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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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Business briefing

Syria opens its first privately owned winery, East Africa gets wired up to global broadband, and business booms for the small weapons trade. In Europe, Barcelona takes a cue from the Gulf and starts a major investment in…

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Monocle travel guide

This month we launch a new travel edit with a focus on great service and put the spotlight on some of Bavaria’s finest new hostelries. Plus, overleaf, there’s dining in Tokyo, a Zürich café that plays musical chairs and a…

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Ripping yarn

Harris Tweed is woven in a beautiful setting by workers in their own homes. But all is not as idyllic as it sounds. With the closing of its largest mill, it’s crunch time for the business. The question is, can things be…

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Art attack

Today most countries prefer to assert their international identity with artists not armies. We profile the cultural missions of four countries out to win friends with dancing dragons and alternative art.

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Royal society

This month in our series on independent retail strips we shop for rare Nordic design, good coffee, well-loved books and violins on Thereses gate.

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Media briefing

Previously shunned by American TV companies, Al Jazeera is finally making its way in the US, CNN's new global take on the day's news, and Alain de Botton's experience as Heathrow Airport's first writer in residence.

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Malasaña (north)

If you’re willing to put your faith in the financial and social changes that Madrid’s council is currently promoting and move to the city, then the relaxed Bourbon style of the Malasaña neighbourhood is the ideal place to…

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Shelf satisfying

Faced with the recession and competition from retail giants and online sellers, small bookshops have been disappearing fast from our high streets. But there’s one London gem that’s a textbook example of how to buck the…

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My last meal: Jørgen Bodum

Jørgen Bodum is the 60-year-old CEO of the kitchenware company that bears his name. A Swiss resident, he gets his kicks from freshly peeled shrimps and a dip in the ocean when he makes it back to his native Denmark.

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Soft focus

If you’re Germany, you have no option but to assert yourself globally with a softly, softly approach. Since the fall of the Wall, Germany’s foreign office has become master of gently promoting ‘Brand Germany’, with Berlin…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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