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December 2007 / January 2008

A forecast for 2008+: Monocle reports on the people, policies, trends, states and genres that will shape the year ahead.

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Five alive

Which territories and nations are due their turn in the international spotlight? Monocle reveals five areas – from an EU island nation to a sprawling South American state – that will be in the headlines for all the right…

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Off the rails

Victor La Fleur’s unique approach to sourcing brands from across the world has enabled him to build a miniature clothing empire in his home town of Verbania – and to predict what is going to sell in 2008.

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The way ahead

Global forecasting requires an expert view, so we called on four leading thinkers for a considered analysis of the future: Michael Axworthy, former head of the Iran section at the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office,…

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Roots finder

Provenance is set to become key as we turn our backs on products made at dodgy factories in who-knows-where. Consumers want authenticity and, as many companies have found, they’re happy to pay for it.

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Shaking it up

Are you familiar with all of these leaders? Monocle profiles three whose influence will continue to grow and grooms two necessary leaders of its own.

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Natural by design

Those wishing to follow the growing global trend for simple, ecologically sound living could have no better example than Professor Yoshifumi Nakamura and his weekend haven, tucked away in the hills of Japan’s Nagano region…

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Time is everything

Japan may not be the first country that springs to mind when you think of the best traditional mechanical watches, but the Grand Seiko series, relaunched in 1998, has found a loyal following in Asia.

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Iron in zion

They cost just €70 to make, but Hezbollah rockets have forced some Israeli towns to be abandoned. So Israel is building Iron Dome, an anti-missile shield. If it works, it could change the pace of diplomacy in the region and…

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Nimmanhaemin

Around 700km north of Bangkok, Chiang Mai is Thailand’s second largest city, and its increasingly metropolitan air is acting as a magnet for those in the creative industries. The neighbourhood of Nimmanhaemin, in the north…

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Ration nation

CNN’s man in Baghdad, Michael Ware is one of few western journalists to have reported from insurgent camps. An avid rugby fan, we met him in Paris where he was covering the World Cup. He selects the touristy Thai restaurant…

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Early warning

From making life a misery for passengers at airports to making war with their neighbours, Monocle takes a look at the organisations, countries and people who are destined to hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons in…

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King for a day

Less than four years after joining the European Union, and having adopted the euro just under a year ago, Slovenia will take on the rotating EU presidency in the first half of 2008. It is a massive challenge for a country…

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Up for adoption

In Germany home-owners can generate power and sell it to the national grid. Genoa runs an inspiring van-share scheme that’s cutting congestion and in Estonia they have adopted a simple fiscal reform that’s kept the economy…

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Observation Issue 09

A perfect day: How often do you sit and plot what your perfect day would look and feel like? Do you try to imagine what sounds will wake you? Conjure up what smells will pull you out of bed? Do you think about what would…

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Shop flawless

In a world of disposable fashion and bad service, there are some stores that do get it right, and are seeing their profits boom. We profile five retail giants that should act as benchmarks for other floundering businesses…

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Window of opportunity

If you’re entering 2008 with a handsome bonus, a generous inheritance or a fat payoff, *Monocle* has identified 10 business opportunities worthy of investment. A mixture of fresh ideas and proven concepts ready for other…

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Taking account

*Monocle* asked three influential economists for their predictions for 2008: Christian Gattiker-Ericsson, head of equity and strategy research at Bank Julius Baer, sees more pressure for economies reliant on ageing workf…

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Techno tradition

Kyoto is the traditional home of Japanese artisans who make highly detailed ceramics and perfectly woven silks. That same set of skills has also helped it become the country’s hi-tech heartland.

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Gift guide

Amanda phones, Tretorn shoes, Leica cameras, iPod Touch, must-have books and magazines, plus wooden skis - our holiday gift guide has it all.

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Arte & Craft

The future of television is pin-sharp, pitch-perfect and high-definition. As broad-casters struggle to brush up their sets, soap stars and news anchors to shine under HD’s critical spotlight, the new technology is also set…

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