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.
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.
MONOCLE 24: Bolivia is not known for immigration, but a handful of small communities are hidden in its vast countryside – including a Japanese colony founded in 1954 for natives of Okinawa, an island devastated by 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.
MONOCLE 24: The Cumbre Tajín festival celebrates indigenous identity, combining scores of cultural activities with a distinctly popular musical lineup. Traditional folk dances share a stage with the likes of Fatboy Slim – but does this formula work?
MONOCLE: A new app available in Russia is designed to collect anonymous reports of illicit payments and visualize them online – with the goal of quantifying the country’s rampant corruption problem.
MONOCLE 24: The U.S. men’s Olypmic team won silver at London 2012, and “The Hunger Games” film broke box office records. The main character was a highly skilled archer – so could she be a new Robin Hood for today’s generation?
MONOCLE 24: By using traditional ingredients to create original beverages, a group of “etnomixologists” hope to preserve indigenous Mexican culture in today’s globalized world.
MONOCLE 24: One of the most familiar faces in New York television is Pat Kiernan. He’s anchored the morning show on NY1 – a 24-hour news channel – for the last 15 years, and it’s become an essential way to start the day for many in the city.
MONOCLE 24: Occupy Wall Street may have all but disappeared from the news, but Professor Gitlin – author of a book about the campaign – believes its impact on political discourse has been significant, and could shape policy in a second Obama administration.
MONOCLE 24: Reporters from far and wide flock to the world’s media capital in search of stories and opportunities. Twelve years ago, three journalists decided to create a place for this community to hang out, share secrets and enjoy good food and drink – all under one roof.
MONOCLE 24: On May 4-7, thousands of visitors flocked to Randall’s Island in New York for the city’s first ever Frieze art fair. Galleries reported promising profits during a sellout weekend, but on Sunday afternoon, a small group of activists and artists gathered outside to make a noisy stand about commercialization of the creative world....