21

March 2009

Getting away from it all: In our new series on outposts at the far corners of the globe we test the waters and uncover the opportunities in the South Atlantic.

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Friends eclectic

LA’s KCRW sounds like the future of radio. Small, perfectly formed and with an influence that travels far beyond its American HQ, the station breaks bands and sets the soundtrack for Hollywood’s films and its residents…

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Expo 21: Trading places

Syria is moving away from the staunch socialist principles that dominated the country for decades. President Bashar al Assad has created a new merchant class and forged business links with neighbour Turkey. Nowhere has…

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Premier league

As Copenhagen gears up to host the United Nations Climate Change conference COP15 later this year, Monocle meets Danish prime minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen and talks about Denmark’s identity, global security and the impact…

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El Korba, Heliopolis

The best quality of life in Cairo is not to be found in its glitzy but homogeneous satellite towns but in the old-fashioned charm of El Korba. Founded early last century by a Belgian baron, it combines Islamic and Art-Deco…

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Happy new world

As Monocle notches up two years, we take a look back at where we started and unveil some subtle tweaks to our brand for volume 03. We’ve always celebrated small businesses that manufacture at home and in an ever-more hom…

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My last meal: Muna Abu Sulayman

While in Dubai for the UAE’s first Arab Women Leadership Forum, 34-year-old TV-show host Muna Abu Sulayman met with Monocle for her ‘last meal’. The Saudi citizen chose Saladicious, a restaurant in the Jumeirah district.

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Observation

As we celebrate Monocle’s second anniversary, we have a special birthday wish. We spend a lot time in the air and reckon it’s time for real change. So if you are listening, dear airline CEO, we’d really love for our jou…

Global

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Little Britain

For the first in a new series on outposts of opportunity we visit Stanley, capital of the Falkland Islands, the British territory best known for sheep and its 1982 war with Argentina. Now oil and tourists are making this…

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Travel briefing

Russian Railways get a little help from Spain, Lufthsana passengers get a new Welcome Lounge, and Monocle gets excited about a new guide to Lebanon.

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Light bulb moment

Formerly a light bulb manufacturer, Shotoku began making hand-blown glassware in the 1950s. Today its ultra-thin Usuhari glasses are the toast of the town. And it still continues to innovate.

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Americas briefing

Monocle's view from Washington column discovers White House technology is far from trailblazing. Plus, a crack-down on cattle rustling in Brazil, eco wrangles in El Salvador, and urban chicken farming.

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Standard raiser

Israeli-born artist Oscar Bronner set up the daily newspaper Der Standard to fill a gap for non-partisan journalism in Austria – and because he couldn’t find a paper to read. It is now the country’s second best-selling…

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Asia briefing

North Korea's election (no great surprises expected), Malaysia's big river clean-up, and mixed feelings over Tokyo's plans to spruce up the Kabukicho district

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Culture briefing

Film: A war-time Danish thriller and Pete Postlewaite in a climate change drama-doc. Books: A Bosnian refugee's memoir of being a teenager in Britain and a troubled love story played out in rural Dorset, plus a true account…

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Oceania briefing

Syndey's new take on speed dating - it involves tightrope-walking and clowning - plus witchcraft in Papua New Guinea, and political isolation in Fuji.

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Good buy to Berlin

While Berlin Mitte may have become a victim of its own popularity, stray off the well-trodden tourist route and you’ll find the charming back street of Gipsstrasse. Full of independent shops, ateliers, galleries and cafés…

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Africa/Middle East briefing

A fitness centre in Iraq? Entrepreneurial folly or viable business adventure? Ibrahim Abdullatif has no doubts: “Iraqi Kurdistan is the place to invest,” says the 31-year-old businessman who has opened the Fitness Health…

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Make it better

Akershus University Hospital was created by CF Møller on the principle that good design makes you feel better. Well lit and easy to navigate, it is fitted with bespoke, locally crafted furniture, and state-of-the-art hea…

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Defence briefing

The conventional wisdom is that under the Obama administration, the transatlantic relationship will flourish anew, along with a substantial improvement of French-US relations. On 3 April, the 60th Anniversary Summit of Nato…

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Architecture/design briefing

Japanese architect Yasuhiro Yamashita talks us through his aluminium housing project, plus a new landmark in Ljubljana and the traditional Japanese *washi* paper finding new markets.

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