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Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Great wall of America

Great wall of China
Humankind soon will get the opportunity to witness an erection of a physical wall, a construction along the border of two neighboring states, namely the USA and Mexico. Thanks to President Trump, Americans are about to get a huge wall which would make them a second country to build  such a wall to keep foreign intruders away.
So, this wall would be the second of that kind and built for the same purpose as the first one,  so called "Great wall of China". The Chinese  wall , a 13 thousand miles (21 thousand km) long construction, was built along then northern border of Chinese territories to mark the border and protect the country from foreign invaders, precisely from its northern neighbors - the Mongols.

All territories south of that wall belonged to Chinese people and all territories north of that wall belonged to the Mongols. There was even a signed agreement between those two parties.   
On today's map you will find  that wall   deep inside the country (China) hence it is no more a border line. This is because some territories outside of then Chinese lands (outside of that wall) were incorporated into China. Precisely, the southern part of then Mongolia's territory,  so called Inner Mongolia , became a part of China due to Mongolia's weakness and a conspiracy by Russia and China.  And that change  dismissed the "Great wall of China" as the border guard.

The "Great wall of China" was being built over a long period of time, marking the northern border of China, meant to be a protection  from foreign invaders' attacks and occupation. Those foreign invaders would be the Chinese northern neighbors - Mongolians and Manchus. Mongolian kingdoms and later the Mongol empire, and   Manchus nevertheless  crossed that wall at different times and occupied Chinese territories. The "Great wall  of China" was not much of help to keep out foreign invaders.
Today, this wall draws  tourists' attention  and became a  source of  large  income for  that country.   The Chinese should be "thankful"  to Mongolians for making them to build such a big wall which has become a historical site and an attraction for visitors. So Mongolia is the only country, at least for now, that made its neighbor (China) to build  wall and pay for it.

Likely "Great wall of America"
American President Trump said that he is going to build a border wall (a physical barrier) and make Mexico pay for it. That wall, let's name it as "The Great wall of America", should protect America from foreign people  crossing  the border illegally to enter the country. But there is a difference between "The Great wall of China" and "The Great wall of America". Well, the Chinese built their wall and paid out of their own pocket, but Mr.Trump said "We will build the wall and Mexicans are gonna pay for it".  Chinese didn't say anything like that and it's kinda interesting  how and why Mexico should cover the cost.

The "Great wall of America" will be at least 1600 km long. Compared  to the "Great wall of China" (21000 km) , it is "nothing". Mr.Trump asked for $1.4 billion to start his wall in 2017 and next year he would need additional $2.6 billion. He estimates that the wall can be built for $8-12 billion in total. Independent estimates range from $27 billion to $40 billion. Anyways, the question is  how Mexico can be forced to pay that much money. But Americans are sure that Mr.President has plans and they trust him. That is why they voted for him. You can do it, America!

If the President would take  an example from the Chinese and could  turn the "Great Wall of America" into an attraction site for tourists, it may generate a steady income which could cover the cost in the long run.  But in order to do it, a part of Mexico's territory along that wall must be acquired somehow, so that the wall can be  "shifted"  deep inside the country. Something similar how the Chinese  acquired Inner Mongolia (aka  Southern Mongolia) from Mongolia. But this would be a hard task since the political map of the world is drawn some time ago and it has changed very little.
Secondly, it needs to be a fancy, good looking construction, with guard towers and canons, and wide enough on top so that people can walk back and forth enjoying the scene.

So, America has a chance to become the second country to build a border wall along its border with the neighboring country , and   let them  pay for it. We are about to witness a historical event and we should consider ourselves as lucky to be present at this time when the wall is being built.
Even if the wall cannot be used as tourist site, Americans should be proud of their President who is about to make  America famous again.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Meet the new "boss" and his crew!

M.Enkhbold
Former communists are back!  Unfortunately. They won the Parliament's election last year  securing 65 seats of 76 in the Parliament. As soon as they got to the power,they began to position their  party-members for the important government jobs based on how much they contributed to the party. An audio record has leaked to the media during the election campaign- a conversation of three  high-ranking members,talking about the scheme how they have planned to raise money and how they would distribute the jobs after the victory. They were: M.Enkhbold, the  Chairman of the Mongolian People's Party (MPP) , now Chairman of the Parliament, (more here ), Ts.Sandui, the head of the Capital city  MPP branch (more here ), now the Chairman of the Citizen's Council of the Capital city,  and  A.Ganbaatar, Ts.Sandui's aide.  They planned to "raise" 90 billion MNT (Mongolian Turgik-official currency of Mongolia) by requiring everybody to donate certain amount of money depending on what job they will get after the election. Literally everybody the party has planned to fill the position, from the senior rank to the head post. That way they put price tags to every leading postion in the government agencies and organisation. In other words, they sold government jobs. MPP members who paid the money are 100 percent sure that they can multiply that amount later on once they get the job, by taking bribes and selling their signatures.

MPP has fired thousands of former government employees after their victory to  hire  their  own people. That means lot of people lost their jobs because of their party affiliation or being not a member of this political party.  The "boss", M.Enkhbold became the Chairman of the Parliament,as mentioned above, but not the Prima Minister as he should be, and Ts.Sandui became the number One person of the Capital city. They chose J.Erdenebat , former Finance Minister (2014-2015), to become the new Prime Minister, but now it has surfaced that he was not free from sin when he  was Finance Minister back then. He signed and made decisions which harmed Mongolia, especially the one concerning the over-expenditure  of 2 billion USD by Oyutolgoi company.

B.Choijilsuren
Ironically enough, MPP appointed B.Choijilsuren as the new Finance Minister who is a mechanic by profession. He managed to get elected twice from his countryside district by handing out cash money to the voters in the previous elections. There is even a video on YouTube where he is handing cash to people who gathered together in a meeting hall during his election campaign.

The new Deputy Prime Minister U.Khurelsukh lived in Australia for a long period of time and came back to be awarded  with  this "present". He  didn't  risk to run for MP , maybe he wasn't sure that his party would win, but he got his piece of cake anyway. One time  he punched  a MP from the Democratic Party back then when he was MP once, taking him out to the hallway inside the Parliament building , after an argument  and  knocked him down   with his "iron fist".  It seems  like he loves to boast  of his physical strength. Recently he  posted a video on Facebook showing him  performing a bench press, lifting 200 kg.

The  new Foreign Minister's name is Ts.Munkh-Orgil who should be held responsible for the death of 5 men killed during the after-election-riot in 2008, allegedly by the police shooting. He was then the Minister  for Justice and Home Affairs.  The Prime Minister then was S.Bayar about whom we are going to talk here more. But both S.Bayar and Ts.Munkh-Orgil got away without any punishment.
The new Deputy Minister of Education, Culture and Science is Yo.Otgonbayar who was once the head of this Ministry  some years ago.  Rumor says that he used to take bribes for giving  permissions when he was the head of this Ministry himself.  He hired  even some guys to intimidate a man once because he refused to bribe Otgonbayar for a permission. When Otgonbayar  was the Minister, his wife was arrested and questioned for suspicious transactions from many bank accounts which she owned. The number of accounts were significant as well as the number of  transactions  and the amount of money. Soon they let her go and  this case became silent since then. She had many MNT and USD accounts, and since she was not a big businesswoman running a big profitable company or something like that, the sources of her money are very questionable . One would logically suspect that her husband  could be the source of her "wealth".

Just recently the new Ambassador of Mongolia to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland  presented his diplomatic credentials to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, as 13th  Mongolian Ambassador.

S.Bayar
His name is Bayar Sanjaa. He  served once as Mongolia's  Ambassador to the Russian Federation (2001-2005) and worked as Prime Minister of Mongolia (2007-2009). Born 1956, he is divorced three times and has 6 children from 3 women. For more information, please check here.
When Britain's Queen Elizabeth greeted him, he was attended by his 4th wife, Suvd Erdenebileg. Mongolians detest if one marries a woman of much younger age,  12  or more years younger.
So our "Don Juan" has a "brand new" wife who is the same age as his middle daughter. Just saying.

S.Bayar presents his credentials, accompanied by his new wife Suvd E.
 There is a TV talk show in Mongolia called "Chat without censorship"  and S.Bayar was once asked on this show about allegedly his seven (7) houses (apartments) in the US but he denied that he owns any property in the States. Now it became clear that two of those 7 properties were registered on his new wife's name. Suvd also owns three (3) companies in the US. Remarkable, isn't it? She is born in 1981, so at a age of 36 she's got lots of money! How could she became a dollar-millionaire when nobody knew her? The logical answer  would be: Thanks to her lover, now husband!
Now, we should ask this question , "Where the hell S.Bayar got all that money to buy 7 houses in the US, when his income was not more than 100 thousand dollars per year?  He only can answer this question. Everybody else suspects that he's got the money the wrong way, like many other Mongolian corrupt politicians. Let's get some details.

It is possible that those 3 companies ("Nebo", "Voda", "Gundel") owned by Bayar's new wife and the one ("Dechin") owned by one of Bayar's daughters  are being used  for money laundering because the use of LLC is one of the methods to "clean" the dirty money. And of course buying such properties with cash money is also an another way to "shake off" any  traces.  Even though Suvd E. was registered as "manager", those companies were created by her, so it may be very possible that those companies are owned by this woman. The name "Nebo" means "Sky" and "Voda" means "Water", both in Russian. Since S.Bayar is fluent in Russian and as a  Russian-educated person, he is very fond of Russia and that may have influenced to suggest his new wife to give her companies Russian names.
Thanks to the open public records which one can obtain online , all properties were or are still registered on either his ex-wife's name or his daughters' names. Let's see what houses or apartments we are talking about:

1.  3020 14th Ave W #A, Seattle-Queen Anne, WA 98119

Was registered on Gereltuya Orsoo (Bayar's ex-wife), Nandin Bayar (Bayar's daughter) and Badamkhand Bayar (Bayar's daughter). Bought for $635,000.00  in 2007 and sold for $439,000.00  in 2011. 





2. 16 W. 19th St, Unit 10-B, Flatiron, NY 10011

It was registered on Nandin Bayar's (Bayar's daughter) name. Bought for $895,000.00 and sold for $1,092,500.00 in 2014. It's a luxury studio in a NY condo. As listed, monthly rent is $4950.00









3.  4516 NE 38th Street, Seattle-University District, WA 98105

"Gundel" LLC (manager Suvd Erdenebileg-Bayar's new wife) was registered as the owner. Suvd E. and Shagdardulam   bought for $1,290,000.00  in 2010 and gave it to Gundel LLC as a gift, and Gundel LLC sold it for $1,488,000.00 in 2013.
S.Bayar and  E.Suvd lived at this address from 2010 till  2013.




4. 6539 SW 41st Ave, Seattle, WA 98136

A guy named Ch.Davaanyam bought this house at the above address for $995,000.00 in 2008 and gave it to O.Gereltuya (Bayar's ex-wife) as a gift in 2011. Gereltuya sold it for $655,000.00 in 2012. 









5. 1710 N Dexter Avenue #A, Seattle, WA 98109

Ch.Davaanyam bought it for $409,000.00 in 2009 and gave it to "Voda" LLC as a gift in 2011. Resided in fact by O.Gereltuya (Bayar's ex-wife)  and Hongor Bayar (Bayar's daughter). 







6.  9125 NE 15th St, Clyde Hill, WA 98004

Owned by "Nebo" LLC (manager Suvd E.- Bayar's new wife) which bought it for $3,853,000.00 in 2013. Put it on market to sell  for 4,298,000.00 






7. 34 Greene St Unit 2N, New York, NY 10013

Owned by "Dechin" LLC (manager Nandin Bayar- Bayar's daughter) which bought it for $3,500,00.00 in 2013. 










Some Mongolia's politicians opened offshore accounts abroad and thanks to "John Doe" we know now who they are. Bayar's daughter  Badamkhand Bayar is among those people. The understanding is that offshore accounts can be used as the safe heaven to hide the dirty money and that is why one can be suspect that these accounts could be connected to S.Bayar.



Recently, on March 8th, a Mongolian woman named Ichinkhorloo carried out a protest outside of S.Bayar's new residence- the Embassy of Mongolia in London. She and some others held signs read like "Give back stolen laundered money to Mongolia", "S.Bayar sold own country" etc.
Many think that those companies registered under S.Bayar's daughters' names and the process of buying and selling real states are clear signs that he laundered money he got the wrong way. Some of the money he might have hidden in his offshore accounts under his daughter's name. 
There are many politicians from both parties, MPP and DP,  whose (or whose relatives') names were found  on  the list of those offshore account holders. Thanks to International Consortium of Investigative  Journalists, we know now that 49 Mongolian citizens have a total of 17 billion USD in their offshore accounts, including Bayar's daughter even though her name is listed under United States. Not 17 million, but 17 billion! Holy cow! We didn't know that we have so many "Billionaires"!

The Government of UK probably had not checked the credentials of our new Ambassador properly, who does not deserve to represent our country because of the reasons  I mentioned above. Maybe the Englishman wanted to be just nice and didn't dig much to find out who  this S. Bayar was.
He should not represent Mongolia in any counrty because:

- He was the Prime Minister when 5 men were shot to death by police. He is  responsible  for this murder because the police was a subject to him. I remember watching him on TV news, walking through the burned building of his party (MPP), the very next day after that riot, with an angry face, followed by his subordinates. He didn't care about the 5 dead. He had  offered not a single tear but dared to walk in that burned building to show  how  mad he was.

- He has become awfully rich to buy real states abroad and lived there with his young mistress only to come back to the home country to be awarded with the "Ambassador crown" and sent away to be spoiled with our tax money. He needs to declare first where he got all that money and explain about that offshore account under his daughter's name. 

People suspect that he might have been "compensated" for is effort of pushing  the  famous Oyutolgoi deal  to be signed.
The people of UK , and anyone who respects  human rights and democracy, should know what a man represents Mongolia in the UK now.  


Protestors outside of the Mongolian Embassy in London





 To sum up, that is how it looks like  with the new, or what our communists praise- the "professional" Government. They are in the first year of their 4-year term but what they do now is mostly to defame the former Government, the predecessor, ( Democratic Party-DP)  which lost the last election.
Time will show how they can manage it to run the country. The history in the past 25 years where they had mostly the power in the most of the years shows that they were incapable or were not willing to do it good for the country. The proof is today's mess they created and problems they failed to address or were unable to fix in the past. I don't expect a better picture too, this time, so, if that is what we have to go through, then just be it. Things are learned sometimes the hard way and that is what we are experiencing now. Sadly. We should wake up before we bite the dust!





Wednesday, November 9, 2016

America has chosen

America has now a new, pussy-grabbing, anti-immigrant, mocker President who just won the election. His supporters celebrating  his victory, demanding to lock his opponent up as he promised during his campaign. Next step would be rounding  up 11 million illegal immigrants and kick them out of the country. This action would please all those hatemongers who supported and voted for the new President.

His win proved that America is more racist than people have imagined. Who are these hatemongers? These are the people who are born in America  and claiming that they own the lands. But they don't own the lands. Their ancestors came as settlers and lived  for generations, occupied  the territories which belonged to the aborigines. They  consist  of white and  black people. The origin of whites was  Europe while blacks came from Africa.  Their ancestors didn't have any "visa", worse, they killed the natives and occupied their lands by force. The descendants  of blacks  shouldn't have any claims whatsoever  because they were brought  as slaves  forced by the white occupiers.  So, both whites and blacks have no right to call themselves as natives and say that they were the  owner of all the territories previously resided by the aborigines  called today native Americans.

Once new settlers built a country, it  attracted people from  other countries, and during the time America was built, more new immigrants arrived  in this new continent.
Now, as time went  by, earlier settlers and their offspring started to hate those who joined them later. And that is when today's hatred began to shape its form. Thanks to the  modern regulations and laws this  hatred was pushed down and kept low, and condemned, but it was accumulated over the time and has exploded just now when a candidate showed up to pronounce that he would get rid of all the so called illegal immigrants if he is elected as President. And those hatemongers liked this idea.

That was one of the main engine which helped the new President to win. Second major reason for his success was the fact that those newly immigrants who came some time ago  to the States and became legal, thanks to the laws which pardoned and legalized them,   didn't like the idea that the current army of 11 million illegals stays and become legal as well. Rivalry  and selfishness are the reason. All the late  generation immigrants, including those who became legalized in mass by the law signed by President Reagan,  are now looking  down at the current 11 million unfortunate ones and thinking that the presence of those  is harming them somehow in regards to finding a  job and/or  how much they get paid. That is why they voted for that new President instead of voting for his opponent who promised to fight for those poor 11 million so that they can become Americans as well.

Those who say illegals should be all deported must think where they or their ancestors came from and who were  the real Americans. Only the native Americans have a say who is in America illegal and/or  who should leave. Because whites originated  from Europe, they should go back to Europe, and blacks should go back to Africa, and Asians back to Asia if those hatemongers  say those 11 million people should go back to their original countries.  Or vice versa, since this is a country built by immigrants, all immigrants should live peacefully side by side. One should deal with the current 11 million people humane way and grant them a stay ; forcing such a number of people to leave the country is brutal. But now that America has elected such a President who talked about having a deportation force to deal with those 11 million, there is no sense talking about humanity and common sense. Good luck America in tearing apart families and kicking people out en masse!

The world will damn you and you will be hated more and more. If that is what America wants, so be it. But on the other hand, one should never give up a hope that things would get better and not worse. Those affected by the policies of the new President will fight against mass deportation  so that they do not  face the same fate the Jewish people had when they forced to leave Nazi Germany. Hopefully the new President sees that and reconsider his harsh approach to all immigrants, including the ones called undocumented. Anything could  happen and people should be prepared and alert. They would watch the President closely and will react appropriately. America is not China or North Korea, so people should stay optimistic and ready to fight so that America does not become a North Korea.


p.s. Well, one might say, this is none of your fucking  business whom America chooses to be the next President. But I will say this is everybody's business since America is a country built by immigrants and populated by them. Since the Mongols are also part of this country, even represents a small portion of it, is it their business too, like everyone else's. So that is why.


Saturday, September 17, 2016

Rio 2016 incident and misuse of sport

Tegshbayar Batsaikhan- Junior World champion  in track cycling
There were few days left until Rio 2016 Games  when Mongolia's cyclist Tegshbayar Batsaikhan became the first World champion in this discipline.  In the final race on July 21st he beat all the top athletes from the leading cycling's countries.  He is 18 now, and  I am sure this junior World champion title will lead him to more triumph. Mongolia was proud of him.

We hoped that his success will bring plenty of luck to our athletes who would represent Mongolia at the Olympics. Unfortunately, it was not the case. Mongolia could win only 2 medals (silver and bronze), sharing the same place (67th) with India. (A total of 78 countries won medals)
In the following Paralympic Games our athletes won so far 2 Bronze.

Mandakhnaran Ganzorig (65kg freestyle wrestling)
In Rio we expected some more medals (gold too!) from our athletes in  disciplines like Judo, freestyle wrestling, boxing, and shooting. But, as I mentioned earlier, we were disappointed. So the only silver comes from judo (female) and the bronze was from boxing. There was one medal contender (Mandakhnaran Ganzorig) in freestyle wrestling (men's 65 kg) but he lost his bronze medal match against an  Uzbek wrestler who won his previous match against  Puerto Rico's  Gomez "thanks to"  the three officials (South Korean Tong-Kun Chung, Russia's Sergei Novakovskiy and Temo Kazarashvili of Georgia) whom the International Wrestling Federation removed from the competition after that match. All three officials   face also further investigation and possible sanctions because of their false judgement.  So, this lucky Uzbek wrestler should not be competing in that bronze medal match against our wrestler, in the first place.(Read a report here )

Rumor says that there is a high ranking official of Uzbek nationality  in the World wrestling body and he is very influential. That is why the referees and judges feel  somehow obliged to support any Uzbek wrestler any way they could. That is maybe why and how the Uzbek wrestler Navruzov won Bronze medal,  "beating"  Puerto Rico's Gomez and our Mandakhnaran.
I read all the contradictory  reactions  about Mandakhnaran's match against Navruzov. Some people dictate the rules saying Mandakhnaran was penalized because he was avoiding (running around) to fight  his opponent, but others say that a warning should have been issued (after stopping the match) before  one could be  penalized if he repeats the violation . So, in this case no warning was issued and our wrestler was given straight the penalty. Some say also that there should not be any penalty point or score point if  the match has ended. The video shows that by the time the referee stops the fight to penalize him, the time has ended for this match.

So it really seems like that all depends  how or from what corner one sees it and makes judgement. There are some conflicting  rulings in wrestling regulations and that will allow officials use it to their own good. It is of course very hard to prove what good it does to them. Anyway, people say that Olympic Games (or any other international competition) become more corrupt, and  the main character and goal which is to  help  promoting  the friendship between the nations and people, is abandoned. Now it becomes more like a war between the nations: a war without arms for superiority and fame. Sport is being used as a tool for this purpose. It is just too sad that it has become like this  for some time now, and if all the people who oppose the misuse of sport do not begin to act soon, there will be more harm than good in the future.  It will not bring the nations and people of all color together and any closer.  It will do more the opposite.  And I hope that  the majority of people on this Earth don't want that.  It might just take some time before people would realize how deep we got in trouble. But by then it might be difficult to fix  and the price we , mankind, pay would be much higher.

Mandakhnaran's couches
With Mandakhnaran's loss in Bronze medal match, his couches gone mad and stripped down their clothing in front of the officials who oversaw the match , protesting the decision. The incident of the Mongolian couches was a huge  topic of debate in Mongolia.  They made Mongolia "famous" with their actions in Rio.  YouTube is full of  videos of their "striptease  show." Not all of Mongols are supporting their actions, and  blaming the athlete (Mandakhnaran) who supposed to have  had  engaged in wrestling to the end  and not avoiding it while few seconds were left. But the majority, including our President, thinks that our wrestler was robbed his medal. One can imagine and understand  how desperate and disappointed trainers can burst "in flames" when they see their hardwork in all these years is being ruined in seconds by some irresponsible or corrupt judges and referees.  They know the rules too and maybe blaming Mandakhnaran  too for avoiding the fight in last seconds, but they have also a good point too. An athlete should be warned first and only penalized if he repeats. And after the match ended it  should not  given  any score or penalty.

If you read all the comments left by readers who watched the videos of this incident , you will see  the hatred and hostility. No wonder. That is the result we achieved, letting the sport to be used as a tool for own advantages by the wrong people. We are called by names which  in return caused the same reaction. And we hate each other. Imagine for what?!



One could blame the way our couches acted and it was explosive and shocking because we see rarely this kind of action. Most athletes who robbed of their medals or lost their matches because of  unfair and wrong decisions do not protest "strong" and stay hurt and upset. Maybe in most cases their couches hold them back and  advise their athletes to just "swallow" it, fearing they might get some heavy penalty. And that exactly keep most of them quiet hence allowing this unfairness to continue to exist.

By the way,  this kind of unfair or wrong judgement caused many problems in other disciplines too. Not only at this Olympics but at  many previous Olympics and other major international competitions the controversial judgement  caused  always problems. With trained and experienced referees and judges on duty, one should not expect "human error" in making decisions. But then why it is happening all the time?  So the logical conclusion is that those who make "errors" do it intentionally, which again proves that  corruption does exist in sports. With this corrupted sport how would you expect that people become friends?  No way, right ?!

I don't know how to fix this but I hope with everybody raising their voices, one can make some changes. Maybe we should terminate the practice of having too much money involved in sports. We can praise and honor top athletes in different way than just giving some money for winning medals. We can "use" them in a way that is beneficial for both him/her and   the peace and friendship around the World.
I wish everybody recognizes the problem and act anyway he/she could. But unfortunately it is just not everybody does that and without a combined and united fight we cannot win. There are so many problems on Earth and in everybody's life, but this one is not a small one we  can ignore. So, please have your voice heard everywhere and anyway possible!  Say YES  to the clean and fair sports! :)

p.s. Mongolian Wrestling Federation is punished with 50 thousand Euro fine by the World Wrestling Organization. And those 2 couches are stripped off their position for 3 years. That is what you are going to get if you stand up against  the corrupt system.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

To US Ambassador Piper Campbell

Based on  true stories.

Piper Campbell, US Ambassador to Mongolia
The  subject would be this time about how Mongols are getting taken advantage of by representatives of our "third neighbor" USA- namely by the consular officers of the US Embassy in Mongolia . It is about those Americans who work in the consular section and whom the native Mongols despise a lot. Rumors going around from mouth to mouth, and the media deals with it too.
To be sure, let me first introduce some facts I found online before I start with mine. Unfortunately, the  materials found  are published or posted online in Mongolian , and so it would be difficult for those who  does  not  master  Mongolian language to read them. But I will do my best to translate and  give you a summary kind of thing, so to speak.

Jamiyan Galsan, a  senior journalist who is famous for his essays and writings, applied for a tourist visa to meet with a Mongolian physician who lives in the States. Jamiyan  wanted to write about this doctor's  life which was very adventurous and unique. They met once before in Mongolia. The doctor  who invited him sent all the necessary documents and Mr.Jamiyan  on his part prepared everything as required, including the proof that he was employed and had a family and all that. But his request was turned down because they thought  that he has no  "strong ties" to his homeland and might not come back. Why would a 70- year-old man leave his wife , children and home and decide to become an illegal "Alien?" What he would do? Are you serious?
- "No", wrote the journalist, saying that it is just the way how they "make money." He heard that only 6 were granted a visa from  40 applicants  in one day. The visa application fee was 100 dollars back in 2007 (today it is $160) when that poor man was denied a visa, and he  says that the US Embassy "made"  $4000 in one day. "What a business!", he was trilled.

His article can be read HERE.  Furthermore he points out that there is a Mongolian "mafia" , very well organized and run by those Mongols who work within the Embassy and the Consular section. These Mongols, hired by the Americans, are part of the chain which use the visa matter as their income source. Anyone who has the intention to stay illegally in the US after their visa expires, would look for any ways  to get a visa. They would approach those who promise a 100%-safe help to get a visa in exchange for a certain sum of the "green backs." Some years ago it was $5000, now much higher.

It is very simple: You meet those people and make a verbal agreement. They would prepare all the documents for you , fill out your application, let you pay the fee and make an interview appointment for you. They would "prepare" you for the interview, like what to say and how to behave during the interview. Then you go to the interview and, if lucky, you will be told to  come back later that day to get your passport with the visa.  You run out of the Embassy building, excited, to come back later on, but you will not get handed your passport to you. An Embassy employee (of course a Mongol) who would hand out the ready passports to their owners, will not have yours. Your passport would be already in safe hands of the people who wait for you to give your passport in exchange  for that 5 grand you promised to pay. You pay your money and get your passport back. Everybody is happy. Besides, I know personally a person who got his visa exactly the way I described above. True, it happened some years ago, but who says everything has changed for good since then?

I hope that the American officials working at the Embassy and/or in the Consular section are not involved in any such unlawful activities, but again, nobody knows  for sure. It was the case involved  the Mongols employed back then. They might be still working at the Embassy and keep doing their "business."  We might have a "Vietnamese style" operation going on in there. Who knows.  We have every right to suspect, especially if the Mongolian natives employed  have been giving any reason to smell a foul play. Let's hope not. What is a "Vietnamese style" operation? A visa chief in the consular section of the US Consulate in Vietnam, named Michael Sestak (worked 2010-2012) took bribes to approve visas to Vietnamese citizens. He pleaded  guilty to conspiracy, bribery and money laundering charges, and admitted accepting more than 3 million dollars in bribes. Of course, he couldn't do it without a help from the natives, so some Vietnamese citizens and American citizens of Vietnamese origin are involved in this scheme.

A blogger named Batkhuu O. also mentioned in his article about how strict or harsh those consular officers  handle the visa applicants, saying that 2-3 people get their visa issued while the rest of the in average 50 people a day go home "empty-handed."  The percentage of those who get a visa denied is very high.
6 out of 40 or 3 out of 50 means  85% or 94%  denial, as mentioned in the examples above.
If you believe the words said in one interview a year ago by the General Consul Robert Pope and Marissa Maurer who is the head of the Public Affairs section, given to a Mongolian newspaper, the percentage of visa denial dropped down from 70% to 50%.  As they claim, now every second applicant gets a visa issued. Wow! (Read here )

The Honorable Ambassador Campbell said that she wanted to see more Mongolian youth go to study in the US.  (This Embassy stuff is headed by Ambassador Piper Campbell who was sworn in on August 6, 2012. ) But it seems that the visa officers in the Consular section are having the opposite standpoint to what the Ambassador means. I am talking about the consular officers'  harsh approach (even rude attitude) towards the applicants who have been already studying in the US. I want to point out  here 2 cases which  caught my attention. These are true stories about which I learned through my acquaintances. One young man has been denied a visa he needed to return to his school in the US. True, he has been studying some years but hasn't been chosen yet his major or the subject he wants to pursue. So he was still searching and while doing so he attended his classes collecting the credits he would use later on. General education. He came back home to extend  his visa. The other one has been also some years but he found what he liked and pursued it for the last 3 years. Unfortunately he was negligent and skipped classes few times after an unfortunate  incident and  because of that he lost his status. He came back to Mongolia to apply for a visa so that he can continue his study. Both were denied a visa. True, for both it took some time to choose what they wanted to major in. True, a mistake was made by one of them but he wanted make it good and finish what he started. Why they were denied a visa? The reason was ridiculous: Both  had no progress in their studying!

Younger people are immature in that age and tend to be very unstable and thoughtless. And they make mistakes. But one should give them a second chance and support them instead of "slapping in their faces" and turn them down. Especially, if they wanted to correct their  errors and proceed with their goals. One should not penalize them for the errors they made. Besides, since when it became a policy that students have limited time to finish the study? What if they wanted to study further? Would a certain time limit apply to them to restrict their presence in the States even if  they want to continue to achieve higher degrees?  Are the visa officers instructed to look down at the students who study in community colleges and treat them disrespectful?  Hopefully not, but they both experienced a rude attitude on the part of those who interviewed them.  Yes, they have both a desire to get a decent education and  go on with their lives after  graduation. They knew that what they need is an education. Those boys had no intention to become "illegal Aliens" and to start working illegally to be paid "under the table." They could have stayed in the US and become illegal if they thought so, but, no, they returned home to Mongolia and applied for their visa. They wanted "play by the rule" but unfortunately they were  given the cold shoulder. Now these boys are left with nothing, one half way through, the other one almost completed his study, but both very disappointed and emotionally crushed. Not to mention all the efforts they spent and expenses invested by either their sponsors and/or parents and relatives. One can't just ruin somebody's carrier, or even life because of some minor mistakes. They were not somebody who wanted to travel to the US. They were  students whose lives will depend on what they would achieve by accomplishing their study. Everybody deserves a second chance, even criminals in prison get a chance. And the youngsters  should not be turned down and pushed away.

At last some words addressed  to the Ambassador and her stuff working under her supervision:

Hopefully what the Ambassador  states matches  with what her stuff proves in action. Hopefully your people learn to  show some respect to whoever stands in front of the window answering their  questions. We don't need and don't welcome those who does not even greet when one approaches the window to be interviewed. We don't like also those Mongols, employed by you, exercising various duties, including translation between the applicant and the visa officer, the way they behave. They should learn to be polite and show some smile and helpful instead of  showing some  face if there was put some "shit" on it, as we say.
People talk a lot, dear Ambassador, and rumors got it. With your goal to support more young people to study in the US and give the right ones the permission to travel and keep the wrong ones away, I urge you to support those who make mistakes and give them the chance to make it good. It is a "life or death" decision for  them and you guys have the power to lead the right way. Later on in their life, they would remember it and always appreciate  for your  right lead and your wise decision.

With all due respect, I would urge you to look into this matter and do what it needs to be done. Because of some irresponsible people, Americans and Mongols alike, the reputation and all your good work done for our people  should not be  harmed.  Lastly I want to mention that with this I didn't have any  ill intention and meant only to catch your attention.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Mongoloid

Mongoloid, he was a mongoloid
his friends were unaware
Mongoloid, he was a mongoloid
nobody even cared
Mongoloid, he was a mongoloid
one  chromosome too many
Mongoloid, he was a mongoloid
and it determined what he could see

Gerald Casale (DEVO band, USA)
This is the lyrics of a song called "Mongoloid", written by Gerald Casale , a member of  "DEVO", an American rock band  formed in 1972 in Ohio, USA. Mongoloid is a term used to describe  people with Down's syndrome. It actually all started when  doctor, John Langdon Down (after whom Down's syndrome was named), who studied this behavior while working as medical superintendent  at  the Royal Earlswood Hospital in England ( built to house and educate those disabled people , or "idiots" as they were termed at that time), decided  to call his patients as "Mongol."   He wrote in 1866  that "...these children were a regression to a Mongolian ethnic type."

We are talking about his patients (children with Down's syndrome) who came to this institution from all over the country (England). They did not come from Mongolia. Nor there is not one official document that says there were people of Mongolian ethnicity among those patients  whom doctor Down worked with during that time (1855-1868).  How did  this doctor came up with the term "Mongol" to bring it into connection with  that syndrome?  I think, because of the Mongolian invasion back few centuries ago, the  western part of the world, which didn't suffer directly from that aggression but remained puzzled and confused with all types of  mystical  rumors  and hearings went around. Rumors exclusively depicted Mongols as wild barbarians, cannibals  with looks and characteristics hardly resembles a "normal" human being, allegedly having  certain anomalies. Doctor Down was not saved from this perception either.  What else could it be?! I am positive that doctor Down had never visited Mongolia back then (and I doubt he ever met a Mongol either), and I don't think that  there were so many children present from Mongolia, or even any intermarriages between English people and Mongolians at that time.

Long story short, this term is still being used to  describe  those with such syndrome  until today. The proof ?  What about  the song ("Mongoloid") I mentioned in the beginning, or the story of a Mongolian woman in Scotland ( read this  story HERE ) , or the movie called "The guitar Mongoloid" (in Swedish: "Gitarrmongot" ) directed by Ruben Oestlund (Sweden) in 2004 ?

Ruben Oestlund (Sweden)
Do you see what Dr.Down has done? Even though he later admitted it was a failure, the harm was done. Unfortunately, people like Gerald Casale or Ruben Oestlund  keep contributing to promote this misunderstanding by their song or  movie. What would the new generation perceive when they learn this song or watch the movie? That is how this practice is kept alive. Their products have been distributed by others too, making them  really  efficient propaganda tools. There is a German guy goes by the name "Rummelsnuff" who took DEVO's song "Mongoloid" into his song list and sings while acting like one with Down's syndrome in his video. There is also a music band called Sepultura which covers this song too. So, the list can go on.

Ruben Oestlund's movie "Gitarrmongot" was shown on the screens of film festivals, like in Moscow, Russia and recently in the US. One cannot really say how many people watched that film on those festivals and movie theaters.  So, no  wonder why this "habit"  is not "dying out."
(Watch DEVO's song  here and the cover by Rummelsnuff  here )

Mongolians at home and abroad are angry  with the fact that Ruben Oestlund's movie is on the way to be shown in the US, participating in the film festivals in different cities, and they are protesting it using all means available. This article of mine can be considered as one of them.  Some Mongolian communities abroad have sent a letter to those who directed this movie. Below is a copy of this letter:

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January 16, 2015
Dear Mr. Östlund and Mr. Hemmendorff,
We are writing to you as ethnic Mongolians regarding your film “The Guitar Mongoloid”, which is being shown as part of film festivals in New York, Maryland and California.
We are deeply concerned and hurt by the use of the term “mongoloid” in the context of your film and are requesting that you change the name of the film in the nearest future, out of respect to the Mongolian people and to the international Down syndrome community.
The term “mongoloid”, referring to people with Down syndrome, was dropped by the World Health Organization in 1965 because it was and still is considered to be offensive to those of Mongol ethnicity.
Furthermore, in many countries, the word has come to be used as a term of offense. There are many campaigns around the world trying to stop the hurtful and offensive usage of “mongoloid” and to promote the original meaning, namely, “related to the culture, language and people of Mongolia.”
We do not expect you to reconsider your decision to show the film. However, we request the following:
  • That you tell the audience from today’s – Jan 16, 2015 – New York 9.15pm screening onwards that the term “mongoloid” is offensive both to Mongols and to the international Down syndrome community and that you are extremely sorry to the Mongolian and International  Down syndrome community, and are planning to change the name of the film in the near future.
  • Edit in the same disclaimer in the future screenings of the film. Have a staff member of theatres to read the disclaimer when showing the film without disclaimer.
  • Put the same disclaimer on the internet, especially in the film description on your websites.
  • Change the name of the film out of human kindness and compassion in support of vulnerable members in society and dignity and respect of another culture and nation with rich history and its own place in the world.
Please read more about the use of this offensive term at the link:
Thank you, in advance, for your sensitivity to this issue. We look forward to your response.
Regards,
– Mongolians NYC Community
– Mongolian Association in the UK
– “Tsahim Urtuu Holboo” TBB (NGO) online community of Mongolians around the world    

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Lastly, I just want to say that there would be no peace, cooperation or friendship between nations and various ethnicity  if there is no mutual respect. There will be only mutual enemies if this kind of stupidity continues. That what Casale and Oeslund do, cause hatred and  disrespect. Why people just can't or don't want to avoid or drop something which would harm or hurt others? Are the bad people outnumbering the good ones?  What should people do to stop such "provocations"  which do nothing but harm people's relations? These are the questions we should ask ourselves and find answers if we want to talk about friendship and living  in peace. Let us hear your voices too.

p.s. The correct and original meaning of this term is "related to the culture, language and people of Mongolia and Mongolian ethnicity." 


Mongolians at Dakar rally

Dakar rally. This is a fascinating competition which challenges and tests both  sportsman's endurance, skill and the quality or dependability of  vehicles they use. It is an off-road  endurance race with many  stages each with  distances of up to 900 km (500 miles) a  day. Nowadays Dakar rally, formerly called Paris- Dakar rally, is organized annually in South America and not in  Europe and Africa as it used to. Four major categories of vehicles used  in the race are motorcycles, quads, cars and trucks. Currently the champions in each class are Ayrat Mardeev  (Russia) team with KAMAZ (trucks), Nasser Al-Attiyah (Qatari)  team with MINI (cars) , Marc Coma (Spain) with KTM 450 (motorcycles), and Rafal Sonic (Poland) with Yamaha (quads).


Ayrat Mardeev (Russia)
KAMAZ truck (Russia)

















KTM 450  bike (Austria)




Marc Coma (Spain)

































YAMAHA Raptor 700 (quad, Japan)



Rafal Sonik (Poland)























MINI car (UK)
Nasser Al Attiyah (Qatari)



Mongolian bikers Anar Ch. (left) and Boldbaatar D.
Pilots in 2015 Dakar rally had to master 9500 km in total in 13  stages. This time 7 Mongolian drivers were present at the rally. Boldbaatar Damdinkhorloo (KTM bike) and Anar Chinbaatar (KTM bike) were the bikers from Mongolia, successfully finished with times of 65:39:18 (45th place) and 149:24:08 (78th).  79 bikers in total  out of 168 could cross the finish line completing all stages.  Besides these two bikers, there was a Mongolian car crew with driver Lhamaa Namchin and two other co-drivers, driving a Toyota vehicle of the Hungarian Sandlander team. They finished the race taking 62th place. Two more Mongolians participated in Dakar as co-drivers for two  separate crews of the same Hungarian team.
The fact that from all participants not even half of it in bikes' class and only the half in cars class could complete the race, shows how tough the whole race was.

Boldbaatar D. (Mongolia) after finish
Mongolia's history in Dakar rally  goes back to 2013.  Two our bikers who first time represented Mongolia, could not complete the rally because of the technical failure of their bikes on the 6th day (Boldbaatar D.) and on the 11th day (Lhamaa N.). In 2014 three bikers have participated in the rally,  but two of them couldn't complete the race, again, because of their bikes' failure, and only Boldbaatar D. completed  the race finishing as 60th.  And he made a progress  in 2015 race finishing 45th. Let's hope that he makes it to the first best 20 bikers next year! Or even better. I wish all our racers the best success in the coming years! Go Mongolia!

Representatives of Mongolia at Dakar 2015