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May 2009

At sea off Somalia with one of the world’s fittest fighting forces - a special Monocle report.

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New world order

We are living in a revolutionary age and the old order is being destroyed. Trouble is governments don’t know how to cope. But the likes of Hezbollah do. Joshua Ramo, author of ‘The Age of the Unthinkable’, reveals why the…

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High noon for Sharif

The new president of Somalia, Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, has a lot to contend with: pirates, a humanitarian disaster and deadly rivals. But is he the man to revive the failed state? We meet him in Nairobi during a round…

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Time warp

With sales of timepieces falling by 20 per cent in the first few months of this year, watchmakers are remaining confident by looking to their archives either to relaunch or emphasise classic, sober designs that are long…

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Coming home

Thousands of Spaniards lost their citizenship as they fled Spain’s Civil War and Franco. Now Spain is offering its descendents the right to be Spanish. Should other countries who need migrants do more to encourage the…

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Briefing fashion

Britain's Nörsea, Chicago's hat man, Brittany's Guy Cotten, Montréal's Naked and Famous Denim plus Jeremy Hackett heads to Japan.

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Friends in the north

Occupying a strategic post at the tip of North Africa, the Mediterranean capital of Tunisia is a short hop from Sicily. Less well known than its rival Morocco, Tunis is now benefiting from foreign business and finally…

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Tailor-maid

Sometimes it pays to look that bit smarter, and this season’s neat but versatile tailoring, structured dresses and oversized bags are everything you need to take you from farmer’s market to meeting.

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Track record

Switzerland’s reputation for being the most efficient country in the world is not undeserved: SBB, the state-controlled railways, has a 96 per cent punctuality rate and slick service.

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Home brew

A café unchanged since the 1960s has become a great place to indulge in good coffee and the best of Norwegian design.

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Floating a new idea

Consigned to the history books as a non-viable form of transport and now more commonly seen used by film baddies, the airship is finally being reinvented for the eco generation. British firm Hybrid Air Vehicles is creating…

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10 season's best

From Paris Fashion Week to Pitti Immagine Uomo Monocle’s fashion team bring you their favourite made-to-last looks for this spring.

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On the hook

The world’s shipping is being held to ransom by a band of Somali pirates in battered launches. As yet another new president tries to take control of the failed state, perhaps it’s time we stopped playing nice and took…

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Briefing business

Why fixing planes is better than flying them, why investors dig the student life and posh pawn gets the pulses racing in the US.

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Mellow yellow

Spring has sprung and it’s time to drag those knees out of hibernation and get friendly with this season’s shorts. If it’s a bit early to bare, might we suggest some lightweight cotton trousers, 1920s-inspired knits and…

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Fresh Minsk

Often referred to as the last dictatorship in Europe, Belarus has woken up to its image problem and has embarked on a PR mission. But, with its strong-armed leadership still in place, are the changes anything more than…

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Briefing Travel

We test Turkey's new high-speed rail service and check upon the Shangri-La hotel in Tokyo. Plus there's our Chicago address book

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Inventory no.23

Things that we cover this month: a wooden scooter for pootling about, Minimalux desk sets that are brass acts, new vintage Repsol guides and pilot inks for every season.

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Tasmanian angel

Hobart, capital of Tasmania, is the nearest inhabited landmass to Antarctica and that’s why scientists flock to the city that is at the frontline of environmental research. Add to this adventurous tourists and food pioneers…

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Just so hot right now

Next to its glittering sister Dubai, Sharjah is often overlooked. But on the art calendar, its boundary-breaking biennial is forcing a rethink of the Arab attitudes to art and the world’s attitude to Arab art. It’s an…

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Gold bar

Panimo Bar is a secret bolthole for locals wanting to escape the harsh, Lappish weather. If you don’t have the hard cash for drinks or accommodation, you can pay in pieces of gold or gold dust, to be found in the rivers in…

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Briefing Americas

Why Americas need new gum control laws and the drugs cartels looking for new homes. Plus, our Washington column looks at how branding is selling the recovery package.

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