Monocle Magazine Briefing page illustrations for issue 86
London’s Canary Wharf will soon be home to some of the tallest residential buildings in the world – but few Londoners will be living there. The majority of recent sales have been to foreigners, many of whom are buying to invest.
Can lithium help lift Bolivia out of poverty? The Uyuni salt flat, in the south, is home to the world’s largest reserves of the light metal – a key component in batteries that power laptops and mobile phones. President Evo Morales is investing $600m in the industry over the next three years.
Can a successful nuclear deal with Iran prompt North Korea to return to the negotiating table, six years after they walked away from the six-party talks? China hopes so. Much has changed in that time – only Russia and the US still has the same leader.
Three steps back for East African democracy: in Rwanda Paul Kagame’s MPs want to change the constitution to allow him a third term; in Uganada Yoweri Museveni thinks 30 years is not enough; will Jakaya Kikwete follow suit in Tanzania? Elections are due next month (Oct)
Australian PM Tony Abbott is no fan of the ABC – he has criticised it regularly since taking office. But he has offered his thanks for an explosive documentary, <The Killing Season>, in which ex-PMs Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard rip each other apart.
On the sidelines of the UNGA (see below) much of the talk will be about Ban Ki Moon’s successor. The new secretary general will be chosen next year but the politicking has already begun – we may get our first female UN head.
From October, Nato will hold its biggest military exercise in more than a decade. The alliance will deploy 36,000 troops across the Mediterranean in a complex "artificial threat scenario" resembling an Isis attack.
Londoners hankering for Greek eats should head for the nattily named pop-up I Should be Souvlaki. Founders Chris Caudle and former Monocle staffer Tom Calvocoressi are serving their signature skewers at restaurants throughout the UK capital over the coming months.
After three years of planning and one botched attempt Pyongyang International Airport has opened its second terminal. The smattering of weekly visitors (mainly from China and Russia) can expect duty free shops and even a chocolate fountain from the terminal, which opened this summer.
An agriculture and forestry university in China's Zhejiang Province has started sending out admission letters made from bamboo. The eco-friendly slips are designed to impress prospective students and heighten their awareness of environmental issues.