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March 2010

Why the world needs a more agile approach to disaster relief and the people who can help shape a rapid reaction force.

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What a relief

When it comes to disasters, the first few hours make all the difference to rescue and relief efforts. And the better the kit, the greater the chance of saving lives. But is it time for a permanent rapid reaction force?

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Beurre necessity

The Echiré cooperative has been churning out butter for more than a century. It must have been doing a good job too, as some of the world’s best restaurants won’t use anything else. Monocle looks at what makes Echiré a…

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Expo 31: Road to salvation

In Trollhättan, you feel those who work for Saab – many of whom have done so for their entire working lives – would do it for free, such is their loyalty to the company. But with Saab’s future in the balance, the town is…

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Peace station

The Hague’s Permanent Court of Arbitration, aka the Peace Palace, houses a crack team striving to resolve international disputes and bring about world peace. It may sound idealistic, but its services are increasingly in…

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Loud and proud

As vocal political battles rage on over the country’s democratisation, Monocle speaks to Turkey’s media stars about the role newspapers have in shaping the nation.

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Observation

Where did the past 36 months go? Our editor in chief Tyler Brûlé surveys the editorial floor on the eve of our third birthday.

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Force for good

Haiti is picking up the pieces – but sooner or later another natural disaster will strike. Here, Monocle looks at the best nations to call in a crisis and tools you need for the job.

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Media/Art Briefing

The Bavarian Opera's new magazine, a cinema that's a community hub in Japan and our regular columnist gives us an update on newspaper *Mint*. Plus, the latest in our series on gallery owners and a Q&A with the founders of…

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Ready for this?

Israel’s violent history means that its hospitals have much to teach other countries about how to deal with major bloodshed on their streets. Rambam Medical Center in Haifa is offering medics pioneering training in handling…

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Little prints

Starting on a shoestring, Benjamin Sommerhalder moved from making his own magazine to building up a small publishing house with a gallery and shop space. And on the way he’s kick-started an old-fashioned publishing boom.

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Dream team

Israel’s National Search and Rescue Unit, made up entirely of volunteers, is always one of the first teams to arrive in major disasters, including the earthquake in Haiti.

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Culture Briefing

Film reviews for Lion's Den and Lebanon, our picks of books and music releases and culture "czar" Robert Bound's column.

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Ivory power

Côte d’Ivoire are seen as Africa’s best chance for World Cup glory. The secret to their prowess is the ASEC Mimosas academy, which not only trains, but also educates young Ivorians – the best of whom have gone on to become…

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All grown up

It used to be known for its trashy urban landscape but now Brisbane is showing the world that this 1980s child has come of age. Its young generation of architects is transforming the skyline with elegant buildings – and…

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Architecture/Design Briefing

The redesign for the Flemish Parliament in Brussels, a new collection from furniture designer Gesa Hansen, plus a Japanese architect who relocates neglected rural buildings to a new life in the city.

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