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February 2009

On the rocks? Iceland’s race to recover. From Reykjavik, a special report on a looming mass exodus and the people fighting to keep the country afloat.

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Asia briefing

Urban farming in Japan, Korea's mission to put its cuisine on the map, and farewell to to Cambodia's "bamboo" railways.

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Going solo

Frida Hyvönen is a singer-songwriter with an intimate understanding of the grand piano and the great outdoors. Monocle went backstage with the Swedish chanteuse in Paris as she prepared to play songs from her new record,…

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Inner North Portland

Long overshadowed by Seattle and San Francisco, Oregon’s largest city has achieved its own renown for an outdoors lifestyle, environmental emphasis and clichéd-but-real mania for coffee, beer, food and wine. North Portland…

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Americas briefing

Our new column from Washington on President Obama's administration, plus baseball-mania in Nicaragua and the Dane who is making NYC more cycle-friendly.

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Box fresh

Nine years ago, TV in Pakistan was decades behind India, with just two – state-run – channels and output that was mainly government propaganda. Today its mix of drag divas and campaigning reporters is challenging the old…

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Home rescue

On a visit to the southern Japanese prefecture of Saga, New York restaurateur Mikio Shinagawa was appalledby the destruction of the region’s traditional houses. He set about saving and restoring them, and has even managed…

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So farsi, so good

Until now there has not been a dedicated, unbiased Farsi-speaking TV station broadcasting in Iran. That’s about to change with the launch of the BBC World Service’s Persian TV. It aims to put a new spin on the country and…

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Culture briefing

FILM: Crooked Turkish politicians and tough French schools keep us glued to the screen. BOOKS: A macabre tale of suspense, a modern-day *Treasure Island*, and the latest in Garrison Keillor's Lake Wobegon series. ART: A…

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Freedom writer

For our series on media barons we feature Erick Thohir, founder of the Mahaka Media group in Jakarta. After revitalising the failing paper ‘Republika’ he’s now on a mission to modernise print, radio and TV in a freer Ind…

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Conflict managers

The Iraq war has been big business for US military contractors (AKA mercenaries). But now, as the withdrawal of troops becomes imminent, firms are looking to Africa as the next lucrative source of revenue.

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Defence briefing

Our new military strategy column examines how the US might unwittingly encourage China to bolster its nuclear arsenal. Plus, what the armies of Europe are spending their money on, and the EDA members who have started their…

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Far sighted

Set up nearly four years ago by three engineering graduates, Aptomar is one of the many innovative young start-ups thriving in Trondheim, the tech capital of Norway. The firm’s latest maritime navigation equipment is not…

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Wealth and safety

In 1974 residents started moving to AlphaVille, São Paulo’s first gated community. Today there are 300 around the city. While residents may have escaped from becoming entries in the city’s kidnap and murder statistics, they…

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Briefing

Be positive's fancy footwork, the Japanese shop that will cook you dinner, and Scotland's D.S. Dundee.

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New iron lady

After last summer’s disastrous war against Russia, Georgia’s opposition leaders felt that patriotism should come before any attack on their president, Mikheil Saakashvili. But now the time for retribution is getting nearer…

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Run in top gear

Getting into shape is hard work, so we need all the help we can get. Here, Monocle selects the most comfortable trainers, the most useful gadgets and the most nutritious supplements to help you get fit.

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Peace and prosperity

Arbil in Iraqi Kurdistan has escaped the worst of the war raging across the rest of the country. Its new airport, coupled with burgeoning trade, offer hope for this one corner of a ravaged nation.

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House doctor

Set among the embassies and doctors’ surgeries in Marylebone, London, this petite penthouse pulled in Swiss carpenters along with British and Danish storage solutions to deal with a mass of media and an upside-down layout…

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Safe option

New York’s JFK terminal 3 is bulking up on security equipment to fight terrorism – and catch people who forgot to throw away their water bottle. And it’s not the only airport doing so – providers of this technology are…

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