John Otis

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Ecuador Seeks To Build A Silicon Valley Of Its Own

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Ecuador is trying to build a high-tech city, which it hopes will spur a more diverse economy. The tiny South American country is concerned about possibly running out of the natural resources it relies on for most of its revenue.


Ecuador's President Tests The Waters On Wiping Away Term Limits

Monday, June 30, 2014

Fiery Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa had sworn that his current term, his third, would be his last. But his ruling party is now moving to remove constitutional term limits, potentially opening the door to a fourth term.


Ecuadoran Province Churns Out Top-Notch Soccer Players

Friday, June 20, 2014

Ecuador produces some excellent soccer players, but they predominantly come from the same area. The sparsely populated Pacific coast province of Esmeraldas. What makes it Ecuador's soccer hotbed?


Hopping From Venezuela To Colombia To Evade Currency Controls

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Venezuelans in need of U.S. dollars are restricted by government controls in the amount they can purchase legally. So many head across the border to Colombia. Hundreds of money-changers are at work in the border town of Cucuta, which also sets the exchange rate for the black market in Venezuela.


Colombian Rebel Group Becomes World's Oldest Guerrilla Army

Friday, May 30, 2014

In May 1964, the Marxist guerrilla group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as FARC, began its fight to overthrow the Colombian government. Fifty years later, the FARC is still fighting.

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Sen. Corker Wants More Lasting Show Of Force In Eastern Europe

Friday, May 30, 2014

Sen. Bob Corker, the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations panel, says President Obama's recent West Point speech should be thrown "in the trash can" in favor of tougher foreign policy goals.


Upcoming Elections In Colombia Get Sidetracked

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Colombians vote for president on Sunday, deciding whether to send the incumbent back to office so he can continue peace talks with leftist rebels. John Otis reports that the campaign has gotten dirty.


Bereft Of Legal Shield, Scholars' Work Is Open To Federal Eyes

Monday, May 05, 2014

The questioning of Gerry Adams arises partly from interviews conducted in academic research for Boston College. Harvard law professor Noah Feldman explains rights of disclosure in academic archives.


In Venezuela Protests, Report Condemns Police's 'Pattern Of Abuse'

Monday, May 05, 2014

A Human Rights Watch report documents brutal force used by Venezuelan security forces against peaceful demonstrators — including beatings, shootings and, in some cases, torture. The report also shows how security forces work in cahoots with pro-government armed gangs, calling the abuses the worst they have seen in years.


Venezuelan Attorney General Opens Probes Into Excessive Violence

Monday, March 24, 2014

Venezuela's top state prosecutor has accused security forces of excess in their response to protests. As John Otis reports, the prosecutor announced investigations into alleged human rights abuses.


The Colombian Politician With An Incredible Back Story

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Clara Rojas spent six years as a captive of Colombian guerrillas. During that time, she nearly died during childbirth and her son was then taken away by the rebels. Now she's running for Congress.


Venezuelan Government Gets Tough On Price Gouging Retailers

Monday, November 11, 2013

In a pre-Christmas offensive to lower prices, the Venezuelan government has taken over a nationwide chain of electronics and appliance stores that it accuses of price gouging. That's led to huge lines outside the stores as shoppers snap up cut-rate refrigerators and computers. As Venezuela's socialist government combats surging inflation, it's warning that more takeovers are ahead.


In Argentina, The New Pope Has Many Supporters, And A Few Critics

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Pope Francis is widely revered for his many years of work with the poor. But he has not been immune from criticism in a country that has gone through tumultuous times.