MONGOL STOPOVERSeventeen Mongolians, including environmentalists, politicians, journalists and representatives of the mining industry, showed up on HCN’s doorstep in late September as part of a tour around Colorado. The tour, organized by the San Francisco-based Asia Foundation, was intended to "establish a foundation for trust and relationship-building between participants" in order to yield "viable approaches and collaborative solutions for Mongolia."
The participants grilled HCN Web editor Paolo Bacigalupi and associate editor Jonathan Thompson about freedom of the press, mining in Colorado, and how to give fair coverage to polarized issues. Many were also interested in land-use issues; privatization of property in Mongolia only arrived during the last five years, and now the country is trying to deal with a land rush. That’s on top of a huge gold rush that’s creating a great deal of tension between the industry and environmentalists.