Carrie Kahn en In Mexico And U.S., Lime Lovers Feel Squeezed By 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 29601 at In Mexico And U.S., Lime Lovers Feel Squeezed By High Prices Drug Cartel Boss Dies A 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 20:13:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 28892 at Ruthless Mexican Drug Trafficker Was A Robin Hood In Home State 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 21:09:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 28378 at Ruthless Mexican Drug Trafficker Was A Robin Hood In Home State Trade Issues Expected To Dominate Obama's Trip To 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 28154 at Tijuana Prisoner: I Was Forced To Dig Drug Tunnel To 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 27652 at Tijuana Prisoner: I Was Forced To Dig Drug Tunnel To San Diego 'Mariachi Olympic Prince' Takes Glamour To 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 27355 at 'Mariachi Olympic Prince' Takes Glamour To Sochi Ski Slopes Under Government Pressure, Mexican Vigilantes Vow To Fight On 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 16:30:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 26912 at Under Government Pressure, Mexican Vigilantes Vow To Fight On Mexican Self-Defense Leader Recovers Under Threat From 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 26715 at How NAFTA Helped The 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="" 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 26350 at How NAFTA Helped The Mexican Billionaires' Club Mexico's Patron Saint Is 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="">Distroller</a>, says it's customary on holiday to ask the Virgin of Guadalupe for something. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 10:08:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 25469 at Mexico's Patron Saint Is Also Its Hello Kitty Mexican Lawmakers Hope Private Investment Will Boost Oil Industry Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>In Mexico, lawmakers are debating one of the touchiest subjects in the country today, whether to open up the nation's state oil monopoly to foreign investors. Ever since the oil industry was nationalized back in the 1930s, Mexico's control of this precious resource has been a symbol of national pride. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 22:52:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 25256 at 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 24777 at Ruling Party Leads Election Vote Totals In 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 24742 at Amid Crime And Poverty, Hondurans Go To The Polls 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 24720 at Amid Crime And Poverty, Hondurans Go To The Polls Hondurans To Elect New President On 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 24648 at Americans Might Soon Get To 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 21:55:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 24279 at Americans Might Soon Get To Buy Mexican Beachfront, Border Land Following Bloomberg's Lead, Mexico Aims To 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 23362 at Following Bloomberg's Lead, Mexico Aims To Fight Fat Trade Dispute With Mexico Over 'Dolphin-Safe' Tuna Heats Up 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 22:05:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 22481 at Mexican State's 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 22252 at Mexican State's Anti-Corruption Plan: Hire Female Traffic Cops Pena Nieto Encourages Mexicans To 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 21075 at Pena Nieto Encourages Mexicans To Embrace Change Tlacoyos: A Mexican Grilled Snack That Tempted The Conquistadors For the last in a summer series of grilled food from around the world, we head to Mexico, where a small doughy treat is found everywhere from street corner grills to high-end restaurants. It's called a <em>tlacoyo</em> (pronounced tla-COY-yo) and although it may sound novel, it's an ancient food that's older than Hernan Cortes.<p>To taste the best tlacoyos, I was told I had to go to Xochimilco, the sprawling suburb in southern Mexico City. Juana Pina Gonzales has been selling them in the region for 25 years. Mon, 02 Sep 2013 20:50:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 21066 at Tlacoyos: A Mexican Grilled Snack That Tempted The Conquistadors Thousands Of Striking Teachers Disrupt Mexico City The teachers are protesting education changes that would institute evaluations and reduce the power of unions in hiring educators. It's common practice for teachers in Mexico to buy and sell tenured positions. The protests in Mexico City have caused traffic mayhem, and at one point blocked access to the international airport. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 09:17:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 20770 at In Honduran Crimes, Police Are Seen As Part Of The Problem In the fight against drug trafficking, Central America has become a large recipient of U.S. aid, receiving nearly half a billion dollars over the past seven years. Fri, 05 Jul 2013 14:37:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 18346 at In Honduran Crimes, Police Are Seen As Part Of The Problem Mass Kidnapping Puts Mexican Legal System On Trial Josephina Garcia Rodriguez and Leticia Ponce Ramos sip coffee and console each other at a restaurant in front of Mexico City's prosecutor's office. They're about to head into a meeting with the lead investigator in the case of their kidnapped sons.<p>"We're going on three weeks since they were kidnapped," Garcia says. "It's been some difficult days, really hard for us mothers. We just want our sons back home with us."<p>Garcia's 19-year-old son, Said, was taken from the Heaven bar at about 11 a.m. on May 26. Thu, 13 Jun 2013 17:52:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 17372 at Mass Kidnapping Puts Mexican Legal System On Trial Honduras Claims Unwanted Title Of World's Murder Capital Latin America is riddled with crime, and no place is more violent than Honduras. It has just 8 million people, but with as many as 20 people killed there every day, it now has the highest murder rate in the world.<p>It would be easy to blame drug trafficking. Honduras and its Central American neighbors have long served as a favored smuggling corridor for South American cocaine headed north to the U.S.<p>But there are a number of factors that have contributed to Honduras' out-of-control killings. Wed, 12 Jun 2013 07:26:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 17286 at Honduras Claims Unwanted Title Of World's Murder Capital Extortion Common For Latin American Businesses Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>Latin America has some of the highest crime rates in the world. And that includes extortion, which doesn't just terrorize but also takes a huge economic toll on ordinary citizens. In many Latin American countries, it's costing billions of dollars and hindering development. As part of our series on violence in Latin America, NPR's Carrie Kahn takes us to Mexico, where some estimates say extortion costs more than $30 billion a year. Sat, 08 Jun 2013 10:32:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 17125 at As Stigma Eases, Single Motherhood In Mexico Is On The Rise On her daily route delivering laundry in her working-class neighborhood in southern Mexico City, Maria Carlotta Santa Maria, or Mari, as she is known, seems to know everyone: the mailman, the woman on the corner selling salty nuts, and her favorite greetings <em></em><em></em>are for the guys at the corner gas station.<p>Mari is the kind of person that can make this inhospitable and overwhelming megacity seem almost small and friendly. Mon, 13 May 2013 21:15:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 15942 at As Stigma Eases, Single Motherhood In Mexico Is On The Rise Former Guatemalan Dictator Found Guilty Of Genocide Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity, that's the verdict today against Efrain Rios Montt, a former dictator of Guatemala. The general ruled the Central American nation in the early 1980s, one of the bloodiest periods of its 36-year-long civil war. Rios Montt, now 86 years old, was found responsible for atrocities committed against the Maya Ixil indigenous group. Fri, 10 May 2013 23:23:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 15847 at Violence, Hardship Fuel Central American Immigration To U.S. William Ordonez and his wife, Carolia, thought that starting a new business in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, was a great idea.<p>But just two weeks after they started selling chips, candy and soda, gang members showed up and ordered them to pay about $25 a week.<p>"We tried explaining to them that we just opened, we aren't making that much, we can't pay you," Ordonez says.<p>The men didn't care, so Ordonez went to the police. He says instead of helping, the police told the gang that Ordonez and his wife had complained. Sun, 05 May 2013 09:24:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 15581 at Violence, Hardship Fuel Central American Immigration To U.S. On Mexico Trip, Obama Maintains Economic Focus Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. President Obama is in Costa Rica today. He's talking with leaders of Central American nations about security and economic trade. Yesterday, the president wrapped up a two-day visit in Mexico, where he tried to steer the focus away from contentious issues like immigration and drug violence. Sat, 04 May 2013 09:51:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 15562 at