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The Ethiopian government, Al Jazeera reports, has criminalized the use of Skype and other VoIP services like Google Talk. Using VoIP services is now punishable by up to 15 years in prison. This law actually passed last month, but mostly went unnoticed outside of the country. Ethiopian authorities argue that they imposed these bans because of national security concerns and to protect the states telecommunications monopoly. The country only has one ISP, the state-owned Ethio Telecom, and has been filtering its citizens Internet access for quite some time now to suppress opposition blogs and other news outlets.
I am quite sure now that often, very often, in matters concerning religion and politics a man's reasoning powers are not above the monkey's.
- Mark Twain in Eruption
At least there's little doubt about Ethiopia's intent and corruption. While I certainly appreciate what we have, objective aliens might see little difference between Ethiopia and our oligopolies except that we use liberal amounts of slick marketing speak as Preparation H.