MONOCLE 24 / I CARE IF YOU LISTEN: Barcelona’s annual Sónar electronic music festival has spun off into a parallel innovation congress, which showcased emerging VR technology this year.
BBC: More than 600 exhibits are on display at Colombia’s first cinema museum, run by two avid collectors with no shortage of stories.
VICE / THUMP: Drug-related deaths at Time Warp Argentina sparked a city-wide ban on electronic music, but locals are skeptical about the government’s ability to fix a broken system.
VICE / MOTHERBOARD: The destiny of Ecuador, a small country with outsize ambitions, now depends overwhelmingly on a commodity price it cannot control – while a huge volcano awakens to threaten further chaos.
THE GUARDIAN: In Rio de Janeiro's notorious Morro do Adeus, a young dancer is helping girls transcend their harsh reality through ballet.
THE NEW YORK TIMES: A black presidential candidate invented by marketing gurus to satirize Argentine politics has become an online sensation, but also been accused of reviving offensive stereotypes about the marginalized Afro-descendent community.
THE NEW YORK TIMES: Before he became Pope Francis, Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio sent many priests to work and live in the slums – or “villas” – of Buenos Aires.
BBC: Photo workshops bring a new philosophy of life to Ezeiza women’s prison in Buenos Aires, where inmates chronicle their experience using pinhole cameras and find a vital creative space for self-expression.
THE GUARDIAN: The cultivation and sale of marijuana have been legal since May 2014 but regulatory bodies, police and pharmacies are struggling to catch up with home growers, cannabis clubs and their steady clientele.
VICE: As preparations continue for the Olympics in August 2016, Brazil's aspirant global city is in the spotlight once again.
THE GUARDIAN: A growing movement of artists, activists and independent journalists is challenging dominant media narratives about the drastic water shortage in south Brazil.
AL JAZEERA: Chile will host 70 percent of global astronomic infrastructure by 2020 – with a boom in tech innovation, engineering and tourism set to follow.