Carrie Kahn http://krwg.org en Rust Devastates Guatemala's Prime Coffee Crop And Its Farmers http://krwg.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 71409 at http://krwg.org Rust Devastates Guatemala's Prime Coffee Crop And Its Farmers Deportation Threat Doesn't Diminish Young Migrants' U.S. Hopes http://krwg.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 69783 at http://krwg.org Deportation Threat Doesn't Diminish Young Migrants' U.S. Hopes Some Mexico Fans Feel Unfairly Targeted For World Cup Chants http://krwg.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 68898 at http://krwg.org Some Mexico Fans Feel Unfairly Targeted For World Cup Chants For Mexico, Action On The Pitch Means Stillness In The Streets http://krwg.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 68302 at http://krwg.org American Detained In Honduras: 'We Came With An Open Heart' http://krwg.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 67806 at http://krwg.org American Detained In Honduras: 'We Came With An Open Heart' For Americans Held In Honduras, Daily Fines And Decrepit Conditions http://krwg.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 67786 at http://krwg.org Mexico City's Campaign To Encourage Breast-Feeding Backfires http://krwg.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 66905 at http://krwg.org Mexico City's Campaign To Encourage Breast-Feeding Backfires With Cartels On The Run, Mexican Lime Farmers Keep More Of The Green http://krwg.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 66445 at http://krwg.org With Cartels On The Run, Mexican Lime Farmers Keep More Of The Green Tijuana's New Breed Of Entrepreneurs Create Technical Businesses http://krwg.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 62879 at http://krwg.org In Mexico And U.S., Lime Lovers Feel Squeezed By High Prices http://krwg.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 62708 at http://krwg.org In Mexico And U.S., Lime Lovers Feel Squeezed By High Prices Drug Cartel Boss Dies A Second Time http://krwg.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 61597 at http://krwg.org Ruthless Mexican Drug Trafficker Was A Robin Hood In Home State http://krwg.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 60659 at http://krwg.org Ruthless Mexican Drug Trafficker Was A Robin Hood In Home State Trade Issues Expected To Dominate Obama's Trip To Mexico http://krwg.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 60270 at http://krwg.org Tijuana Prisoner: I Was Forced To Dig Drug Tunnel To San Diego http://krwg.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 59363 at http://krwg.org Tijuana Prisoner: I Was Forced To Dig Drug Tunnel To San Diego 'Mariachi Olympic Prince' Takes Glamour To Sochi Ski Slopes http://krwg.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 58857 at http://krwg.org 'Mariachi Olympic Prince' Takes Glamour To Sochi Ski Slopes Cost Overruns Threaten Widening Of Panama Canal http://krwg.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 58218 at http://krwg.org Under Government Pressure, Mexican Vigilantes Vow To Fight On http://krwg.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 58103 at http://krwg.org Under Government Pressure, Mexican Vigilantes Vow To Fight On How NAFTA Helped The Mexican Billionaires' Club http://krwg.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 57147 at http://krwg.org How NAFTA Helped The Mexican Billionaires' Club Mexican Auto Industry Revs Up For Big Year http://krwg.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 56859 at http://krwg.org Mexico Opens Its Energy Sector To Private Investment http://krwg.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 56032 at http://krwg.org Mexico's Patron Saint Is Also Its Hello Kitty http://krwg.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 55699 at http://krwg.org Mexico's Patron Saint Is Also Its Hello Kitty Whoever Honduras Elects President Faces Tough Road, Broke Country http://krwg.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 54630 at http://krwg.org Ruling Party Leads Election Vote Totals In Honduras http://krwg.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 54585 at http://krwg.org Amid Crime And Poverty, Hondurans Go To The Polls http://krwg.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 54552 at http://krwg.org Amid Crime And Poverty, Hondurans Go To The Polls Hondurans To Elect New President On Sunday http://krwg.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 54430 at http://krwg.org Mexico's Retailers Welcome Shoppers Over Bargain Weekend http://krwg.org/post/mexicos-retailers-welcome-shoppers-over-bargain-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 11:09:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 54129 at http://krwg.org Americans Might Soon Get To Buy Mexican Beachfront, Border Land http://krwg.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 53832 at http://krwg.org Americans Might Soon Get To Buy Mexican Beachfront, Border Land Millions Will Be Lost If Mexico Doesn't Go To World Cup http://krwg.org/post/millions-will-be-lost-if-mexico-doesnt-go-world-cup Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Tomorrow in Mexico, the unthinkable may occur. The nation's beloved soccer team may fail to qualify for next year's World Cup in Brazil. OK, this may not be the grimmest news to come out of Mexico in recent years, but it will be a blow.<p>And it's a business story because as NPR's Carrie Kahn reports from Mexico City, the team's failure could cost broadcasters, sponsors and sports teams hundreds of millions of dollars.<p>CARRIE KAHN, BYLINE: Tomorrow, Mexico takes on New Zealand here in the capital. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 10:14:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 53690 at http://krwg.org Following Bloomberg's Lead, Mexico Aims To Fight Fat http://krwg.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 52433 at http://krwg.org Following Bloomberg's Lead, Mexico Aims To Fight Fat Trade Dispute With Mexico Over 'Dolphin-Safe' Tuna Heats Up http://krwg.org/post/trade-dispute-mexico-over-dolphin-safe-tuna-heats Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Look closely at just about any can of tuna sold in the U.S. and you'll find a tiny stamp. Now for more than 20 years, that stamp has certified that no dolphins were harmed or killed when the tuna was caught. For nearly that long, Mexico and the U.S. have been fighting over that label. Mexico says it's made great strides protecting dolphins and that the U.S. now unfairly blocks Mexican tuna from its markets.<p>This summer, the World Trade Organization sided with Mexico, but nothing's changed. And that has fishermen south of the border upset. Thu, 03 Oct 2013 22:19:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 51119 at http://krwg.org