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John Otis

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Venezuela Braces For A Tough Year Ahead

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.


For Venezuela, Drop In Global Oil Prices Could Be Catastrophic

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.


In Latin America, Not Everyone Is Thrilled With The U.S.-Cuba Thaw

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.


In Bolivia, A Child's Place Is In The Market And The Mines

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.


The Place Where Rutherford B. Hayes Is A Really Big Deal

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.


Glow-In-The-Dark Treats To Light Up Your Halloween

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.


High In The Andes, Bolivia's Gondolas In The Sky Ease Congestion

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.


Morales Is The Favorite In Bolivia Elections

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Love him or hate him, Bolivia's President Evo Morales is expected to win a third term in today's election. Morales has paved the way for his re-election through his skilled handling of the economy.


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.


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.


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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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.


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.


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.


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.