Mexico http://blog.wlrn.org en Locked Up In Latin America: Why These Controversial Cases Are Hard To Resolve http://blog.wlrn.org/post/locked-latin-america-why-these-controversial-cases-are-hard-resolve <p>There’s an old saying among Mexican officials when dealing with the United States: Always tell the gringos yes, but never tell them when.</p><p>That dance is the result of two centuries of tortured bilateral relations marked by U.S. insensitivity and Mexican hypersensitivity. And it’s most likely what’s playing out now as Washington and Mexico City haggle over the fate of a former U.S. Marine, Andrew Tahmooressi.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 12:52:54 +0000 Tim Padgett 33508 at http://blog.wlrn.org Locked Up In Latin America: Why These Controversial Cases Are Hard To Resolve They Got Shorty! But Will Arrest Of World's Most Wanted Drug Lord Bring Change? http://blog.wlrn.org/post/they-got-shorty-will-arrest-worlds-most-wanted-drug-lord-bring-change <p></p><p>Mexico's nightmarish, decade-long drug war seemed to start in 2001, when Joaquín&nbsp;Guzmán escaped from a Guadalajara prison inside a laundry truck.</p><p>So could this weekend's celebrated capture of&nbsp;Guzmán&nbsp;– the world's most wanted drug lord&nbsp;–&nbsp;mark the ebb of that violence?</p><p>Don't count on it&nbsp;– at least not until Mexico addresses more seriously the deep police and judicial flaws that helped make it so hard to collar Guzmán in the first place.</p> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 20:56:41 +0000 Tim Padgett 28299 at http://blog.wlrn.org They Got Shorty! But Will Arrest Of World's Most Wanted Drug Lord Bring Change? The Miss Venezuela Murders: Maduro Needs To Create Police Instead Of Plots http://blog.wlrn.org/post/miss-venezuela-murders-maduro-needs-create-police-instead-plots <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Latin American leaders don’t know how to stop their violent-crime epidemic, but they sure know how to spin it.</span></p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 04:12:18 +0000 Tim Padgett 26259 at http://blog.wlrn.org The Miss Venezuela Murders: Maduro Needs To Create Police Instead Of Plots Look West, Miami, At Mexico's Epic Oil Reform http://blog.wlrn.org/post/look-west-miami-mexicos-epic-oil-reform <p>When it comes to Latin American oil, South Florida’s attention seems exclusively fixed on South America. We focus on&nbsp;petro-titans like Venezuela and Brazil because we do so much trade with and receive so many immigrants from that region. But this week it was hard not to look west – across the Gulf of Mexico, at one of the most important oil reforms in almost a century.</p><p>Late Wednesday night, Mexico’s Congress approved President Enrique Peña Nieto’s plan to allow private and foreign participation in the country’s state-run oil industry for the first time in 75 years.</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 18:12:17 +0000 Tim Padgett 25065 at http://blog.wlrn.org Look West, Miami, At Mexico's Epic Oil Reform Following Bloomberg's Lead, Mexico Aims To Fight Fat http://blog.wlrn.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 11:23:59 +0000 Carrie Kahn 22602 at http://blog.wlrn.org Following Bloomberg's Lead, Mexico Aims To Fight Fat Mexican State's Anti-Corruption Plan: Hire Female Traffic Cops http://blog.wlrn.org/post/mexican-states-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. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 11:39:44 +0000 Carrie Kahn 21335 at http://blog.wlrn.org Mexican State's Anti-Corruption Plan: Hire Female Traffic Cops Death Toll Near 100, And Likely To Rise, From Storms In Mexico http://blog.wlrn.org/post/death-toll-near-100-and-likely-rise-storms-mexico Authorities were saying early Friday <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/19/world/americas/mexico-severe-weather/" target="_blank">that at least 97 people were known to have died</a> in the flooding, mudslides and other deadly after-effects of the two storms that struck the country this week.<p>Torrential rains and then-Hurricane Manuel lashed the west coast of Mexico, particularly in around Acapulco. Hurricane Ingrid pummeled the east side of the nation, along the Gulf Coast.<p>It's feared the death toll will go higher. Fri, 20 Sep 2013 14:53:30 +0000 Mark Memmott 20922 at http://blog.wlrn.org Death Toll Near 100, And Likely To Rise, From Storms In Mexico The Sunshine Economy: Tomato Trade War http://blog.wlrn.org/post/sunshine-economy-tomato-trade-war <p>The juicy red tomato has been the target of an international trade war since the mid-1990s. It pits U.S. tomato growers, including DiMare Company of South Florida, against growers in Mexico. &nbsp;</p><p><strong><a href="http://wlrn.org/post/sunshine-economy-agriculture" target="_blank">RELATED: The Sunshine Economy: Agriculture</a></strong></p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 16:48:39 +0000 Tom Hudson 20753 at http://blog.wlrn.org The Sunshine Economy: Tomato Trade War In Macho Mexico's Lucha Libre, The 'Lady' Is Often The Champ http://blog.wlrn.org/post/macho-mexicos-lucha-libre-lady-often-champ <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57jNSrrLt28</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRBWGLvjgLw</p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 11:59:36 +0000 20239 at http://blog.wlrn.org In Macho Mexico's Lucha Libre, The 'Lady' Is Often The Champ Mexico Summons U.S. Ambassador, Seeking Answers To Spying Claims http://blog.wlrn.org/post/mexico-summons-us-ambassador-seeking-answers-spying-claims Allegations that U.S. agents spied on Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto when he was a candidate during last year's campaign have led Mexico to summon U.S. Tue, 03 Sep 2013 20:04:29 +0000 Bill Chappell 20029 at http://blog.wlrn.org Mexico Summons U.S. Ambassador, Seeking Answers To Spying Claims Pena Nieto Encourages Mexicans To Embrace Change http://blog.wlrn.org/post/pena-nieto-encourages-mexicans-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 20:00:06 +0000 Carrie Kahn 19990 at http://blog.wlrn.org Pena Nieto Encourages Mexicans To Embrace Change Tlacoyos: A Mexican Grilled Snack That Tempted The Conquistadors http://blog.wlrn.org/post/tlacoyos-mexican-grilled-snack-tempted-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. Tue, 03 Sep 2013 19:48:48 +0000 Carrie Kahn 19983 at http://blog.wlrn.org Tlacoyos: A Mexican Grilled Snack That Tempted The Conquistadors Mexican Court Frees Drug Lord Convicted In Killing DEA Agent http://blog.wlrn.org/post/mexican-court-frees-drug-lord-convicted-killing-dea-agent A Mexican court has thrown out the conviction of infamous drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero, 28 years after he was convicted and imprisoned for the 1985 kidnapping and murder of U.S. Mon, 12 Aug 2013 11:18:39 +0000 Scott Neuman 18886 at http://blog.wlrn.org Mexican Court Frees Drug Lord Convicted In Killing DEA Agent Working To Save The Painted 'Zonkeys' Of Tijuana http://blog.wlrn.org/post/working-save-painted-zonkeys-tijuana Ruben prances across the street one recent morning on his way to work on a corner of Tijuana's famous tourist strip, Avenida Revolución.<p>Ruben's hair is freshly dyed. Thu, 08 Aug 2013 12:17:01 +0000 Amy Isackson 18691 at http://blog.wlrn.org Working To Save The Painted 'Zonkeys' Of Tijuana Latin Drug Bosses And Their Growing American Ties http://blog.wlrn.org/post/latin-drug-bosses-and-their-growing-american-ties Latin American cartels are fueled by U.S. drug demand, so their illegal retail networks often stretch throughout America. Mexico's arrest of Miguel Angel Trevino Morales was a reminder that the connections between drug traffickers and the U.S. are not just commercial — they're also personal.<p>As NPR's <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/07/16/202566723/vicious-cartel-leader-arrested-in-mexico" target="_blank">Carrie Kahn</a> and others noted, Trevino's formative crime years were during his adolescence in the Dallas area, where he joined a local gang. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 15:48:29 +0000 Larry Kaplow 17500 at http://blog.wlrn.org