John Otis appears in the following:
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, November 02, 2016
FARC rebels are awaiting the day when they can put down their weapons. In the meantime, they've become more sedentary. Some guerrillas have gained weight from inactivity. Others are expecting babies.
Tuesday, November 01, 2016
In Venezuela, the opposition-led Congress suspended a political trial of President Maduro as the government freed several jailed political activists.
Sunday, October 23, 2016
Venezuela has suspended the opposition movement's campaign for a recall referendum for President Nicolas Maduro. NPR's Michel Martin talks with reporter John Otis about the latest in the country.
Sunday, October 16, 2016
FARC rebels are wondering whether they might be called back again into combat. Many hope not. After voters rejected a peace deal, "I could feel all my dreams falling apart," says one.
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Just days after Colombian voters rejected a peace plan with FARC rebels, Colombia's president is forging ahead with another group. The National Liberation Army, or ELN, is a smaller group than FARC.
Friday, October 07, 2016
In a region of southern Colombia that suffered terribly during the 50-year war with leftist guerrillas, people were surprised the nation's president was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. His celebrated efforts to end the conflict were rejected by Colombian voters.
Friday, October 07, 2016
Juan Manuel Santos was cited for reaching a peace agreement with the FARC insurgency. Earlier this week, Colombia's voters narrowly rejected the peace deal in a binding referendum.
Thursday, October 06, 2016
Colombia returned to the drawing board after a widely celebrated and highly touted peace deal with leftist guerrillas failed at the ballot box. It was a sharp rebuke to those convinced it would win widespread voter support.
Monday, October 03, 2016
Colombians voted down a peace agreement with Marxist rebels that would have ended the Western hemisphere's longest running conflict. The government says it doesn't have a plan B. NPR explores what's next for the South American nation.