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A World of Contrasts on the Trans Siberian Railroad

Don Mankin | Posted 04.05.2014 | Travel
Don Mankin

The train helped me get a better idea of what is most interesting about this very large corner of the planet, how the various pieces fit together, and what it all might mean for the future.

Top 10 Backpacking Destinations For 2014

Off Track Planet | Posted 02.25.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

Whether you're into being a mere spectator, or looking to experience new sights and sounds, our list of Top 10 Backpacking Destinations for 2014 has a place to fit your broke-fancy.

How Big a Deal Is Christmas in Your Country?

Quora | Posted 02.22.2014 | World

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Togi Chinbat, Mongolia.It was never a big deal. I grew up thinking Christmas and the New Ye...

Litter from Indonesia -- Rubble in Paradise: Cleaning Up the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 02.05.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Garbage breeds everywhere -- old sneakers, crushed beer cans, plastic bottles, broken glass and plastic household items defile the ought-to-be pristine shores.

A Stranger's Compassion in Mongolia

Vayable | Posted 02.05.2014 | Travel

We were from opposite sides of the world and strangers who could hardly speak a word of each other's language. Yet for those six days, she treated me with a mother's love and tenacity, as if I were her daughter.

Youth, Digital Infrastructure and the Future Success of Mongolia

Giovanna Mingarelli | Posted 10.21.2013 | World
Giovanna Mingarelli

It was my last night in the capital city of Ulanbaataar (UB) during my first visit to Mongolia. I had spent an evening at a private reception generous...

Climate Change This Week: The Beetles Are Baaaaack, Drunken Forests, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 12.16.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

The Beetles Are Baaaaaack... and Now They're Decimating Spruce Forests with climate change, reports Katie Valentine at Climate Progress. Over the pas...

Mythical Creatures

Cheapflights | Posted 11.11.2013 | Travel

They are the creatures whose existence science has yet to prove. They have been spotted by the public and sometimes even captured on film. They come to us from ancient cultures, the depths of extinction and urban legend.

An Arid World? Can We Learn from Other Nations?

American Anthropological Association | Posted 10.20.2013 | Green
American Anthropological Association

The U.S. West has had years of recurring drought with resultant mandatory water conservation measures, massive wildfires and above normal temperatures.

How to 'Sticker' Your Car: Adventures in Mongol Rally Land, Episode 1

Leon Logothetis | Posted 10.02.2013 | Travel
Leon Logothetis

In 2012 I participated in my second Mongol Rally, the ultimate road trip from London to Mongolia to raise funds for a charity called First Book. My ...

This Isn't A Screen Saver

The Huffington Post | Emi Boscamp | Posted 07.29.2013 | Travel

There's something to be said for a desert that makes car noises. The Xiangshawan Desert, which is located in Ordos of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Re...

Rachel Tepper

Mongolia Gets Its First Western Fast Food Chain | Rachel Tepper | Posted 05.29.2013 | Business

Mongolia, a land once synonymous with isolation and rural hardship, is at the beginning of a transformation. Newly tapped mines beneath the Gobi deser...

U.S. Returns 70-Million-Year-Old Skeleton To Mongolia

Reuters | Posted 07.06.2013 | World

By Deborah Zabarenko WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A 70-million-year-old dinosaur skeleton from the Gobi Desert that was smuggled to the Unite...

From Mojave to Gobi: Sharing What Works in California to Help Guide Mongolia's Future

The Nature Conservancy in California | Posted 06.23.2013 | Green
The Nature Conservancy in California

At 500,000 square miles, the Gobi is the fifth largest desert in the world, and nearly all of it is undeveloped.

My Own Educational Exchange Trip: Cuba or the Danube-a?

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 06.15.2013 | Travel
Read More: Strauss, Syria, Treasury Department, Mongolia, Migraine, Kapuziner, Hosanna, Havana, Rapping, Benedictine Sisters, Blood Sausage, Buena Vista Social Club, Coffee, Taxi Cab Drivers, Salsa, Superbowl; Obama Fundraiser, Orlando Hernandez Pedroso, Argentina, Bette Midler, Lucy and Ethel, German, Kardashians, Cabaret, Freud, Cafe Landtmann, Yapping, Stallions, Sean Carter, Lyrics, Dumplings, Blonde, Mr. Sandman, Doner Kebab, Hungarian, Tandoori Chicken, Katy Perry, Cole Porter, I Got Rhythm, 3/4 Time, Cigars, Wild Eagles, Persian Caviar, Schwartzenegger, Cuba, Olives, Black Beans, Vivienne Westwood, Solange, Vanillekipferl, Puppini Sisters, Anniversary, The Danube, El Duque, Desi, Papayas, Sasha , Melange, Cafe Cubano, Civics, Malia, Sisterhood, Hostel, Carmelite Nuns, Sisters, Korea, Celia Cruz, Cuban Cigars, Rosemary Clooney, Fashion, Manna, Nostalgia, Vienna Austria, George Gershwin, Vienna, Spanish, Black Pudding, Vocal Coach, Pastries, Spiritain-Ment, Siestas, Turkish Figs, Euros, Rosie Clooney, Desi Arnaz, Beyonce, Educational Exchange, Hemingway, Dazzling Damsels, Gershwin, Colombia, Tito Puente, Melting Pot, Oriental, Pistachios, Diplomatic Relations, Pesos, Serena, Venus, Vienna Convention, Rihanna, Romantic, Sugar Ramos, Waltz, Bandana, Lipizzaner-Horses, Frijoles Negros, Language Lab, Platanos, Jay Z, Marcella Puppini, Tango, Goulash, Mediterranean, FSK 13 Culture Festival, Blue Danube, Cartagena, Croatian, Slovakian, Stephanushaus, Babalu, Rochusmarket, Wienerschnitzel, Travel News
Randee Mia Berman

When I heard rumors about Jay-Z and Beyonce heading to Cuba, I was feeling pretty confident about my trendy choice to go that way. But then I bagged Cuba, and booked a flight to Vienna, Austria, home of the Lipizzaner stallions and Wienerschnitzel.

Hey, Jon Stewart, Your Roots Are Showing

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 04.27.2013 | Celebrity
Megan Smolenyak

His forebears have held one of the more eclectic mélange of jobs I've seen, including taxi driver, fruit and vegetable peddler, furrier, shoe store proprietor, and window cleaner.

Be Mine, Except in International Development

Ming Holden | Posted 04.13.2013 | Impact
Ming Holden

Valentine's Day is upon us, and those little candy hearts pervasively sugaring the public sphere with the words "Be Mine!" got me thinking recently about the possessive language we use to describe love.

Support One of the World's Last Nomadic Cultures

Nina Wegner | Posted 02.16.2013 | Impact
Nina Wegner

Mongolia is still a land where wind whips through horses' manes as they race across a terrain of rolling green pastures. Herders roam the steppe, in tune with the seasons. But a lot of that is about to change.

Photo Essay: Postcards From the Second Most Air Polluted City in the World

Nina Wegner | Posted 02.11.2013 | Green
Nina Wegner

It's coming on winter, and Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia, is making its annual transformation into the second most air polluted city in the world.

World Bank's New Climate Strategy: Don't Call It a Coal Plant!

Justin Guay | Posted 02.09.2013 | Green
Justin Guay

Looking for ways the World Bank may actually make this better? It's quite obvious: The project's contract explicitly requires a coal plant after four years. Why bother to analyze low carbon alternatives if you are contractually obliged to build a coal plant?

How I Finished My Holiday Shopping Early

Vern Yip | Posted 01.26.2013 | Impact
Vern Yip

A couple of months ago I had the opportunity to see UNICEF's work firsthand in Mongolia, where many children face adult-sized challenges.

Mongol Rally: The Adventure That Wasn't By The Book

Leon Logothetis | Posted 12.01.2012 | Travel
Leon Logothetis

I ignored my mother's pleas and started a journey into the unknown. I hoped it would inspire people along the way: For each mile we drove in our Daihatsu Terios, we donated a book to an underprivileged child through First Book. 10,000 miles. 10,000 books. That was the goal.

Like a Hummingbird -- From Chile to Mongolia

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 11.27.2012 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Increased cross-learning and cooperation among developing countries has been a remarkable feature of the global economy in recent decades.

PHOTOS: 5 Amazing Mongolian Experiences

Viator | Posted 11.19.2012 | Travel

In the far reaches of western Mongolia in the Altai mountain range, the nomadic Kazakhs depend on golden eagles to hunt wildlife for sustenance.

The Hidden Champions of Low-Income Banking

Tilman Ehrbeck | Posted 11.13.2012 | Impact
Tilman Ehrbeck

Over the past few years, the concept of microcredit -- providing working capital loans to micro-entrepreneurs typically in the informal economy -- has come under scrutiny.