Carrie Kahn http://nhpr.org en The Surge In Single Women With Children At The U.S.-Mexico Border http://nhpr.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 09:08:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 50540 at http://nhpr.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://nhpr.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 50209 at http://nhpr.org American Detained In Honduras: 'We Came With An Open Heart' http://nhpr.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 49852 at http://nhpr.org American Detained In Honduras: 'We Came With An Open Heart' With Cartels On The Run, Mexican Lime Farmers Keep More Of The Green http://nhpr.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 48765 at http://nhpr.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://nhpr.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 45630 at http://nhpr.org In Mexico And U.S., Lime Lovers Feel Squeezed By High Prices Drug Cartel Boss Dies A Second Time http://nhpr.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 44825 at http://nhpr.org Trade Issues Expected To Dominate Obama's Trip To Mexico http://nhpr.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 43785 at http://nhpr.org Under Government Pressure, Mexican Vigilantes Vow To Fight On http://nhpr.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 42083 at http://nhpr.org Under Government Pressure, Mexican Vigilantes Vow To Fight On Mexican Auto Industry Revs Up For Big Year http://nhpr.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 40965 at http://nhpr.org Mexico's Patron Saint Is Also Its Hello Kitty http://nhpr.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 40000 at http://nhpr.org Mexico's Patron Saint Is Also Its Hello Kitty Whoever Honduras Elects President Faces Tough Road, Broke Country http://nhpr.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 39101 at http://nhpr.org Ruling Party Leads Election Vote Totals In Honduras http://nhpr.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 39061 at http://nhpr.org Hondurans To Elect New President On Sunday http://nhpr.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 38955 at http://nhpr.org Americans Might Soon Get To Buy Mexican Beachfront, Border Land http://nhpr.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 38487 at http://nhpr.org Americans Might Soon Get To Buy Mexican Beachfront, Border Land Trade Dispute With Mexico Over 'Dolphin-Safe' Tuna Heats Up http://nhpr.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 36163 at http://nhpr.org