Contributors / Steven Bodzin

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The interview series 2013/4

From Chile to the Philippines, Monocle meets five political heavyweights as they look back over 2013 and forwards to the various challenges of the year ahead.

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A problem shared

In the Chilean capital, services usually controlled by the government (water, road maintenance, street lighting) have been farmed out to private firms or, as in the case of firefighting, plucky volunteers.

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Puerto Varas

Patagonia combines the best of natural beauty and local culture. In Puerto Varas, ambitious restoration projects are putting the town’s roots centre stage.

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On the roll

Venezuela is one of the most politically polarised countries in Latin America. And with a pro-Chávez state TV monopoly, Globovisión is one of only a couple of private rolling 24-hour news channels, despite, or perhaps…

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Expo 55: Valparaiso

After spending the late 20th century becalmed in quiet isolation, Chile’s second city is opening up to the rest of the world. But will World Heritage status, tourism and redevelopment corrupt the port’s cheerful bohemian…

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Not to be sniffed at

Cocaine consumption in the US is responsible for much of the violence that takes place in its ‘backyard’. But if demand were to suddenly plummet, would the criminal gangs and middlemen simply find another racket?

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