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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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Prime time

Estonia has a brand image as a modern hi-tech nation, but today it’s dealing with some old-fashioned troubling issues. In his private offices at Stenbock House in the capital Tallinn, Prime Minister Andrus Ansip talks to…

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Raising the steaks

Omi beef from Shiga prefecture is little known outside Japan, but its butter-soft consistency and low fat content means that restaurateurs, meat producers and diners from New York to Australia are starting to take notice…

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Spokes people

A company that started out making bikes for professional cyclists decided to expand into a wider market. The result is customisable models for people who care about design as much as they enjoy a two-wheeled jaunt through…

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Paradise regained

The kibbutzim may have been born out of socialist ideals but for years their appeal has been fading. Now, to survive, they’ve formed into profit-making cooperatives and Israelis are returning because of their high living…

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The X-tractor

In the next in our series decoding the DNA of success – of anything – we visit a 90-year-old tractor firm in northern Italy that through innovation and careful brand acquisition has quietly remained an engineering power…

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Saddle up

This summer, cycle around the Cyclades in primary colours, checked socks and comfortable pedal shoes and buy a copy of ‘Rouleur’ for something to read on the verge.

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Travel briefing

Here comes summer: Monocle's hotel recommendations for beach and city, plus our new 25/25 booklet, the ultimate villa hire company and new places to stay in South Africa and Mexico.

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Villa de Leyva

This small colonial town offers great opportunities for overseas buyers thanks to the ease and low cost of purchasing property. It is an enclave of painters, writers and colourful drop-outs, who have flocked here for the…

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Americas briefing

The Obama's grand designs on their private White House living quarters, going Dutch in the Antilles, planting seeds of change in Detroit and the Interoceanic Highway near completion - maybe.

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Show starters

Worth billions but well below the radar; big in China but overlooked in London; consummately professional but often part-time – the lounge act is a fascinating and uncharted universe. Monocle explores an undervalued talent…

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My last meal: Frédéric Malle

Frédéric Malle is a perfumier who knows his croissants, which is why he chose the Café de Flore in Paris – the hang-out of French philosophers in years gone by – for his ‘last meal’. He owns three shops in Paris and his…

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Asia briefing

Get in the Kim Jong II look in Style Leader (you'll need some Cuban heels), plus China's jet-set women and Indonesia casts its votes.

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Manga juice

A manga about wine has proven a hit with readers in Japan. It’s written by a brother and sister duo, who spin stories while under the influence; there’s a French edition and it is being made into a Korean TV series.

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Who needs the agro?

Everyone, it seems. From the shopping aisles of one of Europe’s most respected grocery store chains to the meadows of piedmont to the Souk el Tayeb farmers’ market in Beirut, Farmers and their four-legged friends are the…

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Media briefing

Cartoons meet car-making as Tokyo animators move in with Toyota. Plus, we ask book publishers Harper Studio why it's betting on blogs, and preview tactile new photography book.

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Observation

When you look out your window, what do you see? Well, in London not enough innovative architecture and too many projects that fail to offer fresh solutions. It’s not just the developers who are to blame – building regula…

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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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