Carrie Kahn http://www.kplu.org en Ruthless Mexican Drug Trafficker Was A Robin Hood In Home State http://www.kplu.org/post/ruthless-mexican-drug-trafficker-was-robin-hood-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. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 03:22:10 +0000 Carrie Kahn 14058 at http://www.kplu.org Ruthless Mexican Drug Trafficker Was A Robin Hood In Home State El Chapo's Arrest Punctures Drug Lord's Near-Mythical Status http://www.kplu.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 20:58:41 +0000 Carrie Kahn 14014 at http://www.kplu.org El Chapo's Arrest Punctures Drug Lord's Near-Mythical Status Tijuana Prisoner: I Was Forced To Dig Drug Tunnel To San Diego http://www.kplu.org/post/tijuana-prisoner-i-was-forced-dig-drug-tunnel-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 18:01:20 +0000 Carrie Kahn 13320 at http://www.kplu.org Tijuana Prisoner: I Was Forced To Dig Drug Tunnel To San Diego Mexico's Patron Saint Is Also Its Hello Kitty http://www.kplu.org/post/mexicos-patron-saint-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="http://www.distrollerbisne.com/">Distroller</a>, says it's customary on holiday to ask the Virgin of Guadalupe for something. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 18:09:02 +0000 Carrie Kahn 11639 at http://www.kplu.org Mexico's Patron Saint Is Also Its Hello Kitty Mexico's Youth Make Voices Heard Ahead Of Vote http://www.kplu.org/post/mexicos-youth-make-voices-heard-ahead-vote Mexicans go to the polls July 1 to choose their next president, and polls show that voters seem inclined to embrace the past. The center-left Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, which ruled the country for more than seven decades before being ousted 12 years ago, holds a solid lead.<p>But Mexico's young are making their voices heard: Some fear a return of authoritarian rule; others simply want jobs.<p><strong>Making Noise</strong><p>For the past few weeks, two things have been happening quite a lot in the Mexican capital: rain and protests. Thu, 21 Jun 2012 06:21:19 +0000 Carrie Kahn 5355 at http://www.kplu.org Mexico's Youth Make Voices Heard Ahead Of Vote