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October 2009

Why the world needs more states with conscription – not fewer. For a special Monocle report, we sign up for duty in Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Finland and Australia.

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Like a surgeon

With wild sturgeon disappearing from the Caspian Sea, sustainable caviar production from farms is taking over. At Desietra in Germany even the much sought-after Beluga caviar can now be produced. And it’s winning over the…

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Kitchen Kit

For the gourmet and the gadget-lover, we’ve rounded up a host of unusual and staple items for your kitchen drawer from our culinary capers across the globe.

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Briefing

Why the Russians just Yandex it, how a row is brewing in Australia over books and the new approach to wealth management for Saudi businesswomen

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Briefing

The afterlife of a battleship (make mine a megayacht please), why Nigeria’s best brains are heading home and South Korea’s peculiar porn problem

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South Loop

Lake views, affordable loft apartments and fantastic brunch mean nowhere currently offers more opportunity in the land of opportunity than the south side of Obama’s town.

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Should we force it?

As Sweden ends compulsory national service, Finland carries on. We consider the way forward for conscription in modern social democracies as a way to recruit citizens, not just soldiers.

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Keep it reel

While newspapers and broadcasters pull the plug on budgets for investigative journalism and documentary, Monocle meets Norway’s documentary filmmakers leading the charge to protect films that ask, answer and entertain.

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Lakeland revival

Bujumbura has got all the substance required to turn Burundi’s backwater capital into an African success story and the country’s upcoming elections are a chance to create lasting peace after 15 years of civil war. But…

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Chalk show

Alfred Sirleaf’s ‘Daily Talk’ newspaper reaches thousands of Liberians every day but only ever produces one copy. How does he do it? By writing the day’s biggest stories on a large blackboard beside

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Briefing

The Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov and his nightclub-bouncer style, why the French are busy making babies and the Italians are busy doing nothing.

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Briefing

Colombian president Álvaro Uribe’s Me and My Motorcade. Plus, the US prepares to launch its first national tourism organisation, Uruguay gears up for its presidential elections and São Paulo’s drivers get a brief respite…

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We're all ears

Sennheiser is a company of obsessives that have spent decades perfecting headphone and microphone technology to produce the most authentic sound. This nerdish persistence has paid off, as the loyalty of its customer base…

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Briefing

Colombian president Álvaro Uribe’s Me and My Motorcade. Plus, the US prepares to launch its first national tourism organisation, Uruguay gears up for its presidential elections and São Paulo’s drivers get a brief respite…

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Justice for all

LA’s police force is trying to improve its image by creating friendlier buildings, including a glistening new HQ. We also visit an ‘eco’ police station in Victoria, Australia, and look at how forces around the world are…

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Briefing

Iraq tries to lure tourists with its unique attractions, including the option of a romantic night in Saddam Hussein’s palace. In Lebanon, a Jewish landmark gets restored and in Botswana, the presidential elections get under…

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Office colony

Paris-based architects Ciguë were tasked with turning an apartment from a design disaster into a space suitable for three firms to work in. They went one step further and made the bespoke furniture too.

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Briefing

South Korea employs a German-born TV celebrity to give the country an image overhaul, in Shanghai everyone starts “digging for China” and in Japan, scientists have pioneered a less gory method of conducting autopsies.

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An elegant summerhouse by Norwegian firm JVA, Pukeberg’s handcrafted glass from Sweden’s Kingdom of Glass district and a sleek stool collection by Melbourne’s Yellow-Diva. Plus a catch-up with Kengo Kuma about his latest…

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Briefing

Why did the Samoan cross the road? (It’s all in the name of regional harmony), Australia and New Zealand drop their guards and rock’n’roll rescues aboriginal languages.

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