John Otis

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In Venezuela, Devalued Money May Weigh More Than Whatever You Can Buy

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Reporter John Otis reflects on the changes in Venezuela since he first arrived there 19 years ago. The country now confronts triple-digit inflation and its largest bank note is worth less than a dime.


Venezuela's Government Plays Hardball To Block Opposition's Recall Effort

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Day after day, there is less food on the shelves, less power to turn on lights or run businesses and more anger over the difficulties. But opposition efforts to recall the president are being stymied.


U.S. Officials Warn Of Possible Coup In Venezuela

Monday, May 16, 2016

Venezuela is in freefall. There's no food, medicine or power. The president is accusing the U.S. of instigating the shortages through what he claims is economic sabotage. The U.S. is warning of a possible coup in the South American nation.


Former FARC Hostage Ingrid Betancourt Returns To Colombia

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt is returning to Colombia for the first time since being freed in a dramatic 2008 commando raid after being held captive for six years by the FARC. She now lives in Paris, but there is speculation she might jump back into Colombian politics.


Venezuela Advises Government Employees To Only Work 2 Days A Week

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Venezuela's government announced all civil servants should only work on Monday and Tuesdays as a way to save energy. The two-day work week comes during a severe drought, food shortages and electricity crisis.


As Colombia Grows Safer, Tourists — Especially Bird Lovers — Flock Back

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

A half-century of guerrilla conflict is coming to an end in Colombia. In its wake, tourists are returning — especially birders. Colombia is home to 1,900 bird species, more than any other country.


Government's Secrecy Contributes To Zika Outbreak In Venezuela, Critics Say

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

As the Zika virus spreads, many fear Venezuela is downplaying the number of cases. Given the secrecy and politics that shroud most government-run institutions there, it's hard to know for sure.


Second Rebel Group Is Ready To Talk Peace With Colombia's Government

Thursday, March 31, 2016

The government of Colombia and leftist guerrillas say they will begin formal peace talks aimed at ending a five-decade conflict which has killed hundreds of thousands of people.


In Venezuela, An Electricity Crisis Adds To Country's Woes

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The country has oil, natural gas and rivers for hydroelectric power. Yet it's suffering crippling electricity cuts, adding to its economic woes.


Venezuela Struggles To Contain Zika Outbreak Amid Economic Crisis

Monday, March 07, 2016

For pregnant women in Venezuela, the possibility of getting the Zika virus is scary. The country's economy has collapsed, doctors are leaving in droves, and there's no medicine on the...


Is Venezuela's Collapsing Health System Ill-Equipped To Handle Zika?

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The scale of the Zika virus outbreak in Venezuela is unclear. The government is reporting more than 5,000 cases with three related deaths. But independent Venezuelan physicians fear i...


As Venezuelan Crisis Deepens, U.S. Baseball Teams Close Academies

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Venezuela is a key supplier of baseball talent to the U.S. major leagues. Players come up through baseball academies run by the teams. But now, many academies are being shut down.


Facing Severe Food Shortages, Venezuela Pushes Urban Gardens

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

In Venezuela, bread, meat, milk and other staples are scarce these days. So Venezuela's government is urging urban slum dwellers to grow and raise their own food. But it's a challenge.


Opposition In Venezuelan Legislature Drives New Direction – And Resistance

Saturday, February 13, 2016

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Winning Big, Venezuela's Opposition Now Plans Push For Prisoner Release

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Venezuela's opposition won a landslide victory in legislative elections on Sunday that's seen as a political turning point, because the Socialist Party has controlled all branches of government for the past 16 years.

Under former president Hugo Chavez and current leader Nicolas Maduro, the government has imprisoned dozens of opponents. ...


Venezuela's University Professors Vote With Their Feet

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Millions of Venezuelans voiced their displeasure with President Nicolas Maduro's Socialist Party by giving opposition parties an overwhelming victory in congressional elections Sunday. But over the past few years, a flood of disgruntled Venezuelans have been voting with their feet, and college professors are among them.

Amid soaring ...


Venezuela's Opposition Wins Control Of The National Assembly

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.


Macri's Ties To Soccer Boost His Chances In Argentina's Presidential Runoff

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.


Will Colombia Honor A Beloved Musician Who Was Also A Convicted Killer?

Saturday, November 07, 2015

The music of Diomedes Diaz blasts from a cantina in La Junta, a village of dirt streets and cactus on the edge of a desert where the late singer grew up. His songs celebrate country living, all-night partying and falling in love.

This style of music is called vallenato. Diaz ...


The Nightmare Of Grocery Shopping In Venezuela

Thursday, October 29, 2015

For Caracas housewife Anny Valero, today is grocery day — whether she likes it or not. Here's why: It's Monday, and if Valero doesn't go now, she'll have to wait four more days to buy food.

In Venezuela, government supermarkets sell price-controlled food, making them far cheaper than private stores. ...