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October 2007

Is Nuuk the next Reykjavik? Monocle continues its circumpolar tour and reports from Greenland’s boom towns.

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Surfing safari

Rwanda’s capital Kigali is fast becoming East Africa’s communications hub. Foreign investment and a culture of anti-corruption are behind the boom. Monocle watches a city log on.

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Luxe living

When Nicolas Graas revamped Hermès Luxembourg, he ended up living above the shop. Well, Lionel Jadot’s design does show off the occasional flash of an Hermès orange box to perfection.

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Business briefing

Starbucks opened its first café in Russia in September, after a decade of trying. Last year, the company won a court case that finally gave it the right to use its trademark, which was bought up by a crafty Moscow lawyer…

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Studio twenty-four

Al Jazeera English is the first English-language 24-hour news and current affairs channel from the Middle East. It launched in November 2006 alongside the orginal Al Jazeera. The channel is based in Doha, Qatar, with…

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Safety net

An epidemic is threatening 1.2 billion people. Let’s be grateful then for people like Kimmo Alkio, CEO and president of F-Secure, who aims to stamp out the modern-day blight of spam email and also comes to the rescue when…

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Sun bloc

The average per capita income is just €2,570, the country is plagued by honour killings and is a haven for car thieves. And then there’s its grim past as a communist fiefdom. But it has one major asset that outsiders want…

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Arty food

When Knud W Jensen, founder of the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art died in 2000, successor Poul Erik Tøjner moved into his beachfront office, a former boat lacquery crammed with vintage Danish design. After initial doubts…

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Observation Issue 07

Tell us something new: Broadcasters, publishers, and legislators take note – offering a broader view of the world not only reflects the direction other sectors are heading but is a good way to shake up tired business models…

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Battle of Flanders

Belgium may be a small country of just 10.5 million people but it’s home to a powerful media empire that understands its market’s every desire. Monocle meets its co-owner and CEO Christian Van Thillo, who took the helm…

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Gloss leader

“This is one of the first literary cafés in Porto,” boasts Antero Braga, a veteran of the book industry for 38 years and manager of Lello since 1994. Despite being over 100 years old, Lello is still breaking new ground.…

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African stations

Salim Amin is determined to launch A24, the first pan-African news channel. He says he wants to report both the bad and the good things about the likes of Robert Mugabe. And he follows in big footsteps: his father was Mo…

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Clay pride

Spain’s northwestern coast is guarding a design secret, one that Monocle has decided to share. Sargadelos is a workers’ cooperative that has been producing exquisite ceramics on and off for 200 years.

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Final frontier

The Tajik-Afghan border is one of the most dangerous in the world because of its central role in the heroin trade and potential as a smuggling route for WMDs. Can it ever be tamed? Well, the US, Iran, the EU and China are…

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Inventory No. 7

Shopping trips to Marunouchi usually leave us laden with bags and gasping for refreshment. We now have a new venue to rest our weary heads – or at least imbibe a reviving cocktail. Glowing like a lantern, the new Peninsula…

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Evening all

At Monocle, Saturday nights have trumped Fridays for a good old-fashioned, informal knees-up at home with friends, good food, a great media line-up and enough grog to send your guests on their merry way.

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Ghraoui chocolate

Bassam Ghraoui and his workers defy the Syrian heat to produce exquisitely packaged, award-winning chocolates and fondants. We join them to find out why, for Ghraoui, the future is orange.

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Timber land

Lumberjacks are finding themselves at the forefront of the climate change debate as ‘biomass’ (that’s burning wood chips to you and me) becomes a buzzword for the environmental movement. Monocle visited one of the largest…

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Yongkang Park and Daan

Taiwan has been out on a limb, diplomatically, for the past 35 years but that hasn’t stopped its capital Taipei from thriving. It’s a blend of Chinese, Japanese and indigenous Taiwanese influences with friendly residents…

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Top of the world

As things continue to heat up at the top of the world (at press time Russia was sending large numbers of bombers over the Arctic to tease Norwegian interceptors), Monocle continues its tour of the High North with a stop in…

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Mussel men

For years Danish fishermen have dredged the country’s waters for mussels to be frozen or canned. But now environmentally aware pioneers are growing the molluscs on lines and selling their fresh produce to people willing…

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Expo 7: The road to damascus

It’s a short drive from the sleek corniche in Beirut to the bountiful souk in Damascus but the residents of these two great cities eye each other with a distinct lack of neighbourly affection. It doesn’t help when you­­­…

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The big thaw

In the second part of our series looking at the scramble for resources and power in the Arctic, Monocle travels to Greenland. Despite the melting ice threatening traditional Inuit life, some of its people are also surpri…

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