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Bilderberg 2007: Istanbul, Turkey May 31-June 3 + participant list

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Bilderberg 2007: Welcome to the Lunatic Fringe, 21-05-2007

In 1954, the most powerful men in the world met for the first time
under the auspices of the Dutch royal crown and the Rockefeller
family in the luxurious Hotel Bilderberg of the small Dutch town of
Oosterbeck. For an entire weekend they debated the future of the
world. When it was over, they decided to meet once every year to
exchange ideas and analyze international affairs. They named
themselves the Bilderberg Club. Since then, they have gathered
yearly in a luxurious hotel somewhere in the world to decide the
future of humanity.

In more than fifty years of meetings that brings together unprece-
dented power and money in the same time and place, never has any
information been leaked as to what subjects were debated during the
Bilderberg Club meetings. Bilderberg, one of the world's most
powerful secret organizations is run out of an 18m2 offices, staffed
by one person, using one telephone line and a single fax number.
There is no web page and no brass name plate on the door. The
independent press has never been allowed in, and no statements have
ever been released on the attendees' conclusions nor has any agenda
for a Bilderberg meeting been made public. How, in God's name, can
this be possible when Bilderberg's elite membership list includes
all of the most powerful individuals who run the Planet?

Leaders of the Bilderberg Club argue that this discretion is neces-
sary to allow participants in the debates to speak freely without
being on the record or reported publicly. Otherwise, Bilderbergers
state, they would be forced to speak in the language of a press
release. Doubtlessly, this discretion allows the Bilderberg Club to
deliberate more freely, but that does not respond to the fundamental
question: What do the world's most powerful people talk about in
these meetings?

Any modern democratic system protects the right to privacy, but
doesn't the public have a right to know what their political leaders
are talking about when they meet the wealthiest business leaders of
their respective countries?

What guarantees do citizens have that the Bilderberg Club isn't a
centre for influence trafficking and lobbying if they aren't allowed
to know what their representatives talk about at the Club's secret
gatherings? Why are the Davos World Economic Forum and G8 meetings
carried in every newspaper, given front page coverage, with
thousands of journalists in attendance, while no one covers
Bilderberg Club meetings even though they are annually attended by
Presidents of the International Monetary Fund, The World Bank,
Federal Reserve, chairmen of 100 most powerful corporations in the
world such as DaimlerChrysler, Coca Cola, British Petroleum, Chase
Manhattan Bank, American Express, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, Vice
Presidents of the United States, Directors of the CIA and the FBI,
General Secretaries of NATO, American Senators and members of
Congress, European Prime Ministers and leaders of opposition
parties, top editors and CEOs of the leading newspapers in the
world. It is surprising that no mainstream corporate media outlets
consider a gathering of such figures, whose wealth far exceeds the
combined wealth of all United States citizens, to be newsworthy when
a trip by any one of them on their own makes headline news on TV.

The delegates at Bilderberg 2007: Istanbul, Turkey May 31-June 3

This year's delegation will once again include all of the most
important politicians, businessmen, central bankers, European
Commissioners and executives of the western corporate press. They
will be joined at the table by leading representatives of the
European Royalty, led by Queen Beatrix, the daughter of the
Bilderberg founder, former Nazi, Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands
and Bilderberger President, Etienne Davignon, Vice Chairman, Suez-
Tractebel from Belgium. According to Bilderberg Steering Committee
list which this author had access to, the following names have now
been confirmed as official Bilderberg attendees for this year's
conference (In alphabetical order):

.George Alogoskoufis, Minister of Economy and Finance (Greece);
.Ali Babacan, Minister of Economic Affairs (Turkey);
.Edward Balls, Economic Secretary to the Treasury (UK);
.Francisco Pinto Balsem�o, Chairman and CEO, IMPRESA, S.G.P.S.;
.Former Prime Minister (Portugal);
.Jos� M. Dur�o Barroso, President, European Commission (Portugal
International) ;
.Franco Bernab�, Vice Chariman, Rothschild Europe (Italy);
.Nicolas Beytout, Editor-in-Chief, Le Figaro (France);
.Carl Bildt, Former Prime Minister (Sweden);
.Hubert Burda, Publisher and CEO, Hubert Burda Media Holding
.Philippe Camus, CEO, EADS (France);
.Henri de Castries, Chairman of the Management Board and CEO, AXA
.Juan Luis Cebrian, Grupo PRISA media group (Spain);
.Kenneth Clark, Member of Parliament (UK);
.Timothy C. Collins, Senior Managing Director and CEO, Ripplewood
Holdings, LLC (USA);
.Bertrand Collomb, Chairman, Lafarge (France);
.George A. David, Chairman, Coca-Cola H.B.C. S.A. (USA);
.Kemal Dervis, Administrator, UNDP (Turkey);
.Anders Eldrup, President, DONG A/S (Denmark);
.John Elkann, Vice Chairman, Fiat S.p.A (Italy);
.Martin S. Feldstein, President and CEO, National Bureau of Economic
Research (USA);
.Timothy F. Geithner, President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of New
York (USA);
.Paul A. Gigot, Editor of the Editorial Page, The Wall Street
Journal (USA);
.Dermot Gleeson, Chairman, AIB Group (Ireland);
.Donald E. Graham, Chairman and CEO, The Washington Post Company
.Victor Halberstadt, Professor of Economics, Leiden University;
.Former Honorary Secretary General of Bilderberg Meetings (the
Netherlands) ;
.Jean-Pierre Hansen, CEO, Suez-Tractebel S.A. (Belgium);
.Richard N. Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations (USA);
.Richard C. Holbrooke, Vice Chairman, Perseus, LLC (USA);
.Jaap G. Hoop de Scheffer, Secretary General, NATO (the
Netherlands/ International) ;
.Allan B. Hubbard, Assistant to the President for Economic Policy,
Director National Economic Council (USA);
.Josef Joffe, Publisher-Editor, Die Zeit (Germany);
.James A. Johnson, Vice Chairman, Perseus, LLC (USA);
.Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., Senior Managing Director, Lazard Fr�res &
Co. LLC (USA);
.Anatole Kaletsky, Editor at Large, The Times (UK);
.John Kerr of Kinlochard, Deputy Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell plc
(the Netherlands) ;
.Henry A. Kissinger, Chairman, Kissinger Associates (USA);
.Mustafa V. Ko', Chariman, Ko' Holding A.S. (Turkey);
.Fehmi Koru, Senior Writer, Yeni Safek (Turkey);
.Bernard Kouchner, Minister of Foreign Affairs (France);
.Henry R. Kravis, Founding Partner, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
.Marie-Jose Kravis, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute, Inc. (USA);
.Neelie Kroes, Commissioner, European Commission (the Netherlands/
International) ;
.Ed Kronenburg, Director of the Private Office, NATO Headquarters
(International) ;
.William J. Luti, Special Assistant to the President for Defense
Policy and Strategy, National Security Council (USA);
.Jessica T. Mathews, President, Carnegie Endowment for International
Peace (USA);
.Frank McKenna, Ambassador to the US, member Carlyle Group (Canada);
.Thierry de Montbrial, President, French Institute for International
Relations (France);
.Mario Monti, President, Universita Commerciale Luigi Bocconi
.Craig J. Mundie, Chief Technical Officer Advanced Strategies and
Policy, Microsoft Corporation (USA);
.Egil Myklebust, Chairman of the Board of Directors SAS, Norsk Hydro
ASA (Norway);
.Matthias Nass, Deputy Editor, Die Zeit (Germany);
.Adnrzej Olechowski, Leader Civic Platform (Poland);
.Jorma Ollila, Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell plc/Nokia (Finland);
.George Osborne, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer (UK);
.Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa, Minister of Finance (Italy);
.Richard N. Perle, Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
for Public Policy Research (USA);
.Heather Reisman, Chair and CEO, Indigo Books & Music Inc. (Canada);
.David Rockefeller (USA); Matas Rodriguez Inciarte, Executive Vice
Chairman, Grupo Santander Bank, (Spain);
.Dennis B. Ross, Director, Washington Institute for Near East Policy
.Otto Schily, Former Minister of Interior Affairs; Member of
.Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (Germany);
.Jrgen E. Schrempp, Former Chairman of the Board of Management,
DaimlerChrysler AG (Germany);
.Tger Seidenfaden, Executive Editor-in-Chief, Politiken (Denmark);
.Peter D. Sutherland, Chairman, BP plc and Chairman, Goldman Sachs
International (Ireland);
.Giulio Tremonti, Vice President of the Chamber of Deputies (Italy);
.Jean-Claude Trichet, Governor, European Central Bank (France/
International) ;
.John Vinocur, Senior Correspondent, International Herald Tribune
.Jacob Wallenberg, Chairman, Investor AB (Sweden);
.Martin H. Wolf, Associate Editor and Economics Commentator, The
Financial Times (UK);
.James D. Wolfensohn, Special Envoy for the Gaza Disengagement
.Robert B. Zoellick, Deputy Secretary of State (USA);
.Claus Zumwinkel, Chairman of the Board of Management, Deutsche Post
.Adrian D. Wooldridge, Foreign Correspondent, The Economist.

Amongst the names appearing on the initial list of invitees which
this journalist had access to in January 2007 stand out the names of
the now disgraced John Browne, British Petroleum's Chief Executive
Officer and the disgraced and fired former chief of the World Bank,
Paul Wolfowitz. It will be interesting to see if either of these men
makes an appearance at Bilderberg 2007. The Bilderbergers have no
trouble accepting criminals into the fold as long as their misdeeds
are conducted away from public spotlight and scrutiny. Once exposed,
the culprits are generally discarded. Lord Conrad Black, former
chief executive of Hollinger media group is a case in point.

Two others names on the original January 2007 list should raise a
few eyebrows. One of them is Bernard Kouchner, the newly appointed
Minister of Foreign Affairs in the right wing Nicolas Sarkozy
government in France. Kouchner is a former founder of ONG Doctors
without Borders. He was absent from Bilderberg 2006 in Ottawa,
Canada. Could his government position been arranged prior to the
French national elections?

For my money, the surprise appearance of year award should go to
Mahmood Sariolghalam, Associate Professor of International
Relations, School of Economic and Political Sciences, National
University of Iran. What is an Iranian doing at a NATO alliance
controlled Bilderberg conference? We will know soon enough.
Bilderberg 2007 is indeed a good time to look behind the scenes.

What will be discussed at Bilderberg 2007?

Aside from the Irak quagmire, energy problems continue to dominate
Bilderberger discussions. Oil and natural gas are finite, non-
renewable resources. That's because once used up it cannot be
replenished. As the world turns, and as oil and natural gas supplies
dwindle while demand soars dramatically, especially with Indian and
Chinese booming economies who want all the trinkets and privileges
of an American way of life, we, as the Planet, have crossed the
midpoint of oil production and discovery. From now on, the only sure
thing is that supply will continue to diminish and prices will
continue to increase. In these conditions world conflict is a
physical certainty.

End of oil means end of world's financial system, something which
has already been acknowledged by Wall Street Journal and the
Financial Times, two full time members of the Bilderberger inner
circle. Goldman Sachs oil report,

[another full time member of the Bilderberger elite]

published on March 30, 2005 increased the oil price range for the
year 2005-6 from $55-$80 per barrel to $55-$105. During 2006
meeting, Bilderbergers have confirmed that their short range price
estimate for oil for the 2007-08 continues to hover around US$105-

No wonder Jose Barroso, President of the European Commission,
announced several months ago during the unveiling of the new
European energy policy that the time has come for a "post-industrial
age." To bring the world into the post industrial age, you first
need to destroy the world's economic base and create another Great
Depression. When people are poor, they dont spend money, they dont
travel, and they dont consume.

As the economic impact sinks in, and as the after effects of Peak Oil
become evident in the face of breakdown of civilization, the United
States will be forced to challenge Europe, Russia and China for the
hegemony of control and the ever depleting hydrocarbon, non-renewable
reserves most of which are contained in the Middle East. That will be
point number two on the Bilderberg 2007 agenda.

Third item on the agenda is European relations with Russia not only
in Europe but also in Central Asia. With Moscow making a deal with
Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan over the transport of gas to Europe, the
US geo-strategic goal of driving a wedge between the Central Asian
countries and Russia lies in shambles. While the US says this is "not
good for Europe", the Europeans are divided. Iran, overnight has
become Americas last hope in the energy war.

Iran war, after two years of huffing and puffing by the Bush
government is definitely off the table. Furthermore, with France,
Russia, Japan and China investing heavily in Iran, the world has
drawn a line in the sand and the U.S. will be told at the conference
not to cross it. There is blood in the water, and blood in the water
usually leads to a good fight.

That notwithstanding, the United States needs to control the region,
not only for its oil reserves but, most importantly to help it
sustain world economic hegemony. Under this strategic design,
regional states will be turned to weak domains of sectarian sheikhs
with little or no sovereignty and, by implications, a pathetic agenda
of their economic development. Regional chaos favours the spread of
Islamic fundamentalism, which in turn reinforces the process of
political and social disintegration supported by the Bilderbergers.

With Blair leaving, the UK will be told yet again, that they must, at
all cost, do what is necessary to integrate the country into the
European Community.

Finally, with Wolfowitz resigning from the World Bank, Bilderberg
luminaries will try to come to a consensus on how best to overhaul
not only the bank but its sister organization, the International
Monetary Fund (IMF), led by a Spaniard, Rodrigo Rato. Wolfowitz
became entangled in controversy seven weeks ago after World Bank
whistleblowers leaked to the Washington-based non-governmental
organization Government Accountability Project (GAP) documents that
showed Wolfowitz pushing a high pay raise in a secondment deal to the
US State Department for his girlfriend.

We, as a society, are at a crossroads. In almost every corner of the
planet, stress points are beginning to fracture. The roads we take
from here will determine the very future of humanity. It was former
British Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli, who stated that the world
is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by
those who are not behind the scenes.

It is not up to God to bring us back from the New Dark Age planned
for us. IT IS UP TO US. Whether we go into the next century as an
electronic global police state or as free human beings depends on the
action we take now. Forewarned is forearmed. We will never find the
right answers if we dont ask the proper questions.¬icias=ver&id=318&idioma=en
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