52

April 2012

From Europe's High North Monocle reports on a fresh model for people power – a survey of relaunched capitals and new parliaments.

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Asia Briefing

Kazakhstan's capital finishes its Metro, Japan's rare deepwater salmon is given a reprieve and the Indian state of Tamil Nadu gets some new urban planning.

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Free spirited

El Salvador’s ‘El Faro’ media firm had humble beginnings. Fast forward 15 years, however, and the mainly online news outlet has become one of Central America’s most important indie voices. Monocle meets founder Carlos Dada…

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Soap opera

Ach. Brito soaps are instantly recognisable by their vintage-inspired packaging and Claus Porto label. This family-run company dates back to 1887 but still continues to innovate and appeal to new markets.

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George Town

If you’re an entrepreneur looking for a renovation project then George Town has plenty of dilapidated charm and shop-houses waiting for new owners. Adding to its draw, part of the city has been declared a world heritage…

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Media Briefing

A new Russian TV comedy channel, a bookshop in Bratislava, a new gallery in Washington and a Q & A with the founder of the Pinta art festival in Argentina.

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Oceania Briefing

The foreign land ownership debate in New Zealand, Cuba's bid to send doctors Oceania-way and Tonga finally gets connected to the rest of the world.

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Art market Briefing

A new Russian TV comedy channel, a bookshop in Bratislava, a new gallery in Washington and a Q & A with the founder of the Pinta art festival in Argentina.

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Force of nature

Few anticipated the enormous scale of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan last March. Monocle talks to Eiji Kimizuka, chief of staff for the Ground Self-Defense Force, to learn how the rescue effort continues one year…

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On the block

London’s Phillips de Pury Chicago’s Wright, Sweden’s Örnsbergsauktionen and Berlin-based online auction house Auctionata are put under the Monocle microscope. We look at how the auction design industry is keeping pace in…

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Expo 52: Sami slide of life

The new Sami parliament building in Finland is a proud symbol of how far the indigenous people of Europe’s north have come over the past century, from being a culture struggling for survival to a thriving community.

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Observation

In the year since Monocle moved in to Midori House the neighbourhood, like so many others, has seen some subtle but significant changes. Our editor-in-chief Tyler Brûlé goes in search of a decent coffee.

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Making a splash

The Iraqi national rowing outfit – bidding for a spot at London 2012 – defy the odds. Shambolic security and ethnic violence make even getting to training an arduous task. On the water, though, none of it matters.

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Future proof

The Japanese city of Kyoto is renowned for its ancient traditions. But a crop of young designers is making sure it’s also set to become one of the nation’s creative hubs of the future.

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Model behaviour

Construction work continues in Burma’s new model capital, inaugurated in 2005. Its sparkling buildings are designed to consolidate the generals’ power – but with small steps towards democracy, could Aung San Suu Kyi one day…

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