
  8. Hey, titilayo – I will be posting about Turkey once I leave. Between the meetings and the proxy-use it’s a bit difficult from here. But I do keep trying to take photos.

    clubsoda – the wireless I have used in the 2 hotels here are configured normally it seems, so I get the banned message. Possibly, your being in Istanbul, you have more savvy IT hotel people who reconfigured their DNS servers, or use some different service. This is what you get when you try to load wordpress.com sites:

    Site Kapatma
    Bu siteye eri?im mahkeme karar?yla engellenmi?tir.

    T.C. Fatih 2.Asliye Hukuk Mahkemesi 2007/195 Nolu Karar? gere?i bu siteye eri?im engellenmi?tir.

    Access to this site has been suspended in accordance with decision no: 2007/195 of T.C. Fatih 2.Civil Court of First Instance.

    9. chennette on November 18th, 2007 at 12:56 pm

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