John Otis appears in the following:
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 separated, and the normally bustling frontier outpost of Villa del Rosario is a ghost town.
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 Paraguay. It is his second South American trip since becoming pope.
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.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
President Obama declared Venezuela a national security threat. That prompted Venezuela's socialist government to warn its citizens of an impending U.S. military attack.
Sunday, March 08, 2015
Venezuela's president is expelling most U.S. diplomats and demanding Americans secure visas to enter the country. Critics say it's an effort to draw attention from the the nation's economic meltdown.
Thursday, February 26, 2015
The canal would allow passage for the largest ships on the water, but cut through wetlands, forests and the region's largest freshwater lake — and environmentalists worry about the consequences.
Saturday, February 07, 2015
Venezuela's president has responded to a worsening economic crisis by imposing even more controls. A long-time pasta producer says prices are so low, the more pasta he makes, the more money he loses.
Wednesday, February 04, 2015
President Maduro is a former bus driver and union leader while his predecessor, Hugo Chavez, promised to lead a revolution on behalf of the workers. But now many independent labor unions are in open revolt over contract disputes, low wages that can't keep up with inflation, and government repression. The Chavez and Maduro governments have long viewed independent unions as a threat to their power and tried to co-opt or replace them with pro-government syndicates. But it's no longer working.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
In South America, left-wing governments hostile to the U.S. are tossing out diplomats or shunning them entirely. In Ecuador, U.S. Ambassador Adam Namm is using music to do something about it.