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February 2008

Ahead by a nose: Monocle reports from the rails in Germany, Turkey and Japan. Plus an election special to kick off our 2008 US coverage.

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Natural selection

Swiss retailer Coop has opened a supermarket just outside Zürich for the discerning shopper. Not only is the company promoting provenance and sustainability with its products, but it is also building stores that raise the…

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On the pulse

Medica is the world’s largest healthcare trade fair. This year 4,360 companies displayed the latest must-haves for the 21st-century doctor from souped-up ambulances to rather too realistic anatomical models

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Outside influence

US voters are perceived as being oblivious to the world outside their country. But war, immigration and an increasingly globalised economy mean that foreign affairs will play a bigger part in the 2008 election than they…

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Swell guys

British microbrand Finisterre has introduced some blue-sea thinking into a global surfwear market that’s worth around €9bn a year. It produces just six high-tech, low-impact garments and when the surf’s up, the team grab…

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Italian inquisition

In a media world dominated by reality TV and celebrity chat shows posing as news, Milena Gabanelli’s ‘Report’ stands out. Since 1997, her investigations have tackled corruption in Italy head on, criticising politicians…

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Culture briefing

This is the Second World War you never hear about – an ordinary German civilian’s version. Living in liberal Hamburg, Wölff-Monckeberg was neither Nazi or dissident. The touching everyday account of how Hitler’s Third Reich…

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State of despair

Life expectancy in Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe is 34 for women and 37 for men. Inflation is out of control; food, water and fuel are in short supply and corruption is rife. Elections are planned for March, but no one thinks…

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Pawn in the USA?

This month we begin a new series looking at the US presidential election through the eyes of foreign correspondents. First is Venezuelan Roselena Ramírez, who heads the Washington DC bureau of TeleSUR, a Venezuelan-contr…

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Europe briefing

For the past three years, people travelling on the E4 motorway from Helsingborg to Haparanda have been following the construction of Dragon Gate with wonder. Why on earth would someone build a Chinese cultural centre and…

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Rupert Marine

Often used as lifeboats and by the military, RIBs are tough, sea-worthy and flexible. Spotting their business potential, Thomas Rönnberg set up the first Swedish RIB company, and is now preparing to take his boats to the…

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Americas briefing

The race for the 2008 Democratic Party candidate is hotting up, with Obama, Clinton and Edwards all battling to secure votes in the primary elections. This year, however, it is their appearance more than ever that is being…

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Art of news

Amos Schocken, publisher of Israel’s most influential newspaper, Haaretz, has remained true to his grandfather’s liberal ethos, unafraid to report fairly on Palestinian issues. Its core circulation of 75,000 has recently…

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Asia briefing

Imagine walking into a room bursting with not-yet-released products, from bath oils and bottled water to exercise machines and lipsticks. Now imagine being told to help yourself.

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The coast is cleared

Is your country too small? Make it bigger. As nations reclaim record amounts of land from the sea, Monocle reports from Singapore (20 per cent larger than a century ago) and the Netherlands (around 25 per cent reclaimed…

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Africa/Middle East briefing

Quick quiz question. Which part of France has the highest birth rate? Paris? Bordeaux? Marseille? The answer lies further south. Some 5,000 miles further south.

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Fashion briefing

It has been 60 years since British underwear and T-shirt label Sunspel introduced its two-ply Egyptian cotton boxer shorts to the discerning English gentleman.

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Oceania briefing

The boats are hosed down, the kids are back at school and the holidays are well and truly over in the southern hemisphere, so now New Zealanders are bracing themselves for a year of political blood sport. An election must…

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Design briefing

Too much old furniture ends up in skips. It’s a fate met even by pieces made from precious woods. But craftsmen are beginning to tap this source of timber. John Harris makes furniture from reclaimed woods and wants to prove…

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The show goes on

Despite being targeted by a bomb attack in which she lost an arm and leg, political TV journalist May Chidiac, a staunch critic of Syria, remains defiant and is back presenting for the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation.

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A place in the woods

With work ranging from cathedral renovations to university buildings, architect Jim Olson has stayed true to his principle that buildings should be a bridge between nature, culture and people. His family lodge is a labour…

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Power struggle

Sakhalin, in Russia’s far east, is 6,000km from Moscow, yet a short hop from Japan, its former ruler. Marooned from its Asian neighbours during the Soviet era, the region has so far seen little investment from Japanese…

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High times

With the ski season in full flight you’ll have had enough time to detect the chinks in your alpine armour. This month we offer some suggestions on how to beat the freeze and warm up your winter wardrobe in the process.

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