John Otis

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After Colombia's election surprise, a populist TikTok star poses stiff competition

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

A 77-year-old populist who campaigns over TikTok and promises budget cuts and jail for corrupt officials is now neck and neck with his leftist opponent ahead of Sunday's runoff election.


Colombia's presidential race heads to a runoff

Monday, May 30, 2022

Sunday's first round produced two top vote-getters from very different backgrounds. The June 19 runoff will be a contest between a left-wing former guerrilla and a populist real-estate mogul.


Colombia goes into elections Sunday with a leftist looking to make history

Friday, May 27, 2022

Colombia's presidential election is Sunday, and for the first time, a leftist candidate is favored to come out ahead. Business elites are nervous.


South America's traditional cowboys are still at home on the range in Colombia

Sunday, May 15, 2022

livestock in Colombia are raised on vast, open ranges. Overseeing the herds requires the special skills of Colombian cowboys who are known as llaneros — Spanish for "plainsmen."


Colombia legalized abortions for the first 24 weeks of pregnancy. A backlash ensued

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

The Constitutional Court issued the ruling in February of this year. It's part of a so-called "green wave" of liberalizing abortion rights in some Latin America countries. And it's led to protests.


Cowboys in Colombia are barefoot legends

Sunday, May 01, 2022

Cowboys in the South American country of Colombia have a storied history. To this day, they continue to ride the plains, keeping an eye on cattle. And usually, they do so barefoot.


He's running to be Colombia's 1st left-wing president. Here's what he plans to do

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Colombian presidential candidate Gustavo Petro sits down with NPR and talks about his time in a guerrilla group and proposals to tackle poverty and climate change.


Colombia has approved more liberal abortion laws, sparking backlash

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Colombia approved some of the most liberal abortion laws in the Americas in February. The decision has provoked a backlash from anti-abortion groups.


Cartagena's literary festival hopes to inspire a new generation of artists

Thursday, February 10, 2022

The literary festival in the Colombian port city aims to bridge the gap between the city's cosmopolitan center and the surrounding neighborhoods, where many of the poor never make it downtown.


Why the kids of Venezuela aren't getting enough to eat

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Many are small for their age — a sign of a growing crisis of malnutrition. Government mismanagement is to blame, say political analysts. And there could be lifelong impacts for these children.


Children face malnutrition under the Venezuelan government's mismanagement

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Venezuela is facing a long-term catastrophe of its own making: widespread child malnutrition. Years of economic mismanagement have brought massive poverty and food shortages.


Venezuelans are cooking over wood fires because of a shortage of propane

Saturday, January 08, 2022

In a great irony, Venezuelans are cooking their meals over wood fires because of a shortage of propane. This is in a nation with among the largest oil and natural gas reserves in the world.


The U.S. predicted his downfall but Maduro strengthens his grip on power in Venezuela

Tuesday, December 07, 2021

Venezuelan opponents and U.S. officials were predicting his demise years ago. But Nicolás Maduro and his Socialist Party remain firmly in power.


Venezuelan opposition is regrouping after the ruling party dominated election

Thursday, November 25, 2021

After boycotting elections for years, Venezuela's opposition chose to participate in state and regional elections this week. The ruling Socialist Party won overwhelmingly.


International observers monitor as Venezuelans cast ballots in local elections

Monday, November 22, 2021

Opposition candidates participated in state and local elections in Venezuela for the first time in years, having concluded that boycotts only strengthened the government of President Nicolás Maduro.


Venezuelan opposition returns to polls after years of boycotts

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Venezuela holds local elections Sunday and for the opposition, in a change in policy, is taking part.


A once-remote patch of rainforest is now packed with migrants trying to reach the U.S.

Friday, November 19, 2021

More than 100,000 people have crossed the Darién Gap jungle from Colombia to Panama so far this year. The environmental impact and threats from cartels are many.


The Darien Gap was no man's land. Now it's a popular migrant path to the U.S.

Saturday, November 13, 2021

The dense jungle of the Darien Gap between Panama and Colombia was once a no man's land. It is now a busy thoroughfare for migrants heading north to the U.S.


Haitian migrants on their way to the U.S. risk their lives along the Darien Gap

Monday, October 11, 2021

The jungle between Colombia and Panama has become a primary thoroughfare for migrants heading north. Thousands of Haitian migrants are making the dangerous journey, trying to get to the U.S.


For many Haitian migrants, reaching the U.S. border took of years of travel

Friday, October 01, 2021

For many Haitian migrants, the dangerous journey from their troubled home country to the United States spans a decade and thousands of dangerous miles through Latin America.