Havana summit calls for independent Puerto Rico

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CARACAS, Venezuela, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is getting tougher on what remains of political opposition in the Latin American amid signs of a revival of populist Bolivarian revolution.
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Bolivians unhappy with Morales seeking third term

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Paraguay's diplomatic isolation dissipates

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Honduran troops seen shooting protest bus

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OAS head considering Chilean presidency?

MIAMI, June 7 (UPI) -- The head of the Organization of American States said he is considering a run at the presidency in his native Chile, The Miami Herald reported Saturday.

OAS head: Democracy goes beyond elections

PANAMA CITY, Panama, June 2 (UPI) -- Democracy transcends elections and must include respect for rights and free speech, the secretary-general of the Organization of American States says.

OAS head and Panamanian president hold talks

PANAMA CITY, Panama, June 1 (UPI) -- Panamanian President Martin Torrijos and the head of the Organization of American States, Jose Miguel Insulza, held talks Friday, OAS officials said.

Haiti can rejoin Caricom

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Caricom, the Caribbean Common Market, plans to invite Haiti back to membership following the election of Rene Preval as president.

OAS head visits Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, July 6 (UPI) -- Organization of American States Secretary-General Jose Miguel Insulza is visiting Haiti to determine the situation in the embattled Caribbean nation.

Nicaragua and OAS hold talks

MANAGUA, Nicaragua, June 17 (UPI) -- Nicaraguan President Enrique Bolanos has met with the head of the Organization of American states for talks on ending the country's political unrest.

OAS swears in new chief

WASHINGTON, May 26 (UPI) -- Jose Miguel Insulza was sworn in Thursday as the new secretary-general of the Organization of American States.

Cuban slams Chile over dissident

SANTIAGO, Chile, May 12 (UPI) -- Cuban President Fidel Castro has criticized Chile for not pressuring the United States to turn over a Cuban dissident.

OAS head rejects Castro's bashing

SANTIAGO, Chile, May 5 (UPI) -- The new secretary-general of the Organization of American States rejected Thursday harsh criticism from Cuba's Fidel Castro.
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Jose Miguel Insulza
Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Jose Miguel Insulza presents the Report on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders in the Americas, recently published by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, at the OAS General Secretariat Building, in Washington on October 18, 2006. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)...

José Miguel Insulza Salinas (born June 2, 1943) is a Chilean Socialist politician and statesman. He is currently (since May 26, 2005) the Secretary General of the Organization of American States. He is nicknamed El Panzer, for his tank-like drive and reputation for charging hard in whatever endeavor he takes on. He is married to Mexican Georgina Núñez Reyes and has three children.

Insulza attended Saint George's College, an elite American English school in Santiago, Chile. He showed interest in public service while studying law at the University of Chile, where he was vice president of the students' federation. After graduating from law school, he obtained a graduate degree from the Latin American Social Sciences Faculty (FLACSO) and a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Michigan, United States. He was professor of Political Theory at the University of Chile and of Political Science at the Catholic University in Chile until 1973. He was also Political Advisor to the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Director of the Diplomatic Academy of Chile until 1973.

Insulza lived in Mexico, where he was exiled, from 1981 to 1988, doing research and then working as the Director of the United States Studies Institute in the Center for Economic Research and Teaching (CIDE). He was a professor at Mexico's Universidad Nacional Autónoma, the Universidad Iberoamericana, and the Diplomatic Studies Institute. He has penned numerous publications in his field.

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