THE SUNDAY TIMES: When Pablo Escobar’s reign came to a bloody end, his family barely escaped the carnage. Now his son has opened a window into this decadent, dangerous world with a fascinating new book.
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 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.
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.
VICE NEWS: A draft arrest warrant for President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner was found in the apartment of Alberto Nisman, who was due to present claims that she orchestrated a cover-up over a 1994 terrorist attack in Buenos Aires.
MONOCLE 24 / ROADS & KINGDOMS: Madrid’s rabble-rousing Solfónica has become an iconic voice of rebellion at protests that have swept through Spain in recent years.
FUSION: Werá Jeguaka Mirim defied instructions to protest at the World Cup opening ceremony, just minutes before the tournament kicked off with millions watching. But the teenager's courageous call for indigenous land rights was ignored by TV cameras and journalists.
RTÉ: Reflecting on the highs, lows and striking contradictions of FIFA’s money-spinning megashow.