11

March 2008

Make ours an analogue: Monocle on the great digital resistance movement. Plus a security check on airport perimeter defences.

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Europe briefing

Why Norway is going Dutch, vodka and the Russian elections, plus the French mayor who could teach Sarkozy a lesson

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Film stars

The global camera market has switched from film to digital with lightning speed. In Japan, 94m digital cameras were produced last year, compared to 800,000 film cameras. However, an army of die-hard fans is keeping the…

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Dead simple

When Tokyo-based design guru Kenya Hara is asked to create graphics, he usually ends up advising a company on its entire aesthetic direction. This is how he became design adviser to no-label Muji. As well as generating…

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Americas briefing

The Paraguay priest running for president, and a Style Leaders special on the Republican party's presidential candidates.

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Culture briefing

Music: Vampire Weekend and Chris Bathgate. Film: 3:10 to Yuma and Battle of Haditha. Art: A New York art cpp[ and exhibition picks. Books: JG Ballard's autobiography, Granta and Madam President.

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Expo 11: Olympic gold rush

Beijing’s citizens are living under more than the legendary smog clouds. The world will be focused on China’s capital city this August, and, if all goes to the Communist Party’s plan, we will be overawed by the glittering…

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Mix in the right circles

Four enthusiastic Swedes believe that the future of music doesn’t have to end in …Pod. Their Pacemaker – a palm-sized DJ system that promises fresh new pastures of musical discovery, pitch-perfect audio quality and instant…

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Observation

Journalists ask the craziest questions At a recent media-centric conference in Munich a series of reporters from various print, online and TV outlets asked me to reflect on this magazine’s first year and why we decided to…

Global

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No flour, no power

Despite healthy economic growth, two thirds of Pakistanis earn under $2 a day, 60 per cent of adults are illiterate, and the country is in the grip of a food and fuel crisis. No wonder the frivolity of Islamabad’s wedding…

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Fog City News

The magazine store in San Francisco that's bucking the mainstream, a satirical Parisian paper and healthcare, manga-style.

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Party animal

The second correspondent in our series looking at foreign coverage of the US presidential election is Li Xuejiang, Washington bureau chief for China’s ‘People’s Daily’, the state controlled newspaper with a circulation of…

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Freedom fighter

As editor of ‘The Zimbabwe Independent’, Trevor Ncube became all too familiar with the consequences of criticising the government. Now based in South Africa, where around 35 per cent of people live in poverty, he has plans…

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Out of Africa

Chinese firms, from copper mining giants to small private businesses, have been flocking to Africa, investing €4.3bn last year. But a quieter phenomenon is the steady stream of African businessmen moving into China, 10,000…

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Sure footed

The people at Bontoni shoes like to take things slowly, producing just eight pairs of shoes a day. Their dedication is helping Montegranaro, Italy’s shoe town, take changes to the global footwear market in its stride.

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The flight watch

When it comes to protecting the world's travel hubs, police are increasingly relying on some unlikely weapons; Matthew the plane-spotter and Graham the farmer. Monocle reports from Gatwick on the very local response to te…

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Man in the middle

It’s been a bad start to the year for Afghanistan. As reports claim it is heading for failed-state status, the Taliban continues to defy US and Nato-led troops. President Karzai is increasingly frustrated with US and Bri…

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Fashion briefing

Monocle enjoys São Paulo fashion week Tomorrowland collaborates with Belgian designer Jean-Paul Knott, plus Prada platforms, Incotex trunks and Banana Republic comes to London.

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Maltese crossing

Malta, the Mediterranean island with a population of 400,000, is booming thanks to EU membership and its adoption of the euro. It’s also perfectly poised to exploit renewed trade with Gaddafi’s Libya.

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