FROM Carrie Kahn
Enrique Pena Nieto's presidency and relationship to Trump A meeting between Mexico’s president and Donald Trump is cancelled over disagreements on who will pay for Trump’s border wall. But there may be more similarities than differences between the two leaders.
The World's Most Wanted Man Is Back on the Loose This week's escape of drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has turned glittering success into abject failure for Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto. The sophisticated tunnel built under the noses of prison officials has made a mockery of security and raised suspicion of official complicity. Guzmán's cartel is reportedly the main supplier of cocaine and heroin to the United States, and his show of power is a blow to international cooperation. We follow the story on both sides of the border.
Remains Thought to Be Missing Mexican Students Found The remains of dozens of young people have been found in a garbage dump near Iguala, Mexico, where 43 student-teachers went missing six weeks ago. The Mexican government says the bodies are likely evidence that the students were massacred. That set off protests all weekend, culminating with demonstrators lighting the Mexican ceremonial presidential palace on fire yesterday. We get the latest update on the case.
Mayor Possibly Involved in Mexican Students’ Disappearance Mexico’s top prosecutor says a small-town mayor and his wife are behind the disappearance of 43 students who went missing a month ago. He’s accusing the mayor of Iguala and his wife of ordering a police crackdown on the students last month so they wouldn’t interrupt a political event. Now six of the students are dead, and 43 have been missing since the clash, while the mayor and his wife have gone into hiding.
Missing Students and Mass Graves in Mexico A grizzly story is unraveling in Mexico, where 43 college students disappeared after a confrontation with police in the town of Iguala. A mass grave was discovered, but the DNA of the bodies did not match that of the students who are still missing. In the background are reports of politicians cooperating with drug traffickers. Four days after 43 college students disappeared, the “imperial couple” of the town of Iguala asked for a leave of absence. Adding to the mystery, Mayor Jose Luis Abarca and his wife, Maria Maria de Los Angeles Pineda, haven’t been seen since. Carrie Kahn is covering the story for NPR.
From the Other Side of the Border The President has delayed action on an immigration overhaul until after the November election. But across the border in Mexico, officials are in the midst of the largest crackdown on illegal immigrants in decades. This is just one reason the flow of Central American children into the U.S. has slowed from a torrent earlier this summer to a trickle now. The latest Homeland Security data shows the number of kids detained at the border in July was half the number from June. Host Madeleine Brand talks to NPR’s Carrie Kahn who’s been covering this story all summer from her home base in Mexico City.
Mexico Beyond the News Reports President Obama travels to Mexico today to meet with his Mexican and Canadian counterparts. But as Obama has said in the past - the Mexico of today is not just the country that is depicted in mainstream U.S. news reports about violence, drugs and poverty. The country may be poised for a middle class comeback, depending on whom you ask. We discuss the realities and myths of modern Mexico.
LA County social workers on trial, and reforms to juvenile justice Four former LA County social workers will go to trial on child abuse and other charges in the death of an 8-year-old boy. Also, two California state senators introduced new legislation that would end incarceration for kids under 12 and ban life sentences without parole for those under 18.
Big plans for tiny houses, homes for hope The tiny house movement is booming, even though in most places, people can't legally live in them. But that didn't stop a group of enthusiasts from learning how to build one at CAFAM. What will they do with their tiny homes? And as Angelenos have passed measures to build more housing for the homeless, a group of architecture students is trying to speed up access to shelter -- with designs for temporary housing with "curb appeal."
California congressmen clash over Russian meddling Two California congressmen are at the center of the investigation into possible ties between President Trump’s campaign and Russia. Republican Devin Nunes, chair of the House Intelligence Committee, is a Central Valley dairy farmer. His Democratic counterpart is Adam Schiff, a Los Angeles former prosecutor.