Here Comes the Secretive Bilderberg Group
“…For three days beginning on 6 June, a five-star hotel in Chandler’s Cross that normally hosts the England football team before Wembley matches, will turn over its 227 luxury rooms and 300-acre estate grounds to the über-secretive Bilderberg Group.
The Grove, once the home of the earls of Clarendon where prime ministers such as Palmerston and Walpole were guests and where a young Queen Victoria started the fashion for “the weekend break”, will turn back the clock when it welcomes around 140 of Europe and America’s most powerful leaders from banking, finance and politics with a scattering of royalty and aristocracy adding to the elite guest list.
Due to a tradition that stretches back to 1954 and the first conference held at the Hotel de Bilderberg in Oosterbeek in the Netherlands, nothing that is discussed or agreed at a Bilderberg meeting is reported. Until recently even the names of those who were invited was kept secret.
That tradition, however, according to discreet soundings made by The Independent on Sunday, could be about to change with the new generation of Bilderbergers, who are apparently uncomfortable with the total exclusion of the media.
The conference is the only “activity” of the secretive Bilderberg Group. The list of participants usually includes former US presidents, soon-to-be presidents, UK prime ministers-in-waiting, finance ministers from the leading Western democracies, and presidents of organisations such as the World Bank and the bosses of the largest multinational corporations.
Clinton, Blair, Bushes senior and junior, Cameron, Osborne, Kissinger, Bill Gates and, strangely, Peter Mandelson, have all been Bilderberg invitees in recent years.
Putting a global elite all in one place, and banning any media from attending or reporting what has been said, has led to a vast industry of wild conspiracy which suggests Bilderberg is a “world government meeting in the shadows…”
“A more effective and inclusive global governance system will be necessary to ensure that the international community achieves the Millennium Development Goals and establishes an actionable post-2015 agenda, the head of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today said, while urging a review of the UN body to meet new demands.
Néstor Osorio, the President of ECOSOC, opened the informal debate on the “United Nations in global economic governance” by stressing the need to enhance accountability, effectiveness and coherence of the UN systems at the intergovernmental, institutional and operational levels.
“A post-2015 development agenda will need a more structural, inclusive and systemic approach that can deliver on the transformative change needed to address current and emerging challenges, and suggest credible strategies towards a secure, sustainable and inclusive pathway for global development,” he said.
He said that the United Nations, “as a truly universal and inclusive multilateral forum with unquestioned legitimacy,” has a central role in global economic governance to gather both the necessary political will and policy coordination at the international level. Strengthening the world body’s effectiveness would therefore be in important contribution towards a more coherent and coordinated policy-making framework
As a starting point, he said efforts should be made to enhance the accountability, effectiveness and coherence of the UN system. Noting ECOSOC’s Annual Ministerial Review, Mr. Osorio said that a strengthened version of this meeting could become a central venue for monitoring the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda, supported by the entire ECOSOC system…”
Source: UN News Centre
“A secretive meeting involving some of the most influential figures in Western Europe and North America will take place in Watford next month, the Watford Observer can reveal.
The Bilderberg Group will be meeting in The Grove Hotel between June 6 and June 8.
Around 100 invited dignitaries from around the world will descend on the town for a three-day conference and the entire 220-room hotel is booked out for the event.
The guestlist for the “small, flexible, informal and off-the-record international forum” is a closely guarded secret but previous participants are believed to include Prime Minister David Cameron, his predecessors Tony Blair, Margaret Thatcher and Gordon Brown as well as Chancellor George Osborne, Henry Kissinger and first in line to the throne Prince Charles.
A Hertfordshire Police spokesman confirmed the event was taking place but declined to comment on operational policing details.
The spokesman added that the force would “facilitate people who want to undertake peaceful protest.”
The group got their name from the Hotel de Bilderberg in Holland where the first meeting was held in May 1954.”
Source: Watford Observer
“A SENSE has emerged in the American media during President Obama’s visit to Mexico on May 2nd and 3rd that he and his Mexican counterpart, Enrique Peña Nieto, are skirting the most controversial (read important) issue in the relationship: drugs and violence. They point to concerns among American officials that the new Mexican government intends to rein in aspects of its anti-drug co-operation with the United States, following revelations of how deeply embedded American agents had become in Mexico’s war on drugs during the administration that preceded Mr Peña’s.
Yet in Mexico, if you read between the lines, there is something else that gets little mention, which is far more positive. Héctor Aguilar Camín, an expert on the bilateral relationship, says the two countries are beginning to address on their own account two issues that were deliberately left out of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) almost 20 years ago because at the time they were considered far too controversial—migration and energy reform. Find solutions to these problems, he says, and the two countries may be on the way to achieving an old dream that could really improve prosperity in Mexico: a North American common market.
Mr Obama mentioned both migration and energy in his speech on May 3rd. Mr Aguilar Camín noted that more than a decade ago, it was Mexico that pushed for immigration reform in America, with little success. Now, it is President Obama who is promising change (acknowledging that Latinos helped put him in office). Mr Peña limited his observations on migration to saying it was a “domestic affair” in America, for which he wished the Obama administration and Congress “the best”.
As for energy, Mr Peña has said he is keen to open up Mexico’s oil industry, which America has long urged. But in his speech, Mr Obama limited his remarks to discussion of green-energy co-operation between the two countries. That deftly avoided the impression that America was exerting pressure over Mexico’s sensitive oil sector, while leaving the idea of a cross-border energy market on the table…”
Source: The Economist
“Europe’s ongoing economic crisis and lasting currency woes are beginning to rapidly erode faith among Europeans in the EU project. That is the result of a new survey undertaken by the renowned Pew Research Center in Washington D.C. and released on Monday evening.
The institute polled 8,000 people in eight European Union member states in March and arrived at some disturbing results. In just one year, the share of Europeans who view the European Union project favorably plummeted from 60 percent in 2012 to just 45 percent this year. Furthermore, only in Germany does a majority continue to support granting more power to Brussels in an effort to combat the ongoing crisis.
“The European Union is the new sick man of Europe,” read the survey’s opening lines. “The effort over the past half century to create a more united Europe is now the principal casualty of the euro crisis. The European project now stands in disrepute across much of Europe.”
Of particular concern is the situation in France, where fully 91 percent of those surveyed believes that the country’s economy is in bad shape, 10 percent more than in 2012. Furthermore, 67 percent believe that President François Hollande is “doing a lousy job handling the challenges posed by the economic crisis” — a rating that is 24 percentage points worse than received by his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy. Seventy-seven percent of French respondents believe that European integration has made the country’s economic situation worse…”
Source: Der Spiegel
“Cardinal Peter Turkson, the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, told Vatican Radio that the council’s controversial 2011 document, “Towards Reforming the International Financial and Monetary Systems in the Context of Global Public Authority,” did not constitute a call for a world government.
“We never used that word,” Cardinal Turkson said in reference to government. “We’re talking about authority, and that can be regional, or it can be a series of authorities within, for example, the banking sector, the insurance sector, all meant to ensure that the common good is not left out.”
On May 13, the pontifical council hosted “Banking on the Common Good, Finance for the Common Good,” a colloquium devoted to discussion of the document’s themes.”
Source: Catholic Culture
“Are we capable of acting as a global community? We have an exceptional window of opportunity to show that we can. The United Nations has embarked on a seminal historical process called “The World we Want” to define what our common priorities for collective action should be over the next 15 years. Mindful of the UN Declaration which starts with “We the people,” people from all around the world, supported by social media, are contributing to the conversation which has been termed the Post2015 process. It follows on from the Millennium Development Goals adopted in 2000, which have their deadline in 2015. What are some key mind-changes emerging from this conversation?
First: Politicians and electorates need to accept that in a global world we now have both national and global interests – and governments must be held accountable for both. The challenge is to ‘manage the world’s production and consumption patterns in more sustainable and equitable ways. Reducing poverty can no longer been seen separately from the need to protect “earth’s life support”. There is no away in which to throw things any more. In health challenges include for example health security and the recent outbreaks of H7N9 and NCoV; the global spread of non communicable diseases, the threat of anti microbial resistance and unacceptable and unsafe working conditions as in the textile factories and mining industries of the developing world…”
Source: Huffington Post