John Otis

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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.


Haitian Migrants Inundate A Colombia Town On The Way To U.S. Border

Monday, September 27, 2021

A small town in northern Colombia has seen a surge in Haitian migrants — they've pitched tents in every available spot. The migrants are trying to make their way to the United States.


Tourists In Colombia Can Now Take Jungle Hikes With Ex-FARC Guerrilla Guides

Monday, July 19, 2021

FARC rebels used to chain their kidnap victims in the jungle until they received ransom. Now tourists pay ex-guerrillas hundreds of dollars to take them hiking and whitewater rafting there.


The Latest From Haiti Following President Jovenel Moise's Assassination

Sunday, July 11, 2021

The widow of late Haitian President Jovenel Moise says his enemies orchestrated his assassination, but did not give names. Meanwhile, the country's interim government has asked the U.S. for help.


Ex-Colombian Soldiers' Arrests Add To The Mystery Around The Haiti Assassination

Saturday, July 10, 2021

More than a dozen former Colombian soldiers are detained in connection with the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse. Some officials and analysts say the Colombians are being used as scapegoats.


At Least 6 Suspects In Haiti President Killing Confirmed As Former Colombian Military

Friday, July 09, 2021

Some of the suspects in the assassination of Haiti's president have been identified as Colombian nationals. Colombia has an industry of former military personnel marketing themselves as mercenaries.


Behind The Violence Between Venezuelan Forces And Colombian Guerillas

Friday, June 11, 2021

In recent weeks, fighting has broken out between Venezuelan forces and guerrilla fighters from neighboring Colombia. The fighters have long used Venezuela as a base, but Venezuela is now pushing back.


What The Pandemic Now Looks Like In Germany, Kenya And Colombia

Tuesday, June 08, 2021

The global fight against COVID-19 is in very different stages country to country. Reporters on three continents explain the status of the pandemic in Germany, Kenya and Colombia.


In An Attempt To Ease Sanctions, Venezuela's Maduro Reaches Out To U.S.

Monday, May 31, 2021

U.S. sanctions for Venezuela's crackdown on democracy are making the country's economic crisis worse. Authoritarian President Nicolás Maduro is seeking sanctions relief from the Biden administration.


Anti-Government Protests In Colombia Now In Their 3rd Week

Friday, May 14, 2021

In Colombia, deadly anti-government protests are now in their third week. Protesters are taking to the streets over police violence, economic inequity and health reform amid the pandemic.


Anti-Government Protests Continue In Colombia

Friday, May 07, 2021

The proposed tax reform that sparked protests has been withdrawn. But Colombians are now demanding actions to tackle poverty, inequality and school reform. At least 24 people have died.


Protesters March In Colombia Against Plan To Raise Taxes In Pandemic-Wracked Economy

Friday, April 30, 2021

Even though COVID-19 deaths are spiking and the country is climbing out of a deep economic downturn, the president has proposed new taxes. Colombians are defying restrictions by protesting.


Thousands March In Colombia To Protest Plans To Raise Taxes

Friday, April 30, 2021

Protesters are taking to the streets of Colombia demonstrating against the government's mishandling of the pandemic, and its proposal to raise taxes at a time of deep economic pain.


Colombia's President On Amnesty For Venezuelans: 'We Want To Set An Example'

Wednesday, March 03, 2021

"We want to demonstrate that although we're not a rich country, we can do something that is humanitarian ... but at the same time is an intelligent and sound migration policy," Iván Duque tells NPR.


Colombia Offers Legal Status To Migrants Who Fled Venezuela

Wednesday, March 03, 2021

More than 5 million Venezuelans have fled their country, many of them to neighboring Colombia, whose president is winning praise for his open-door policy toward Venezuelans.