John Otis appears in the following:
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.
Sunday, January 04, 2015
The country's economy is a mess and low oil prices are hurting the oil-exporting nation. While President Nicolas Maduro is unpopular among many Venezuelans, the opposition is fractured and weak.
Thursday, December 25, 2014
The South American nation is home to the world's largest oil reserves and earns most of its foreign reserves from oil. It faced a deep economic crisis even before petroleum prices began their plunge.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Cuba and Venezuela are close allies that often seemed to speak with a single voice when it came to bashing the U.S. But now they may be out of sync.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Other countries have moved away from child labor, but not Bolivia, which has lowered the legal working age to as young as 10. Advocates say the move brings the law in line with harsh reality.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
The 19th U.S. president didn't leave much of a legacy at home. But in Paraguay, he's a hero, credited with helping save the nation after a disastrous war with its South American neighbors.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Two entrepreneurs have developed new tricks to make food that's literally illuminating, using ingredients that are as natural and unprocessed as possible. It's just basic food chemistry, folks.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
One of Latin America's poorest countries is building the world's longest urban cable car system. The aim is to transform the lives of commuters who battle chronic traffic problems.