John Otis

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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 Dec. 6 legislative elections, raising new hopes for the release of dozens of political prisoners — including opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez.


Venezuela's University Professors Vote With Their Feet

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

The collapse of the economy, combined with sky-high inflation, has left university professors earning about $35 a month. Droves of professionals have left, seeking opportunities abroad.


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

Colombian views on violence against women are under scrutiny as lawmakers consider honoring a popular deceased folk musician — one who was convicted of murdering his girlfriend in 1997.


The Nightmare Of Grocery Shopping In Venezuela

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Venezuela's economic model has imploded. With food production, import and distribution now controlled by the government, shelves are bare. A day's hunt for groceries in Caracas can prove futile.


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 separat...


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 Par...


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.