A few things I noticed:
- Back-end registry "Afilias Limited" and "dot Wine Limited" (Famous Four Media) are 2 of the 3 applicants who received an Early Warning for their .WINE application;
- Alcohol was targeted in Iran's Early Warnings but...my bar seems to be larger than any bar you can find in Iran;
- Regarding wine applications...well...no one speaks French in Iran and I am happy about that because the Reasons/Rationales for the warning do not concern any form of protection of our fantastic industry but a conflict with "ethical standards":
"According to believes and values of Islamic Republic of Iran the applied for new gTLD is in conflict with ethical standards. From rational view point any action that lead to agitation and irritation of the humanity and faith; and have deleterious behavioral impacts which are not permitted.
The applied for new gTLD can encourage people on doing non-religious, unethical and non rational actions.
The applicant has not worked on any legislation or roles to prevent the registration of domain names under applied for TLD in Islamic and other sensitive countries, which is an aggression to the sensitive communities’ beliefs and regulations, causing many Unpredictable results."
The GAC support informs that Early Warnings are not consensus based within the GAC.
The list of late Early Warnings is published here.