Central America http://www.kunc.org en Global Love Of Bananas May Be Hurting Costa Rica's Crocodiles http://www.kunc.org/post/global-love-bananas-may-be-hurting-costa-ricas-crocodiles Americans love bananas. Each year, we eat more bananas than any other fruit. But banana growers use a lot of pesticides — and those chemicals could be hurting wildlife. As a new study shows, the pesticides are ending up in the bodies of crocodiles living near banana farms in Costa Rica, where many of the bananas we eat are <a href="http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fe901">grown</a>.<p>Of course, there's a reason why banana plantations rely heavily on pesticides. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 20:41:00 +0000 49994 at http://www.kunc.org Global Love Of Bananas May Be Hurting Costa Rica's Crocodiles Costa Rican Tribe's Traditional Medicines Get A Modern Media Makeover http://www.kunc.org/post/costa-rican-tribes-traditional-medicines-get-modern-media-makeover When the Terraba tribe in Costa Rica rallied to oppose a <a href="http://www.ticotimes.net/Current-Edition/News-Briefs/Vice-President-Piva-to-oversee-controversial-hydroelectric-project-_Wednesday-January-12-2011">hydroelectric dam</a> they feared would destroy their land and their centuries-old culture, the indigenous community took a modern approach.<p>They linked up with journalism students at <a href="http://www.elon.edu/e-web/about/default.xhtml">Elon University</a> in North Carolina, who built a <a href="http://terraba.org/en/culture.html">website</a> describing the tribe's way of life, Thu, 24 Jan 2013 20:25:00 +0000 39244 at http://www.kunc.org Costa Rican Tribe's Traditional Medicines Get A Modern Media Makeover Violence Exposes Crisis In Latin American Prisons http://www.kunc.org/post/violence-exposes-crisis-latin-american-prisons A series of fatal riots inside Mexican prisons last week and a deadly blaze at a penitentiary in Honduras are prompting calls for major penal reform in Central America.<p>Violence at three different penitentiaries in Mexico last week left 48 inmates dead, while the inferno in Honduras earlier this month killed 360 prisoners.<p>These deadly events underscore the problems of corruption, overcrowding, prison gangs and crumbling infrastructure that prisons face throughout the region.<p>The recent television images from Mexico and Honduras were strikingly similar, showing women clashing with polic Mon, 27 Feb 2012 20:52:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 23048 at http://www.kunc.org Violence Exposes Crisis In Latin American Prisons Honduras Says Deadly Prison Fire Started By Cigarette http://www.kunc.org/post/honduras-says-deadly-prison-fire-started-cigarette Honduran officials said last week's prison fire that killed 360 was started by accident, when an inmate fell asleep with a lit cigarette. Tue, 21 Feb 2012 23:22:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 22762 at http://www.kunc.org Honduras Prison Fire: Most In Comayagua Jail Had Not Been Convicted http://www.kunc.org/post/honduras-prison-fire-most-comayagua-jail-had-not-been-convicted According to an internal government report sent to the United Nations and seen by the Associated Press, more than half the prisoners at the Comayagua jail in Honduras had not been convicted.<p>A late night fire on Tuesday, killed at least 356 people and left the country in mourning and the government grappling with a prison system that has long been criticized for its deplorable conditions.<p><a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/feb/16/honduras-jail-fire-prisoners-comayagua?newsfeed=true"><em>The Guardian</em> reports</a> that Comayagua had about 800 inmates in a facility that was bui Thu, 16 Feb 2012 12:22:00 +0000 22491 at http://www.kunc.org Honduras Prison Fire: Most In Comayagua Jail Had Not Been Convicted