Here’s how democracy is eroding in Mongolia

Here’s how democracy is eroding in Mongolia

The Washington Post

Last week, the Mongolian parliament stunned pro-democracy advocates when it voted to remove the safeguards protecting the independence of its courts and its anti-corruption agency. In doing so, the parliament helped further President Khaltmaa Battulga’s ongoing attempt to consolidate power.

Jade and Gem Smuggling Costs Myanmar Billions

Jade and Gem Smuggling Costs Myanmar Billions

The Diplomat

Myanmar’s poorly-regulated jade and gemstones production means up to two-thirds of all the country produces is possibly not subjected to tax, a new report by the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) reveals. Experts believe that this, as well as chronic undervaluing of registered jade and gemstones, costs the country billions of dollars in lost tax revenue.

Mongolia speaker ousted amid ongoing battle against corruption

Mongolia speaker ousted amid ongoing battle against corruption

Al Jazeera

The Mongolian parliament this week voted to oust House Speaker Miyegombyn Enkhbold, in an unprecedented move capping a tumultuous two months in the country's politics involving multiple corruption scandals, protests and party infighting.

Organic skincare label uses Mongolia’s natural bounty

Organic skincare label uses Mongolia’s natural bounty

South China Morning Post

Khulan Davaadorj, the CEO of Mongolia’s Lhamour organic skincare company, is determined to use her country’s natural abundance to build a sustainable business using seabuckthorn and other ingredients that are less common elsewhere; the company also uses pine tar, yak milk, sheep tail fat and horse oil – products that are sustainable thanks to Mongolia’s climate, bountiful livestock, and long tradition of nomadic herding.