Carrie Kahn http://wuot.org en Mexico Swears In A New Police Force, But Many Aren't Impressed http://wuot.org/post/mexico-swears-new-police-force-many-arent-impressed <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=Mexico+Swears+In+A+New+Police+Force%2C+But+Many+Aren%27t+Impressed&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODQ3NzExMDEyMTczNzkxNDU5MmE1Yg004)"/></div><p> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 23274 at http://wuot.org As Flow Of Migrants Into Mexico Grows, So Do Claims Of Abuse http://wuot.org/post/flow-migrants-mexico-grows-so-do-claims-abuse <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/06/20/323657817/from-a-stream-to-a-flood-migrant-kids-overwhelm-u-s-border-agents">Like the United States</a>, Mexico is dealing with a substantial increase of Central American migrants, including unaccompanied minors, crossing its borders. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:44:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 22287 at http://wuot.org As 'Voluntourism' Explodes In Popularity, Who's It Helping Most? http://wuot.org/post/volunteerism-explodes-popularity-whos-it-helping-most As you plan — or even go — on your summer vacation, think about this: More and more Americans are no longer taking a few weeks off to suntan and sightsee abroad. Instead they're working in orphanages, building schools and teaching English.<p>It's called volunteer tourism, or "voluntourism," and it's one of the fastest growing trends in travel today. More than 1.6 million volunteer tourists are spending about $2 billion each year.<p>But some people who work in the industry are skeptical of voluntourism's rising popularity. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:07:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 22193 at http://wuot.org As 'Voluntourism' Explodes In Popularity, Who's It Helping Most? Rust Devastates Guatemala's Prime Coffee Crop And Its Farmers http://wuot.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 22038 at http://wuot.org Rust Devastates Guatemala's Prime Coffee Crop And Its Farmers Deportation Threat Doesn't Diminish Young Migrants' U.S. Hopes http://wuot.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 20973 at http://wuot.org Deportation Threat Doesn't Diminish Young Migrants' U.S. Hopes Some Mexico Fans Feel Unfairly Targeted For World Cup Chants http://wuot.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 20444 at http://wuot.org Some Mexico Fans Feel Unfairly Targeted For World Cup Chants American Detained In Honduras: 'We Came With An Open Heart' http://wuot.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 23:40:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 19744 at http://wuot.org American Detained In Honduras: 'We Came With An Open Heart' For Americans Held In Honduras, Daily Fines And Decrepit Conditions http://wuot.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 19726 at http://wuot.org Mexico City's Campaign To Encourage Breast-Feeding Backfires http://wuot.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 19163 at http://wuot.org Mexico City's Campaign To Encourage Breast-Feeding Backfires With Cartels On The Run, Mexican Lime Farmers Keep More Of The Green http://wuot.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 18870 at http://wuot.org With Cartels On The Run, Mexican Lime Farmers Keep More Of The Green