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Nomads no more: why Mongolian herders are moving to the city
In Altansukh Purev’s yurt, the trappings of a herder’s life lie in plain sight. In the corner are his saddle and bridle. By the door, he has left a milk pail. If you didn’t know better, you might think his horses and cattle were still grazing outside on the remote plains of outer Mongolia.
Archaeology sheds light on Mongolia’s uncertain nomadic future
As a herding lifestyle practiced for millennia is threatened by contemporary climate change, archaeology offers a long-term perspective
‘We have nothing but our reindeer’: conservation threatens ruination for Mongolia’s Dukha
In the Mongolian taiga, or snow forest, a few kilometres from the Russian border, a group of 250 reindeer herders preserve their traditions with care. They dwell, as their ancestors did, in the forest, where they live by hunting, gathering and drinking the milk of their animals. But the creation of a protected area to [...]
Briton deported from Inner Mongolia criticises ‘serious error of judgment’
A Briton wrongly detained in Inner Mongolia on suspicion of being a terrorist has criticised authorities for a “serious error of judgment”, which saw the backpackers thrown out of the country.
Screenwriter and filmmaker John Fusco on Mongolia
I grew up with a fascination with Marco Polo. I had this unlikely interest in the east as a young man and you can’t really read about Chinese history and philosophy without encountering him at every turn. So I’d always wanted to explore the Silk Road myself.
Anyone for ant tea? Hangover remedies from around the world
Swap the new year fry-up for more exotic morning-after remedies from around the world. But where can you get ant tea or a ‘pickleback’ in the UK?
China frees Mongol dissident detained for nearly 20 years
China has freed one of its longest-serving political prisoners, the ethnic Mongol dissident Hada, who has spent much of the last two decades behind bars.
Cultural complexity: the etiquette of doing business abroad
It’s mid-afternoon in downtown Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Five or six guests are sat around a restaurant table waiting to share fermented mare’s milk with you to celebrate the closing of an important business deal. It’s a scenario ripe with possibilities for cultural cock-ups and etiquette faux pas, which entrepreneur Will Tindall recalls only too well.
Iron ore and rare earth metals mining: an industry under siege?
Resource scarcity and human rights issues surrounding metals extraction, coupled with unrelenting global demand mean the industry is facing some tough realities
Rio Tinto shares rally on rumours of Glencore takeover bid
Tie-up between Rio and Glencore would create the biggest stock-market-listed mining group in the world, overtaking BHP Billiton
Life in Ulaanbataar’s tent city is hard – but Mongolians won’t give up their gers
Though Ulaanbaatar’s sprawling informal ‘ger district’ lacks access to drinking water and sewerage, officials may struggle to coax residents to swap canvas for bricks and mortar
Russia’s tank biathlon world championship kicks off outside Moscow
It was meant to be a celebration of peace, love and tanks as former cold war foes raced through obstacles and fired at targets.
Mongolia: ‘The Gobi desert is a horrible place to work’
Once a poor Soviet satellite famous for cashmere and Genghis Khan, Mongolia is now booming with the profits of coal mining. But what does it mean for the nation’s nomadic heritage?
Mongolia’s water scarcity could threaten its economic boom
The sight of foreign faces in Ulan Bator used to turn heads. Now they are two-a-penny as the once remote Mongolian capital fast becomes a hotspot for international investors. The main draw is the country’s rich mineral deposits, which, if successfully exploited, could see the national economy more than double over the next two decades.
NSA and GCHQ target ‘leaky’ phone apps like Angry Birds to scoop user data
The National Security Agency and its UK counterpart GCHQ have been developing capabilities to take advantage of “leaky” smartphone apps, such as the wildly popular Angry Birds game, that transmit users’ private information across the internet, according to top secret documents.
NSA collects millions of text messages daily in ‘untargeted’ global sweep
The National Security Agency has collected almost 200 million text messages a day from across the globe, using them to extract data including location, contact networks and credit card details, according to top-secret documents.
US and UK spy agencies defeat privacy and security on the internet
US and British intelligence agencies have successfully cracked much of the online encryption relied upon by hundreds of millions of people to protect the privacy of their personal data, online transactions and emails, according to top-secret documents revealed by former contractor Edward Snowden.
Google: don’t expect privacy when sending to Gmail
People sending email to any of Google’s 425 million Gmail users have no “reasonable expectation” that their communications are confidential, the internet giant has said in a court filing.
XKeyscore: NSA tool collects ‘nearly everything a user does on the internet’
A top secret National Security Agency program allows analysts to search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals, according to documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden.