John Otis

John Otis appears in the following:

Facing Allegations Of Corruption, Peru's President Resigns

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Peru's president has resigned after 19 months in office. Facing allegations of corruption and vote buying, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski stepped down a day before the Peruvian congress planned to fire him.


Venezuela Set To Launch The Petro, Its New Cryptocurrency

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Venezuela has a severe economic crisis. But rather than a conventional economic overhaul, President Maduro claims that one of the solutions will be a bitcoin-like digital currency.


Facing Hardships, Venezuelans Are Leaving The Country In Exodus

Monday, February 19, 2018

People are leaving Venezuela due to hardships in the country that include food and medicine shortages as well as hyperinflation. Many are crossing the border into Colombia.


Police In Venezuela Say They've Destroyed A Terrorist Cell

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Authorities arrested five members of what they call a terrorist cell, and may have killed Oscar Perez, a self-proclaimed rogue helicopter pilot who tried to spark an uprising against President Maduro.


Growing Alliance With Venezuela's Armed Forces Has Let President Maduro Stay In Power

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's survival strategy amid an economic crisis and plummeting popularity is to surround himself with military. Retired and active military officers now make up almost half Maduro's cabinet and hold most of the top ministerial portfolios.


Amid Opposition Boycott, Venezuela's Ruling Socialists Sweep Mayoral Races

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Venezuela's ruling party won big in mayoral elections due to an opposition boycott. They claimed the vote was rigged. Now, both sides are gearing up for presidential elections.


Venezuela's Baseball League Is Struggling Amid Country's Deep Economic Crisis

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

In Venezuela, baseball is in crisis. The game can be a nice diversion from everyday troubles. But most of the eight teams are in financial trouble. Fans can't afford tickets. And homeless people have moved into stadiums.


Opposition Movement Struggles To Unseat Venezuela's President

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Venezuela's opposition is in crisis. They say the president is using dirty tricks to gut their efforts to unseat him. But critics blame the opposition for a muddled message and poor leadership.


Opposition In Venezuela Calls For Another Round Of Elections

Monday, October 16, 2017

Gubernatorial elections in Venezuela delivered a majority of seats to the ruling socialists, rocking the opposition and reigniting protests. The opposition cited irregularities in their 17-6 seat loss. Shortages of food and medicine coupled with massive inflation have fueled widespread anger.


Ecuador's President Demonstrates He's His Own Man

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Ecuador has a new president who, while a protégé of his predecessor, is proving he's no puppet. He has turned against his former boss and is accusing him of having lied about the nation's economy.


Pope Francis Visits Colombia Amid Deep Divisions Over Peace Process

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Pope Francis arrives in Colombia on Tuesday. His visit comes as the South American nation is working through a peace deal that ended a 50-year guerrilla war. The pope supported the peace deal, but some claim he hasn't supported more justice for the war's victims.


Venezuela's Crackdown On Democracy Pits Brother Against Brother

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

In one of the most prominent displays, the host of a TV program critical of the increasingly authoritarian government is sharply at odds with his younger brother, Venezuela's communications minister.


Border Dispute Divides Remote Colombian States

Monday, July 24, 2017

Two Colombian states fight over impoverished town that's divided down the middle — and the town has suffered as a result.


In Venezuela, Some Government Loyalists Split With President Maduro

Friday, July 14, 2017

Life in Venezuela is getting increasingly difficult under the heavy handed rule of President Nicolas Maduro. Some government loyalists are suffering a change of heart and are splitting with Maduro, but the consequences can be tough.


Venezuelan President Announces Plan To Rewrite Its Constitution

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

After more than 100 days of often-violent street protests, there's little sign of peace returning to Venezuela, as President Nicolas Maduro prepares a plan that critics call a power grab.


Venezuelan Opposition Leader Released From Prison, Placed Under House Arrest

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Prominent Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez has been released from prison and put on house arrest after spending three years behind bars for leading anti-government protests.


Morning News Brief: Trump In Poland, Final Battles For Mosul, Venezuela Violence

Thursday, July 06, 2017

President Trump is getting a warm welcome in Poland. Also, the last battles of Mosul are down to street fighting, and pro-government groups attacked lawmakers in Venezuela.


Venezuela's Opposition Plans Referendum

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Opposition leaders in Venezuela plan to hold an unofficial plebiscite July 16 over President Maduro's designs for a constitutional rewrite.


Faced With Peace, Former Rebels In Colombia Find New Ways To Survive

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Rebel fighters in Colombia have laid down their arms ending a more than 50-year conflict. But now comes the tough part: Former guerrillas have to figure out how to make a living.


Colombia's FARC Rebels Officially Disarm

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

After more than 50 years of conflict, Colombia's largest guerrilla group officially disarmed and is transitioning into a political party.