John Otis appears in the following:
Saturday, December 12, 2015
Venezuela's opposition won a landslide victory in Dec. 6 legislative elections, raising new hopes for the release of dozens of political prisoners — including opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez.
Tuesday, December 08, 2015
The collapse of the economy, combined with sky-high inflation, has left university professors earning about $35 a month. Droves of professionals have left, seeking opportunities abroad.
Monday, December 07, 2015
The opposition in Venezuela overwhelmingly won parliamentary elections on Sunday. The victory brings an end to almost 17 years of socialist rule.
Friday, November 20, 2015
The mayor of Buenos Aires is expected to win Sunday's presidential runoff. In that soccer-mad country, front-runner Mauricio Macri gets points for having been team president for the Boca Juniors.
Saturday, November 07, 2015
Colombian views on violence against women are under scrutiny as lawmakers consider honoring a popular deceased folk musician — one who was convicted of murdering his girlfriend in 1997.
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Venezuela's economic model has imploded. With food production, import and distribution now controlled by the government, shelves are bare. A day's hunt for groceries in Caracas can prove futile.
Sunday, October 04, 2015
The country's president and insurgents have pledged to sign a treaty, ending the Americas' longest-running conflict. But peace relies on small-town mayors, whose campaigns are often founded on favors.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
The Marxist revolutionary group known as FARC has been fighting the Colombian government for over 50 years. Thanks to peace talks in Havana, Cuba, the fighting may finally come to an end in six months.
Monday, September 07, 2015
The deportation of thousands of Colombians from Venezuela and the sealing of the border is provoking chaos. Throngs of deportees are crowding into shelters, families have been separat...
Wednesday, July 08, 2015
The pope wrapped up the first leg of his South American mission which is focused on aiding the poor. Over the last 3 days, he was a crowd pleaser in Ecuador. He next visits Bolivia and then Paraguay.
Monday, July 06, 2015
Pope Francis kicks off a three-nation South America tour with a mass in Ecuador on Monday. Aiding the poor is at the center of his mission, which will include stops in Bolivia and Par...
Monday, July 06, 2015
The Argentine pontiff has embarked on a nine-day swing through Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay, some of the region's poorest countries. Francis is focusing on issues that affect the downtrodden.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
In 2013, a newcomer from Colombia passed almost everyone else and came in second in the Tour de France. This year, many think he'll take home the winning yellow jersey.
Friday, May 15, 2015
The U.S.-funded aerial spraying program has been aimed at killing the plants that feed the cocaine industry. Colombia says one of the chemicals in the spray may cause illnesses.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
With 16,000 homicides last year, Venezuela became the world's second deadliest country. But even as crime climbs, the number of police battling criminals is falling.
Tuesday, May 05, 2015
Venezuela's economic woes provide plenty of fodder for comedians. But the government doesn't seem to have a sense of humor: Comics say they are being targeted and prevented from performing.
Saturday, April 11, 2015
After some prominent scandals involving U.S. security officials in Colombia, new allegations of sex crimes are getting some traction there.
Wednesday, April 08, 2015
President Nicolas Maduro's government hasn't solved food shortages or ended high inflation. It's been more effective in cracking down on the opposition, filing legal charges against many mayors.
Tuesday, April 07, 2015
As the 51-year-old civil war in Colombia winds down, efforts to find and destroy the many mines are underway.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
A few years ago, Nicaragua was almost totally dependent on imported fuel. Now the country's fierce winds, sun and volcanoes generate nearly half the country's electricity, and perhaps 80 percent soon.