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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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Up the wall

There are several striking elements to the new Marunouchi Park Building in Tokyo, from its soaring office tower to the perfect replica of a 19th-century red brick building. But the most intriguing of all is its garden,…

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Briefing

The Indian Navy celebrates the launch of its first domestically developed nuclear submarine but damning criticism of a major procurement programme rains on its parade. Meanwhile, the arms race in the Korean peninsula hots…

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Mixed doubles

There’s no better way to spend a sunny autumn afternoon than a few sociable sets of tennis on London’s Parliament Hill Fields. We get kitted out for the perfect match, both on and off the court.

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Jock tactics

Everyone loves a good, bad and ugly anti-hero and Canadian ice hockey commentator Don Cherry is just that. At 75, he still enrages and entertains in equal measure with his signature brand of tough talk and strong opinions…

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Inventory No. 27

In this month’s rundown of vital life improvements, we have whisky stones to cool your single malt, detergents with a twist and a back-to-basics cookbook.

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In the hot seat

Chile’s first female president, Michelle Bachelet, was tortured as a student under Pinochet’s rule and lived in exile for nearly five years. As her term comes to an end, Monocle talks to the popular leader about male cha…

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Monocle travel guide

We at Monocle like simple things done well. That’s why this month we focus on the essentials – a perfectly brewed coffee, sharply curated retail, and two blissful hotels – one whose build adheres to a traditional local love…

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City-off

Chile’s first female president, Michelle Bachelet, was tortured as a student under Pinochet’s rule and lived in exile for nearly five years. As her term comes to an end, Monocle talks to the popular leader about male cha…

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Basque in the sun

On the French Atlantic coast, shun the beach in favour of a tree-lined avenue and a delightful covered market, perfect for that most Gallic of pastimes: people-watching.

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Still evolving

As capital of the vast, sparse Australian Northern Territory, Darwin has been given plenty of room to emerge as a dynamic port town. This gateway to Asia is excited about its future – be it in property, pearls, or crocod…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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