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June 2011

The new issue of Monocle includes a survey of the players and projects driving the transport sector forward.

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Art Market Briefing

French radio's success in London, an interview with exiled Moroccan journalist Aboubakr Jamai and auction frenzy in China

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Expo 44: The Call of Berlin

At the height of socialist East Germany’s power, workers from Mozambique and Vietnam came to the GDR thanks to the political ideologies their countries shared. But when the Wall came down, they had to make the decision…

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Americas Briefing

We examine Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff's image makeover, report on Qatar's investment in the US property market and bring you the view from Bogotá.

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Media Briefing

French radio's success in London, an interview with exiled Moroccan journalist Aboubakr Jamai and auction frenzy in China

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Observation

While countries focus on developing airport-cities, they should turn to train stations instead. A change in mindset could transform the way we commute and live – says Tyler Brûlé

Global

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North stars

Denmark, Sweden and Finland boast institutions devoted to seeking design-led solutions to societal problems. Are they guiding stars for the world to follow?

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Looks count

Innocean, a global advertising agency, understands the importance of a well-designed HQ to impress clients and motivate staff. Monocle takes a look at its recent facelift, which combines Korean tradition and mid-century…

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Great mover

Chess grandmaster Magnus Carlsen is a celebrity in Norway. A young pin-up for the game, he’s modelled for a denim label and, with his busy social life, is a far cry from the lonely child prodigy stereotype.

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Superpower player

Brazil may be the land of soccer and samba, but its status as a superpower is also fast moving beyond the realms of hypothesis into concrete reality. So will global politics soon be moving to a Latin rhythm?

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Heady days

Specialist scents, made by small artisanal producers, are beginning to make a big splash with retailers and consumers alike, as Monocle discovers on a visit to a Milan trade fair for the niche market.

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Eye on the prize

A strengthening economy and new confidence have made Turkey a diplomatic rising star. And as the revolts play out across the Middle East, everyone is paying court and wanting the ear of the country’s ambitious foreign…

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Rock solid

Brazilian hotelier Rogério Fasano’s latest creation is set among the rocky pampas of Uruguay. And the secret of his success? A creatively inspiring working relationship with designer Isay Weinfeld.

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Brand aid

While their politicians dither, Palestinians are developing a vibrant economy and creating a brand for their yet-to-be-created nation. Monocle meets the new generation of optimists.

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Fashion Briefing

A new concept store in Tokyo, Sunspel's first line of womenswear and a Q&A with Oliver Peoples' Larry Leight are featured in this month's fashion round-up.

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Road to recovery

Big-name French pharma was conspicuously absent at this year’s annual Pharmagora fair. But far from fading into obscurity, the Paris show has been looking to Francophone African markets and the lucrative bio-organic sector…

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Inventory No. 44

Natural skincare products, a digital radio and an ingenious paper shredder are among Monocle’s most coveted items this month.

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All in a day's work

The nine-to-five grind and the daily schlep into our places of work is a routine we love to hate. But the truth is that we’re all secretly rather attached to our offices. And not necessarily for work-related reasons.

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