John Otis appears in the following:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.