John Otis

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In Remote Colombia, Prospects For Peace Are Clouded By Corruption

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.


Colombian Government, FARC Announce Outlines Of Peace Deal

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.


Mass Deportations Fuel Tension Along Venezuela-Colombia Border

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.


Pope Francis Delights Crowds In Ecuador, Moves On To Boliva

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.


Pope Francis Begins South America Tour With Mass In Ecuador

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.


Ecuador Is The First Stop On Pope Francis' South America Trip

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.


The Cycling World May Soon Bow Down Before Nairo Quintana

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.


Colombia Will End Coca Crop-Dusting, Citing Health Concerns

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.


Venezuela Faces Crime Epidemic

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.


It's No Joke: Venezuela Cracks Down On Comedians

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.


Army Reviewing Rape Charges Against U.S. Troops In Colombia

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.


The 33 Venezuelan Mayors Who Face Charges (And Oppose The President)

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.


The Second Most Dangerous Country For Land Mines Begins To De-Mine

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.


Nicaragua's Renewable Energy Revolution Picks Up Steam

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.


U.S. Hits Venezuela With Sanctions Over Crackdown On Protesters

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.


Venezuela's Maduro Sees Only Plots As His Economy Crumbles

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.


Opposition Grows To Nicaragua Canal Connecting Atlantic And Pacific

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.


Rich In Oil, Venezuela Is Now Poor In Most Everything Else

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.


Socialist Venezuelan Government Clashes With Labor Unions

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.


Singing The Blues, A U.S. Envoy Hopes To Boost Ties With Ecuador

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.