John Otis

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Colombia And FARC Peace Deal Depends On The Will Of Voters

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Colombia's government and the FARC rebels have signed a peace accord aimed at ending more than 50 years of conflict. But multiple steps remain, including a referendum, before the deal is implemented.


Colombia, FARC Reach Deal To End Armed Conflict

Thursday, August 25, 2016

The 50-year-old guerrilla war between Colombia and FARC rebels is coming to an end. Negotiators have signed a peace pact, and the public will decide whether to accept it in a referendum on Oct. 2.


For Venezuela's 'Millionaire' Contestants, Winnings Amount To A Few Bucks

Friday, July 29, 2016

Venezuela produces its own version of the hit game show franchise Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? In a country with runaway inflation, the top prize of 1 million bolivars is worth about $2,000.


Colombia's President: Making Peace With Rebels Is 'A Good Investment'

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

After 52 years of conflict, Colombia's civil war is now over. President Juan Manuel Santos tells NPR how he worked out the deal with the FARC rebels.


Colombia Reaches Deal With FARC Rebels To End 50-Year War

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Colombian government and the country's largest rebel group, the FARC, officially declared the end to the war that raged for more than 50 years and killed more than 200,000 people.


As Food Crisis Worsens, Venezuelans Loot Almost-Empty Stores

Monday, June 20, 2016

As food becomes increasingly scarce, hungry Venezuelans have carried out dozens of riots this month, ransacking stores that have little on their shelves.


Colombians Prepare For The Prospect Of Peace

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Fifty years of conflict between the government and FARC rebels may soon end in Colombia. Nearly four years of negotiations in Cuba are heading toward a peace deal that could be signed next month.


Venezuela Is Running Out Of Beer Amid Severe Economic Crisis

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The country's largest beer producer, Empresas Polar, halted operations because the government restricted access to imported barley. But the president has pinned the entire food crisis on Polar.


In Venezuela, Devalued Money May Weigh More Than Whatever You Can Buy

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Reporter John Otis reflects on the changes in Venezuela since he first arrived there 19 years ago. The country now confronts triple-digit inflation and its largest bank note is worth less than a dime.


Venezuela's Government Plays Hardball To Block Opposition's Recall Effort

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Day after day, there is less food on the shelves, less power to turn on lights or run businesses and more anger over the difficulties. But opposition efforts to recall the president are being stymied.


U.S. Officials Warn Of Possible Coup In Venezuela

Monday, May 16, 2016

Venezuela is in freefall. There's no food, medicine or power. The president is accusing the U.S. of instigating the shortages through what he claims is economic sabotage. The U.S. is warning of a possible coup in the South American nation.


Former FARC Hostage Ingrid Betancourt Returns To Colombia

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt is returning to Colombia for the first time since being freed in a dramatic 2008 commando raid after being held captive for six years by the FARC. She now lives in Paris, but there is speculation she might jump back into Colombian politics.


Venezuela Advises Government Employees To Only Work 2 Days A Week

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Venezuela's government announced all civil servants should only work on Monday and Tuesdays as a way to save energy. The two-day work week comes during a severe drought, food shortages and electricity crisis.


As Colombia Grows Safer, Tourists — Especially Bird Lovers — Flock Back

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

A half-century of guerrilla conflict is coming to an end in Colombia. In its wake, tourists are returning — especially birders. Colombia is home to 1,900 bird species, more than any other country.


Government's Secrecy Contributes To Zika Outbreak In Venezuela, Critics Say

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

As the Zika virus spreads, many fear Venezuela is downplaying the number of cases. Given the secrecy and politics that shroud most government-run institutions there, it's hard to know for sure.


Second Rebel Group Is Ready To Talk Peace With Colombia's Government

Thursday, March 31, 2016

The government of Colombia and leftist guerrillas say they will begin formal peace talks aimed at ending a five-decade conflict which has killed hundreds of thousands of people.


In Venezuela, An Electricity Crisis Adds To Country's Woes

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The country has oil, natural gas and rivers for hydroelectric power. Yet it's suffering crippling electricity cuts, adding to its economic woes.


Venezuela Struggles To Contain Zika Outbreak Amid Economic Crisis

Monday, March 07, 2016

For pregnant women in Venezuela, the possibility of getting the Zika virus is scary. The country's economy has collapsed, doctors are leaving in droves, and there's no medicine on the...


Is Venezuela's Collapsing Health System Ill-Equipped To Handle Zika?

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The scale of the Zika virus outbreak in Venezuela is unclear. The government is reporting more than 5,000 cases with three related deaths. But independent Venezuelan physicians fear i...


As Venezuelan Crisis Deepens, U.S. Baseball Teams Close Academies

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Venezuela is a key supplier of baseball talent to the U.S. major leagues. Players come up through baseball academies run by the teams. But now, many academies are being shut down.