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Mongolia: Government Crisis

Mongolia's government has been formally dissolved and the protesters have packed it up. Thomas Terry has blog coverage from the ground, and the other posts on his blog are as good a place to visit as any to understand the situation.

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  • God

    How long will it take the other countries to take over the now truely free mongolia because government is indeed the antithesis of freedom

  • True Talker

    Not likely that Mongolia will ever go much beyond its current status. China and Russia still manipulate and control Mongolia by its land locked location. I wouldn’t place much hope in any WTO clauses for a landlocked country even with China’s acceptance into the organization. The officials will still twist the rules and limits to suppress such a little country.
    Mongolia’s government is highly corrupt and though the people know this it is typically disregarded as “just the way it is”. Probably best for the government since it would be easy for any group with a bit of serious intent to overthrow the parliament and take power by force. Security forces for Mongolia are typically poor and underpaid, much the same as most other developing countries which breeds a shaky reliance on such forces available for true defense. It is even more unlikely if the call for defense was against any force that carried highly popular goals and proposals for the people. Somehow, life just goes on in a relatively peaceful manner, compared to the bloodshed seen in many other countries, despite the deplorable corruption and abuse of the citizens by the govt.

    Some examples of this corruption are the 30,000 dollars of aid money set up through the Peace Corps which just vanished from a collapsed bank which had strong ties to the government.
    Thousands in other aid that was sucked dry through one department but since there are no laws for prosecution of this department they could flaunt their acts and walk away.
    The government was lazy to pass laws to protect girls from abuse for some 10 to 15 years (they only recently got around to making a law that could help in such situations).
    How does the ministry of police sponsor a kid who clearly has minimal academic abilities, for some 20 to 30 thousand dollars to a private university in the Midwest? For the student to get here the money has to be placed in accounts up front! Where would the ministry of police get such funds and how would it be justified to spend it in this manner?

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