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Work june 2, 2011

Monocolumn: Life After Death For Berlin’s Old Airports

A year from today, the long-awaited Berlin Brandenburg International airport (BBI) will open next to the site of Berlin-Schönefeld, finally ending a long and drawn out game of airport musical chairs.

Innovation june 1, 2011

Monocolumn: Former Factory Worker Set To Shake Up Politics

As political reincarnations go, few have been as radical as that of Patricia De Lille, the 60-year-old firebrand politician who will today be sworn in as mayor of Cape Town.

Technology may 31, 2011

Monocolumn: France 24 Licks Its Wounds After ‘Playground’ Fight

It was meant to be a new face for France in the world – a multilingual rolling news channel to compete with CNN and the BBC. But five years since its launch, France 24 is limping along.

Advertising may 26, 2011

Monocolumn: Obama’s Road Trip – The UK, Ireland, France… And Poland?

Barbecues and ping-pong: President Barack Obama’s week-long European trip has hardly been a standard one, not least for the choice of destinations.

Advertising may 25, 2011

Monocolumn: New Poll Reveals Palestinians’ Choice Of Citizenship

A new poll suggests that a third of those Palestinians currently living in East Jerusalem would far rather take Israeli citizenship than Palestinian.

Work may 24, 2011

The Streisand Effect And Secrets In The Age Of Twitter

In Britain in the last few weeks, Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs has become the latest public figure to learn the hard way that suppressing secrets in the online age is like stamping on mercury.

Design & Architecture may 23, 2011

Monocolumn: English-Language Newspaper Gets Design Makeover

“Today’s paper is just sparkling. I’m very proud of it,” exclaims Mario García – also known as the newspaper doctor – from his seat at Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post offices in Causeway Bay.

Arts & Culture may 20, 2011

Monocolumn: A New Phase In The Harlem Renaissance

There are few neighbourhoods that are as quintessentially New York as Harlem. Stretching from the top of Central Park all the way up to 155th Street, the area’s cultural diversity and history of boom and bust have led to its notoriety as one of the city’s roughest districts.

Sustainability may 19, 2011

Monocolumn: NYC Series – The Toppling Mayor

In his tenth year as mayor, Bloomberg’s approval rating has hit near-record lows. In the boom years, the mayor-as-tycoon seemed a natural thing. Now that New Yorkers regard billionaires with more distrust than envy, the mayor has far less room to manoeuvre.

Innovation may 17, 2011

Monocolumn: NYC Series – Restaurant Price Hikes Difficult To Digest

In a city where nobody cooks, rising prices at New York restaurants have become a fact of life. Thomas Keller’s Per Se, awarded three Michelin stars, once charged $135 for a nine-course vegetarian tasting menu; the same meal will now set you back $295.

Home may 16, 2011

Monocolumn: NYC Series – Disused Railway Transformed Into Ambitious Parkland

In a town where residents regard themselves as difficult to impress, the scale of success the public park has experienced since it opened in June 2009 has been a warming surprise.

Luxury may 12, 2011

Monocolumn: Former Colonies Come To Portugal’s Rescue

It is a special kind of relationship, and one that could prove crucial to Portugal’s recovery. In a reversal of history, the Iberian nation is now relying on the trade and financial support of its former colonies to help it through its worst-ever financial crisis.

Innovation may 11, 2011

Monocolumn: Crisis Point For Southeast Asian Group Of Nations

There was a great elephant in the room at the annual summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Though the region’s leaders spoke about peace and co-operation, the fact remained that Cambodia and Thailand are at each other’s throats.

Work may 10, 2011

Monocolumn: Aviation Is Taking Off – But The Boom Comes At A Price

Colombia’s airline industry is expanding at a rapid pace. International flights grew by almost a third last year and are on the increase again in 2011. But such rapid expansion comes at a cost: the country is running out of pilots.

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