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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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Briefing Africa/Middle East

How Joseph Kabila, president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, gets around in Me and My Motorcade, plus why Hezbollah loves a good DVD night in and a spotlight on the forthcoming Lebanese election.

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Northern IJ Bank

Canals to sail on, traditional wooden houses along the dike to choose from and a nearby creative hub; these are just some of the reasons to move to Northern IJ Bank. The Dutch are catching on and, with planned developments…

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Briefing Oceania

Samoa mounts operation healthcare and the truth about those fit Aussies - they are actually too busy on twitter to play sport.

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Briefing culture

Books: Catalogue of love affair, an East End turf survey, George Steiner's essays. Films:Jamie Johnson's documentary Sounds Like Teen Spirit and fresh blood in Let the Right one In. Art: New shows at Athens and Turin…

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My last meal: Bruno Contgiani

A terrible accident led Bruno Contigiani to found the Art of Slow Living movement. And he practises what he preaches with a leisurely ‘last’ lunch at the Elio Locanda Italiana in Tokyo, a hangout for sumo stars and polit…

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Design for life?

It’s approaching graduation time in design schools around the globe. But are there going to be any jobs for the new talents – and, more controversially, do they deserve them? Monocle asks leading players, ‘Are we creating…

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Spaghetti junction

A small slice of Calabrian sunshine may not be the most obvious culinary find in Kojimachi, near the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. But for Elio Orsara (below), the opening of Elio Locanda Italiana was the culmination of a long…

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River God

Slovenian hero Martin Strel has swum solo the entire lengths of the Danube, Mississippi, Yangtze and Amazon, winning Guinness World Records for the first three. He’s become the chunky embodiment of Slovenia: plucky, brave…

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Bath time

The most anticipated date on the bathroom industry calendar is the ISH (International Sanitation Heating) fair in Frankfurt. Monocle was there to seek out the latest and the best in taps, sinks, baths and toilets.

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Observation

As political parties prepare for the Lebanese elections, the wider picture looks almost rosy. The country is reeling back its highly skilled workforce from wobbly Dubai and tourism could rise – if the country makes a sel…

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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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