Carrie Kahn http://ktep.org en Rust Devastates Guatemala's Prime Coffee Crop And Its Farmers http://ktep.org/post/rust-devastates-guatemalas-prime-coffee-crop-and-its-farmers Outside the northern Guatemalan town of Olopa, near the Honduran border, farmer Edwin Fernando Diaz Viera stands in the middle of his tiny coffee field. He says it was his lifelong dream to own a farm here. The area is renowned for producing some of the world's richest arabica, the smooth-tasting beans beloved by specialty coffee brewers.<p>"My farm was beautiful; it was big," he says.<p>But then, a plant fungus called coffee rust, or <em>roya</em> in Spanish, hit his crop.<p>"Coffee rust appeared and wiped out everything," he says.<p>That was in 2012, and it was Diaz Viera's first crop. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 45522 at http://ktep.org Rust Devastates Guatemala's Prime Coffee Crop And Its Farmers Deportation Threat Doesn't Diminish Young Migrants' U.S. Hopes http://ktep.org/post/deportation-threat-doesnt-diminish-young-migrants-us-hopes The Obama administration says it will try to <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/29/326680790/reports-obama-administration-seeks-change-in-law-to-speed-deportations">speed up deportations of tens of thousands of children</a> who have illegally entered the U.S. from Central America in recent months. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 21:19:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 43989 at http://ktep.org Deportation Threat Doesn't Diminish Young Migrants' U.S. Hopes Some Mexico Fans Feel Unfairly Targeted For World Cup Chants http://ktep.org/post/some-mexico-fans-feel-unfairly-targeted-world-cup-chants FIFA, the governing body of the World Cup, says it has zero tolerance for racist and homophobic conduct by players and fans at this year's international soccer event.<p>Late last week, FIFA opened an investigation into the display of neo-Nazi banners by both Russian and Croat fans at the World Cup. And Brazil and Mexico face possible sanctions for chanting a homophobic slur during their match last week. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 07:51:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 43217 at http://ktep.org Some Mexico Fans Feel Unfairly Targeted For World Cup Chants The Surge In Single Women With Children At The U.S.-Mexico Border http://ktep.org/post/single-women-young-children-inundate-us-mexico-border <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/06/10/320645461/a-flood-of-kids-on-their-own-hope-to-hop-a-train-to-a-new-life">The number of migrant children detained at the U.S. border has skyrocketed</a>. At the current pace, it could hit 90,000 over the course of this year. But it's not just minor children rushing to the border. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 09:14:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 43056 at http://ktep.org The Surge In Single Women With Children At The U.S.-Mexico Border For Mexico, Action On The Pitch Means Stillness In The Streets http://ktep.org/post/mexico-action-pitch-means-stillness-streets Mexico took to the field on the second day of the World Cup, and the nation shut down to watch. Nearly everyone, from vendors to politicians, took the day off to watch their team beat Cameroon 1-to-0. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:12:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 42641 at http://ktep.org A Flood Of Kids, On Their Own, Hope To Hop A Train To A New Life http://ktep.org/post/flood-kids-their-own-hope-hop-train-new-life If you are trying to get across Mexico, and you don't have money, one of your few options is to <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/06/05/318905712/riding-the-beast-across-mexico-to-the-u-s-border">jump on a freight train</a>.<p>Several train lines pass through the dusty central Mexican town of Huehuetoca at full speed. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:43:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 42424 at http://ktep.org A Flood Of Kids, On Their Own, Hope To Hop A Train To A New Life Bloodiest Region In Mexico? Right Across From McAllen, Texas http://ktep.org/post/bloodiest-region-mexico-right-across-mcallen-texas Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>U.S. agencies like the Border Control and Drug Enforcement Administration spend some of their time helping Mexico fight a drug war. It is not going well. The Mexican city of Reynosa, just across the border from McAllen, Texas, has become the latest battleground. Throughout this oil-rich state, murder, extortion and kidnapping are all on the rise. Many say the drug cartels are fighting among themselves and there have been some victories against the cartels. As NPR's Carrie Kahn reports, the government has sent in hundreds of troops to stop the bloodshed. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 13:33:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 42309 at http://ktep.org American Detained In Honduras: 'We Came With An Open Heart' http://ktep.org/post/american-detained-honduras-we-came-open-heart Six Americans remain in a rural Honduran prison after being arrested last month on suspicion of smuggling weapons into the country. The men arrived in the Central American nation by boat, ready to begin work on a salvage project along the northern Honduran coast. The men say the guns were on the boat for protection from pirates.<p>The captain and the five-man crew of the ship, with the Florida-based maritime salvage company Aqua Quest, pulled into Puerto Lempira on May 5. The men were scheduled to begin clearing mahogany logs from a river channel. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 23:18:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 42233 at http://ktep.org American Detained In Honduras: 'We Came With An Open Heart' For Americans Held In Honduras, Daily Fines And Decrepit Conditions http://ktep.org/post/americans-held-honduras-daily-fines-and-decrepit-conditions Six Americans have been detained in Honduras for the last month, jailed on suspicion of smuggling arms. The Americans claim the guns they carried were for personal protection against pirates as they cleared logs to give locals better access to fishing sites. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=For+Americans+Held+In+Honduras%2C+Daily+Fines+And+Decrepit+Conditions&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3OTgyNDI4MDEzMTM0MjQzMTZlNDI0Mg004)"/></div><p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 42212 at http://ktep.org Mexico City's Campaign To Encourage Breast-Feeding Backfires http://ktep.org/post/mexico-citys-campaign-encourage-breast-feeding-backfires Mexico City health official launched a new campaign this month to boost the image of nursing mothers. But posters of topless toned actresses weren't exactly the message women's groups and health advocates had hoped for.<p>"We were very surprised once the campaign was launched," says Regina Tames, of the reproductive rights group GIRE.<p>She was taken aback by pictures of topless actresses and one of the female boxer known as "La Barbie." She was shirtless, too — although she did have on her boxing gloves.<p>The stars aren't totally bare: a strategically placed banner crosses their chests. Mon, 26 May 2014 07:53:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 41394 at http://ktep.org Mexico City's Campaign To Encourage Breast-Feeding Backfires With Cartels On The Run, Mexican Lime Farmers Keep More Of The Green http://ktep.org/post/cartel-run-mexican-lime-farmers-keep-more-green If the prices of a margarita or guacamole have been too high for you lately, blame it on a key ingredient of the Mexican treats — the lime. Prices for limes, imported almost exclusively from Mexico, hit record highs this year, and demand remains high. But now the price is dropping and farmers couldn't be happier.<p>You can see it firsthand at the outdoor wholesale lime market in Apatzingan, Michoacan. Dozens of buyers stand in the dirt parking lot waiting for beat-up pickup trucks to roll in. The men rush to the backs of the trucks, filled high with crates of limes. Mon, 19 May 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 40960 at http://ktep.org With Cartels On The Run, Mexican Lime Farmers Keep More Of The Green 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