John Otis

John Otis appears in the following:

Why migrant traffic through a dangerous jungle passageway is slowing down

Wednesday, June 07, 2023

A Colombian town at the start of the Darien Gap, one of the most treacherous migrant routes in the world, has seen a drop in migrants after the U.S. recently implemented the new immigration rules.


How a drugs lord's 'cocaine hippos' got out of control in Colombia

Monday, May 08, 2023

A drugs lord's exotic pets got out of control in Colombia — it's the tale of the so-called "cocaine hippos."


At a summit aimed at restoring democracy in Venezuela, an opposition leader was missing

Saturday, April 29, 2023

We'll take a look a the ongoing political crisis in Venezuela - its effects in the region but also, in the U.S., with more Venezuelans trying to migrate.


Venezuela starts to see some perks of renewed ties with Colombia

Tuesday, April 04, 2023

Cross-border trade between Colombia and Venezuela has slowly opened up after the countries reengaged following years of bad relations.


Inside the emerald mines that make Colombia a global giant of the green gem

Saturday, March 11, 2023

NPR ventures into a Colombian emerald mine — which used to be more dangerous, with potential explosions inside and gunfights outside. The CEO, a former U.S. diplomat, says he wanted to change that.


Rare good news from the Amazon: Gigantic fish are thriving again

Wednesday, December 07, 2022

Conservationists say a sustainable fishing program has helped the recovery of the local pirarucu — which can be up to 10-feet long and weigh 450 pounds.


Conservation efforts have brought back an endangered species of fish in the Amazon

Saturday, December 03, 2022

The pirarucu, the giant fish of the Amazon, was an endangered species. Due to conservation efforts, it's making a comeback.


Brazil's President-elect Lula will address protection of the Amazon rainforest at COP27

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Brazil's President-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is heading to the COP27 summit this week, to reassure the world that Amazon rainforest is in safe hands.


Russia's invasion has prompted Biden to offer reconciliation to Venezuela's president

Friday, November 04, 2022

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has prompted the Biden administration to extend an olive branch to Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro.


The U.S. is trying to mend ties with Venezuela. One big reason? Oil

Thursday, November 03, 2022

The Biden administration has extended an olive branch to Venezuela. It might sway Caracas to resume talks with the opposition for elections, and eventually let Venezuelan oil back on the world market.


How an ex-president who had been jailed rose back to power over Brazil's far right

Monday, October 31, 2022

President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva made a stunning political comeback by defeating incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. But he could face a short honeymoon — and a long four years in office.


Lula beats far-right President Bolsonaro to win Brazil election

Sunday, October 30, 2022

The results bring to a close the most consequential election in Brazil in decades. Now, President-elect da Silva faces the huge task of reinvigorating Brazil's economy.


This Amazon road led to vast deforestation. Brazil's Bolsonaro plans to pave it

Friday, October 28, 2022

President Jair Bolsonaro, who is running for reelection Sunday, has pledged to fully pave BR-319 and turn it into a kind of jungle expressway, raising alarm from environmental groups.


He's known as Chile's greatest poet, but feminists say Pablo Neruda is canceled

Saturday, October 15, 2022

"He's been canceled," a Chilean activist says of 20th century poet and Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda. Five decades after his death, feminists are denouncing him as a male chauvinist and sexual predator.


What music means to those who were blinded in the 2019 mass protests in Chile

Monday, October 10, 2022

Music has brought solace and companionship for some of those who were blinded in the 2019 mass protests in Chile.


For Chileans blinded in police violence, making music has become one path to healing

Monday, October 10, 2022

All members of Hacía la Victoria ("Onward to Victory") sustained eye injuries during clashes with police in anti-government protests in 2019. Their lyrics focus on police brutality and their own pain.


Feminists in Chile are fighting to repaint Pablo Neruda's legacy

Saturday, October 08, 2022

The legacy of the Nobel-prize winning Chilean poet is in trouble. In the latest controversy Chiles' feminist movement is calling out Pablo Neruda as a male chauvinist and a sexual predator.


Defying preelection polls, a divided Brazil heads to a presidential runoff

Sunday, October 02, 2022

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the left-wing former president, won more votes than right-wing incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro, but not enough to win outright in the 11-candidate race.


What's at stake on election day in Brazil

Sunday, October 02, 2022

It's election day in one of the worlds largest democracies, Brazil, and people there and abroad are holding their breath and hoping the result will be respected.


Brazil's election could determine the fate of the Amazon after record deforestation

Saturday, October 01, 2022

Under President Jair Bolsonaro, who is running for reelection in Sunday's vote, forest clearing and wildfires have surged in the Amazon.