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April 2009

Are you being served? If not, why not? A Monocle global survey on the state of retail – the smartest shopkeepers, best buyers, happiest customers and sharpest ideas on the street, in the aisles and online.

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Defence briefing

Monocle reports from the IDEX arms fair in Abu Dhabi, and why the US should support struggling nations against insurgents.

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Culture briefing

**Books:** Real-life football yarns, a fictional White House exposé, and an ode to the migrating swallow. **Film:** Armando Iannucci's political satire goes stateside, and Michael Sheen as Brian Clough in *The Damned Uni…

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Peace and prosperity

The Palestinians have unique assets and the potential to build a strong economy. But most of them live in dire poverty and increasingly people are asking, wouldn’t the chances of peace be greater if the Palestinians were…

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Art market briefing

Christie's contemporary sale in Dubai, bodybuilding muses under the hammer in New York, and a Q&A with the director of new art fair Tokyo 101.

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Mine field

Wars and volcanoes have made Goma a dangerous place to call home. But with a fragile peace now in place in the DR Congo, everyone from Lebanese traders to Serbian pilots are arriving in town. The lure: the region’s vast…

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Paper weight

For our series that decodes the DNA of success, we peruse the Japanese daily paper “Yomiuri Shimbun”, which has the biggest circulation in the world and is part of a group that owns a baseball team and department stores.

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BHL express

Bernard-Henri Lévy, France’s leading philosopher, is no ivory-tower thinker. This January he went to Gaza (conclusion: the Israelis get a bad press). He says Pakistan is the worst rogue state, and he is also a critic of…

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Over drive

Car sales have collapsed but the economy is not the only problem: too many vehicles are design lemons – just see our list of 2009 sinners in issue 19. But this could be the year car design makes its comeback.

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Snow houses

Since 2007, the Colombian government has made over €50m from the sale of property confiscated from busted drug barons. And there are currently an estimated 1,200 buildings waiting to be sold. Plus a large collection of…

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No. 1 lady detective

Forensic scientist Porntip Rojanasunan is loved by the Thai public for her fearless exposing of corruption in high places – and also for her unconventional dress sense.

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Architecture/design briefing

Monocle's picks from the Stockholm furniture fair, an interview with Salvadoran duo the Washingtons, a layered house in Hokkaido and a pad that warms the cockles in the chilly far north of Norway.

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The Full Monte

In Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, multinational companies are setting up shop, ports are being built to serve the forestry industry and property is going cheap. All the city needs now is a new generation of global…

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French twist

Monocle makes for a rendezvous in the quiet backstreets and canals of Paris’s 10th arrondissement in spring’s freshest ensembles for work days and weekends.

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Only salone

Il Salone del Mobile, the world’s biggest furniture fair, is a bellwether of the industry and a showcase for new ideas. As brands gear up for this year’s show, Monocle finds out that the immediate future looks promising.

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