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November 2008

New designs on diplomacy: A special report on how diplomatic territory is being redefined and redesigned in Washington, Harare and Kathmandu.

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Power Stations

‘Magic walls’ and ‘QVR’ are in the lexicon this year for TV anchors covering the US election. Monocle looks at the networks’ top 10 secret weapons in the battle to report the winners and losers of the big day.

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Pipe dreams

In the far north of Canada the frontier lifestyle is still alive and kicking – and nowhere more so than in Yellowknife. First they struck gold, then diamonds, and now there’s gas. But today those frontier folk are just as…

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Light bulb moment

In our regular series looking at people’s working lives, we enter the world of Katie Paterson, a 27-year-old artist who brings ideas of the universe to life. One of her witty installations involves calling a mobile phone…

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Town crier

The ‘Rutland Herald’ is the second-largest daily paper in Vermont and the oldest family-owned newspaper in continuous operation in the US. Over the years it has grown more liberal and, in 2001, won a Pulitzer prize for its…

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To russia with love

Following this summer’s Georgian war, breakaway territory Abkhazia has been recognised as independent by Russia and Nicaragua. Limited diplomatic credibility hasn’t stopped it wanting the trappings of statehood: it hopes…

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Culture briefing

Films: An animated documentary about the Lebanon war, and a Russian émigré junkie in London. Books: Taschen's depiction of Soviet chic, a comic strip treatment of a nourish New York tale and a childhood memoir of Argenti…

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Americas briefing

"Style Leader" Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez dresses down, trams roll in to LA, and eight Barack Obamas run for elections in Brazil.

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Well stacked

A Buenos Aires bookshop with the largest collection of photography books in South Africa.

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On the edge

Five years ago, one of Khabarovsk’s main exports was its women, who went to work as prostitutes in Japan. Today, the Russian city is booming, thanks to its natural resources. But can this city, closer to Beijing than Moscow…

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National Pride

Security concerns- and a lack of imagination - have been responsible for the emergence of the bunker-style embassy building. But it doesn't have to be that way. Monocle surveys the designs a nation can be proud of, and…

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Asia briefing

India's prime minster, Manmohan Singh, and his Motorcade, North Korea opens up to Chinese tourists, and Malaysia's most controversial blogs.

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Fashion briefing

Peru meets Norway in Arne & Carlos's knits, a one-brand campaign to make Canada stylish, and Lodger's managing director gives his take on the future of shoe-shopping.

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International briefing

Tapping into renewable energy in the Rift Valley, military news, and trouble for the US Navy's submarines.

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Arty party

Everybody who is anybody in the world of architecture goes to the Venice Biennale. So why were there so few good ideas this time?

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Building divisions

It’s 70 years since the death of Atatürk, founder of the Turkish Republic. But the fate of the Atatürk Cultural Centre has hung in the balance until recently, coming to symbolise the struggle between the secular state and…

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Space station

Retired architect Shigemi Asano teamed up with Tezuka Architects to create a home that marries modernity with local tradition. Inside, Asano has stripped it of all but the most essential of belongings, leaving the views of…

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Press for change

Mauricio Funes has given up his career as a TV journalist in a bid to become president of El Salvador. Ahead in the polls, he’s the new face of the FMLN, the former left-wing guerrilla group. Would victory see him join the…

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Inventory

A few of our favourite things, including a new mobile phone by Bic and a waste disposal unit by Loofen. Plus, where to find the best room in the best ryokan at the foot of Mount Fuji.

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Harboured dreams

Italy’s Trieste, population 208,552, has ambitions to return to its former glory as a wealthy trading port, luring start-ups with its enviable location and high quality of life (you’re more likely to live to 100 in Trieste…

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