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A member of Special Operations Group of the Chilean police stand guard in front of a hotel during a security check before the Progressive Leaders' Summit in Vina del Mar city, about 75 miles northwest of Santiago. (Eliseo Fernandez/Reuters)

By Garance Franke-Ruta
Vice President Biden, taking Air Force Two for another workout, left Washington yesterday with his wife, Jill, for a short trip to Costa Rica and Chile. He will consult with Latin American leaders on the Summit of the Americas, scheduled for mid-April in Trinidad and Tobago.

He will also represent the administration at the Progressive Governance Conference in Vina del Mar, Chile, which opens today. The conference, focused on progressive politics and responses to the international financial crisis, will be attended by the presidents of Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay, and the prime ministers of Norway and Britain.

In conjunction with the trip, Biden today published an op-ed in a number of Latin American newspapers: La Nación (Argentina), O Globo (Brazil), El Mercurio (Chile), El Tiempo (Colombia), La Nación (Costa Rica), El Comercio (Ecuador), El Universal (México), El Comercio (Perú), El Nuevo Día (Puerto Rico), El País (Uruguay) and El Nacional (Venezuela).

While in Chile, Biden will hold a bilateral meeting with center-left Chilean President Michelle Bachelet.

In Costa Rica, which last week reestablished diplomatic ties with Cuba cut off nearly 50 years ago, the vice president will be hosted by President Oscar Arias in San Jose, and meet with the presidents of Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Panama, also invited by Arias, as well as representatives for Honduras and Belize.

The Bidens will return to Washington on Monday.

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An English language version of Biden's op-ed, released by the White House, follows:

A New Day for Partnership in the Americas
By Vice President Joe Biden


Next month, President Obama will travel to Trinidad and Tobago to meet his colleagues from across the Western Hemisphere at the Summit of the Americas. In advance of that historic meeting, I am traveling to Central and South America to consult with Latin American leaders gathered in Chile and Costa Rica about the Summit and the challenges faced by the people of the Americas.

These meetings are an important first step toward a new day in relations and building partnerships with and among the countries and people of the Hemisphere.

The President and I understand that only by working together can our countries overcome the challenges we face. Today, we are more than just independent nations who happen to be on the same side of the globe. In today's interconnected world, we are all neighbors who face many common concerns.

The current global economic crisis has touched virtually all of us--every country, every community, every family. Citizens everywhere are searching for answers, looking for hope--and turning to their leaders to provide them. It is our duty as global partners to heed their calls, to together forge a shared solution to a common problem.

Our Administration is taking several steps to make this happen. Our Congress has approved the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which is designed to promote job creation and to set a course for growth for the next generation. The President has proposed a budget designed to set a foundation for the economy of the future, with important investments in health care, education, and energy. And we are working with our partners in the G-20, who meet next week in London, on a coordinated plan to ensure recovery and restart growth, and to reform the international regulatory and supervisory system to ensure that no such crisis occurs again.

Rekindling the U.S. economy and ensuring that international financial institutions serve the interests of the people are particularly important for the Americas. Our economic interconnection means that a robust U.S. economy is good for the hemisphere and can become an engine for bottom up economic growth and equality throughout the region.

The economy isn't the only challenge requiring our cooperation. We also face dual challenges of security - both for our countries and for the individuals who inhabit them. Our countries are plagued by gang violence and the illegal trafficking of weapons and narcotics.

In the United States, we need to do more to reduce demand for illicit drugs and stem the flow of weapons and bulk cash south across our borders. We applaud Mexico's courageous stand against violent drug cartels, as well as Colombia's anti-drug efforts, but we know that they will have the side effect of pushing traffickers into Central America. We will build on the Meridá Initiative - started last year under President Bush - to assist Mexico and the Central American nations in a joint effort to confront that threat head-on. The drug trade is a problem we all share and one whose ultimate solution we must devise together.

Consistent with the Inter-American Democratic Charter, we must also focus on building and encouraging strong democracies, where basic fairness, social equality, and a deep respect for human rights and the rule of law are the guiding principles of everything we do. Democracy is about more than elections; it's about strong, transparent governance and a thriving civil society. It is also about addressing as effectively as possible the challenges of poverty, inequality and social exclusion

We recognize that the United States is still striving to meet its constitutional goal of forming a "more perfect union" and that we have, in the past, fallen short of our own ideals. But we pledge every day to honor the values that animate our democracy, and to lead by example. This is why, on his third day in office, the President ordered the closure of the detention center at Guantanamo Bay.

Finally, we all face the threat to our planet posed by the changing climate, and, so, we share the need to develop clean energy sources to combat--and reverse--this critical threat. The President and I are deeply committed to leading in the development of an urgent and coordinated response to climate change. Working as partners, we must harness the potential of green energy in a way that protects our planet for future generations, while also catalyzing economic growth for the generations of today.

As we face these threats and as we confront the most serious economic crisis in generations, the countries of the Hemisphere must look forward. And we must work together, as partners, to give our citizens hope that brighter days lie ahead.

Posted at 10:49 AM ET on Mar 27, 2009  | Category:  Joe Biden
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"When you see the abuse of power, you've got to speak."

-- VP candidate Joseph Biden, Aug. 27, 2008, Democratic National Convention


***


Bush-Cheney Constitutional Abuses Continue...


THE EXTRAJUDICIAL PUNISHMENT NETWORK:

VIOLATING HUMAN AND CIVIL RIGHTS OF INNOCENT BUT 'TARGETED' U.S. CITIZENS...

ON THE STREETS OF NYC, DC, PHILLY, BOSTON...

...AND IN CITIES AND TOWNS ACROSS AMERICA.

And federally-funded programs equip the "community gang stalkers" who are terrorizing their neighbors as police look the other way -- destroying their livelihoods and degrading their health with widely-deployed microwave radiation ("directed energy") weapons


A parallel array of federal "programs of personal financial destruction" slowly decimate the family finances of "target" families -- surely a factor in the mortgage meltdown that precipitated the global financial crisis.


When victims complain, they are told there is "nothing to investigate."


True -- because federal and local authorities KNOW ALL ABOUT IT.


Will the national press corps -- and Team Obama -- wake up and realize that democracy and middle-class wealth are being stolen at the GRASSROOTS?


http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america
http://nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-americas-horrific-shame

OR (if links are corrupted / disabled):

http://NowPublic.com/scrivener


Posted by: scrivener50 | April 3, 2009 10:25 AM

With any kind of luck Obama will join him, for the rest of his term. He can work on Socialism down there before he perfects it here.

Posted by: cnicholsjr | March 27, 2009 4:35 PM

Good place for Biden. May he stay there for the rest of his life. May he also keep his mouth shut concerning apologies or shoveling out vast sums of money we do not have to the Chilean Government.

If it works out for him, maybe we can get the Clintion's down there to join the party, with no way of getting back here.

Posted by: surfer-joe | March 27, 2009 4:08 PM

just kickin' back, havin' a beer and talkin' CAFTA, climate, challenges and cooperation.
Camp Chile Accords

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 27, 2009 1:20 PM

Congratulations to Costa Rica that has shown enough courage to reestablish diplomatic relations with Cuba; it is about time that some heads of state show their empathy and support to the people in Cuba that their only sin is to have their own government, without rendering bows to the mighty and to respect and honor their black population. They do not allow rich people to exploit their own, and no casinos to enrich the richest. I said i and I am glad

Posted by: fedup6 | March 27, 2009 1:09 PM

"When you see the abuse of power, you've got to speak."

-- VP candidate Joseph Biden, Aug. 27, 2008, Democratic National Convention


***


THE EXTRAJUDICIAL PUNISHMENT NETWORK:

STILL VIOLATING HUMAN AND CIVIL RIGHTS OF INNOCENT BUT 'TARGETED' U.S. CITIZENS...

ON THE STREETS OF NYC, DC, PHILLY, BOSTON...

...AND IN CITIES AND TOWNS ACROSS AMERICA.


And federally-funded programs equip the "community gang stalkers" who are terrorizing their neighbors -- in the process, destroying their livelihoods and degrading their health.

When victims complain, they are told there is "nothing to investigate."

True -- because federal and local authorities KNOW ALL ABOUT IT.

Will the national press corps -- and Team Obama -- wake up and realize that democracy is being stolen at the GRASSROOTS?


http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america
http://nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-americas-horrific-shame

OR (if links are corrupted / disabled):

http://NowPublic.com/scrivener


Posted by: scrivener50 | March 27, 2009 11:54 AM

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