Our five year adventure in Doha, Qatar ended June 1, 2012, but the memories will always remain. It's back to Texas where I have decided...Qatar isn't cornering the market on "quirky", as I once believed. Thanks for opening my eyes to the world, Doha!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

You Can Put Lipstick on a Pig

...but it's still a pig. I think that's how the phrase goes.

Many of you here in Qatar have no doubt run across the dreaded "This Site Has Been Blocked" screen when browsing the Internet. I've run into the roadblock myself quite a few times, and I promise you I'm not a perv looking for porn. It can pop up on some of the most innocuous sites and leave me scratching my head wondering why. Nevertheless, its gloomy presence almost scares me when it takes over my screen.

As this country seems to be moving in a progressive manner, nothing has changed when it comes to the powers that be deciding what you can and cannot view via the Internet. The censorship gurus are still pasting their trademark on sites that they deem objectionable, but they've changed their M.O. While big brother's methods are a bit less frightening these days, the end result is still the same.

It's almost so cute and sweet that you don't mind that they've blocked your access. Hmm, ya think?

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