Meanwhile, as of 3:15 pm on Friday, YouTube is NOT banned in Turkey
To my astonishment, I seem to be able to access YouTube. I haven't been able to do this in Turkey for years. I can't find any reference to the ban having been lifted in the news, and for all I know it's a technical glitch, but let's be optimistic and celebrate it as a victory for freedom of expression. I'm celebrating it, anyway -- especially because I can now watch the video of Assistant Secretary of State Philip J. Crowley telling Pakistan that the United States supports the banning of YouTube. This will be rich.
I'm waiting for the State Department to applaud this development in Turkey, but obviously not holding my breath.
There was a protest here last night against the ban. It was sort of a combination party and protest, really; people here don't feel that comfortable with protests, but they love parties, so the idea of billing it as a party was quite shrewd. I doubt the protest resulted in the ban's being lifted, but I like to think the Turkish government finally decided, "We just can't keep this up, the world's laughing at us, and people here are getting really fed up."
I didn't make it to the party, although I wanted to. I was too busy dealing with a dead computer. But I know a lot of the people who were there, and I think I can guess what they'd say about the State Department's enthusiastic endorsement of censorship in the Islamic world.