June 23, 1990 |
The Senate on Friday confirmed the nominations of U.S. ambassadors to seven nations, including Joseph Edward Lake, a career Foreign Service officer, as the envoy to Mongolia. Lake was confirmed by voice vote and without debate, along with the six other ambassadors. Also confirmed were David Passage, Botswana; Richard Wayne Bogosian, Chad; William Milam, Bangladesh; James Daniel Phillips, Congo; Roger Gran Harrison, Jordan, and William Bode, Marshall Islands.
November 7, 2002 |
Braving snow and crowds, thousands of Mongolian Buddhists gathered to hear the Dalai Lama preach despite China's criticism of the visit. The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader spoke for more than two hours at a convention center in the capital, Ulan Bator, that was filled to its capacity of 5,000. Hundreds stood outside to listen over loudspeakers. The Dalai Lama arrived Monday on his first visit in nearly seven years to Mongolia, which shares religious and cultural ties with Tibet.
January 14, 2006 |
Mongolia's parliament dissolved its government after the biggest political party pulled out of the 15-month-old ruling coalition, prompting two days of protests amid complaints about poverty and corruption. After the vote to dissolve the government of Prime Minister Tsakhiagiin Elbedorj, the premier was appointed to lead an interim administration.
August 20, 2002 |
Thousands of people have been battling massive forest fires sweeping across Mongolia and shrouding the capital, Ulan Bator, in thick smoke, officials said. About 110 fires were raging in eight provinces, and 64 were out of control, civil defense officials said. The blazes are thought to have been started by vacationers visiting the countryside parched by a hot, dry summer. "The situation is catastrophic," civil defense spokesman Luvsanjamba said.
May 23, 2005 |
A candidate from Mongolia's former Communist Party won the presidency in an election Sunday that drew nomadic herders on horseback to polling stations across the country's vast steppe. The Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party, the former Communist party now known as MPRP, was voted out in 1996 but reelected in 2000, and appears to be maintaining its popularity.
July 15, 2012 |
"Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled 'This could change your life.'" -- Helen Exley By a twist of fate, I eventually made it to my rendezvous with the Channel Tunnel on Saturday at the start of the 10,000-mile Mongol Rally, a road trip that will take me through 18 countries on the way to Ulan Bator, Mongolia, in a tiny, tiny car. The weather gods were on my side: The English rain caused a two-hour delay, but this...
July 28, 2012 |
What this world needs is a new kind of army - the army of the kind. --Cleveland Amory About 1,100 miles ago we were on the outskirts of Volgograd, Russia. When we stopped for gas I noticed a shiny object protruding from my back right tire. On closer inspection, I realized a nail had punctured the tire. After consulting with Steve Privolos, my co-driver on the 10,000-mile road trip from Britain to Ulan Bator, Mongolia , known as the Mongol Rally , we decided we would keep the nail and keep driving.
July 13, 2012 |
But why? Why would you want to drive from Britain to Mongolia in a tiny car through the sometimes-hostile terrain of 18 countries where you're almost guaranteed to encounter some sort of trouble? Especially when that trouble could include death, quite possibly your own? And why, if you've tried it once and nearly got killed, would you want to do it again? To encourage reading, of course. We don't mean reading of this blog, although that's nice too. We mean reading for children who may not have access to books.
August 20, 1987 |
It's August. Do you know where your congressman is? If he's Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Los Angeles), you most likely don't know, and he wants to keep it that way. Waxman has joined an unspecified number of members of the House Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control who are on a European and African study of drug trafficking said to be so dangerous that their itinerary is being kept secret to lessen the hazards to the congressmen.
August 2, 2011 |
“What fates impose, that men must needs abide: it boots not to resist both wind and tide” William Shakespeare It is with acute sadness that I write this. Steven Priovolos, my friend and cameraman, and I had about a 625-mile drive from Budapest, Hungary, to the capital of Moldova, Chisinau, on the next leg of the Mongol Rally, the 10,000-mile road trip from Britain to Mongolia. After 12 hours on the road, we found ourselves in the leafy Romanian town of Campulung Moldovenesc .