43

May 2011

In Monocle’s new issue, we focus on the rebuilding of Japan and ask whether this could be an opportunity to make the country even better than before.

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Fighting talk

Al Jazeera has become the must-watch news channel for the unrest in the Middle East. But it is also a potent soft power weapon that the channel’s owner, the Emir of Qatar, is happy to wield. Monocle travels to the headqu…

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True crime fighter

Brankica Stankovic presents Serbia’s hard-hitting investigative TV show ‘Insajder’ (Insider). In Serbia, where political corruption has gone unpunished and the media shies away from controversy, she represents a fresh voice…

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At the scene

Following the March earthquake and tsunami, NHK, Japan’s public broadcaster, provided the footage that filled the world’s TV screens. Monocle visits the studios to find out what happened when the disaster drill became real…

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My last meal: Jahangir Razmi

Pulitzer-winning photographer Jahangir Razmi wants his Last Meal surrounded by friends, family and neighbours, tucking into a delicately prepared Shandiz kebab. No bother if it takes a while to arrive – good things come to…

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Europe Briefing

The Prince of Monaco's motorcade, the UK's looming referendum and an upset over the "Made in Italy" tag.

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The show man

He has been named as one of the most influential men in London, but gallery owner Harry Blain believes his success relies on the trust he has built up with some of the world’s most acclaimed contemporary artists. We catch…

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Novel concept

Physical book sales may be declining, but the graphic novel sector is booming. London-based publisher SelfMadeHero is reaping the rewards of taking on the market and it’s not afraid to shake up tradition along the way.…

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Japan Briefing

As Japan starts to rebuild following the events of March, the management of the crisis and its aftermath has revealed deep-seated problems within the Japanese political system. The country boasts a long list of dysfuncti…

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Africa/Middle East Briefing

Our column from Pretoria looks at how South Africa is manoeuvering itself into a world-power position. Plus elections in Seychelles, educating ultra-orthodox children in Israel and demanding change in Lebanon.

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Fresh start

Setting up shop on your own after three decades at a leading engineering firm is a huge leap of faith. But for Cecil Balmond, who runs a nascent design company with his daughter, it seemed like the logical step.

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Americas Briefing

A report on Canada's upcoming election, the referendum in Ecuador and the new high-speed internet connection between Cuba and Venezuela.

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Making shelter

An association of housing manufacturers and builders is providing prefabricated homes for people in the areas worst hit by Japan’s tsunami and earthquake. Monocle visits Rikuzen-Takata, where over a third of the town needs…

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Diplomacy Briefing

We meet José Luís Robaína García, Cuba's ambassador to New Zealand, for the first on our new series on diplomacy. We also look at the "diplomatic pouch", that slightly quaint method of shipping secret documents…

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One to watch

The BaselWorld watch fair is ticking over nicely. With watchmakers posting healthy profits, everything from jewel-encrusted timepieces to golden age classics are on display. And the trade chatter? Chinese and Brazilian…

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Not to be sniffed at

Cocaine consumption in the US is responsible for much of the violence that takes place in its ‘backyard’. But if demand were to suddenly plummet, would the criminal gangs and middlemen simply find another racket?

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Playing footsie

Monocle pulls back the tablecloth at our favourite brasserie for a flash of heel, a hint of calf and a couple of handsome ankles and some good brogues, wedges and loafers.

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