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May 2008

Is this the world’s hardiest ’hood? Monocle reports from Ashrafieh: home to Beirut’s most resilient residents and their curious community that just won’t quit.

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Under growth

With roads gridlocked, delivering goods in the world’s cities is a growing problem. One engineer believes the answer lies in underground Victorian-style pneumatic pipes and he has some powerful backers.

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Kings of the hill

Beirut’s Christian quarter of Ashrafieh has weathered civil war, terrorist assassinations and the recent Hezbollah-Israeli conflict. But today, the hill-top neighbourhood is once again under threat, this time from devel…

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Up for sail

No sailing royals, an antipathy to ostentation and an unwillingness to take holidays has left Japan’s recreational boat market in the doldrums for years. But the ‘nation of rice farmers’ is finally finding its sea legs:…

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A head for flights

Turkey’s aviation market is growing faster than China’s, and Turkish Airlines is helping turn Istanbul into a hub that could soon rival Dubai. CEO Temel Kotil explains how traditional Turkish hospitality has been key to his…

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Travel briefing

Italy's Malpensa airport loses out to Rome, Taiwan's airline face turbulent times and Japan re-enters the regional aircraft market.

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Oil painting

Dubai and its neighbours have come to believe that even seven-star luxury and tax-free sunshine can seem stale without culture. Monocle visits Art Dubai to see who’s buying and ask if an oil state can reinvent itself as a…

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Bridging the gulf

Qatar’s Al-Jazeera Arabic news network has enjoyed as rocky a relationship with the US as the region from which it hails. Abderrahim Foukara, the station’s New York and Washington bureau chief and managing editor, is the…

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Press for change

Publishing dynasty MDS is growing faster than at any time in its 205-year history, but the man leading its charge into the digital arena is determined that the firm stays close to its founding principles.

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Europe briefing

The style of Russia's new first lady, and the not-so private lives of Finland's politicians.

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Oceania briefing

A mining town in Queensland goes solar, Rugby Union eyes up Asia, plus Sydney isn't holding its breath over new metro plans.

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Best in class

School architecture needn’t be grey, dull and uniform. The inspired redesign of Oslo International School by architects Jarmund/Vigsnæs is not just ticking style boxes but proves that an exciting study environment has a…

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Uphill struggle

Sochi, a Black Sea beach resort popular with Putin and Siberian retirees, was the surprise choice to host the 2014 Winter Olympics – it lacks proper sewers for a start. So before it can cater for an expected one million…

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Fast Finnish

In Finland, organic produce makes up just 1.5 per cent of the food market. One deli is feeding this nascent movement by creating a new fast-food retail concept that combines fresh, healthy fare with well-thought-out design…

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Cyprus heal

After decades of Greek-Turkish conflict and division, could the island of Cyprus be nearing a reunification settlement? Mehmet Ali Talat, president of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, recognised only by Turkey, is…

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Theatre of war

Since the War in Afghanistan began in 2001, Nato, US and Afghan troops have attempted to restore order in the country. Yet today 10 per cent of the nation is in Taliban hands, the drug trade is rife and suicide bombers are…

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Fashion briefing

For the second part of our Workhorse series we profile Japanese zip maker YKK. Plus, a Q&A with the founder of Folk clothing, classics from Our Legace, and 10 Corso Como's new foray into South Korea.

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Park life

The state of Santa Catarina in Brazil is booming, luring firms with its fortuitous location and skilled labour force. And Florianópolis, its capital, is regarded as one of the best places to live in the country.

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Divine office

The occasional open-neck shirt, a wool/linen suit, an almost-sexy belt, a retro satchel: sartorial details to get you seen but not heard. Office wear should be relaxed but effortlessly smart – it helps if you have a work…

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Signs of the times

You may not know its name but chances are you use its designs every week. Italian company Solari revolutionised train and airport information boards in the 1950s and continues to innovate with LCD-screen and punch-card…

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