46

September 2011

Back to school: the teachers, tutors and tech stars getting top marks. From Lima to Beirut and Rio de Janeiro to Cairo, Monocle meets a model class for 2011/12.

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On the roll

Venezuela is one of the most politically polarised countries in Latin America. And with a pro-Chávez state TV monopoly, Globovisión is one of only a couple of private rolling 24-hour news channels, despite, or perhaps…

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Yes we cram

As South Korea’s economy continues its rapid growth, so too does its education system. And the fight to get little junior an early leg-up in life begins in the ‘hagwon’, an often expensive crammer school where hours are…

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Buena Vista golf club

Cuba is hoping to revive its ailing economy by opening up the tourist market, giving the go-ahead to a string of swanky new golf resorts. But how do you develop this unique country without diluting its character? Monocle…

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The lake show

We head to the suburb of Wannsee, and its popular swimming spot Strandbad, to show off our selection of smart weekend wear and grab a late summer splash.

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Pride of place

It may not have the instant global brand recognition of some of its competitors but white goods company V-Zug is proving that precision and attention to detail go a long way – benefits of the “Made in Switzerland” tag.

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Class of 2011

Meet Gastón Acurio, a world renowned chef who has opened a cooking school to ensure the fruits of his country’s economic boom filter down to the neediest. He’s also No 1 in our education Top 20.

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Everyone on board

Air New Zealand’s laid-back chief executive isn’t bothered about business speak and motivational babble. His is a hands-on, direct approach. And that means being able to communicate with everyone from the hallowed customer…

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Inventory No. 46

The Monocle shopping list this month contains the perfect birdhouse, a creamy artisan-crafted beer and earphones that stay where they’re supposed to.

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Don't judge

Having issued an arrest warrant for Colonel Gaddafi, will the International Criminal Court ever bring the Libyan leader to justice? Here, prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo responds to critics who say the ICC is ineffectual.

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Pray & display

Poland remains one of Catholicism’s European bastions, where the religious market is thriving. Trade fair SacroExpo is a kitsch celebration of everything from souped-up confessional boxes to huge church bells – via an…

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Less is more

Monocle tours Korean Air’s A380, which marks a new milestone for the company. The interior design proves that keeping things simple is best, while business and first class put the spark back into travel.

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Class acts

Here we profile the rest of the teaching pioneers who made it to our education Top 20 Their ideas get top marks for themselves - and their students - and we'll be showing up for courses with them.

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Business Briefing

The craft brewery sees a boom in the US, North Korea looks into carbon trading, and "Japa Dog" stalls take off in Canada.

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Monocle travel guide

On Monocle’s radar this month are a forested villa just outside Shanghai, an expanding retail concept store in Japan, a coffee shop in São Paulo, London’s latest hotel spa, and a homely bistro in Mexico City.

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Europe Briefing

The view from Lisbon, a look ahead at the UK's party conference season and Paris's public public transport push.

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Into the wild

Serving the No Return Wilderness Area, Salmon Air carries passengers seeking a taste of the outdoors, and the odd llama. The skilled pilots undergo intensive training to deal with the airstrips, or lack of.

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Asia Briefing

France steps in to save Japan's oyster industry and China wonders if its one-chile policy is still a good idea.

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By the book

School textbooks have come a long way since the dry and fusty tomes of yesteryear. Innovations such as digital editions, 3D simulations and role-playing adventure books are making learning easier – and more fun.

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Les Batignolles

Once the stamping ground of Impressionist painters, this 17th arrondissement neighbourhood is attracting a new wave of residents fleeing the overpriced centre and seeking some old-fashioned charm.

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Americas Briefing

We investigate Canadian PM Stephen Harper's motorcade, the US's paranoia in the wake of WikiLeaks and America's first government-owned casino.

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