Carrie Kahn http://wgcu.org en Rust Devastates Guatemala's Prime Coffee Crop And Its Farmers http://wgcu.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 12815 at http://wgcu.org Rust Devastates Guatemala's Prime Coffee Crop And Its Farmers Deportation Threat Doesn't Diminish Young Migrants' U.S. Hopes http://wgcu.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 20:57:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 12017 at http://wgcu.org Deportation Threat Doesn't Diminish Young Migrants' U.S. Hopes Some Mexico Fans Feel Unfairly Targeted For World Cup Chants http://wgcu.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 11623 at http://wgcu.org Some Mexico Fans Feel Unfairly Targeted For World Cup Chants American Detained In Honduras: 'We Came With An Open Heart' http://wgcu.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 23:28:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 11117 at http://wgcu.org American Detained In Honduras: 'We Came With An Open Heart' For Americans Held In Honduras, Daily Fines And Decrepit Conditions http://wgcu.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 11110 at http://wgcu.org Mexico City's Campaign To Encourage Breast-Feeding Backfires http://wgcu.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 10694 at http://wgcu.org Mexico City's Campaign To Encourage Breast-Feeding Backfires With Cartels On The Run, Mexican Lime Farmers Keep More Of The Green http://wgcu.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 10497 at http://wgcu.org With Cartels On The Run, Mexican Lime Farmers Keep More Of The Green In Mexico And U.S., Lime Lovers Feel Squeezed By High Prices http://wgcu.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 8654 at http://wgcu.org In Mexico And U.S., Lime Lovers Feel Squeezed By High Prices Drug Cartel Boss Dies A Second Time http://wgcu.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 8098 at http://wgcu.org Ruthless Mexican Drug Trafficker Was A Robin Hood In Home State http://wgcu.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 21:34:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 7692 at http://wgcu.org Ruthless Mexican Drug Trafficker Was A Robin Hood In Home State Tijuana Prisoner: I Was Forced To Dig Drug Tunnel To San Diego http://wgcu.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 7069 at http://wgcu.org Tijuana Prisoner: I Was Forced To Dig Drug Tunnel To San Diego 'Mariachi Olympic Prince' Takes Glamour To Sochi Ski Slopes http://wgcu.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 6846 at http://wgcu.org 'Mariachi Olympic Prince' Takes Glamour To Sochi Ski Slopes Under Government Pressure, Mexican Vigilantes Vow To Fight On http://wgcu.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 6473 at http://wgcu.org Under Government Pressure, Mexican Vigilantes Vow To Fight On How NAFTA Helped The Mexican Billionaires' Club http://wgcu.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 21:26:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 6025 at http://wgcu.org How NAFTA Helped The Mexican Billionaires' Club Mexico's Patron Saint Is Also Its Hello Kitty http://wgcu.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 5380 at http://wgcu.org Mexico's Patron Saint Is Also Its Hello Kitty Amid Crime And Poverty, Hondurans Go To The Polls http://wgcu.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 4836 at http://wgcu.org Amid Crime And Poverty, Hondurans Go To The Polls Americans Might Soon Get To Buy Mexican Beachfront, Border Land http://wgcu.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 4508 at http://wgcu.org Americans Might Soon Get To Buy Mexican Beachfront, Border Land Following Bloomberg's Lead, Mexico Aims To Fight Fat http://wgcu.org/post/following-bloombergs-lead-mexico-aims-fight-fat Nearly a third of all Mexicans are obese, putting Mexico at the top of the list of overweight nations — ahead of the United States.<p>In the battle against the bulge, lawmakers are taking aim at consumer's pocketbooks. They're proposing a series of new taxes on high calorie food and sodas. Health advocates say the higher prices will get Mexicans to change bad habits, but the beverage industry and small businesses are fighting back.<p>Moises Orozco's convenience store in a middle-class Mexico City neighborhood has been in his family for more than 30 years. Thu, 24 Oct 2013 07:09:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 3796 at http://wgcu.org Following Bloomberg's Lead, Mexico Aims To Fight Fat Mexican State's Anti-Corruption Plan: Hire Female Traffic Cops http://wgcu.org/post/mexican-states-anti-corruption-plan-hire-female-traffic-cops In the central State of Mexico, officials are trying a new approach to fight corruption.<p>Authorities<strong> </strong>have hired hundreds of women and put them in charge of issuing all traffic violations. They're trying to crack down on the famous <em>mordida</em>, or bribe — a favorite among Mexico's crooked traffic cops.<p>Authorities say women are more trustworthy and less corrupt than men. But the plan has run into a few snags.<p><strong>Choosing Female Cops</strong><p>About a dozen women in black uniforms and caps stand at attention. Sat, 28 Sep 2013 21:18:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 2978 at http://wgcu.org Mexican State's Anti-Corruption Plan: Hire Female Traffic Cops Pena Nieto Encourages Mexicans To Embrace Change http://wgcu.org/post/pena-nieto-encourages-mexicans-embrace-change Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto says his nation is undergoing a major change — one his country should not fear. Pena Nieto gave an upbeat assessment of his nine-month-old administration in his first State of the Union address on Monday.<p>Despite his positive review of Mexico's condition, the new president is dealing with chaotic protests in the capital, intractable levels of violence and a less favorable economic outlook than predicted.<p>He campaigned on the promise of creating a modern and prosperous Mexico. Tue, 03 Sep 2013 07:06:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 2099 at http://wgcu.org Pena Nieto Encourages Mexicans To Embrace Change