How a newborn baby caused the Government of Mongolia to resign
On January 20th, A local news, Eagle TV, was broadcasting the now common scene of COVID-19 patients being transferred to the Infectious Diseases Hospital. The episode was very short not more than several seconds long, but it caused the Government of Mongolia to resign. It showed a COVID-19 infected mother who just gave a birth several hours ago being transferred from the maternity hospital just wearing a bathrobe and flippers.
Within moments the screenshot of the video became viral, people were outraged why a mother who just gave birth…
I can tell you individual cases of people I know about, but it doesn’t tell the whole story. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any study that gives a definitive answer of people who lived in Ulaanbaatar and went to countryside to become nomads.
The best data I found in Statistical Office is on the migration of people from one region to another. This data is from the General Authority for State Registration. When people move from one place to another, they need to change the registration from one place to another. Registration is important as it helps you register your kids…
Metallurgy was practiced by our ancestors for thousands of years. During the Hunnu (xiongnu) empire, metalworking was well established and commonly practiced. Blacksmiths made astonishing works of art from metal, gold and silver. The composite bows and various types of arrows have been used extensively by the Hunnus. The arrowheads below are the whistling arrowheads used by the Hunnu generals to command the soldiers. (Inner Mongolian museum)
There is this controversy going on the amended Article 6.2 of the Constitution of Mongolia. The previous Article 6.2 stated:
The land, except that in private ownership of the citizens of Mongolia, as well as the land subsoil, forests, water resources, and fauna shall be the property of the State.
Last year there were several Amendments to the Constitution. The controversy stems from one additional word in the Article 6.2:
The land, except that in private ownership of the citizens of Mongolia, as well as the land subsoil, forests, water resources, and fauna shall be the common property of the…
What did the Mongol Warriors carry during the conquests?
Mongolian military had a decimal system. The smallest unit was 10 (aravt). Ten aravts became one hundred (zuun). Ten zuuns became thousand (myangat). Ten myangat became 10,000 (tumen).
I think this part of Mongolian military trivia everybody is aware of. But do you know why was it set up this way?
Each soldier meant one family. So Myangat meant, not only 1,000 strong military unit, it also meant one thousand families, most probably from one tribe. The way Mongolian census worked was each Ger(dwelling) represented one unit. So when Mongolian khans…
Many people who write about socialist countries make these classic assumptions:
And we know what happens when we assume…
As a son of a Mongolian diplomat who lived through the communist era, I have some unique understanding of how North Korean diplomats feel about themselves. Let me try to briefly explain why the above assumptions are erroneous:
Being Part of the…
Mongolia has plenty of Bronze age weapons that are found on the territory of Mongolia. These two, I think are the most beautiful. This bronze age helmet was found in the burial chambers in Bulgan Province, Mongolia.
One of the most fascinating facts about Soviet cars was that almost all of them were licensed vehicles from the US and Western countries. Despite the anti-communist rhetoric, car companies and equipment manufacturers in the West were more than happy to receive “red” gold. Subsequent models were designed and built by the Soviets themselves, but on mostly foreign equipment. Demand for high quality tools and equipment was so high that starting from the 1920s Soviet engineers and bureaucrats traveled to the West to buy all that was needed.
Why do Mongols eat so much meat?
This is the famous Mongolian hospitality talking. I was traveling once with several of my foreign colleagues in remote areas of Mongolia. Because some areas are so remote, there are no hotels available, so we stayed with the locals. The local family boiled some meat for breakfast. Similar to the picture above.
Later on we traveled to a different village and the locals cooked us the Mongolian barbecue, boodog for lunch. For dinner they gave us some more boiled meat.
If socialism was so great, why are there no people praising it?
It is a case of survivorship bias. It is a tendency to read about the people on internet how they survived socialism and became successful, without the regard of people who clearly lost when the socialism collapsed. Reading only successes leads to not understanding and getting the whole picture.
The group of people who really suffered from the fall of the socialism were the people who were in the 50s and above. It is difficult to learn a new profession when you reach the retirement age. The retirees…