Jason Beaubien, NPR http://kut.org en Nelson Mandela, Inspiration To World, Dies At 95 http://kut.org/post/nelson-mandela-inspiration-world-dies-95 Nelson Mandela, who was born in a country that viewed him as a second-class citizen, died Thursday as one of the most respected statesmen in the world. He was 95.<p>President Jacob Zuma announced the death in a televised speech.<p>From his childhood as a herd boy, Mandela went on to lead the African National Congress' struggle against the racially oppressive, apartheid regime of South Africa. For his efforts, he spent 27 years behind bars as a political prisoner. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 21:56:16 +0000 Jason Beaubien, NPR 9320 at http://kut.org Nelson Mandela, Inspiration To World, Dies At 95 A Polio Outbreak In Pakistan Reveals Gaps In Vaccination http://kut.org/post/polio-outbreak-pakistan-reveals-gaps-vaccination Pakistan has made <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/11/13/165076080/pakistan-reaches-a-milestone-in-ending-polio">a lot of progress</a> this year in wiping out polio. Tue, 04 Dec 2012 22:49:44 +0000 Jason Beaubien, NPR 5823 at http://kut.org A Polio Outbreak In Pakistan Reveals Gaps In Vaccination Female Candidate Battles Machismo In Mexico http://kut.org/post/woman-candidate-battles-machismo-mexico Earlier this month, the National Action Party of Mexico nominated the country's first ever female presidential candidate, economist Josefina Vazquez Mota. As Vazquez Mota accepted the nomination, she vowed to be the first woman to become the Mexican head of state.<p>The PAN, as the conservative party is known in Spanish, is Mexico's current ruling party. It has also put forth a woman, Isabel Miranda de Wallace, in Mexico City's mayoral race. Both elections take place on July 1.<p>The 51-year-old Vazquez Mota is a trained economist, devout Catholic and mother of three girls. Mon, 20 Feb 2012 14:35:56 +0000 Jason Beaubien, NPR 3688 at http://kut.org Female Candidate Battles Machismo In Mexico Border-Town Factories Give Manufacturers An Edge http://kut.org/post/border-town-factories-give-manufacturers-edge Officials in the United States have been wringing their hands lately over how to revitalize domestic manufacturing and keep factories from moving overseas.<p>But not all of those plants are going across the ocean to China or India or some other low-cost production hub in Asia. Mon, 21 Nov 2011 15:08:18 +0000 Jason Beaubien, NPR 3032 at http://kut.org Border-Town Factories Give Manufacturers An Edge Mexican Deportees Strain Cities South Of Texas Border http://kut.org/post/mexican-deportees-strain-cities-south-texas-border For many Mexican migrants who've just been deported from the United States, the border city Reynosa is where the American Dream dies.<p>Maria Nidelia Avila Basurto is a Catholic nun who heads a church-run shelter for deportees in Reynosa, in the northeast corner of Mexico, just across from McAllen, Texas.<p>"Many of them arrive with nothing," she says. "We have to give them everything — clothes, shoes, everything."<p>Last year, the U.S. deported a record number of immigrants. Wed, 09 Nov 2011 21:05:05 +0000 Jason Beaubien, NPR 2954 at http://kut.org Mexican Deportees Strain Cities South Of Texas Border Business Booms On Border Despite Violence http://kut.org/post/business-booms-border-despite-violence Over the last four years of the Mexican drug war, the country's northern border has become one of the most violent parts of the country. Yet recently that same part of Mexico has been booming economically.<p>The duty-free <em>maquiladora</em> assembly plants along the border are rapidly adding jobs, and exports to the United States are reaching record levels.<p>Juarez, just across from El Paso, Texas, is the murder capital of Mexico and one of the world's most violent cities. Drug-related violence in Juarez killed more than 3,000 people last year. Thu, 04 Aug 2011 16:07:54 +0000 Jason Beaubien, NPR 2133 at http://kut.org Business Booms On Border Despite Violence El Paso Teacher Becomes Unwitting Drug Smuggler http://kut.org/post/el-paso-teacher-becomes-unwitting-drug-smuggler For Ana Isela Martinez Amaya, May 26 began like any other school morning.<p>Martinez got up at 5:45 a.m. and got her 6-year-old daughter ready for school. At 6:30, the two of them left their house in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in a tan 2003 Ford Focus. They headed toward the Stanton Street Bridge crossing into Texas.<p>Martinez is a teacher at a bilingual charter school in El Paso. Thu, 21 Jul 2011 14:28:39 +0000 Jason Beaubien, NPR 2008 at http://kut.org El Paso Teacher Becomes Unwitting Drug Smuggler Brutal Cartels Make Crossing Texas Border Even Riskier http://kut.org/post/brutal-cartels-make-crossing-texas-border-even-riskier <em>Last in a three-part series. </em><p><em> </em>For many migrants trying to reach the U.S. from Mexico, the border region is a terrifying, lawless place, and their fear is often justified. Fri, 08 Jul 2011 19:42:09 +0000 Jason Beaubien, NPR 1911 at http://kut.org Brutal Cartels Make Crossing Texas Border Even Riskier Mexico Replaces Police With Soldiers Near Texas Border http://kut.org/post/mexico-replaces-police-soldiers-near-texas-border In Mexico, one controversial part of President Felipe Calderon's war against the drug cartels has been the use of the military to fight organized crime. Now in the border state of Tamaulipas, the Mexican army is taking over full control of the police departments in some of the state's most troubled cities.<p>In May, municipal police across Tamaulipas were ordered to turn in their weapons. This week 3,000 armed reinforcements from the military finally arrived to help patrol the state. Fri, 24 Jun 2011 19:10:03 +0000 Jason Beaubien, NPR 1797 at http://kut.org Mexico Replaces Police With Soldiers Near Texas Border