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October 2010

For our October issue, we explain why the Koreans are the kings of the department store, Brazilians are refashioning the mall, and everyone is wooing young Turks. There’s also a 44-page guide to the brands, business trends and buyers of 2010.

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Baku to the future

Baku’s skyline is marking out the Azerbaijani capital as a city for the 21st century, with its five-star hotels and Zaha Hadid-designed arts centre, but there’s still much work to do to combat its 20th-century

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Media Briefing

The entrepreneurs putting Africa on the app-map, the vinyl producer teaching everyone a lesson, and a visit to one of our favourite Honk Kong newsagents.

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Pole new world

Relations with Russia are improving, it escaped the economic crisis and young entrepreneurs are returning with new ideas and cash. Monocle reports on how Poland, despite the odds, became the European nation to watch.

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Living the art

New York-based Serbian performance artist Marina Abramovic´ is not about ‘easy’ art. Preparations for her recent show involved her and 39 people living in a barn with no food and no talking for three days. Here she explains…

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Europe Briefing

What your moustache says about your politics (if your Turskish), why Germany has its eyes on the Eurotunnel and why mint is flavour of the month in Finland.

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Home at the office

Bosses are wising up to the benefits of creating a more humane workplace. Not only does this give staff a sense of pride and belonging but it also expresses a company’s ethos to clients. Welcome to the anti-office.

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Asia Briefing

Badly equipped and under-trained, India's police force needs more than just investment. We also report on the Burmese elections, Vietnam's unlikely new friend, and a former Chinese politician speaking out against the gov…

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The model maker

In a British design scene full of limited-edition pieces and experimentalism, Tomoko Azumi’s furniture is striking for its elegance and simplicity – so much so that the Japanese designer has been awarded a solo show in her…

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Americas Briefing

Costa Rica's first female president gets the once over in our Style Leader. Plus our Washington correspondent reports on how big business and political campaigns in the US don't always make good bedfellows.

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Africa/Middle East Briefing

Monocle looks t James Michel, president of the Seychelles, and his motorcade, plus Malawi's new flag and Zanzibar's model way of dealing with political strife.

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Prime number

When nightclub mogul Marcos Campos wanted to create a more refined and relaxed venue, he asked architect Isay Weinfeld to help craft the perfect setting. With Numero, the pair have made an elegant lounge that is revoluti…

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Oceania Briefing

The latest from the Pacific islands, including a sanitation crisis in Tuvalu and the phasing of Vanuatu's handwritten passport.

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Get dressed

To kick off the autumn fashion season, Monocle starts at the bottom and finishes at the top – with a flourish.

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In for a round

Palestine is on the cusp of getting its own modern banking system and the Palestinian pound may return. Monocle talks to the governor of the Palestine Monetary Authority, Jihad al-Wazir, about changes being made to the…

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Inventory No. 37

This month we suggest you refresh your wish list with a sturdy yet stylish bike lock, an unflappable brolly and a colourful birdfeeder that will make feathery visitors to your garden feel like VIPs.

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Defence Briefing

An interview with the rear admiral in charge of an anti-piracy operation in the Horn of Africa, plus a round-up of the latest arms deals and military news around the world.

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Monocle travel guide

This month’s tips for travellers include foodie havens in Jerusalem and Miami, and beautiful places to lay your head in Santiago, Copenhagen and the Italian countryside. We also profile Japan’s one-plane airline, Amakusa…

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Moral fibres

Unreliable labelling, products made in questionable factories – are luxury brands about to face Foxconn-style scandals? We look at the firms leading a provenance revival from LA to Helsinki.

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It's Arrived

It’s not just 30 minutes closer to central Tokyo than Narita. The new international terminal at Haneda Airport is also a unique retail concept.

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Business Briefing

The Japanese prerfecture that leads the world that leads there world in LED making, the American company that keeps judges well-robed, and the Berlin coffee geeks on a cappuccino high.

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