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April 2011

Monocle’s new edition is our Global Rethink issue, where we focus on the businesses and sectors that are making a trip back to the drawing board.

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Expo 42: Trading places

Egypt is swept up in a wave of euphoria as it takes bold steps towards democracy following the fall of Hosni Mubarak. But part of any future success relies on the Arab giant harnessing the potential of the Suez Canal – and…

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Tills and Thrills

From futuristic cash-register technology to staff trained as vegetable sommeliers to exhibitors promoting their concoctions, Japan’s Supermarket Trade Show had the highest turnout yet and offers new ideas for an increasi…

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Inventory No. 42

Well-made objects for home and office that have caught our eye this month, from tableware to tea towels and paper knives to pasta.

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Making a splash

How do you make people think it’s fun to dress up in rubber? That’s the challenge facing a diving industry fed up with its image as a sport for middle-aged holiday-makers in the Maldives. At Boot 2011 they seem to have the…

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Welcome to Americano

This spring sees the launch of Hôtel Americano in New York, the first overseas opening from Mexican hotel brand Grupo Habita. In a market already filled with domestic brands, the group hopes its focus on personal service…

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The road ahead

Waking from the nightmare of war, occupation and civil unrest, Iraq has ambitious plans for the renovation and remodelling of its cities and infrastructure. The rebuiliding isn’t purely a physical process – a new mindset…

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Brand National

China is home to the world’s second largest economy and its most dynamic market but, as yet, its companies have struggled to create any distinctive global brands. Could it be that only a few even want to try?

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Monocle travel guide

This month, Monocle’s travel round-up covers everything from accommodation options in the historic village of Commeire to the latest fashionable restaurant opening in São Paulo.

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One is not amused

Ahead of April’s royal wedding, Monocle’s second essay in our Scenarios series looks at the possibility of Britain becoming a republic and its impact on both state coffers and Brand Britain.

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Log on and tune in

The internet is transforming the way we consume music and news as more stations switch to a web-only format and internet radios roll off the production lines. Forget traditional stations – this is the future of the sung and…

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Island hopper

The North Atlantic French overseas territory may have only a few thousand inhabitants but it can count on regular flights to Canada thanks to local air carrier Air Saint-Pierre.

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Anchor Man

Lebanese journalist Hisham Melhem has been a correspondent for many of the Middle East’s largest newspapers and now presides over TV station Al Arabiya’s Washington bureau. He talks to Monocle about covering a winter of…

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Milling about

With a rapidly shifting media landscape and declines in newspaper sales, it might seem logical to expect paper mills to be struggling. Not so in the case of northern England’s James Cropper, whose unique colours and spec…

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Media Briefing

Expanding media in South Korea, cult German magazine launches an English edition, plus smartphone card payment systems.

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