Carrie Kahn http://ktep.org en A Mystery For Millennia, This Ancient Pyramid May Crumble Soon http://ktep.org/post/mystery-millennia-ancient-pyramid-may-crumble-soon Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>One of the largest pyramids in the world is in trouble: Mexico's Pyramid of the Sun. It's located just outside Mexico City and is a popular tourist attraction. A local physicist says part of the 2,000 year old structure appears to be drying out and local news headlines have spread fear that the revered ruins are in danger of collapsing. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:45:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 38193 at http://ktep.org Tijuana's New Breed Of Entrepreneurs Create Technical Businesses http://ktep.org/post/tijuanas-new-breed-entrepreneurs-create-technical-businesses Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning. Tijuana, Mexico stands so close to the U.S. border, the city practically leans on the fence. We drove through the city with NPR's Carrie Kahn.<p>CARRIE KAHN, BYLINE: This is the original border fence. That's all there was. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 09:18:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 37545 at http://ktep.org In Mexico And U.S., Lime Lovers Feel Squeezed By High Prices http://ktep.org/post/mexico-and-us-lime-lovers-feel-squeezed-high-prices Has the price of your margarita cocktail shot up? Guacamole more expensive? Blame it on limes.<p>About 98 percent of limes consumed in the U.S. come from Mexico. But our neighbors to the south are feeling seriously squeezed by a shortage of the beloved citrus fruit.<p>At a Mexico City outdoor market, vendor Alberto Reyes Stanislao tries to entice passersby to buy his limes with sweet talk and coaxing. But with limes going for 50 pesos a kilo — about $1.75 a pound, or three times the normal price — his sales have plummeted 50 percent. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 07:22:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 37384 at http://ktep.org In Mexico And U.S., Lime Lovers Feel Squeezed By High Prices Drug Cartel Boss Dies A Second Time http://ktep.org/post/drug-cartel-boss-dies-second-time Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>In Mexico, the government says security forces have scored another victory against a powerful cartel. It's the second such announcement in two weeks. Marines gunned down the leader of the notorious and quasi-religious Knights Templar drug gang. It happens that authorities first reported the death of this very drug lord more than three years ago. This time, however, the government says it's 100 percent certain they got the right man. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 20:22:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 36361 at http://ktep.org Mexican Judges Rule 'El Chapo' Will Stand Trial In Mexico First http://ktep.org/post/mexican-judges-rule-el-chapo-will-stand-trial-mexico-first The arrest of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin Guzman is a coup for Mexican authorities. Now comes the tussle over where he will be tried. He's wanted in at least seven U.S. federal districts. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 11:18:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 35532 at http://ktep.org Ruthless Mexican Drug Trafficker Was A Robin Hood In Home State http://ktep.org/post/was-mexicos-most-wanted-butcher-or-robin-hood Drug cartel leader Joaquin Guzman, known as "El Chapo," was formally charged on Monday with violating drug trafficking laws in Mexico. While officials celebrate his capture, many in his home state of Sinaloa — who viewed the kingpin as a helper of the poor and a keeper of the peace — are not as pleased.<p>Guzman got his nickname "Chapo" because of his short, stocky stature — he's only 5 foot 6. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:20:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 35432 at http://ktep.org Ruthless Mexican Drug Trafficker Was A Robin Hood In Home State Authorities Finally Nab Mexico's No. 1 Drug Kingpin http://ktep.org/post/authorities-finally-nab-mexicos-no-1-drug-kingpin Joaquin Guzman known as "El Chapo," was arrested in an early Saturday morning raid in the Pacific beach resort of Mazatlan. Multiple U.S. agencies provided intelligence that helped take down Guzman. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 10:05:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 35387 at http://ktep.org In Mexico, Obama Pressed On Immigration, Keystone XL Pipeline http://ktep.org/post/mexico-obama-pressed-immigration-keystone-xl-pipeline President Obama met on Wednesday with his Mexican and Canadian counterparts about increasing trade and commerce among the three countries. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 10:18:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 35142 at http://ktep.org Trade Issues Expected To Dominate Obama's Trip To Mexico http://ktep.org/post/trade-issues-expected-dominate-obamas-trip-mexico Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>On a Wednesday it's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>And I'm Renee Montagne. President Obama arrives in Mexico today to meet with Mexico's president and Canada's prime minister. It's been dubbed the meeting of the Three Amigos. The one day summit of North America's leaders will focus on trade and commerce, but also on the agenda: security, energy, border issues and immigration. NPR's Carrie Kahn is in Toluca near Mexico City, where the summit begins later today. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 09:58:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 35063 at http://ktep.org Tijuana Prisoner: I Was Forced To Dig Drug Tunnel To San Diego http://ktep.org/post/prisoner-i-was-forced-dig-tijuana-san-diego More than 75 drug-smuggling tunnels have been discovered under the U.S.-Mexico border in just the past six years, and one of the more intriguing cases involves 17 Mexican men who claim they were kidnapped and forced to carry out the work for months before Mexican authorities found them.<p>There's always been some mystery surrounding tunnels. Diggers were thought to be well-paid cartel loyalists or, as urban legend goes, laborers killed soon after the tunnel's completion to ensure its secrecy.<p>I met one of those 17 men who say they were kidnapped and forced to dig a tunnel last year. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 08:21:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 34235 at http://ktep.org Tijuana Prisoner: I Was Forced To Dig Drug Tunnel To San Diego Michoacan Vigilante Groups Collaborate With Mexican Government http://ktep.org/post/michoacan-vigilante-groups-collaborate-mexican-government The Mexican government has a new plan to control heavily armed vigilante groups fighting back against drug cartels. The government announced this week it is making the militias a legitimate part of the country's security forces and will allow them to help police the countryside. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 09:27:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 33863 at http://ktep.org 'Mariachi Olympic Prince' Takes Glamour To Sochi Ski Slopes http://ktep.org/post/mariachi-olympic-prince-takes-glamour-sochi-ski-slopes In Sochi, Russia, Hubertus Von Hohenlohe will compete in his sixth Winter Olympics. The 55-year-old downhill skier and German prince won't be skiing under the flag of his royal heritage, however. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 08:31:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 33773 at http://ktep.org 'Mariachi Olympic Prince' Takes Glamour To Sochi Ski Slopes Drug Cartel Leader Captured In Mexico's Michoacan State http://ktep.org/post/drug-cartel-leader-capture-mexicos-michoacan-state Mexican authorities have arrested one of the top drug cartel leaders in the western state of Michoacan. Federal forces recently moved into the state to disarm civilian vigilantes who have been fighting to reclaim their communities from the cartel. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 09:58:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 33633 at http://ktep.org Vigilantes Strike Back Against Mexican Cartels http://ktep.org/post/vigilantes-strike-back-against-mexican-cartels Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>In Mexico, thousands of federal troops remain in dozens of towns in the western state of Michoacan. That's where civilian vigilante groups have emerged in recent months to fight off the Knights Templar cartel. Authorities say they've arrested 38 cartel members, but won't move to disarm the so-called self-defense groups. Heroes to some, gang members to others, these vigilantes are now on the offensive, even taking to social media to spread their message. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 21:47:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 33294 at http://ktep.org Cost Overruns Threaten Widening Of Panama Canal http://ktep.org/post/cost-overruns-threaten-widening-panama-canal Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Anyone who's lived through home construction knows that delays and higher costs than expected are inevitable, and that is playing out on an enormous scale at the Panama Canal.<p>Work on expanding a 50-mile long commercial waterway has been under constant threat of a work stoppage because of a dispute over who will pay huge cost overruns, now estimated to top $1.6 billion.<p>NPR's Carrie Kahn reports.<p>CARRIE KAHN, BYLINE: That's right $1.6 billion with a B. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 12:20:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 33188 at http://ktep.org Under Government Pressure, Mexican Vigilantes Vow To Fight On http://ktep.org/post/under-government-pressure-mexican-vigilantes-vow-fight After a week of fighting between civilian militias, drug traffickers and federal forces, there is a tense calm in the western Mexico state of Michoacan.<p>It's been the site of clashes between civilian militias defending themselves from ruthless drug traffickers, and federal forces trying to regain control.<p>For now, businesses are slowly reopening, school will restart on Monday, and the militias who took up arms have put down their weapons. Sat, 18 Jan 2014 16:35:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 33066 at http://ktep.org Under Government Pressure, Mexican Vigilantes Vow To Fight On Militias In Mexican State Keep Up Fight Against Cartel http://ktep.org/post/militias-mexican-state-keep-fight-against-cartel Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Mexico has been fighting a war on drug cartels for years, and it also has become a war with more than two sides. Thousands of federal police and army troops are pouring into the state of Michoacan, on the Pacific Coast. For years, that state has been home to gangs running drugs, and also forcing farmers to pay protection money just to take their crops to market. In response, people in Michoacan formed militias to fight back. And until recently, the government seemed to encourage them. Now, Mexico is trying to disarm those militias. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 10:17:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 32879 at http://ktep.org Mexican Self-Defense Leader Recovers Under Threat From Cartels http://ktep.org/post/mexican-self-defense-leader-recovers-under-threat-cartels Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>It was a violent weekend in Mexico's western state of Michoacan. Clashes erupted between so-called civilian defense groups and the Knights Templar drug cartel. The civilian defense group says Mexico's security forces are not protecting people from cartel kidnappings, murder and extortion. Among these groups, one man in Michoacan has risen to become a popular leader. He had immigrated to California but recently returned to his hometown. He found it had been overtaken by criminals and drug traffickers.<p>NPR's Carrie Kahn reports.<p>CARRIE KAHN, BYLINE: Dr. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 22:31:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 32706 at http://ktep.org How NAFTA Helped The Mexican Billionaires' Club http://ktep.org/post/how-nafta-helped-mexican-billionaires-club When the North American Free Trade Agreement was being negotiated, supporters promised it would increase the income of Mexicans. And the middle class did grow in Mexico over the past two decades. But it's clear that Mexico's ultrarich are among its big winners.<p>Mexico now claims the <a href="http://www.forbes.com/pictures/mgg45fefd/carlos-slim-helu/" target="_blank">richest man in the world</a> — richer than Bill Gates or Warren Buffett. He has six times the wealth of Mark Zuckerberg — but nowhere near the fame. Fri, 03 Jan 2014 21:43:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 32109 at http://ktep.org How NAFTA Helped The Mexican Billionaires' Club Mexican Auto Industry Revs Up For Big Year http://ktep.org/post/mexican-auto-industry-revs-big-year Industry officials say they are on course to boost production to as many as 4 million autos annually. That's good news for Mexico but has many in the U.S. worried, especially as Audi gets ready to build a new luxury line plant in Mexico and not in the U.S. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 21:27:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 31837 at http://ktep.org Mexico Opens Its Energy Sector To Private Investment http://ktep.org/post/mexico-opens-its-energy-sector-private-investment Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Over the weekend, the majority of states in Mexico ratified constitutional changes that will allow foreign investment in Mexico's oil sector for the first time in decades.<p>Here's more from NPR's Carrie Kahn.<p>CARRIE KAHN, BYLINE: Mexico's state monopoly PEMEX has controlled the country's rich oil industry for 75 years. It took lawmakers less than a month to open it up. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 10:03:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 31047 at http://ktep.org Mexico's Patron Saint Is Also Its Hello Kitty http://ktep.org/post/mexicos-patron-saint-also-its-hello-kitty In Mexico, Dec. 12 is the day to celebrate the country's most revered religious icon: the Virgin of Guadalupe.<p>As many as 6 million pilgrims have made their way to the Mexican capital to pay homage to the country's patron saint on Thursday, and one woman has taken her devotion of the Virgin and turned it into a multimillion-dollar company.<p>Amparo Serrano, the owner of a company called <a href="http://www.distrollerbisne.com/">Distroller</a>, says it's customary on holiday to ask the Virgin of Guadalupe for something. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 10:22:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 30724 at http://ktep.org Mexico's Patron Saint Is Also Its Hello Kitty Mexican Lawmakers Hope Private Investment Will Boost Oil Industry http://ktep.org/post/mexican-lawmakers-hope-private-investment-will-boost-oil-industry Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>In Mexico, lawmakers are debating one of the touchiest subjects in the country today, whether to open up the nation's state oil monopoly to foreign investors. Ever since the oil industry was nationalized back in the 1930s, Mexico's control of this precious resource has been a symbol of national pride. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 23:07:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 30395 at http://ktep.org Mexico Contemplates Changing Term-Limit Rule http://ktep.org/post/mexico-contemplates-changing-term-limit-rule Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Let's go next to Mexico, a country that has the ultimate term limits: nobody can be re-elected. The restriction has actually become a point of national pride; it's been around for a century.<p>NPR's Carrie Kahn has been following the story from Mexico City.<p>Hi, Carrie.<p>CARRIE KAHN, BYLINE: Good morning.<p>INSKEEP: So how did term limits get so tough in Mexico?<p>KAHN: Well, this ban dates back to the Mexican Revolution, so we have to go back to the turn of the 20th century. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 10:16:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 30342 at http://ktep.org Whoever Honduras Elects President Faces Tough Road, Broke Country http://ktep.org/post/whoever-honduras-elects-president-faces-tough-road-broke-country Hondurans went to the polls this Sunday to elect a new president. The Central American country has a whole host of problems to deal with, including the highest levels of violence in the world and increased drug cartel activity. Most pressing, though, the new leader will inherit a failing economy. Honduras is broke. It just borrowed, for the first time, $500 million on the international bond market, but that wasn't even enough to bail the country out of its devastating financial troubles. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 21:32:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 29696 at http://ktep.org Ruling Party Leads Election Vote Totals In Honduras http://ktep.org/post/ruling-party-leads-election-vote-totals-honduras Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>The Central American country of Honduras held a presidential election yesterday. Honduras suffers from extreme poverty and it has one of the world's highest murder rates. The nation's politics have been dominated by elites and the military. Now, so far the vote count appears to favor the candidates from the right wing ruling party, but this election offered a little more choice than usual. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 10:07:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 29654 at http://ktep.org Amid Crime And Poverty, Hondurans Go To The Polls http://ktep.org/post/amid-crime-and-poverty-hondurans-elect-president-today Voters go to the polls in Honduras to elect a new president on Sunday. It's the first open election with all parties participating since a coup overthrew the left-leaning government in 2009.<p>The elections come at a difficult time for the longtime U.S. ally. Two-thirds of its people live in poverty, unemployment is soaring and the murder rate is one of the highest in the world due to drug traffickers and gang violence.<p><strong>The Gang Tax Sun, 24 Nov 2013 13:23:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 29623 at http://ktep.org Amid Crime And Poverty, Hondurans Go To The Polls Hondurans To Elect New President On Sunday http://ktep.org/post/hondurans-elect-new-president-sunday Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>This Sunday, a presidential election will be held in Honduras. Nine candidates are vying to lead the Central American country. The top two contenders are the candidate from the ruling party that took power in a 2009 coup and the wife of the former president who was deposed in that coup. Crime and the economy are the big issues in a country with the world's highest homicide rate, rampant drug and gang violence, and a government that's mired in debt. Fri, 22 Nov 2013 09:33:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 29514 at http://ktep.org Mexico's Retailers Welcome Shoppers Over Bargain Weekend http://ktep.org/post/mexicos-retailers-welcome-shoppers-over-buen-fin-weekend Throughout Mexico, shoppers filled malls and department stores in hopes of snatching up deep discounts and pre-holiday savings. If that sounds like the Mexican version of Black Friday, it is. Shop owners and economists alike are hoping consumers spend big and give Mexico's sagging economy a much needed end-of-the-year boost. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 29232 at http://ktep.org Americans Might Soon Get To Buy Mexican Beachfront, Border Land http://ktep.org/post/americans-might-soon-get-buy-mexican-beachfront-border-land For the first time in nearly a century, Mexico is considering letting foreigners own land outright along the coast and near international borders. Right now, only Mexicans can hold the title to land in the so-called restricted zone. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 22:07:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 28956 at http://ktep.org Americans Might Soon Get To Buy Mexican Beachfront, Border Land