Around The Region

by Nathan Hamm on 5/23/2005 · 1 comment

Here are a handful of news items from across Central Asia and the Caucasus that I don’t have time to do justice to.

Uzbekistan

Ben has a roundup of Andijon news.

Nomad has an update on the refugee situation from just across the border in Kyrgyzstan. There are some reports that Kyrgyzstan has sent some of the refugees back to Uzbekistan, but the government denies this.

The EU is reportedly not planning to cut aid to Uzbekistan. It’s very out of character for me to praise EU officials, but I think the reasoning is entirely correct (and the aid package is small and mostly directed at economic and social programs apparently).

The Baku Sun has a collection of popular opinion on the Andijon uprising gathered on the streets of Baku.

Bill Kristol and Stephen Schwartz say its time for a change to US policy on Uzbekistan.

Gateway Pundit writes about blaming the US for the Andijon massacre. I really wish that there wasn’t such a large group of folks out there who view the world as passive receptor of US (and sometimes UK) action. It’s exceedingly silly.

It’s probably best if I don’t say too much about this.

Mongolia

Mongolia elected a new president this weekend. Publius Pundit and Ben Paarmann have the skinny.

Azerbaijan

JB has an interesting post on Azerbaijan and Russian military bases in the Caucasus.

Also, police forcefully broke up this weekend’s protest demanding changes to the election law in the lead-up to the parliamentary vote. Gateway Pundit has a roundup and Publius Pundit has more.

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan’s had the jitters about independent organizations for a while now. Nomad discusses a proposed law that may be a threat to free religious worship.


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sharifabad May 24, 2005 at 12:05 am

Unfortunately if the filtering is being done based on IP addresses, there is little that can be done to stop it. Having multiple domain addresses will not help because they will all resolve to the same IP address.

Furthermore, it is easy to also block the anonymiser IP addresses. So that will not be a solution.

One possibility is to have a proxy site point to registan. But once the authorities figure this out, they can also block the IP of the proxy site.

The only working solution to getting around IP blocking is to have a peer-to-peer proxy system. But this is not in place AFAIK. Even this is not fail-safe. Blocking based on content can even address this.

Unfortunately it is a fallacy that the authorities cannot block traffic, if the authorities provide the gateway by which the internet traffic flows.

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