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June 2009

A Monocle Special report on goats, reformed kibbutzim, tasty Japanese beef and a high-altitude farming initiative.

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Defence briefing

The latest laser warfare, the UAE's new fighting machines and India gets defensive with its ballistic missile shield. Plus, Hilary Synnott on what to do with the Pakistan and the Taliban challenge.

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Art market briefing

The Russians are coming - well that's what London hopes. Plus, Swiss design under the hammer in Paris and plot the market's progress with the Fine Art Index.

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From Sofia, with love

Bulgarian songstress Lili Ivanova’s career began in 1963 and she soon became the country’s biggest star under the communists. Today she’s just as famous and is widely revered as a champion of the nation.

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Culture briefing

Books: Re-issue of a post-apocalyptic classic, photos of New York store fronts and a graphic trip through neurotic adolescence. Film: Two delectable French thrillers: L'instinct de Mort and Pour Elle. Music: Electro-rock…

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Yes we Khan

Mongolia is rich in raw materials and is thought to have huge oil reserves: resources that its neighbour China – with which it shares a rocky relationship – needs. The dust-bowl capital, Ulan Bator, is already flourishing…

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Great Sheikhs

Abu Dhabi is built on oil but the supply is not without a bottom. As a result, the city is morphing into a technology, and culture superpower. But who are the visionaries on the ground turning dreams into bricks and mortar…

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Karachi cops

As the Taliban gains ground in Pakistan, the police can offer little in defence of the nation. Monocle spends a day with Karachi’s police chief as he worries about kit, corruption and crime stats. Then we meet the woman…

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Salone stars

At Rho, the Salone Internazionale del Mobile’s main stamping ground, over 2,500 exhibitors were spread over 490,000 sq m. The city’s showrooms and galleries were bustling too and the Euroluce lighting fair, was equally…

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Buoyed up

The world’s second largest container transporter, the Mediterranean Shipping Company, has managed to sidestep the global slump in trade by diversifying into pleasure cruises.

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Fashion briefing

Tomorrowland's new Tokyo store, the Japanese womenswear label inspired by menswear, Lebanese designer Rabih Kayrouz's new ready-to-wear collection, and a Q&A with Monocle favourite Oliver Spencer.

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Pleasure as business

Since his appointment as CEO of MSC’s pleasure cruise business five years ago, Pierfrancesco Vago has seen passenger numbers rocket. Here, he explains what makes his company revolutionary and outlines his predictions for…

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Busy BC

British Columbia craftsmen have been producing hard-wearing, well-made clothes and footwear for generations. Now these homespun manufacturers are finding new international markets. Their long-established reputations and…

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Ship shape

Milanese architect Claudio Dini was handed a brief to create a residence with a maritime feel, without going overboard on the nautical theme, so that the occupants could feel all at sea in their city dwelling.

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Field trip

The news is full of huge stimulus packages but some smaller initiatives have gone beneath the radar. In Japan, a scheme to encourage jobless young citizens to move from town to work the land could be a global template for…

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Muscle display

The fitness industry appears to be outrunning the economic downturn. At the Fibo trade show in Essen in April, optimism was high – and so was the number of million-euro equipment deals.

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Inventory no.24

Things we've got our eye on this month: Pijama sleeves for sleeping laptops, nice white footwear from Sweden and Mallocran salty treats.

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Media face-off

On 7 June, Lebanon holds the most hotly contested general election in its history. But this time the fiercest fights are not on the streets but in the media. We meet the key players from Hezbollah to the westward-looking…

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Business briefing

Why money grows on trees, New Zealand's food moves, Africa's largest wind farm and India's carrier bag ban.

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Royal privilege

For a break from Bairro Alto take a trip to the salubrious neighbourhood of Príncipe Real. The shops along Rua Dom Pedro V sell specialist Portuguese products and new businesses are quick to move in. There’s also a park…

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