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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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Constant and noble

Young creatives have set up shop in higgledy-piggledy Turnacibasi Sokak. It’s also a pleasant place to buy antiques, vintage records, homeware and reclaimed furniture or enjoy a steam and massage at the hamam.

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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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Writings wrongs

Paco Ignacio Taibo II is Mexico’s foremost detective novelist, as well as a professor, journalist and political activist. Author of 50 books that have been published in 29 countries, he is best known for his novels featu…

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Ebneter & Biel

For almost a century, a family-run business in St Moritz has been embroidering napkins, tablecloths and bed linen. A personalised item can take up to a year to produce, during which your chosen design will be carefully…

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Briefing Europe

The Uzbek social princess-cum-diplomat who is also a style Leader, clean living in Sweden, Why the Swiss love their guns and Moscow eyes the Vegas lifestyle.

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Briefing Art market

Fancy a Hockney? We preview the best of New York sales and talk business with the director of the Hong Kong Art Fair.

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Briefing Asia

Life's is a long drag for Asian men, Japan's underground police plan, and China helps Laos get on the right track.

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Briefing Media

It's all credit to the Wall Street Journal and its new payment scheme, action stations for Indian financial news and the best of Italian publishing.

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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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