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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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Hip Hops

Mazen Hajjar launched his first beer under gunfire, entered a Lebanese market dominated by one player and had a unique approach to management. And now? He’s head of a thriving beer company with ambitions to conquer the…

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Talk of the town

Is there a future for local newspapers? We meet the believers from a British octogenarian maverick to a hi-tech Czech publisher and witness triumphs but also a spectacular failure as it happens.

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Expo 37: Kings of the Hill

Wannabe nations, industrial behemoths and global media brands all know the value of having their man, or woman, in Washington. It may lack the old cold war intrigues but It's still where the fate of the world can be decided…

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Art Market Briefing

Seven Tokyo galleries put aside their rivalry and form a collective, while London prepares to pull out the stops for Frieze week.

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Observation

Monocle is still in the market for a new London HQ and our feature on the perfect modern workplace has got editor-in-chief Tyler Brûlé dreaming of what it might look like. Anyone for karaoke?

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No more secrets

With ethical production techniques all the rage and consumers demanding to know exactly how and where their best-loved products are manufactured, the time has come for big brands to become a whole lot more transparent.

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Culture Briefing

Culture editor Robert Bound's column on Alan Bennett's play The History of Art, as well as our latest book, film and music reviews.

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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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