The Global Mail: the Filthy Rich and the Racists in Mongolia’s Mining Boom

When Tugsjargal Munkherdene discovered hip-hop, he was a boy growing up in the smog-choked tent slums of Ulaanbaatar. The Soviet Union had just collapsed, and Mongolia — formerly a sparse Communist client state of nomadic herders, drab towns and thousands of Soviet troops — was in a tortuous whirlwind of democratic reform and free market shock therapy. Year after year, extreme winters snapped the landscape frozen, killing millions of animals and sending hundreds of thousands of destitute nomads to pitch their ger — or yurts — on Ulaanbaatar’s fringe. To read the full article & view the photos, click here: the Filthy Rich and the Racists in Mongolia’s Mining Boom

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