MONOCLE 24: In Rio de Janeiro, a controversial pacification program is opening up slum neighborhoods to the wider world – and revealing a rich culinary culture that can play a part in changing public perception about these stigmatized areas.
RTÉ: Reflecting on the highs, lows and striking contradictions of FIFA’s money-spinning megashow.
BBC: São Paolo artist Thiago Mundano strives to give a voice to a quiet army of 20,000 “catadores” who recycle trash from the streets to keep their city clean.
VOCATIV: Residents displaced by the new stadium in São Paulo held their own soccer tournament in protest – The People's Cup.
MONOCLE 24: In recent years, electro music has morphed from a niche subculture into a global movement – and Latin America’s buzzing scene is emerging as a creative force. One artist making her mark in Europe is La Yegros, an Argentine singer who mixes traditional rhythms with heavy bass and poignant lyrics.
BBC: Thousands of visitors are flocking to see the stars in Chile, attracted by clear skies and tourist observatories that are springing up around the northern regions.
AL JAZEERA / TRAILER: A documentary about the potential of solar energy to transform isolated rural communities, profoundly changing the lives of people struggling to survive at the margins of civilization.
NARRATIVELY: For half a century, spoken-word savants have seized their roots and given a voice to the Puerto Ricans of New York, creating a dynamic literary movement that continues to evolve in the city's shifting cultural landscape.
BBC / ROADS & KINGDOMS: In the Mexican town of Papantla, the gravity-defying “Voladores” ritual is helping the Totonac people remember their roots. This multimedia documentary gains rare access to a community striving to preserve its heritage against the odds.
AP: The family of Victor Jara claims to have solved the 40-year-old mystery of who killed the revered folk singer during Chile’s 1973 coup.
MONOCLE 24: Bolivia is not known as a nation of immigration, but a handful of small communities are hidden in its vast countryside – including a Japanese colony created in 1954 for natives of Okinawa island, which was devastated during World War Two.
MONOCLE 24 / LIVE: The refusal of four European states to allow Bolivia’s presidential plane into their airspace triggered a diplomatic crisis, and a wave of demonstration across the South American country – also fueled by deep anti-American tensions.