John Otis

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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."


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Peace May Be On Hold, But Colombia's Rebels Are Eager To Become Civilians

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.


Lawmakers In Venezuela Suspend Political Trial Of President Maduro

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.


Pressure Escalates On Maduro, As Venezuela Slides Further Into Turmoil

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.


After Voters Reject Colombia Peace Deal, Guerrillas Are Left In Limbo

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.


Colombia To Begin Peace Talks With Country's 2nd Largest Rebel Group ELN

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.


Colombian President Wins Nobel Peace Prize After Failed Peace Deal

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.


Colombia's President Wins Nobel Peace Prize

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.


Colombia Returns To Drawing Board After Peace Deal Failure

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.


Colombians Reject Peace Referendum With FARC Rebels

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.