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A Small Group of White Men Runs the World

Pepe Escobar writes in the Asia Times Online that the annual meeting of the Bilderberg club was held in May in Versailles, home of the French kings. The Bilderberg club is an international group of people (mostly men) who are the power elite in Europe and America. Critics of the organization say members get together once a year to decide how to run the world. Besides powerful politicians, the Bilderberg club also hosts top CEOs. Different people are invited every year. An anonymous committee puts together a list of 100 names and the meetings are shrouded in secrecy. Everyone who attends pledges not to talk about what was discussed at the meeting.

Some of the past and present attendees are Donald Rumsfeld, Richard Perle, and U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz. Money men have been represented by members of the Rockefeller family. International affairs are represented by Henry Kissinger, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, and Queen Sofia and King Juan Carlos of Spain. The Bilderberg doesn't invite Asians, Middle Easterners, Latin Americans or Africans.

The idea behind the annual meetings is that what's good for big business is good for the world. They have some shady connections to the Nazis, via Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, the father of Queen Beatrix, who founded the club in Bilderberg in 1954, in order to "increase understanding between Europe and North America." Bernhard was a member of Hitler's SS. One of the founding members of the Bilderberg is Otto Wolff von Amerongen, who has been linked to the Nazi theft of Jewish wealth during World War II.

Member Peter Sutherland, from Ireland, is chairman of Goldman Sachs and British Petroleum. In 2000, he and Rumsfeld served together on the board of Swiss energy company ABB, which sold two light-water nuclear reactors to North Korea, which they now admit they're using to make bombs. When you wonder how in the world something like this could have happened, it can be explained by the ultimate mutual admiration society?the Bilderberg.

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