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Donohoe joins O'Leary at Bilderberg

Hannah Borno June 6 2018 2:30 AM

The secretive Bilderberg Group of business and political leaders is meeting in the Italian city of Turin for three days, from June 7 to June 10, with Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary sitting on its organising steering committee.
As the Irish representative on the steering committee, Mr O'Leary has invited Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe and Eamonn Brennan, the director general of the air traffic control organisation Eurocontrol, to participate.
The annual Bilderberg conference brings together a mix of senior politicians, financiers and business people. This year's event will feature four prime ministers, the secretary general of Nato, and the secretary of state of the Vatican and the King of Holland.

CEOs from Airbus, Shell, Total and Vodafone are also due to attend. Presiding over the event is the group's president, Henri de Castries, the vice-chairman of Nestlé and a director of HSBC.
Ireland traditionally holds a single seat on the 33-strong steering committee.

For many years it was taken by the late Peter Sutherland, who first introduced Mr O'Leary to the group in 2015. The Ryanair CEO quickly joined the group's steering committee, to replace the ageing Mr Sutherland.
Top of the agenda for the 2018 summit is: "Populism in Europe". Also being discussed at the Turin conference will be "Saudi Arabia and Iran", "Russia", "Artificial Intelligence", "Free trade", "The 'post-truth' world" and "US world leadership".

Transparency campaigners argue that having politicians sequestered away in a highly-guarded hotel for three days with corporate CEOs, hedge-fund moguls and no press oversight can lead to corruption.
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The German Chancellor who was a Nazi, and a Bilderberger
Tuesday, 5. June 2018 , by Freeman at 12:05

Since the Bilderbergers are meeting this week in Turin, I bring the following article on the historical background of this secret cabal. As my longtime readers know, I have carried out intensive research on two topics in the last 15 years, and hundreds of articles about it written. It is the background to 9/11 (261 articles) and the Bilderbergers (236 articles). What I want to inform you, are the beginnings of the Bilderbergers going back to the year 1954, who was involved in the founding, and what the Germans were there from the beginning. You have to know where the Bilderbergers are coming, who the members are and what you have decided since the beginning of their secret meetings, in order to understand their goals and what they're up to today.

Chancellor Kiesinger was a Nazi and Bilderberg

It is well known that the conference for the first Time in may 1954, was held at the invitation of Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands in the time he owns the Hotel de Bilderberg in Oosterbeek in the Netherlands, and the Name Bilderberg was taken from the first venue.
As I have already described in previous articles, and proved, was Prince Bernhard, a native German with the name of Bernhard zur Lippe-Biesterfeld, a one hundred percent Nazi, because he was from the beginning a member of the NSDAP, the SA and the SS. He also worked for IG Farben, whose subsidiary produced cyclone B.
This means that the Bilderbergers are a group of Nazis with Nazi ideology, which was led by a Nazi as Chairman.
Because you just have to know, the Nazis have not disappeared just after the war and have vanished into thin air, no, they have only changed their tactics, stealth, and a new Image.
But their goals, the conquest of the whole of Europe under one leadership, an economic order, a national community and a currency you maintain.
It is the Bilderbergers, which have decided, in 1956, were to dissolve, the sovereignty of the European States and to merge into a "United Europe" today as the European Union, and you have decided that each of the currencies to be abolished and a single currency for all of the to introduce the Euro.
It all started with the precursors of the EU, such as the European coal and steel community, the European coal and steel community, the EEC, European economic community, renamed the EC, the European community, and with the Lisbon Treaty, the European UNION, the EU of today.
The forerunner of the Euro, the European currency unit (ECU) or the European Currency Unit (ECU) was introduced in 1979 and was in force until 1998. The ECU was on 1. January 1999, the conversion ratio of 1:1 replaced by the Euro.
As the headquarters of this Union, we wanted to determine initially the Saarland because it was occupied by France, independently, and was still not back to Germany. The autonomy of the Saar should be represented by a own nationality, own flag, own country's coat of arms and an anthem.
At the 1951 established the European coal and steel community (Montan Union) took the Saarland as part of the French economic territory, part, had, in certain contexts, but also a representation of interests. France considered the Saar as an Autonomous territory separated from Germany.
In October 1955 there was a referendum and the question on the ballot was:
"You approve with the consent of the government of the Saarland between the government of the Federal Republic of Germany and the government of the French Republic on the 23. In October 1954, the agreed European Statute for Saarland?"
The result of the vote was: YES 201'973 or 32,29 %, and NO 423'434 or 67,71 %
This vote was considered to be a Statute against the Saar as an expression of the will to accession to the Federal Republic of Germany. 14. December 1956, said of the Saarland state Parliament, the formal accession to the scope of application of the German basic law.
This accession was called the "little reunification", in contrast to the large, the FRG and the GDR. Remarkably, the Saar countries were then asked if you want to the FRG, the GDR-citizens, but not!!!
There was never a referendum on the issue should be resolved in the GDR and in the FRG integrated, but this decision was made over the heads of the East German and you're done!
The proof that Germany is not a real democracy and the citizens are considered as children in need of a guardian in the Form of a volkszer representative, the hits for all policy decisions.
Whom to choose in Germany? The President, the Chancellor, the Prime Minister and the Minister of the Federal government and the Länder already times not at all.
Choose only the parties to determine their candidates, and this can be as a direct mandate to choose. This is supposed to be a democracy? Further away from a "rule of the sovereign people", what means democracy, not the family.
Germany has a System of party dictatorship, so it is, and the political parties are financed by external forces and controlled, mainly by economic interests. So we come back to the pictures of salvors.

Corporatism, or the rule of the corporations
How did Mussolini, inventor of fascism called, and its political System? He said that fascism should actually be called Korporatimus, because it is the merger of state power with corporate power.
Companies and corporations are corporations and Bilderberg is Meeting, where the group bosses with high-level government representatives from politics, the military and intelligence services meet in secret. So fascism pure and Nazism is a copy of it.
The fathers of a major European Empire, then decided to define Brussels as their Headquarters, with seats of the NATO (military successor) and the EU (Reich law firm succession), everything nicely together in one place.
Because even in the EU you can not choose the leadership. Neither the so-called commissioners of the EU Commission, the EU Commission President, EU President of the Council, the meeting together of all the decisions.
The EU-Parliament, whose members can choose the parties, is a joke event because the EU parliamentarians have left no laws. You just need to be listened to, what's going on in practice to Ignore the EU leadership.
As I said, the Nazis didn't just disappear, and the EU is a creation of the Nazis, who decided after world war II, to change their tactics. To conquer instead of the Wehrmacht, military Europe, and "one Empire, One people and one leader", you have made it with the economic Union.
One country after another was conquered, with the economy, standardized and brought into line with the uniform rules, laws and a single currency controlled centrally by a non-elected leadership from Brussels in a dictatorial way.
Nazis and Nazis-Sypathisanten there was in all European countries and in the United States. In the Scandinavian countries, in Switzerland, in England and in the United States, there were Nazi parties, which claimed to be based on the model in the third Reich.
Even the king of great Britain, Emperor of India and of the British world Empire, Edward the VIII, was a friend of the Nazis and admirers of Hitler, visited him at the Berghof near Berchtesgaden.
It was the great dream of Hitler, the British monarchs, at his side, and the Italian king and the Japanese Emperor, so the axis powers with the British Empire, to create a Nazi-world Empire, with Berlin as the Nazi capital of the world.
That's why he commissioned his "architect" Albert Speer in 1933 a complete new building of Berlin, with numerous monumental buildings, the Nazi's claim to power.
After the war, a Nazi German Chancellor, namely, Kurt Georg kiesinger, was, even, from 1933 to 1945, a member of the Nazi party and from 1940 he worked in the foreign office, most recently as Deputy head of the broadcasting Department, which is responsible for the Monitoring of enemy radio transmitters.
Yes, this Nazi was, after the war, from 1958 to 1966, Minister-President of Baden-Württemberg from 1966 to 1969, Chancellor from 1967 to 1971, the Federal Chairman of the CDU!!!
Chancellor Konrad Adenauer has maintained the closest contacts with Nazis and even with a high Items. As Hans Globke, from 1953 to 1963 chief of the Federal Chancellery.
Globke was a whopping co-author and commentator of the Nuremberg racial laws in the time of national socialism. It should also be for the Deportation of 20,000 Jews from Greece.
The "J" was stamped in the passports of Jews, has designed Globke.
The Adenauer government, the BND and the CIA have to protect Globke is always in front of all of the hostility. He was honored after his retirement with the Grand cross of the order of merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Also, the BND and the CIA were full of Nazis. As with the Rhine, hard Gels, 1937 Sturmbannführer of the SS and as a major General in the Wehrmacht Mitplaner of the Attack on the Soviet Union, and later in the army news service responsible for espionage in the East.
After the Second world war, he headed the organization Gehlen under the leadership of the CIA and was from 1956 to 1968, the founding President of the Federal intelligence service (BND), which emerged from the Organisation Gehlen.
In the German Bundeswehr, this top Nazi has held the rank of Lieutenant-General of the Reserve, and he repeated some of his closest "comrades" from the Nazi-time in the BND. As well as the CIA, former Nazi intelligence officers brought to America, and employees.
The BND and the CIA knew exactly what the Nazi-sizes can be had in South America, hidden and also where. So, Adolf Eichmann worked in Buenos Aires in a truck factory of Mercedes Benz, and the BND, his whereabouts since 1952 known.
Neither the BND nor the CIA were informed of Israel and the Israeli secret service Mossad tracked the former SS-obersturmbannführer Eichmann until 1960 by information from Lothar Hermann.
Even all these years after the war, the government of David Ben-Gurion had criminals with no interest in the prosecution of Nazi, because they didn't want to jeopardize their relationship with the Adenauer government.

The beginnings of the Bilderbergers
The second Bilderberg conference was held in 1955 in Barbizon, France and the third in the Garmisch-Partenkirchener "Alpenhof". Copenhagen, the venue in 1956.
The list of Bilderberg members at the time of NATO's General Gruenther to the "Daily Express"Reporter Sefton Delmer, from the socialists-Troubadour Carlo Schmid to the coal and steel Union-father, Jean Monnet.
In 1957, the Bilderberg group met from 10. up to the 12. February in the elegant and even in this Season of Sunny warm Brunswick, Georgia. Participants from Germany, the Nazi and later Chancellor Kurt Georg kiesinger.
Kiesinger was a member of the German Bundestag to the Bilderberg conference to America, because he had big ambitions to be more, namely, Chancellor, what he was then.
As I have already shown several times, are the pictures of the Berger "king-maker", because you can bring your Choice with your Power in the Top positions.
A good example is Bill Clinton, who got as a unknown Governor of a small state of Arkansas, at the Bilderberg conference in Baden 1991 Baden was there, the blessing and two years later, in 1993, the President of the United States.
Also, Angela Merkel was at the Bilderberg conference on April 5. to 8. May 2005, determined in Rottach-Egern to the next German Chancellor, and the incumbent, Gerhard Schröder, to be shot.
People puzzles today, still, why Schröder on 1. In July 2005, the question of Confidence in the Bundestag, which votes with 151, 296 and 148 abstentions, has been answered. Thus, the necessary ' Chancellor majority was not reached.
I suspect the Bilderbergers have urged him to do so. It came to elections on may 18. September, and Merkel was only by a wide coalition of Chancellor. She was selected because she had crept in 2003, George W. Bush in the ass, and the war of aggression against Iraq in favour of.
The opponents of the war, Schröder had to go and was replaced by the war hetzerin Merkel.

The German Nazis were from the start
Other German participants, in 1957, at the Bilderberg conference in the United States were the former economic Tsar, Willy Schlieker, Berthold Beitz, and of course, the Supreme German banksters Hermann Josef Abs.
All three were managers of the all-important arms industry for the Nazis. Schlieker was a member of the SS and the NSDAP and head of the Department for the steel sector in the Ministry of defense of Albert Speer. Beitz, chief representative of Alfried Krupp and Abs was entrusted in the Board of management of Deutsche Bank and "Aryanization" (forced sale) of Jewish businesses and banks.
At that time, the German media reported that the conferences serve a no-obligation chat about political and economic developments in the free world. Yeah, sure, just a chat. The media at the time, already widespread in the Fake News.
At best, I found the story about the reaction of the Bavarian Prime Minister Wilhelm Hoegner on the first Bilderberg Meeting in 1955 in Germany. He was anzipft "out of tune", or as they say in Bavarian, because he knew of the secret meetings of the world elite in Garmisch-Partenkirchen nothing.
Since a number of Celebrities from the political world of the Western hemisphere were in the last days of September to Garmisch-Partenkirchen come to the luxury hotel "Alpenhof" of the old Bobweltmeisters Hanns Kilian a secret conference.
None of the guests - it was conceded - it took a police notification form to be completed. But the gentlemen had not thought it even necessary to communicate the Bavarian state government, or at least the Protocol Department, what kind of conference you are holding imaginary.
So what went in the "Alpenhof" on 22. September as a four-day conference started conference from Garmisch by the press, as much umrätselte secret. From the Freemasons to the Illuminati, not a comparison to historical Secret societies remained unnoticed.
In reality, you just knew that the Prince had invited Bernhard of the Netherlands to this Meeting, and that politicians and economists from fourteen Nations came together to exchange views and that the 140 beds of the "Alpenhof" had been rented for four days exclusively for this purpose.
The hotel staff had to get the probe out of the way, and was obliged to the strictest confidentiality. The municipal administration was not commanded to take care of the meeting and its celebrity participants, and with the civilian guests with the casino, which was housed in the "Alpenhof" had, for these four days to move.
What would come then, helped to cement the legendary character of the event. It came, among other things:
General Gruenther. Commander-in-chief of the Nato armed forces
- Lord Ismay, Nato Secretary General
- Under Secretary of state Murphy from the American Ministry of foreign Affairs
Ambassador extraordinary services Kennan, lecturer at Princeton University
- Paul Hoffman, Chairman of Studebaker-Packard Corporation
- Jean Monnet, Creator of the Montan-Union
- Amintore Fanfani, the Italian "Democrazia Christiana"
- Guy Mollet, Secretary-General of the French socialists
- Walter Hallstein, state Secretary of the Bonn foreign office
- Kurt Georg kiesinger, Chairman of the Bundestag Committee for Foreign Affairs
Carlo Schmid, Deputy Kiesingers in the Outer-Committee
- Fritz Berg, President of the Federal Association of German industry
Wilhelm Alexander Menne, President of the chemistry Association
American and Western European nuclear scientists
The main topics of the Garmisch conference, to be delivered, which invited experts to the debate, the basics were:
Article 2 of the NATO Treaty
- Possibilities of effective Western assistance in the case of the German reunification.
- Economic use of nuclear power, without at the same time, the newly acquired energy to deliver unreservedly to private interests
- The deadly aspects of a nuclear war in Europe and political measures to its prevention
- The European Unity
- Economic problems, such as East-West trade, the political implications of the convertibility, the Expansion of international trade
Carlo Schmid is said to have held a brilliant speech about the Moscow trip of the Bonn Delegation and exchanged his experiences with the English, who had visited in the summer of the Soviet Union.
Nato chief Gruenther had a multi-hour barrage of questions about yourself, to have held in the lively discussions shiny.
The participants of the meeting were embarrassed by the fact that the conference tables, not even the shortest note are remained when they left the meeting room left.
As Bavaria's Minister-President Hoegner made his displeasure about the air that you had told him of all these things nothing, adopted on the airfield Munich-Riem in front of the Dutch government airplane the Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands by Paul Rijkens, former President of the Unilever group, and of the former Dutch foreign Minister, van Kleffens.
It is precisely this "caliber" of people involved and the Secrecy in the conferences today, as in 1955. And then you want to make us know that the Meeting would only be party to a harmless coffee, where we talk about nothing important, and no decisions will be made.
Goal of the Bilderbergers is to create a large corporations-controlled world government, ruling over all the nationalities and Nations, and the globalization and the countries unions are the way to get there.
The Goggle group has become a giant, of the country floats, and CEO Eric Schmidt is a Bilderberger, and even in the steering Committee of this Nazi troupe. This group knows everything about us, because we voluntarily give everything a price.
In 1976, knew the filmmakers of NETWORK already and have shown it to: "The world is made up of a group of corporations!"
We live in a fascist System, in a dictatorship, the Pseudo-democracy camouflages, protects the interests of corporations.
Mussoloni was right, fascism is the merger of the Group with the state power and the Bilderbergers are the proof of it!
Now some of you will ask, but how the Bilderberg group can be a Nazi-organization, if such prominent Jews such as Henry Kissinger have been around for decades as the Central figure? Or the Jewish banksters, such as Goldman Sachs chief, and David Rockefeller was until his death the honorary President of the Bilderbergers?
The Answer is, the Nazis and Zionist cooperated since 1933, eng. It is the Ha'avara has been completed-agreement or transfer agreement or contract about the Transfer of the Jews to Palestine between the Zionist Association for Germany and the German Reich Ministry of economy.
This agreement has facilitated the Emigration of German Jews to Palestine, and at the same time, the German exports were promoted (among other things as a counter measure to the Boycott of Germany by the world Jewry from 1933).
There was a community of interest between Nazism and Zionism, because both wanted the Jews out of Europe. The Zionists to populate Palestine with Jewish immigrants.
That is, the Zionists have found the persecution of the Jews by the Nazis in this respect, well, because your reasoning for emigration to Palestine was made easier.
In addition, the ideologies of both-isms are very similar, because both are racially oriented and think that they are, the more the better, or the Elite of the world.
The Zionists created Israel an apartheid state for Jews only, where a strict separation between the Palestinians and Israelis takes place, with concrete walls and barbed wire, as in the former Apartheid South Africa, where White and Black lived completely separately.
The Zionists have also worked very closely with the South African Apartheid Regime to develop the atomic bomb. 22. September, 1979 registered the Vela satellite in the vicinity of the Prince Edward island between South Africa and the Antarctic, a double flash of light, a typical characteristic of a nuclear explosion.
Meanwhile, among the experts, almost uncontested, the event was a joint South African-Israeli nuclear bomb test.
The Vela satellites were equipped with various Sensors in order to provide specifically to the detection of nuclear explosions, in breach of the nuclear test ban Treaty.
If the top bosses of industry and energy corporations, big banks, financial institutions, media giants, secret services and the military with high-ranking politicians, heads of government and presidents of international organizations meet in Secret, to the exclusion of the Public, then this is not harmless, NO, then there is something going on, what are we supposed to know.
What we critics want than Bilderberg, and is a complete transparency in accordance with democratic principles. What have you got to hide?
I turn now to the spell that is always used against us: "those Who have nothing to hide, have nothing to fear.“
This statement, by the way, made Joseph Goebels, when the Nazis in 1933, seized Power and the police state.

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Something Unprecedented Is Happening at Bilderberg 2018
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Will Bilderberg still be relevant as the future of war is transformed?
This year’s summit is all about war – but what they all want to conquer is artificial intelligence

Charlie Skelton Mon 11 Jun 2018 07.00 BST

This year’s Bilderberg summit is a council of war. On the agenda: Russia and Iran. In the conference room: the secretary general of Nato, the German defence minister, and the director of the French foreign intelligence service, DGSE.

They are joined in Turin, Italy, by a slew of academic strategists and military theorists, but for those countries in geopolitical hotspots there is nothing theoretical about these talks. Not when the prime ministers of Estonia and Serbia are discussing Russia, or Turkey’s deputy PM is talking about Iran.

The clearest indication that some sort of US-led conflict is on the cards is the presence of the Pentagon’s top war-gamer, James H Baker. He is an expert in military trends, and no trend is more trendy in the world of battle strategy than artificial intelligence. Bilderberg is devoting a whole session to AI this year – and has invited military theorist Michael C Horowitz, who has written extensively on its likely impact on the future of war.

Horowitz sees AI as “the ultimate enabler”. In an article published just a few weeks ago in the Texas National Security Review, he quotes Putin’s remark from 2017: “Artificial intelligence is the future, not only for Russia, but for all humankind. Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world.”

Horowitz says “China, Russia, and others are investing significantly in AI to increase their relative military capabilities”, because it offers “the ability to disrupt US military superiority”. Global military domination is suddenly up for grabs – which brings us to the most intriguing item on this year’s Bilderberg agenda: “US world leadership”.

Bilderberg’s most eminent geopolitical sage, Henry Kissinger, will growl this ominous phrase with ancient delight. He has been clanging the funeral bell of American world leadership for decades. Back in 2005 he wrote about how the rise of China would bring about “a substantial reordering of the international system”.

The White House is clearly concerned: sending to Bilderberg the National Security Council’s director for China, Matthew Turpin. Not that this “gravity shift” to the east is something Turpin could talk about in earshot of Trump.

But here’s the thing: this tectonic reshaping of power, in which “the centre of gravity of world affairs” moves from America to China, is a pre-AI concept. The chief executive of Google recently described AI as more significant for humanity than “electricity or fire”. What this “all-encompassing revolution” means for traditional power structures is the possibility of utter transformation. It is not just that world leadership will be passed from the US to China like a baton. It is that the whole structure of world leadership might just melt away, or take a form that no one, not even Kissinger, could foresee.

What this means for Bilderberg is that the system of transatlantic influence and opinion-shaping that the group has spent more than six decades refining might vanish overnight. All the diplomatic machinations of Józef Retinger and Étienne Davignon, all the Rockefeller, Agnelli and Wallenberg power, rendered irrelevant by the disruption of AI.

Little wonder that Bilderberg, in this state of existential angst, is trying desperately to keep up with the latest tech developments: this year discussing “quantum computing” in a session led by Hartmut Neven, the director of Google’s Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab. The Turin guest list is littered with folk from Google. AI expert Demis Hassabis, who runs Google’s DeepMind project, is already a conference regular. Bilderberg knows that the future lies in hi-tech, so it is grabbing Google with both hands.

In the meantime, having a few proxy wars with Russia is a pleasant way to pass the time. Especially if you run a giant arms company, as several at Bilderberg do. Marcus Wallenberg is chairman of Saab, which makes fighter jets. Giampiero Massolo is chairman of Fincantieri, which makes frigates. And Thomas Enders is chief of Airbus, the seventh biggest arms company in the world. Skirmishes in Estonia would be good for business, if not for Estonia.

Still, the biggest ethical question faced by the summit is not whether to milk the madness of war for profit. Bombing and rebuilding countries, missiles and debt, that’s all fine: that’s just how neoliberalism works. What’s tougher to justify, within a democratic framework, is the practical process whereby conflicts are being debated, behind closed doors, by top policymakers in concert with billionaire industrialists and private sector profiteers. The prime minister of the Netherlands discussing global flashpoints in luxurious privacy with the CEO of Royal Dutch Shell and the chairman of Goldman Sachs International. It’s horrible optics.

At Bilderberg, you’ve got the secretary general of Nato discussing Russia with financiers whose job it is to turn knowledge into dollars. Bilderberg member Sir John Sawers used to run MI6. Now he runs Macro Advisory Partners, helping his clients to navigate “a volatile and fragmenting global landscape” while “maximising opportunity and minimising risk”. He does the same for BP, as a member of its board of directors.

This is what Kissinger has been doing for decades through Kissinger Associates: leveraging information for money. This isn’t how representative democracy is meant to work. It’s how Wall Street works. It’s the geopolitical version of insider dealing: private access to non-public information.

What the politicians at Bilderberg ought to realise, when they take a break from brainstorming war to enjoy the buffet, is that they are the buffet. There’s not much dignity in undermining democracy. But there is a huge pile of money, and for many people that’s enough.
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Inside the shadowy Bilderberg summit of the global liberal elite via @MailOnline

Undercover at the world's most secretive society: Mail reporter infiltrates shadowy Bilderberg summit where the West's power brokers 'set the world to rights'
Secret conference of the global liberal elite held in luxury hotel on police lockdown for three days
Elusive annual ‘Bilderberg Conference’ is always protected by anti-terror police, military and a no-fly zone
Attended by figureheads of politics, business, banking, academia, royalty, telecoms, technology
For the first time in its 66-year history a journalist penetrated security to go undercover at the hotel
2018 agenda items included Populism, where populist political parties threaten to withdraw from EU
Conspiracy theories have surrounded Bilderberg for years, such as claims that it selects world leaders to impose a ‘New World Order’
PUBLISHED: 22:48, 15 June 2018 | UPDATED: 10:19, 16 June 2018

On the first day of my new job as a hotel waitress ­ before I have a chance to polish a glass or proffer a canapé ­ I’m primed in detail about how to enter the building. Not via the front foyer, but circuitously through a ‘secret staff entrance’.

It is imperative I memorise the route, I’m told by the briskly efficient restaurant manager, who steers me through it, via an obscure door by a KFC outlet in a low-rent shopping mall.
We then travel up two floors in a shabby service lift, past a phalanx of security men, through an underground delivery area, past bins, a staff canteen and along a harshly lit subterranean corridor that smells of urine.
Another staff lift disgorges us into the hotel kitchen, through two swing doors and finally into the light and bustle of its restaurant and gleaming lobby.
Undercover Mail reporter infiltrates Bilderberg secret society

Bubble rooftop meeting room and helipad designed by Renzo Piano
Bubble rooftop meeting room and helipad designed by Renzo Piano – it is unknown if there were any meetings held here

A freelance journalist, who posted footage online of the empty garden marquee where the Bilderberg banquet was due to be held, reported that Italian police stormed his hotel room at 4.30am breaking down his door and ‘pointing a gun’ at him
It is vital that I take this labyrinthine route in and out of the hotel for the next five days, I’m told, as there is a ‘top secret event’ taking place. ‘The whole hotel is closed to the public,’ says my boss. ‘It’s very important you remember you cannot go in and out of the main entrance. You must use the secret one.’
Although I feign meek subservience, I know very well why levels of security have been ramped up to such histrionic levels at this unassuming four-star hotel in northern Italy, because I am here undercover. My mission is to covertly observe the most secretive gathering of the influential and powerful in the world, known as the Bilderberg Group.
This cabal of the global, largely liberal, elite ­ with strong ties to the EU ­ meets every year amid a cloak of secrecy.
At this year’s gathering? With so-called ‘populism’ high on its agenda, passionate Remainers, including former Home Secretary Amber Rudd, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney and former Chancellor George Osborne, all took time out of their busy schedules to attend.
Over drinks receptions and lavish meals, they rubbed shoulders with former president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, three serving EU prime ministers and a current European Commissioner in charge of the bloc’s budget.
Last weekend, the Mail became the first newspaper in the 64-year history of Bilderberg to penetrate its formidable security, gaining insight into the extreme paranoia of this most elusive of clubs.
I watched as military police guarded the hotel perimeter and sniffer dogs checked for bombs outside. Last week, one freelance journalist, who posted footage online of the empty garden marquee where the Bilderberg banquet was due to be held, reported that Italian police stormed his hotel room at 4.30am breaking down his door and ‘pointing a gun’ at him.

Armed police present at the Turin airport, near to where the Bi
Armed police present at the Turin airport, near to where the Bilberberg conference was held this year

So clandestine are the Bilderberg gatherings that no minutes are taken, no press conferences given and no reports published.
The conference operates under ‘Chatham House Rules’, which means participants can use and report information exchanged there, but not disclose the source. But with no record of what goes on ­ Bilderberg was held on exactly the same weekends as G7 and NATO defence meetings, allowing opportunities for conference calls ­ critics have said it should be much more transparent. Many argue that the event exists solely to serve as a networking and lobbying opportunity for its attendees.
The Bilderberg Group ­ so called because it first met in 1954 at the Hotel Bilderberg in the Netherlands ­ is made up of at least 120 self-proclaimed ‘leading citizens’ of Europe and the U.S., who meet annually to discuss ‘issues of common interest’.
Every summer, figureheads from politics, business, academia, finance and defence lock themselves away in a closely guarded hotel for three days to discuss topics of vital global significance about which the rest of us can only speculate.
Hypothesis and conjecture about the content of their talks inevitably abound. At one extreme there are conspiracy theorists who believe that the hounding from office of Margaret Thatcher, the downfall of U.S. President Richard Nixon and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy were all secretly orchestrated by the Bilderberg Group.
Such claims are, of course, outlandish, but mystery fosters extravagant speculation.
The roll-call of attendees is invariably auspicious. Prime ministers, royalty ­ Prince Charles and Prince Philip have both attended ­ army generals, corporate CEOs and bank governors all make time in their busy schedules to be there.

TOP of the Agenda at this year’s Bilderberg Meeting was ‘Populism in Europe’ – evidence of populism’s impact as it’s swept across Europe and America. It is surely no coincidence that Bilderberg took place in Turin, Italy, where the populist Five Star Movement and anti-immigrant League parties’ coalition threatens the stability and future of the European Union altogether. And as Donald Trump continues to blaze a trail through his Presidency, the Bilderberg group was also keen to discuss ‘US world leadership’ and ‘The US before midterms’.
There was a significant European Union representation in Turin last week, with Jose Manuel Barroso, former president of the European Commission (and now non-executive chairman of Goldman Sachs) toasting his membership in the Bilderberg club with four serving EU Prime Ministers – Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Ana Brnabic, Prime Minister of Serbia, Charles Michel, Prime Minister of Belgium and Jüri Ratas, Prime Minister of Estonia. They were joined by Spain’s deputy PM, Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría and Turkey’s deputy PM, Mehmet Simsek. Former Prime Minister of France, Bernard Cazeneuve, also flew out for the shindig, as did Günther H. Oettinger, Commissioner for budget and human resources at the European Commission.
Bilderberg says it exists as ‘a forum… to foster dialogue between Europe and North America’, and American VIPs always take time out of their busy schedules to attend Bilderberg. Henry Kissinger, Secretary of State and National Security Advisor under Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, has been attending Bilderberg on and off since 1957. Last weekend he made the trip out to Turin, in a wheelchair accompanied by minders, at the age of 95. David Petraeus, former director of the CIA, made an appearance alongside him, as did John Hickenlooper, Governor of Colorado. Representing the incumbent United States government were Matthew Turpin, the National Security Council’s Director for China, and James H. Baker, the director of the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Many of America’s most prestigious universities attended the Bilderberg meeting including the Universities of Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Pennsylvania, Princeton, New York University and the American University. Think-tanks included the Hudson Institute and the Hoover Institution.
Figureheads from many industries including defence, communications, finance, business, politics, banking and academia are always represented at Bilderberg, but this year has truly been that of the technology titans. Bilderberg seems exceptionally keen to explore automation and the robotics, listing ‘The future of work’, ‘Artificial intelligence’ and ‘quantum computing’ as events on its Agenda. The 2018 cohort included the co-founder of LinkedIn, the CEO of Vodafone and the director of Harvard-MIT Ethics and Governance of AI Initiative.
Eric Schmidt, the former executive chairman of Google, has attended Bilderberg before and Google was the star of the show this year. Hartmut Neven, director of engineering of Google Inc. was in attendance alongside Demis Hassabis, the British co-founder and CEO of its AI branch DeepMind. They were joined by Jared Cohen, founder and CEO of Jigsaw at Alphabet (Google’s parent company). Cohen was formerly US on the Secretary of State's policy planning staff as an advisor to Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton. Bilderberg also invited experts and consultancies in the wider fields of Artificial Intelligence, such as Harvard-MIT Ethics and Governance of AI Initiative and PA Consulting Group, which specialises in AI.
Shifting sands in the Middle East and recent furore surrounding Russia were enough to garner places on the Agenda, with ‘Saudi Arabia and Iran’ and ‘Russia’ both listed. The Bilderberg Conference took place on exactly the same weekend as the G7 summit and the NATO Defence Meeting this year. Some speculate that conference calls took place between the three, but Bilderberg never releases details, minutes or reports of what is discussed other than its vague agenda list.
This year’s cohort of Britons included Sir John Sawers, former head of MI6, and Marcus Agius, who resigned from Barclays Bank following the Libor rate-fixing scandal ­ both former trustees of the Bilderberg Association.
Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary flew in alongside academics from Oxbridge, UCL and the LSE. They mingled with heads of international bodies including NATO, the World Economic Forum and UNESCO and, for the first time in its history, a Vatican representative.
Sitting cheek-by-jowl with the traditional establishment is the new power elite: the technology titans. The 2018 cohort include the co-founder of LinkedIn and the CEO of Vodafone. Google is well-represented: present this year are its director of engineering, the founder of its sister company Jigsaw and the CEO of DeepMind, a British artificial intelligence company.
I’m told by a manager on my first day: ‘It is a top event. It is like the G7 ­ people from all over the world. The Fiat boss. You can’t tell anyone what goes on here, all the staff are completely sworn to secrecy.’
I’m told not to engage in conversation with these special guests and instead to ‘look down’.
Last week’s meeting in Turin was hosted by Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles, owned by the wealthy Agnelli family dynasty, which housed delegates in a hotel converted from its former Fiat car factory.
Unlike previous Bilderberg meetings, which have been held high up in the Alps or in remote chateaux, this year’s conference is, audaciously, hidden in plain sight.
The NH Lingotto shares space with a run-down shopping centre ­ the location of that secret staff entrance ­ itself surrounded by 10ft concrete walls, and the main hotel entrance is accessible only through a police check point. Inside, as guards swarm the lobby and staff are kitted out with walkie-talkies, I’m frequently left to my own devices. Nevertheless, the NH Hotel Group said it ‘takes the security of its guests very seriously’.
I wander around, exploring the store rooms, staff areas and the main switchboard for the entire hotel, surveying wires and buttons from floor to ceiling.
In spite of ferocious security efforts, if I was someone with nefarious intentions I could have done something pretty terrible by now.
On my first day, I’m given a staff master-key with access to all 240 guest rooms.
As I work methodically through each, supplying it with mineral water and a fruit bowl ready for the arrival of its VIP inhabitant, I wonder ­ could I be preparing this for Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands? Or perhaps Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary? Or even for American statesman Henry Kissinger? On Thursday afternoon at the hotel, minutes before the first delegates arrive, the tension in the foyer is palpable.
Outside, I survey the dozens of suited security and hotel staff, many with ear pieces, some virtually bouncing on the soles of their shoes. No one speaks. They all just wait in position.
Many of the VIPs arrive in private jets at Turin private airport, from where they are driven with police escorts ­ blue lights flashing, but no sirens ­ to the hotel.
A flurry of hotel staff greet the disembarking VIPs, while more staff with hotel-branded umbrellas shield them from the lashing rain.
A polite American man approaches me. ‘Excuse me, where’s the bar around here?’ he asks. I clock his name badge: David Petraeus, former director of the CIA and commander of the United States Central Command, as I ask him what he’d like to drink.
‘Which red wines do you have?’ he asks, at which point I remember I’m not actually bar trained; I’ve no idea where the wine was even kept, let alone which vintage to recommend. I have to summon help.
Then a room service errand takes me up to an Italian delegate’s room. He has ordered five bottles of mineral water and one glass to use for each bottle. As soon as the door is halfway open, he barks: ‘Still, I ordered still! Not sparkling!’ I’m relieved I have a colleague with me who assures him: ‘But this is still, sir.’

One of the yellow cards given to guests, where they talked about 'populism in Europe', 'Whither free trade' and other subjects. In each ‘evaluation form’, the delegates must rate each talk on a scale of one to five on factors including ‘importance topic’, ‘quality panellist’, ‘interaction’ and so on

I arrive back downstairs to see a much-diminished Henry Kissinger being escorted in a wheelchair across the marbled floor by two suited men.
At 95, Mr Kissinger, former U.S. Secretary of State, is one of Bilderberg’s oldest and most regular delegates. The alleged war criminal has been attending intermittently since 1957.
Demis Hassabis, the British computer game designer behind Google’s DeepMind, then asks me for directions to the ‘dinner’. Improvising, I direct him vaguely down the corridor.
A jovial man in glasses also approaches me to ask where ‘the conference’ is. It is Jose Manuel Barroso, former president of the European Commission, now chairman of Goldman Sachs International. He is surrounded by four people all clamouring to talk to him, and he looks like the cat that got the cream.
All attendees are also given yellow paper ‘score cards’ on which they must give TripAdvisor-style self-evaluation assessments of talks. On each form delegates must rate discussions on a scale of one to five including ‘importance of topic’, ‘quality of panellist’, ‘interaction’ and so on.
The discussions include such subjects as: ‘Populism In Europe’, ‘The U.S. Before Mid-Terms’ (in other words, Donald Trump) ‘The Future Of Work’, ‘Jobs, Skills, Wages’ and ‘Whither Free Trade?’ ­ plus the more ambiguous ‘Where Are We?’
One hot topic currently dominating the agenda in Europe ­ immigration ­ was noticeable by its absence. And, as with so many corporate jamborees, each attendee is given a blue-and-white goodie-bag at the end, tagged with the message: ‘A gift from the Italian hosts of Bilderberg thanks to the generosity of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.’
Inside are Italian toiletries, a coffee-table art book with foreword from the Agnelli family, and mints branded with sketches of the Lingotto Fiat building.

The Bilderberg hotel
The NH Lingotto hotel, location of this year’s Bilderberg Conference, is housed within the Lingotto building – the site of the former Fiat factory, with a rooftop racetrack seen in The Italian Job.
The colossal building, with views of the Alps, features a distinctive ‘bubble’ rooftop meeting room and helipad designed by architect Renzo Piano, as well as a ‘sunken auditorium’ concert hall elsewhere in the old factory.
The Lingotto building is owned by the wealthy Agnelli Family Dynasty, the industrialists who created Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Gianni Agnelli reportedly attended Bilderberg 37 times before his death and was good friends with Henry Kissinger, seen as a ‘Bilderberg ringleader’.
Kissinger once said: ‘During the last two decades of his life, no one was closer to me than Gianni Agnelli.’ Kissinger is the godfather of John Elkann, Agnelli’s grandson.
The 42-year-old heir to the Fiat Fortune was the host of the 2018 Bilderberg Meeting and sits on its decision-making Steering Committee. Elkann is chairman and chief executive of Exor, the Agnelli family’s investment company, to which former Chancellor of the Exchequer and current Editor of the Evening Standard George Osborne was recently appointed just days ago. John Elkann also sits on The Economist board alongside Eric Schmidt, former executive chairman of Google, and Sir Simon Robertson, the Deputy Chairman of HSBC.
Simon Robertson Associates LLP is the registered address of The Bilderberg Association, a tax-exempt charity and the UK financial arm of Bilderberg. The most recently listed trustees of Bilderberg Association were Zanny Minton Beddoes, editor-in-chief of The Economist, and Lord John Kerr of Kinlochard, deputy chairman of Royal Dutch Shell. Last night the Charity Commission said it had ‘opened a case’ into Bilderberg Association to ensure it was complying with its transparency criteria.
Bilderberg presents an abundance of networking opportunities for those lucky enough to be chosen to attend. Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, is due to step down from his role next year and has ambitions to head the International Monetary Fund. Michael O’Leary’s contract with Ryanair also ends next year.
George Osborne, the editor of the Evening Standard, possesses seven other job titles. At Bilderberg, he will have had ample chance to speak to his business contacts.
He was recently appointed chair of a business council at Exor, the holding company for the Agnelli family billions. John Elkann, the Agnelli heir who hosted this year’s Bilderberg, sits on the Economist board alongside Eric Schmidt of Google. A spokesman for Bilderberg Meetings said that ‘participants take care of their own travel and accommodation costs’.
He added: ‘The expenses of maintaining the small secretariat of Bilderberg Meetings are covered wholly by private subscription. The hospitality costs of the annual meeting are the responsibility of the steering committee member(s) of the host country.’ But it would not confirm who pays into this ‘private subscription’.
Amber Rudd, a member of the Queen’s Privy Council, refused to answer any of our questions including whether she divulged state-secret information at the conference. Nor did she say whether she will fully declare her attendance at Bilderberg, both financially and as a potential conflict of interest, as stipulated in the House of Commons Code of Conduct for Members of Parliament.
Last night, the Charity Commission said it was probing the UK financial arm of Bilderberg following the Mail’s investigation. As a registered charity, the Bilderberg Association is exempt from tax, but the Commission said it had received a ‘number of complaints about its activities’.
The charity’s most recently listed trustees are Lord John Kerr of Kinlochard, deputy chairman of Royal Dutch Shell, and Zanny Minton Beddoes, editor-in-chief of The Economist ­ which yesterday published an editorial leader entitled: ‘A hard Brexit seems ever less likely: Good.’
To legally qualify for charity status, the organisation must overwhelmingly serve a ‘public benefit’, and not a political purpose.
The Bilderberg Association says its purpose is ‘the education’ of ‘mankind, the public’. But because no public reports are published into what actually happens at the conference, there is no way of proving this charitable public purpose.
The Commission said it was opening a case into the Bilderberg Association ‘to ensure its activities are in line with its charitable objects and its legal duty’ and remind it of ‘the importance of transparency’.
A spokesman said it was a criminal offence to knowingly or recklessly provide false or misleading information to the Commission.
Lord Kerr said he was ‘not a trustee’ and directed queries to the address where the charity is registered, Simon Robertson Associates, a financial advisory group run by the former director of Goldman Sachs. Sir Simon Robertson is also on the board of the Economist.
The Bilderberg Association declined to comment, while Ms Minton Beddoes referred us to Bilderberg Meetings, the global company.
For three days I’ve stood on the periphery watching, listening. But ultimately the world’s most secretive meeting remains elusive; a distant babble of voices a few metres away from me along a corridor in a closed room. Near, but infuriatingly just too far away to discern.
So for another year Bilderberg has retained its mystique; its impenetrable secrecy; its elitism. And we mere mortals, unseen and unremarked, are none the wiser.

The Bilderberg conference: Military-level security and hostility to press
The Bilderberg Group holds its meetings cloaked in secrecy far away from the prying eyes of the general public. Local police, state police and even the military of whichever country has been selected to host the Meeting are on hand to keep out the riff-raff. Fences, barricades and police checkpoints are erected, and metal detectors and X-Rays search anyone attempting to enter the ‘Bilderberg Hotel’. As one reporter who covered the event says: ‘You know Bilderberg’s about to begin when you start seeing the guns.’
The Bilderberg Group are notoriously camera shy, and take extreme measures to prevent journalists from capturing what it discusses – including following them, intimidating them and detaining them. In 1999, journalist Jon Ronson attempted to report on Bilderberg in Sintra, Portugal, and managed to get inside the Conference’s perimeter. Ronson later found himself ‘chased by mysterious men in dark glasses through Portugal’ and described being scared for his safety.
‘When I phoned the British embassy and asked them to explain to the powerful secret society that had set their goons on me that I was essentially a humorous journalist out of my depth, I wasn't being funny’, he wrote. ‘I was being genuinely desperate.’
The British Embassy told him they there was nothing they could do. Ten years later, journalist Charlie Skelton was arrested half a mile from the Bilderberg hotel in Vouliagmeni, Greece.
He described being approached by a ‘man with the machine gun’ and a group of police who ‘circled round me… prodding me in the shoulder, and shouting: "Give the camera! Just give the camera!" He was driven to the local police station and released after they’d verified his identity. Later, he was arrested a second time for taking more photographs, and said he was followed in Greece for days by plainclothes policemen.
Last Tuesday freelance journalist Josh Freidman entered the oasis-garden of the NH Lingotto Hotel where the Bilderberg Meeting was due to be held, and posted online footage of the empty marquee before the conference. He described how days later, Italian police burst into his hotel room at 4.00am, demanding to see his documents.
He said: ‘I was lying in bed, it’s dark, I heard a lot of noise coming up through the stairwell… Then suddenly my door flew open and five officers burst into the apartment.
‘They flicked on the light switch and at least one was pointing a gun at me as I was lying in bed.’ He said the police asked him for his name and documents. Later they apologised and said they been looking for a ‘suspect’ who they believed had been in Freidman’s room. When the Bilderberg Conference was held at the five-star Grove hotel in Watford, Hertfordshire in 2013, Hertfordshire Constabulary revealed that policing alone cost £1million.
There was also a large G4S presence, fences, a no-fly zone and further anti-terror measures. Bilderberg offered to pay up to £500,000 towards this cost, but Hertfordshire Police appealed to the Home Office – and the taxpayer - to cover the shortfall. Bilderberg says that attendees cover their own cost of transport, and that the Steering Committee and host country pays for the Conference each time it is held there.
But it is unclear how publicly-funded figures, such as elected politicians and Royalty, pay for and declare their Bilderberg attendance. Bilderberg also states that ‘Bilderberg Meetings are covered wholly by private subscription’, but does not give further details as to who pays this private subscription nor by how much.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:56 pm    Post subject: Mail...the EU...and Bilderberg Reply with quote

We guessed the location of Bilderberg 2018 correctly but the NH Lingotto Hotel in Turin was not confirmed until the event started so how did Sian Boyle know in advance? Inside info from a UK attendee perhaps.

I suppose the Mail with its anti - EU stance might not be a supporter of Bilderberg but I find it surprising that it sponsored Sian`s undercover report - I hope it does not prove terminal to her career as we all know how Bilderberg hates publicity.

Possibly ardent Brexiteer Paul Dacre has taken the opportunity to have a pop at Bilderberg before he departs to be replaced by staunch remainer Geordie Greig?
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[audio] Maria van Boekelen and Marco Verheij from We Are Change Rotterdam discuss the high tech participants at Bilderberg 2018 plus their take on what the purpose of the meetings is. They managed to get an excellent view of the arriving participants from their vantage point in a nearby college.

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The beginning of the end of the Bilderberg/Soros vision is in sight. The Old Order will cling on, even to the last of its fingernails. The Bilderberg vision is the notion of multi-cultural, international cosmopolitanism that surpasses old-time nationalism; heralding the end of frontiers; and leading toward a US-led, ‘technocratic’, global economic and political governance. Its roots lie with figures such as James Burnham, an anti-Stalin, former Trotskyite, who, writing as early as 1941, advocated for the levers of financial and economic power being placedin the hands of a management class: an élite – which alone would be capable of running the contemporary state – thanks to this élite’s market and financial technical nous. It was, bluntly, a call for an expert, technocratic oligarchy.

Burnham renounced his allegiance to Trotsky and Marxism, in all its forms in 1940, but he would take the tactics and strategies for infiltration and subversion, (learned as a member of Leon Trotsky’s inner circle) with him, and would elevate the Trotskyist management of ‘identity politics’ to become the fragmentation ‘device’ primed to explode national culture onto a new stage, in the Western sphere. His 1941 book, “The Managerial Revolution,” caught the attention of Frank Wisner, subsequently, a legendary CIA figure, who saw in the works of Burnham and his colleague a fellow Trotskyite, Sidney Hook, the prospect of mounting an effective alliance of former Trotskyites against Stalinism.

But, additionally, Wisner perceived its merits as the blueprint for a CIA-led, pseudo-liberal, US-led global order. (‘Pseudo’, because, as Burnham articulated clearly, in The Machiavellians, Defenders of Freedom, his version of freedom meant anything but intellectual freedom or those freedoms defined by America’s Constitution. “What it really meant was conformity and submission”).

In short, (as Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould have noted), “by 1947, James Burnham’s transformation from Communist radical, to New World Order American conservative was complete. His Struggle for the World, [converted into a memo for the US Office of Strategic Services (OSS, the forerunner of CIA)], had done a ‘French Turn’ on Trotsky’s permanent Communist revolution, and turned it into a permanent battle plan for a global American empire. All that was needed to complete Burnham’s dialectic was a permanent enemy, and that would require a sophisticated psychological campaign to keep the hatred of Russia alive, “for generations”.

What has this to do with us today? A ‘Burnham Landscape’ of apparently, ‘centrist’ European political parties, apparently independent think-tanks, institutions, and NATO structures, was seeded by CIA – in the post war era of anti-Sovietism – across Europe, and the Middle East – as part of Burnham’s ‘battle plan’ for a US-led, global ‘order’. It is precisely this élite: i.e. Burnham’s oligarchic technocracy, that is facing political push-back today to the point at which the Liberal Order feels that it is struggling for its very survival against “the enemy in the White House”, as the editor of Spiegel Online has termed President Trump.

What has caused this? Well, like him or hate him, President Trump has played a major part, if only by saying the unsayable. The rationality or not inherent in these Eckhart-style ‘unsayings’, or apophasis, is beside the point: Trump’s intuitive ‘discourse of saying the unsayable’ has taken most of the bolts out of the former Burnham-type, ideological structure.

But in Europe, two main flaws to the Burnham blueprint have contributed, possibly fatally, to the blueprint crisis: Firstly, the policy of populating Europe with immigrants, as a remedy for Europe’s adverse demographics (and to dilute to the point of erasure, its national cultures): “Far from leading to fusion”, writes British historian, Niall Ferguson, “Europe’s migration crisis is leading to fission. The play might be called The Meltdown Pot … Increasingly … the issue of migration will be seen by future historians as the fatal solvent of the EU. In their accounts Brexit will appear as merely an early symptom of the crisis”. And secondly, the bi-furcation of the economy into two unrelated, and dis-equal economies, as a result of the élite’s mismanagement of the global economy, (i.e. the obvious the absence of ‘prosperity for all’).

Trump evidently has heard the two key messages from his constituency: that they neither accept to have (white) American culture, and its way-of-life, diluted through immigration; and, neither do they wish – stoically – to accommodate to America’s eclipse by China.

The issue of how to arrest China’s rise is primordial (for Team Trump), and in a certain sense, has led to an American ‘retrospective’: America now may only account for 14% of global output (PPP – Purchasing Power Parity basis), or 22%, on a nominal basis (as opposed to near half of global output, for which the US was responsible, at the close of WW2), but American corporations, thanks to the dollar global hegemony, enjoy a type of monopoly status (i.e. Microsoft, Google and Facebook, amongst others), either through regulatory privilege, or by marketplace dominance. Trump wants to halt this asset from decaying further and to leverage it again as a potent bargaining chip in the present tariff wars. This is clearly a political ‘winner’ in terms of US domestic grass-roots, politics, and the upcoming November mid-term elections.

The second strand seems to be something of a Middle East ‘retrospective’: to restore the Middle East to the era of The Shah, when ‘Persia’ policed the Middle East; when Israel was a regional ‘power’ implementing the American interest; and when the major sources of energy were under US control. And, further, when Russian influence was being attenuated, by leveraging radical Sunni Islam against Arab socialism, and nationalism.

Of course, Trump is savvy enough to know that it is not possible to revert wholly to that Kissinger-esque world. The region has changed too much for that. But Kissinger remains an influential adviser to the President (together with PM Netanyahu). And it is easy to forget that US dominance of the Middle East brought America not just control of energy, but the re-cycling of petrodollars into Wall Street, and the necklace of US military bases in the Gulf that both surround Iran, and give to the US its military muscle, reaching into Asia.

We have therefore Trump’s hugging of MBS, MBZ and Netanyahu, and a supporting narrative of Iran as a ‘malign actor’ in the region, and a facilitator of terrorism.

But, it is just a ‘narrative’, and it is nonsense, when put into a broader understanding of the regional context. The history of Islam has never been free from violent conflict (going back to earliest days: i.e. the Wars of the Ridda, or apostasy 632-3 etc.). But – lest we forget – this present era of Sunni radicalization (such as has given birth to ISIS) reaches back, at least, to the 17th and 18th Centuries, with the Ottoman disaster at the Gates of Vienna (1683); the consequent onset of the Caliphate dissolution; growing Ottoman permissiveness and sensuality, provoking Abd-el Wahhab’s radical zealotism (on which basis Saudi Arabia was founded); and finally the aggressive westernizing secularism in Turkey and Persia, which triggered what is called ‘political Islam’ (both Sunni and Shi’a that initially, were united, in a single movement).

The MBS narrative that Saudi Arabia’s ‘fundamentalism’ was a reaction to the Iranian Revolution is yet another ‘meme’ that may serve Trump and Netanyahu’s interests, but is just as false. The reality is that the modern Arab (Sunni) system, a holdover from the Ottoman era, has been in a long term channel of decline since WW1 – whereas Shi’i Islam is enjoying a strong revival across the northern tier of the Middle East, and beyond. Put rather bluntly: the Iranians are on the upside of history – it’s as simple as that.

And what Trump is trying to do is Iranian capitulation, in the face of the American-Israeli-Saudi siege, the key to undoing Obama (again), by trying to reassert US Middle East dominance, energy dominance and an Israeli resurgence of regional power. Subjugating Iran thus has emerged as the supreme litmus for re-establishing the unipolar global order.

It is so iconic precisely because, just as much as Trump would like to see Iran, Iraq and Iranian allies everywhere, fall to the unipolar hegemony, Iran is as central to the multipolar vision of Xi and Putin as it is iconic to Trump’s putative Middle East ‘makeover’. And it is not just symbolic: Iran is as pivotal to both Russian and Chinese geo-political strategies. In a word, Iran has more leverage to ensure survival than Trump may have anticipated.

America will leverage its dominance of the financial system to the limit to strangle Iran, and China and Russia will do what is necessary financially, and in terms of trade, to see that Iran does not implode economically – and remains a pillar of the multipolar alternative world order.

And it is here that the paradigm shifts in Europe come into play. It is not, I repeat not because Europe can be expected to show leadership or to ‘do’ much, but rather because the apophatic discourse of ‘saying the unsayable’ is spreading to Europe. It has not, so far, changed the paradigm of power, but may soon (i.e. with Merkel’s possible political demise). Germany may be more staid in its politics than Italy, but the voice of Italy’s new Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini, saying ‘no’ to the ‘Burnham’ proxies in Berlin is echoing across Europe, and beyond. It acts like a slap in the face.

Let us be absolutely clear: We are not suggesting that Europe will expend political capital in defending the JCPOA. That is not likely. We are saying that America’s dollar hegemony has proved toxic to the rest of the world in very many ways, and Trump – in leveraging that hegemony so gangsterishly: “We’re America, Bitch”, as one official described America’s approach – is fueling antagonism towards dollar hegemony (if not yet towards America per se). It is pushing all of non-America into a common stance of rebellion against America’s unipolar financial dominance.

This ‘revolt’ is already giving leverage to Kim Jong Un, as the Washington Post reports:

“With U.S.-China trade ties on the rocks, Kim is well-positioned to play both powers, talking sweet to Trump while pursuing a closer relationship with Xi…Kim understands the hierarchy. He knows that Xi is the Asian Godfather,” said Yanmei Xie, a China policy analyst at Gavekal Dragonomics, an economic research firm in Beijing. “He is making a pragmatic calculation that China can provide economic assistance to integrate North Korea diplomatically and economically into Northeast Asia …

“There is a regional effort, a sort of Northeast Asia coalition of make-believe, to maintain the fiction that the North Korea will de-nuke as long as Americans keep talking to it,” Xie said.

China is less focused on getting Kim to give away his weapons than on getting him to fall into line. It may eventually use trade and investment to keep him onside, experts said.

“With North Korea still struggling under U.N. sanctions, “China’s political and economic support is still highly important,” said Zhao Tong, a North Korea expert at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy in Beijing. Zhao said the question now is: “How can China help North Korea develop its economy?”

“China can also help Kim normalize North Korea’s diplomatic status. That starts with treating him less like a rogue dictator and more like a visiting statesman.”

The same goes for Iran — in spades. China and Russia know how to play this game of ‘chicken’.

My comment: China has financially blown itself up with and has a huge debt overhang. With its export-driven economy it can only lose a trade war. It has told Kim to play ball not the game of chicken with the West.
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