Mexico http://kut.org en Tequila Nation: Mexico Reckons With Its Complicated Spirit http://kut.org/post/tequila-nation-mexico-reckons-its-complicated-spirit The Mexican town of Tequila in the western state of Jalisco is the heart of a region that produces the legendary spirit. Any bottle of tequila must be made from the Weber Blue species of agave, grown and distilled in this region.<p>Field after field of agave gives this land a blue hue, defining an economy and its traditions.<p>But using just one species of blue agave to make 100 percent blue agave tequila is done through cloning the plants, without pollination or flowering. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 09:08:07 +0000 The Kitchen Sisters 10662 at http://kut.org Tequila Nation: Mexico Reckons With Its Complicated Spirit "Inhumane" Conditions Reported At Temporary Immigrant Holding Facility In McAllen http://kut.org/post/inhumane-conditions-reported-temporary-immigrant-holding-facility-mcallen <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit U.S. Border Patrol" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kstx/files/styles/card_280/public/201302/us-border-patrol.jpeg" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Overcrowding and disease at a temporary immigration detention center in McAllen has the U.S. Border Patrol themselves calling on congress for humanitarian aid.&#160;</span><p>Because of the McAllen facility's temporary status, capacity is about 300. Tue, 27 May 2014 17:27:09 +0000 Ryan Poppe 10500 at http://kut.org "Inhumane" Conditions Reported At Temporary Immigrant Holding Facility In McAllen Awash In Cash, Drug Cartels Rely On Big Banks To Launder Profits http://kut.org/post/awash-cash-drug-cartels-rely-big-banks-launder-profits The Sinaloa Cartel, headquartered on Mexico's northern Pacific Coast, is constantly exploring new ways to launder its gargantuan profits. The<a href="http://www.state.gov/j/inl/rls/nrcrpt/2013/vol2/204066.htm" target="_blank"> State Department</a> reports that Mexican trafficking organizations earn between $19 and $29 billion every year from selling marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines on the streets of American cities. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:55:53 +0000 John Burnett, NPR 10011 at http://kut.org Awash In Cash, Drug Cartels Rely On Big Banks To Launder Profits Mexican Drug Lord Shot Dead ... For Second Time http://kut.org/post/mexican-drug-lord-shot-dead-second-time Nazario Moreno Gonzalez, one of Mexico's reputed drug lords, has now been killed twice.<p>Well, perhaps we should say that he's been declared dead for the second time.<p>The head of "the cultlike, pseudo-Christian La Familia cartel" was <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/06/22/137341625/mexico-captures-alleged-head-of-cult-like-cartel" target="_blank">supposedly killed back in December 2010</a> during a two-day shootout with police.<p>But on Sunday, Mexican authorities announced they'd killed him again. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 18:18:19 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 9931 at http://kut.org Mexican Drug Lord Shot Dead ... For Second Time El Chapo's Arrest Punctures Drug Lord's Near-Mythical Status http://kut.org/post/el-chapos-arrest-punctures-drug-lords-near-mythical-status One of the world's most powerful drug lords has been captured. Mexico's head of the Sinaloa drug cartel, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, was arrested in an operation that Mexican officials say involved the cooperation of U.S. authorities.<p>Guzman has been on the run for years and his capture puts an end to one of the longest and most profitable careers in the drug world. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 21:48:37 +0000 Carrie Kahn, NPR 9832 at http://kut.org El Chapo's Arrest Punctures Drug Lord's Near-Mythical Status Mexican National Executed In Texas After Supreme Court Denies Appeal http://kut.org/post/mexican-national-executed-texas-after-supreme-court-denies-appeal Wednesday's execution of a Mexican national in Texas revived a long-running diplomatic row between the United States and its southern neighbor.<p><strong>Updated at 10:50 p.m. ET: Execution Carried Out</strong><p>The Associated Press <a href="http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/state&id=9403410" target="_blank">reports</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"A Mexican man has been executed in Texas for killing a Houston police officer, despite pleas and diplomatic pressure from the Mexican government and the U.S. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 04:56:01 +0000 9617 at http://kut.org Mexican National Executed In Texas After Supreme Court Denies Appeal In 'Midnight in Mexico,' Alfredo Corchado Searches for Home http://kut.org/post/midnight-mexico-alfredo-corchado-searches-home <p>Dallas Morning News correspondent <span style="line-height: 1.5;">Alfredo </span>Corchado<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has been reporting in Mexico over the past 20 years.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He left the U.S. for Mexico in 1994 – a decision that’s long frustrated his mother. She and his father had moved his family to the U.S. to work as migrant farmers decades earlier.</span></p><p>Corchado writes about his troubled relationship with his birth country in his memoir, “<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Midnight-Mexico-Reporters-Countrys-Darkness/dp/159420439X">Midnight in Mexico.</a>” A movie is in the works. He recently spoke to KUT about his experiences.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/126194044&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 16:31:12 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 9401 at http://kut.org In 'Midnight in Mexico,' Alfredo Corchado Searches for Home Telemundo's 'Highly Unusual' Resurrection of 'El Señor' http://kut.org/post/telemundos-highly-unusual-resurrection-el-se-or Telemundo recently announced that its <em>telenovela</em> <em>El Señor de los Cielos (Lord of the Skies)</em> will be back for a second season; production began this week in Mexico City. This resurrection sets it apart from almost every other <em>telenovela </em>because, unlike American soap operas, <em>telenovelas</em> have a clear beginning and a definitive ending, airing for a set number of episodes.<p><em>El Señor</em> is based on the true story of Amado Carrillo Fuentes, a Mexican drug lord best-known for using Boeing 727 jets to transport cocaine from Colombia. Wed, 04 Dec 2013 22:35:16 +0000 Kat Chow 9313 at http://kut.org Telemundo's 'Highly Unusual' Resurrection of 'El Señor' Following Bloomberg's Lead, Mexico Aims To Fight Fat http://kut.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 10:27:44 +0000 Carrie Kahn, NPR 9007 at http://kut.org Following Bloomberg's Lead, Mexico Aims To Fight Fat How a Mexican Boom Could Be the Next Big Thing for Texas http://kut.org/post/how-mexican-boom-could-be-next-big-thing-texas <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-20cead22-9ebd-4129-4373-c8d44b70d6ab" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">This year, economists in Mexico are predicting an anemic growth rate for the country of 1.7 percent. Some say the number could be closer to 1.4 percent. However, longtime Mexico watchers, including Brookings analyst Joseph Parilla, say that’s not the <em>big</em> story. &nbsp;</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><br /><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">“In the Mexican case, they had robust growth last year and if you look past 2013, projections are still relatively good,” Parilla says. “Growth rates are between 3.5 and 4 percent over the next five years. I think the general consensus is while 2013 will prove a difficult year for the Mexican economy, there should be a pretty quick rebound after."<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F114595440" width="100%"></iframe></span></p><p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 20:16:49 +0000 David Brown 8899 at http://kut.org How a Mexican Boom Could Be the Next Big Thing for Texas While Texas Restricts Abortions, Mexico Braces for a Boom http://kut.org/post/while-texas-restricts-abortions-mexico-braces-boom <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F101730764" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>This week, Texas Gov. Rick Perry&nbsp;<a href="http://kutnews.org/post/gov-perry-signs-texas-sweeping-abortion-bill-law">signed a law</a>&nbsp;banning abortions after 20 weeks.</p><p>It also increases&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/whats-texas-abortion-bill">requirements for clinics and doctors</a>&nbsp;that provide abortions. Clinics have a little over a year to upgrade to&nbsp;<a href="http://kutnews.org/post/issue-texas-abortion-debate-whats-ambulatory-surgical-center">ambulatory surgical centers</a>. Several clinics are expected to close, leaving women in poor and rural areas the most affected.</p><p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 17:39:41 +0000 Joy Diaz 8382 at http://kut.org While Texas Restricts Abortions, Mexico Braces for a Boom Border Crossings Could Charge Admission to U.S. Visitors http://kut.org/post/border-crossings-could-charge-admission-us-visitors <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The federal government is mulling a possible entry fee to cross the border into the U.S.</span></p><p>The <a href="http://www.dhs.gov/">Department of Homeland Security</a> wants to study if, and how much, it could charge people on the millions of trains, buses, personal vehicles and even pedestrians crossing the U.S. border every year.</p><p>The idea would be to use the money for infrastructure repairs and maintenance at the ports of entry. Mon, 27 May 2013 21:55:32 +0000 Joy Diaz 7894 at http://kut.org Border Crossings Could Charge Admission to U.S. Visitors Zeta Drug Money Laundering Trial Starts Today in Austin http://kut.org/post/zeta-drug-money-laundering-trial-starts-today-austin <p></p><p>Opening statements in a drug money laundering trial get underway in an Austin courtroom today.&nbsp;</p><p>Among the men charged: Jose Trevino Morales. Federal prosecutors call Morales the brother of two top leaders of the&nbsp;Zeta drug cartel, and say he’s involved in a money-laundering scheme for the cartel: hiding millions of dollars in drug money in the horse racing business in Texas and other states.</p><p> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 13:55:00 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues 7372 at http://kut.org Zeta Drug Money Laundering Trial Starts Today in Austin Austin Author Explores History, Impact of Juarez Drug Violence http://kut.org/post/austin-author-explores-history-impact-juarez-drug-violence <p><a href="http://ricardoainslie.com/">Ricardo Ainslie</a> says the Mexican border city of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ciudad_Ju%C3%A1rez">Juarez</a> used to be kind of like the state of Texas - with a strong, independent spirit.</p><p>But he says the violence of the drug cartels and the government's war hit just about everyone who lives there, and left the city vulnerable and paranoid. Eleven thousand people were killed in Juarez between January of 2008 and December of 2012.</p><p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Stayton & Jennifer Stayton 7317 at http://kut.org Austin Author Explores History, Impact of Juarez Drug Violence Border Crossing Reopens – Connecting People and Commerce http://kut.org/post/border-crossing-reopens-connecting-people-and-commerce <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A </span><a href="http://marfapublicradio.org/blog/2013/04/10/krts-crosses-into-mexico-at-boquillas-and-then-back-into-texas-legally/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">border crossing opened yesterday</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> for the first time since 9/11 – reconnecting Big Bend National Park with </span>Boquillas<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Mexico. The opening reunited families and friends and restarted the tourism-driven commerce that once flowed across the border.</span></p><p>Before the border was closed, 300 people lived in Boquillas. Now, just 90 live there.</p><p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 18:14:47 +0000 Laura Rice 7318 at http://kut.org Border Crossing Reopens – Connecting People and Commerce Report Highlights Issues With Gun Running Into Mexico http://kut.org/post/report-highlights-issues-gun-running-mexico <p></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px;">As the gun control debate swirls around issues like background checks and mental health, a new study reveals that gun running into Mexico remains a large-scale problem.</p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 15:55:40 +0000 Julian Aguilar, Texas Tribune 7203 at http://kut.org Report Highlights Issues With Gun Running Into Mexico Narco Cinema Finds Growing Audience in Austin http://kut.org/post/narco-cinema-finds-growing-audience-austin <p></p><p>After the arrest in 2010 of Edgar Valdez Villarreal, who the authorities said was the head of a violent Mexican drug cartel, customers at Video Mexico in Austin told Eduardo Betancourt, the owner, something he should have known: The man’s life was already the subject of a low-budget movie.</p><p>Betancourt’s video-store customers are part of a legion of aficionados of Mexican narco cinema, hastily made films that are inspired by the cartels. The films usually skip theaters, going directly to home video.</p><p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 20:23:53 +0000 Julian Aguilar, Texas Tribune 7151 at http://kut.org Narco Cinema Finds Growing Audience in Austin Cartels a Concern for DPS, But Not the Only One http://kut.org/post/cartels-concern-dps-not-only-one <p>The <a href="http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/">T</a><a href="http://kutnews.org/term/department-public-safety">exas Department of Public Safety</a><a href="http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/"> </a>calls Mexican <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/brutal-cartels-make-crossing-texas-border-even-riskier">cartels</a> the most significant organized crime threat in the state. In its&nbsp;<a href="http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/director_staff/media_and_communications/threatOverview.pdf">2013 report</a>, the agency said six cartels are operating in Texas by moving drugs, people, cash and weapons across the border.</p><p>"It is a top DPS priority to severely obstruct the range and power of Mexican drug organizations to affect the public safety of Texas citizens," said DPS Director Steven McCraw at the <a href="http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/conference/txEmerMgmtConf.htm">Texas Emergency Management Conference</a> in San Antonio this week.</p><p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 23:21:16 +0000 Marissa Barnett 7138 at http://kut.org Cartels a Concern for DPS, But Not the Only One Cornyn: Mexico Owes Us Water http://kut.org/post/cornyn-mexico-owes-us-water <p>U.S. Sen. John Cornyn says Texas farmers and ranchers in the Rio Grande Valley are suffering because Mexico is not delivering water it owes the United States under a <a href="http://www.ibwc.state.gov/Treaties_Minutes/treaties.html">treaty</a> signed in 1944.</p><p>Cornyn, is asking an <a href="http://www.ibwc.state.gov/home.html">international commission</a> to intervene and require that Mexico divert water from the Rio Grande to Texas.</p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 22:39:38 +0000 Nathan Bernier 6855 at http://kut.org Cornyn: Mexico Owes Us Water Mexico's 'Crisis Of Disappearance': Families Seek Answers http://kut.org/post/mexicos-crisis-disappearance-families-seek-answers Maximina Hernandez says she begged her 23-year old son, Dionicio, to give up his job as a police officer in a suburb of Monterrey. Rival drug cartels have been battling in the northern Mexican city for years.<p>But he told her being a police officer was in his blood, a family tradition. He was detailed to guard the town's mayor.<p>In May 2007, on his way to work, two men wearing police uniforms stopped Dionicio on a busy street, pulled him from his car and drove him away. That same day, the mayor's other two bodyguards were also abducted. Thu, 21 Feb 2013 16:37:44 +0000 Carrie Kahn, NPR 6690 at http://kut.org Mexico's 'Crisis Of Disappearance': Families Seek Answers