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Swiss flair: interviews

Swiss flair: interviews

How does a non-aligned, neutral country think about defence? What's the future of humanitarian diplomacy? And what was the thinking behind Switzerland's coronavirus approach?

Hot property

Hot property

In southern Arizona – not far from the border with Mexico – desert architects' respect for their surroundings form the building blocks for their designs. Others should pay attention.

Give us a wave

Give us a wave

Uruguay's Eladio Dieste isn't an international name. Maybe it's because he worked on storage depots and churches. Yet he elevated the humble, democratic red brick to an art form.

Happy campers

Happy campers

Travel patterns are shifting – and the pandemic looks set to cement them. As more opt for their own private space, while not forsaking adventure, the camper van industry looks set to benefit.

Altered states

Altered states

The Harvard professor and former US ambassador to the UN talks geopolitics and compares Barack Obama's multilateral response to Ebola with Trump's handling of coronavirus.

Polling power

Polling power

No race is a long and money-filled as the US. But what about the behind-the-scenes operators trying to convince voter opinion? I headed to DC to learn about the world of political ads.

Artists in residence

Artists in residence

Mid-century architect Mario Pani has left his mark on Mexico City. Today, creatives continue to seek out his buildings: cleverly thought-out spaces to breathe in a frenetic megapolis.

Making a scene

Making a scene

How do you make and maintain an art scene? Mexico's second city go Guadalajara is out to prove that there's more to it than its 1970s-born pioneering artists.

Running battles

Running battles

Bolivia's former president transformed his impoverished nation but was accused of stifling the press and bending institutions to his will. Evo Morales spoke to me from exile in Buenos Aires.

Children of the Revolution

Children of the Revolution

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

Britons warned as Argentines plan Falklands protest

Britons warned as Argentines plan Falklands protest

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

Children of the Disappeared

Children of the Disappeared

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

Plenty of dirt to dig

Plenty of dirt to dig

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

Un hincha inglés en Buenos Aires

Un hincha inglés en Buenos Aires

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

Political death heralds end of an era

Political death heralds end of an era

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

Bonjour Londres! French radio launches in the capital

Bonjour Londres! French radio launches in the capital

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

A question of land

A question of land

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

Cashing out

Cashing out

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

Troubled waters

Troubled waters

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

Venezuela begins the charm offensive for 2012

Venezuela begins the charm offensive for 2012

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

Shooting the messenger

Shooting the messenger

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

It’s all about the Mothers in Argentina’s election

It’s all about the Mothers in Argentina’s election

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

‘Argentine strength’ carrying Cristina Fernandez to presidential re-election

‘Argentine strength’ carrying Cristina Fernandez to presidential re-election

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

The comeback president

The comeback president

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

Buoyed by historic win, Argentina President Kirchner recommits to ‘national project’

Buoyed by historic win, Argentina President Kirchner recommits to ‘national project’

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

Argentine President wins landslide re-election

Argentine President wins landslide re-election

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

No forgiveness in a country haunted by past injustices

No forgiveness in a country haunted by past injustices

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

Haiti: The bigger picture

Haiti: The bigger picture

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

Special guests

Special guests

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

People Making a Difference

People Making a Difference

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

Argentina clamps down on public access to US dollars

Argentina clamps down on public access to US dollars

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

Paraguay isolated over president’s ouster

Paraguay isolated over president’s ouster

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

Orphaned and stolen because their parents were left-wing

Orphaned and stolen because their parents were left-wing

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

Latin America’s traffic turning deadlier as shoddy cars clog bad roads

Latin America’s traffic turning deadlier as shoddy cars clog bad roads

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

Uruguay’s Senate approves abortion bill: Will there be a ripple effect?

Uruguay’s Senate approves abortion bill: Will there be a ripple effect?

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

Drugged, dumped by aircraft – but not forgotten

Drugged, dumped by aircraft – but not forgotten

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

For victims of Argentina’s Dirty War, chance for justice

For victims of Argentina’s Dirty War, chance for justice

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

People Making a Difference: Estela de Carlotto

People Making a Difference: Estela de Carlotto

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

Argentina welcomes home ship held in Ghana by US ‘vulture fund’

Argentina welcomes home ship held in Ghana by US ‘vulture fund’

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

Argentina love hotels shoot for the stars

Argentina love hotels shoot for the stars

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

No one is safe: drugs war hits Argentina

No one is safe: drugs war hits Argentina

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

Argentine pope: A reflection of Catholicism ‘south of the equator’

Argentine pope: A reflection of Catholicism ‘south of the equator’

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

Millionaire. Criminal. Business titan. Homophobe.

Millionaire. Criminal. Business titan. Homophobe.

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

President Kirchner’s dynasty rejected by Argentina’s voters

President Kirchner’s dynasty rejected by Argentina’s voters

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

Paddle power

Paddle power

A film of oily residue sits atop the Gowan's canal – hardly an alluring place to canoe. But a non-profit is hoping shifting perceptions about the waterway will help influence its future.

Phoenix rising

Phoenix rising

Chip Bergh is on a mission to turn around Levi's – and he thinks embracing technology may just be the way to do it. I travelled to San Francisco to chat with him at the jeans maker's HQ.

What’s on the menu?

What’s on the menu?

A small design farm in Atlanta, Georgia is helping put the city's burgeoning dining scene on the map through branding and visual identity that taps history and nostalgia.

Open book

Open book

UK bookseller James Daunt has his own successful independent shops and then rescued big-brand Waterstones. So can he recreate his magic in the US with long-failing Barnes & Noble?

Dab hand

Dab hand

NYC may be increasingly a playground for the super-rich but somehow its palmreading pushers have survived. I went to investigate (and got my lines examined while I was at it).

Talk show

Talk show

It's a stop no presidential hopeful can exclude; a pure piece of American political theatre. The annual Iowa State Fair is a chance to hone political messaging in the US's rural heartland.

Fine lines

Fine lines

Bauhaus has influenced the globe, from Chicago in the US to Nigeria to Israel. Lesser known is the mark it left on Colorado ski destination, Aspen.

Greasing the wheels

Greasing the wheels

How do you make a city like Tulsa, Oklahoma, more enticing? Private coffers fat from oil money certainly help. And the city has even tried out one initiative paying people to relocate here.

The Escapist Merida

The Escapist Merida

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

Rolling stone

Rolling stone

The capital of Arkansas where Bill Clinton started his career may still have racial wounds and divisions to fix but its city elders – and a new mayor – are out to prove that people have got it wrong.

Throwing signs

Throwing signs

Sign language is hard enough; but how about keeping up with the frenetic pace of a Cypress Hill concert? I headed to Austin to meet the signers interpreting lyrics for the deaf community.

Southern belle

Southern belle

A new series looking to get away from the US coastal bias of much media. First stop Albuquerque in New Mexico – a city notorious through Breaking Bad. I met the people invested in its future.

Spotting river dolphins in Bolivia

Spotting river dolphins in Bolivia

It’s an amazing privilege to meet animals on their home turf – under supervision – as our wildlife enthusiasts discover on trips to China, Borneo, Bolivia, the US and South Africa.

Creative kicks: advertising and the World Cup

Creative kicks: advertising and the World Cup

World Cup fever is about to break in Brazil so Monocle visits the South American agencies matching the host team’s footballing flair with bold advertising campaigns.

Singular visions

Singular visions

The High Line is a reference point for urban regeneration and reuse around the world. I met the visionary behind it, Elizabeth Diller at her firm's practice on Manhattan's west side.

Back to the future

Back to the future

Bobby Green, from LA's 1933 Group, has a passion for Americana. And in the City of Angels that means he's even started to wade into preservation for his F&B ventures.

This device could revolutionize childbirth. It was created by a car mechanic

This device could revolutionize childbirth. It was created by a car mechanic

How an Argentine's basic bottle cork trick led to an invention experts say will save mothers' lives around the world.

Aiming high

Aiming high

Mauricio Macri shunned his family business to pursue a life in politics. Now mayor of Buenos Aires and a presidential candidate, he reacts to corruption accusations and tells us why running a football club has been his biggest role to date.

Bachelet position on Mapuche people scrutinized ahead of second term

Bachelet position on Mapuche people scrutinized ahead of second term

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

The nation that’s still waging war on Native Americans

The nation that’s still waging war on Native Americans

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

Why music and dancing hold the key to Chile’s election

Why music and dancing hold the key to Chile’s election

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

Argentines vote Sunday in pivotal mid-term election

Argentines vote Sunday in pivotal mid-term election

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

Argentina is all about the black market Benjamins

Argentina is all about the black market Benjamins

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

Quinoa: good for you – bad for Bolivians?

Quinoa: good for you – bad for Bolivians?

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

The town that drowned

The town that drowned

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

Paraguayans vote Sunday after a mud-slinging presidential campaign

Paraguayans vote Sunday after a mud-slinging presidential campaign

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

Turbulent priest

Turbulent priest

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

Church is waning in Pope’s Argentinian homeland

Church is waning in Pope’s Argentinian homeland

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

The Falklands defectors

The Falklands defectors

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

Backpage from Buenos Aires

Backpage from Buenos Aires

Our Argentinian correspondent reports on the recent elections and the ever-fluid boundaries between music and politics.

Learning curve

Learning curve

Ed Stocker talks to the makers of The Price of Kings – Yasser Arafat, who say they have learnt a lot making the documentary series.

The (multi) talented Señor Krygier

The (multi) talented Señor Krygier

There’s no point trying to categorise the music of Argentinian maverick Axel Krygier as Ed Stocker finds out – best just immerse yourself in his música mestiza and decide for yourself.

Is Danish film in crisis?

Is Danish film in crisis?

The Sons of Cuba director Andrew Lang tells Ed Stocker why boxing makes the perfect vehicle for telling the story of Havana youngsters fighting both literally and metaphorically for their foothold on the future.

On and off the ropes

On and off the ropes

The Sons of Cuba director Andrew Lang tells Ed Stocker why boxing makes the perfect vehicle for telling the story of Havana youngsters fighting both literally and metaphorically for their foothold on the future.

Brassed off

Brassed off

Ed Stocker visits the home of Balkan music – a trumpet festival inSerbia.

The horn blowers

The horn blowers

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

Report: Cumbia Culture

Report: Cumbia Culture

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

Into The Spotlight

Into The Spotlight

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

Postcard from Mercedes, Argentina

Postcard from Mercedes, Argentina

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

One Night In…

One Night In…

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

Art-house Filming

Art-house Filming

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

Super Afro Soul

Super Afro Soul

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

Filming on the frontline

Filming on the frontline

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

The Inside Story

The Inside Story

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

Backpage from Ouagadougou

Backpage from Ouagadougou

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

Hip to be Arabic

Hip to be Arabic

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

Africa on the Reel

Africa on the Reel

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

Return to the Source

Return to the Source

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

On Tour with Éthiopiques

On Tour with Éthiopiques

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

How the mavericks re-took the movies

How the mavericks re-took the movies

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

Gypsy Kings

Gypsy Kings

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

Guitar Diplomacy

Guitar Diplomacy

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

Maroc’n’roll

Maroc’n’roll

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.

Ministry of Sound

Ministry of Sound

Despite challenges both past and present, canny redevelopments, scrappy fundraising and passionate residents have ensured this city’s regeneration has rock-solid foundations.