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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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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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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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Power dressing

Recent high-profile security lapses and safety concerns have damaged the Russian Federal Atomic Energy Agency’s standing. Aware of its PR failings, the body has launched a hunt to find the nuclear industry’s most beautiful…

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Culture briefing

Patrick Watson are a new band named after their frontman, Patrick Watson. Fortunately, this is the only failure of imagination exhibited on their excellent debut, Close To Paradise. Perhaps hailing from Montréal – the…

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Europe briefing

Is donating 100 sculptures to Oslo a wonderful gift or just a way of imposing bad taste on the public? Wealthy Norwegian Christian Ringnes, 53, is causing controversy in the city with his plans to create a €30m park filled…

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Africa/Middle East briefing

When Walid Ataya left Lebanon for Dubai after last summer’s war, he never imagined that a year later he would be back. “I was offered a salary three times more than I was making in Beirut,” he says. “The decision to go was…

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Asia briefing

Chinese contemporary artist Yue Minjun may command millions for his paintings overseas but at home he is dogged by a growing trade in cheap copies of his work. While Microsoft, Louis Vuitton and Hollywood studios have been…

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Oceania briefing

Eighteen months ago, Chinese premier Wen Jiabao had a vision: “I have a dream to provide every Chinese, especially children, [with] sufficient milk each day,” he said. And in New Zealand, where serving children copious…

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Buried treasure

Tadao Ando is one of the most respected architects in the world. Working against Japan’s ‘rip down and rebuild’ architectural policy, he is now burying structures underground, planting trees and wondering if it’s simply…

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Americas briefing

Bolivia’s two main cities La Paz and Sucre each want to be the country’s sole seat of government, setting up a showdown at a critical time. President Evo Morales has convened an assembly to rewrite the constitution to give…

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Fashion briefing

Bringing the spotlight back on the side table is Articolo, a new internet retailer based in New York. Co-founded by Emanuela Frattini Magnusson in collaboration with Carl Gustav Magnusson the former design director of Knoll…

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