John Otis

John Otis appears in the following:

Colombia's FARC Guerrillas Are Set To Miss Disarmament Deadline

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Colombia's FARC guerrillas are disarming, but it's taking longer than planned. Under a peace deal signed with the government late last year, the rebels are supposed to turn in all arms by May 31.

Comment

Trump To Meet Colombian President Santos At The White House

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Amid a huge boom in cocaine production, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos meets with President Trump. Santos will try to convince the U.S. to maintain its support for Colombia's peace process.

Comment

Dissident Rebels In Colombia Ignore Peace Treaty And Continue Extortion

Thursday, May 11, 2017

A peace treaty in 2016 largely ended a half-century war waged by the guerrilla group FARC against Colombia's government. But a handful of FARC dissidents extort business owners and refuse to disarm.

Comment

After Peace Agreement, A Baby Boom Among Colombia's FARC Guerrillas

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

During 50 years of guerrilla war, FARC women rarely gave birth. Babies were considered a liability. Now rebels are becoming parents. "Many couples are very hopeful about the future," says a commander.

Comment

In Colombia, Residents Push Back Against Gold Mining Plans

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Colombia wants to get at billions of dollars worth of gold in territory once made off limits by a guerrilla war. But locals are having none of it. They fear their bucolic life could be destroyed.

Comment

Opposition Parties In Venezuela Prepare For Elections, Hoping They Will Come

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Venezuela's ruling party is threatened by an opposition fueled by an economic crisis and related public anger over fuel and food shortages. It's kept power in part by stalling all manner of elections.

Comment

Venezuela's Bread Wars: With Food Scarce, Government Accuses Bakers Of Hoarding

Friday, April 07, 2017

Authorities control flour, and bakers say there isn't enough. But officials say bakers are diverting flour to more profitable brownies and trying to bring down the government.

Comment

Rescuers In Colombian Town Of Mocoa Search For Flood Survivors

Monday, April 03, 2017

In Mocoa, Colombia, entire neighborhoods were wiped out over the weekend by flooding and landslides. Colombia's president says more than 200 people have been killed.

Comment

At Least 193 Killed In Colombian Avalanche Of Mud And Water

Sunday, April 02, 2017

At least 193 people were killed after floods tore through a small city in Colombia. President Juan Manuel Santos has declared a state of emergency.

Comment

Venezuela's Supreme Court Takes Over Opposition-Controlled Congress

Thursday, March 30, 2017

In a move critics are calling the point of no return toward a dictatorship, Venezuela's Supreme Court took over the opposition-controlled Congress. The court ruled Congress "in contempt' and said it would take over all "parliamentary capacities."

Comment

For Utah Newlywed, An 'Egregious' Prison Stint In Venezuela

Monday, March 27, 2017

Joshua Holt, a Mormon, was on his honeymoon in Venezuela last year when he was arrested in an anti-gang operation. He's been in jail since. The U.S. has called for his release on humanitarian grounds.

Comment

Wayuu Calamity Shines A Light On Colombia's Forgotten Rural Poor

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

The economic meltdown in Venezuela is contributing to Indian children across the border in Colombia dying. Health experts say the Wayuu tribe has been particularly hard-hit.

Comment

Colombia Faces A Challenge: Turn FARC Guerrillas Into Civilians

Friday, January 27, 2017

In Colombia, Marxist rebels have agreed to disarm by May 31 under the terms of a hard-fought peace treaty. But harder than agreeing to peace might be transforming 7,000 rebels into civilians.

Comment

For Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, A Second Life On The Small Screen

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

A new TV series recounts the life of the late strongman — and suggests his rule laid the groundwork for the food shortages, hyperinflation and political polarization plaguing Venezuela today.

Comment

War Correspondent, First To Report The Start Of WW II, Dies At 105

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

A pistol-packing reporter who snuck into Nazi territory to break the news that World War II had begun has died. Clare Hollingworth was a trail-blazer for female war correspondents. She was 105.

Comment

In Colombia, Criminal Gangs Muscle Into Areas Once Controlled By Guerrillas

Monday, December 26, 2016

As Colombia's FARC guerrillas have laid down their weapons, criminal gangs are moving into their turf. There are signs violent right-wing factions hope to sabotage the peace accords.

Comment

Colombia Plane Ran Out Of Fuel Before It Crashed Near Medellin

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Authorities also released audio of the conversation between the pilot and the airport's communications tower during the doomed plane's final moments on Monday. Only six of 77 people aboard survived.

Comment

Audio Recording Reveals Brazilian Soccer Team's Plane Ran Out Of Fuel

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The chartered plane that crashed in Colombia, killing a Brazilian soccer team, ran out of fuel, according to audio of the doomed aircraft.

Comment

Venezuelans Used To Cross Borders For Luxuries; Now It's For Toilet Paper

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Venezuelans are going to Colombia to buy essentials unavailable at home like bread, sugar and medicines. But life on the border is going through its own economic downturn.

Comment

Some Activists Skeptical Of Vatican-Led Venezeulan Peace Talks

Monday, November 07, 2016

The Vatican is mediating talks between Venezuela's government and an opposition seeking to recall the president. Some activists think the government may be using these negotiations to stall for time.

Comment