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September 2009

Monocle reports on winning friends and influencing opinion through music, sport, design and your very own news channel.

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First lady

Bahraini Houda Ezra Ebrahim Nonoo has broken the diplomatic mould by being a young Jewish woman representing an Arab country abroad. With her island nation’s proximity to Iran, relations with that country occupy much of her…

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Expo 26: In for the high jump

Jealous of the British-inspired Commonwealth Games and the Jeux de la Francophonie for nations of the former French empire, Portugal has created the Jogos da Lusofonia. In a world of soft power, pole vaulters and sprinters…

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Europe briefing

The new leaders tasked with saving Eastern Europe from economic doom, the Swedish town that's delighted it's being dumped on, and why French holidaymakers might want to take out more travel insurance.

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Art market briefing

The chairman of Phillips de Pury talks us through his company's forthcoming art sales, plus the latest event from Paris and our new series featuring galleries and their owners.

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Observation

While countries the world over try and win friends and influence people with their national cuisine, musical talent or high-quality schools, there’s something that everyone seems to have forgotten. Our editor-in-chief Tyler…

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Americas briefing

Bolian president Evo Morales and his penchant for ponchos, Chile and Peru's pointless weapons race and dating for lonely Canadian farmers. Also, in our View from Washington column, we look at one of Barack Obama's many…

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Møller light

The AP Møller School in Schleswig, northern Germany, is luring design aficionados with its groundbreaking architecture. School has never been so cool, or soft power so clever.

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Africa/Middle East briefing

Somaliland does democracy (while the rest of the world denies the country's existence), Yemen's president claims he's been a crime-fighting success (while his country goes into meltdown), and it's back to school in Gaza …

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Pitti Patter

Although buyers’ budgets were cinched in and high-end fashion was kept in mothballs, the mood at this summer’s menswear show Pitti Uomo remained optimistic. This was reflected in the light, bright collections.

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Asia briefing

Monocle talks to Japanese designers, architects and businessmen about what their country needs, post-election. Plus, Hong Kong combats its pollution, and Japan welcomes Chinese tourists - as long as they've got money to…

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Back in your box

How do you make voting simpler, appealing and important? It’s a challenge Norway has tried to solve. The solution is a vote winner.

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Oceania briefing

New Zealand's prime minister and his choice of transport, and Australia's renewed efforts to get people on their bikes.

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Inner growth

Makoto Tanijiri’s work is brimming with fresh ideas. At just 35 years old, he is one of Japan’s most promising visionary architects. This inspired home, built in the sprawling suburbs of Nagoya, shows why.

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Defence briefing

The new hi-tech armoured vehicles destined for US and UK troops in Afghanistan and a new mine-resistant jacket from a Columbian bullet-proof clothing maker. Plus, why back problems are adding to the hardship of life in…

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Fashion briefing

Boy's clothes for girls from BD Baggies, a new collaboration from Barbour, Burlington's transformation and the latest collection from Boglioli, Monocle also talks to the founder of Osano, whose new jewellery brand Ecojewel…

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Bigger than Björk

Presidents take his calls and children in 128 countries hang on his every word. But Magnus Scheving, creator of the TV show ‘LazyTown’, is also a reluctant national icon (to be blunt, he thinks he may have outgrown his…

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Architecture/Design briefing

Japanese hand-crafted kitchenware, social housing in Vienna that doesn't compromise quality of life and a Portuguese hillside winery that passes our design taste-test.

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Oblast resort

It’s an isolated chip off the old Russian bloc that’s surrounded by wealthier EU nations. Its future is anyone’s guess – military outpost or beach resort? But with a dynamic leader and wise investment, Kaliningrad could…

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Dress book

While we’re hoping for an Indian summer, it won’t do any harm to start choosing a few pieces for those colder days. Our key selects for the season offer looks for work and play.

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Desert Dream

Once a provincial backwater, the Jordanian port town of Aqaba is in the midst of a vast regeneration programme that will reposition it as the ‘gateway to the Levant’.

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Lounge lover

When we’re in the Japanese capital, there’s one bar we always return to – the 1970s timewarp and unbeatable cocktails of the Brillant Bar at the Keio Plaza. Where better to showcase a few new pieces from our favourite…

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