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Construction industry: Impasse and a way out

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Mongolia’s real estate market today resembles a toddler. Thousands of apartments and other buildings in Ulaanbaatar do not meet the basic requirements of modern urban planning and they lack good infrastructure. The buildings start falling apart and losing their appeal even before they are completed. Newly built roads in the city are being dug up [...]

May 2nd, 2016 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

Towering Multiplicity: A closer look At Ulaanbaatar’s counterpoint architecture

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By Hassan Butt Basking in its pale-green neoclassicism, Bodi Tower, east of Sukhbaatar Square and headquarters of Golomt Bank, darkens to a streaky, floodlit façade in the evening gloom. As the carved porticos clutch the Renaissance balconies, their baroque ornamentation is shrouded by the gaunt, forbidding Brutalism of its posterior. Completed in 1996 and tipping [...]

April 27th, 2016 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

FROM BLACK TO BLUE

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Professor Gunter Pauli says that an economy reaches sustainability when it is ensured that people’s basic needs are met by using what is locally available. Focusing on this, he developed a new business model to supply high quality goods at cheap prices to the market. Pauli proved in practice that this business model can bring [...]

April 24th, 2016 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

The War on Terror through the Mongolian lens

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By Hassan Butt Since the dawn of McCarthyism, America’s policymakers have wandered around the pastures of minority politics like second-rate gardeners. If pundits have ever needed to search for a resurgence of anti-intellectualism and baseless smears in American politics, they may not need look further than the demagoguery of Donald J. Trump. But the veracity [...]

April 22nd, 2016 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

The ASEM drama directed by state officials

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By Ch.KHALIUN This year Mongolia is organizing the 11th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit from July 15 to 16 in Ulaanbaatar. Since the news of Mongolia hosting the summit was first announced, Mongolia’s leaders started placing a high priority on the meeting. Of course, ASEM is an opportunity for Mongolia to promote the country, and many [...]

April 19th, 2016 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

Regional development policy and the role of the younger generation

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Although Mongolia is three times bigger than France in terms of territory, our population is only three million people divided into 21 provinces and one capital city. Given that half of the population lives in the capital, it is time to thoroughly discuss how to carry out regional development in our country with equity and [...]

April 18th, 2016 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

Battle of puppets

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By B.KHASH-ERDENE The public was sorely reminded of the 2012 arrest of former President N.Enkhbayar when the police and a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team was seen raiding the offices of parliamentarian Kh.Battulga’s companies at Bayangol Hotel Office on April 10. Deja vu Most people were disturbed to see a former President being escorted unceremoniously, [...]

April 15th, 2016 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

The seesaw of meat prices

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Trans. by B.DULGUUN Meat prices have skyrocketed once again. In just ten days, prices for all types of meat suddenly increased by 1,000 to 1,500 MNT per kg. Mongolians have had the luxury of eating plenty of meat as meat prices have been relatively low in recent months. The cost for a lamb carcass dropped [...]

April 13th, 2016 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

Government reform is the way out of crisis

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Having continued to decline, Mongolia’s economy has almost stopped growing today. Our economy is seeing a deficit of cash, and most businesses, especially those in the mining industry, are not able to pay back their loans or pay employee salaries. Foreign investment has halted while the budget deficit reaches one trillion tugrug every year. The [...]

April 11th, 2016 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

Marching off a cliff

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By B.KHASH-ERDENE “Economic crisis”, “financial pressure”, and “Who is to blame?” seem to be on everyone’s lips. The people of Mongolia are feeling the struggle of the country’s crawling economy. Businesses aren’t able to pay their workers on time, small shops and cafes all over the city are closing their doors, herders and farmers don’t [...]

April 8th, 2016 | Posted in Opinion | Read More »

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