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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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Americas briefing

How Google navigates geopolitics, why Mexicans are set to shrink, and why Atlantic City is betting on building more casinos. Plus, our Washington column looks at Obama's recruitment drive for new US ambassadors.

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Travel briefing

A welcome addition to airport retail, new routes to Colombia, and the essential addresses for your visit to Helsinki.

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My last meal: Kurt Andersen

Kurt Andersen is a novelist, columnist, broadcaster and founder of the satirical Spy magazine. After a career of ironic experimentation, it is fitting that his last meal is at José Andrés’ playful food temple, The Bazaar…

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Asia briefing

The King of Bhutan's dashing way with national dress, Korea's scheme to produce more babies, and Japan's downsized family meals.

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Hit factory

Despite years of turbulence between Taiwan and China, this island’s pop culture leaves the mainland standing. From idols to protest singers via television talent shows, Taipei pop is the country’s new heavy industry.

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Expo 22: Ship wrecked

Viking line’s M/S Gabriella and M/S Mariella ply the route between Helsinki and stockholm daily. Except for some backpackers getting cheaply from a to b, the 48-hour round trip is used for one chief purpose: the intensive…

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Media briefing

Monocle talks to the head of the French edition of the most established internet journalism brands - the political and cultural website *Slate*. Plus, Saudi Arabian satellite channel for poor people and a Belgian film…

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Observation

How can a nation get its voice heard on the world stage and encourage trade and tourism? If you don’t have resources and the weight of numbers on your side, then maybe it’s time to wield some ‘soft power’. By Tyler Brûlé…

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Oceania briefing

What Australian PM Kevin Rudd uses to get around, the PE teacher crusading for a revival of Maori sports, and the new city in the Aussie outback.

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On the shelf

we peruse the shelves of the thriving, eclectic magazine shop Papercut in Stockholm.

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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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