Monday, December 10, 2012

NEWS: Mongolia in the News - Dec 10

  • The Telegraph (UK) Dec 4
    Readers' great railway journeys: crossing Mongolia

    I’m sure Charles Bukowski wasn’t travelling the Trans-Mongolian Express when he named his book of poems "The Days Roll Away Like Wild Horses Over the Hills", but no other words more accurately describe what it is to travel across the vast expanse of Mongolia. Like China, it goes on for ever. The country feels so incredibly otherworldly that it’s easy to convince yourself that you’re no longer on earth. Indeed, the Gobi Desert, the backdrop for most of our journey through Mongolia, looks like the set of Star Wars IV when Luke Skywalker returns home to find his village destroyed. (cont)

  • Jakarta Globe (Indonesia) Dec 9
    Heavily Polluted Mongolian Capital Turns to Buses to Alleviate Congestion
    On the streets of Ulan Bator a people renowned for their horse riding skills have to contend every day with ever more Hummers, Land Cruisers and Range Rovers. Mongolia’s vast open steppes and deserts stretch for hundreds upon hundreds of kilometers (miles), and it has the lowest population density of any country in the world. (cont)

  • The Wall Street Journal (USA) Dec 9
    Mongolia's Ex-Leader Speaks From Jail

    ULAN BATOR, Mongolia—Confined to a well-appointed suite in a dreary Soviet-era hospital, the disgraced, yet influential ex-president of this resource-rich nation is still roiling politics despite his isolation. In his first in-person interview with international media since a court convicted him of corruption in August, former Mongolian president Enkhbayar Nambar said charges that he enriched himself with real-estate and other business dealings were false and declared his innocence. (cont)

  • Fraser Coast Chronicle (Australia) Dec 10
    Mongolia learning from Australia how to make most of mining boom

    AS IT prepares to face the corporate hordes keen for its minerals, Mongolian government officials have headed for Australia to learn how to make the most of it. The developing Asian nation, on the doorstep of a resource-hungry China, has an exploding industry funded in part by billions of dollars from multi-national mining firm Rio Tinto. When the Oyu Tolgoi copper and gold project reaches peak production in 2018, it will supply one-third of the country's gross domestic product. With this in mind, Mongolia must carefully choose its path because other developing nations have squandered opportunities of this scale, finding themselves poorer, not richer, once these minerals are exhausted. (cont)