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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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Speed merchant

As president of Japanese company Fast Retailing, the parent company of Uniqlo, Tadashi Yanai is the richest man in Japan. After record sales in 2008, he is taking his low-cost chain to Paris and Singapore and hunting for…

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Variety show

Gumpendorferstrasse, in the Mariahilf area, gets the award for the most diverse shopping experience so far in Monocle’s series on stand-out streets around the world. Let the late 19th- to mid-20th-century signage that…

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Little big bucks

Native American tribes in the US and Canada have become powerful business and political forces and have learnt how to get Obama and Ottawa on their side. Monocle meets the chiefs leading the renaissance.

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Deep freeze

Russia’s boom years raised the profiles of its ‘second cities’, nowhere more so than in Ekaterinburg. But even as the cranes fall silent, the city’s entrepreneurs say the good times are not over yet.

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A clog's life

Talla clogs are produced in a barn in the village of Myrskylä. Originally workwear for the medical profession, the clogs are now a hit on the high street thanks to a collaboration with a Japanese designer.

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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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