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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Fashion Briefing

Deceased vintage denim brand The Stronghold is resurrected in Los Angeles, new collections are launched by Gloverall, Yuketen and Pedro García, and we ask Lindberg's CEO about its new luxury sunglasses range.

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Europe Briefing

Sweden cracks down on "sickies", Hungary's and Slovakia's war of words, and Paris trials electric-car sharing.

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Pitti party

Buyers braved the cold to make it to this season’s Pitti Uomo menswear show, with numbers up on last year. A sense of calm about the future was reflected in the relaxed fit of items on show.

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It's that time again

There was a sense of optimism at this year’s Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie as Swiss watchmakers predicted a return to sunnier economic climes and unveiled a host of high-end timepieces to underline their bul…

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Asia Briefing

Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama's Me and My Motorcade, Taiwanese and Chinese students rise above old rivalries, and Dehli's High Court turns digital.

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Nature's teachings

Dai Nippon Printing’s new training centre, by architect Kenya Ishihara, was designed to inspire its employees. With a spa and views of Mount Fuji, it seems more like a retreat than a place of work but with this incentive…

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Oceania Briefing

An Australian town with new-found pilgrim pulling power, French Polynesia the rebellion, Australian students get wily, and the next Guantánamo.

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Law of attraction

Law firms aren’t usually known for innovative interior design but there is nothing stuffy about this Stockholm office. Colour, bespoke furniture and unusual materials help create a perfectly judged space, while respecting…

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