Carrie Kahn http://kuow.org en Rust Devastates Guatemala's Prime Coffee Crop And Its Farmers http://kuow.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 39040 at http://kuow.org Rust Devastates Guatemala's Prime Coffee Crop And Its Farmers Deportation Threat Doesn't Diminish Young Migrants' U.S. Hopes http://kuow.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 37595 at http://kuow.org Deportation Threat Doesn't Diminish Young Migrants' U.S. Hopes Some Mexico Fans Feel Unfairly Targeted For World Cup Chants http://kuow.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 36857 at http://kuow.org Some Mexico Fans Feel Unfairly Targeted For World Cup Chants For Mexico, Action On The Pitch Means Stillness In The Streets http://kuow.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 36375 at http://kuow.org A Flood Of Kids, On Their Own, Hope To Hop A Train To A New Life http://kuow.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 22:45:15 +0000 Carrie Kahn 36163 at http://kuow.org A Flood Of Kids, On Their Own, Hope To Hop A Train To A New Life American Detained In Honduras: 'We Came With An Open Heart' http://kuow.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 35982 at http://kuow.org American Detained In Honduras: 'We Came With An Open Heart' For Americans Held In Honduras, Daily Fines And Decrepit Conditions http://kuow.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 35959 at http://kuow.org Mexico City's Campaign To Encourage Breast-Feeding Backfires http://kuow.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 35189 at http://kuow.org Mexico City's Campaign To Encourage Breast-Feeding Backfires With Cartels On The Run, Mexican Lime Farmers Keep More Of The Green http://kuow.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 34759 at http://kuow.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://kuow.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 31273 at http://kuow.org In Mexico And U.S., Lime Lovers Feel Squeezed By High Prices Drug Cartel Boss Dies A Second Time http://kuow.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 30199 at http://kuow.org Ruthless Mexican Drug Trafficker Was A Robin Hood In Home State http://kuow.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 29355 at http://kuow.org Ruthless Mexican Drug Trafficker Was A Robin Hood In Home State Trade Issues Expected To Dominate Obama's Trip To Mexico http://kuow.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 29020 at http://kuow.org Tijuana Prisoner: I Was Forced To Dig Drug Tunnel To San Diego http://kuow.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 28292 at http://kuow.org Tijuana Prisoner: I Was Forced To Dig Drug Tunnel To San Diego 'Mariachi Olympic Prince' Takes Glamour To Sochi Ski Slopes http://kuow.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 27899 at http://kuow.org 'Mariachi Olympic Prince' Takes Glamour To Sochi Ski Slopes