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::> Bilderberg Announces 2008 Conference
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Bilderberg Announces 2008 Conference

CHANTILLY, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The 56th Bilderberg Meeting will be held in Chantilly, Virginia, USA 5 – 8 June 2008. The Conference will deal mainly with a nuclear free world, cyber terrorism, Africa, Russia, finance, protectionism, US-EU relations, Afghanistan and Pakistan, Islam and Iran. Approximately 140 participants will attend, of whom about two-thirds come from Europe and the balance from North America. About one-third is from government and politics, and two-thirds are from finance, industry, labor, education and communications. The meeting is private in order to encourage frank and open discussion.

Bilderberg takes its name from the hotel in Holland, where the first meeting took place in May 1954. That pioneering meeting grew out of the concern expressed by leading citizens on both sides of the Atlantic that Western Europe and North America were not working together as closely as they should on common problems of critical importance. It was felt that regular, off-the-record discussions would help create a better understanding of the complex forces and major trends affecting Western nations in the difficult post-war period. The Cold War has now ended. But in practically all respects, there are more, not fewer, common problems - from trade to jobs, from monetary policy to investment, from ecological challenges to the task of promoting international security. It is hard to think of any major issue in either Europe or North America whose unilateral solution would not have repercussions for the other. Thus the concept of a European-American forum has not been overtaken by time. The dialogue between these two regions is still - even increasingly - critical.

What is unique about Bilderberg as a forum, is the broad cross-section of leading citizens that are assembled for nearly three days of informal and off-the-record discussion about topics of current concern especially in the fields of foreign affairs and the international economy; the strong feeling among participants that in view of the differing attitudes and experiences of the Western nations, there remains a clear need to further develop an understanding in which these concerns can be accommodated; the privacy of the meetings, which has no purpose other than to allow participants to speak their minds openly and freely. In short, Bilderberg is a small, flexible, informal and off-the-record international forum in which different viewpoints can be expressed and mutual understanding enhanced.

Bilderberg's only activity is its annual Conference. At the meetings, no resolutions are proposed, no votes taken, and no policy statements issued. Since 1954, fifty-five conferences have been held. The names of the participants are made available to the press. Participants are chosen for their experience, their knowledge, and their standing; all participants attend Bilderberg in a private and not an official capacity.

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Yes, but who are they? DCKit Jun-06-08 04:31 AM #1
Good questions - apparently our "free press" doesn't think it's important to ask! gulfcoastliberal Jun-06-08 04:34 AM #2
We can call 703-818-3647 to find out. greyl Jun-06-08 04:41 AM #3
Good find! MelissaB Jun-06-08 02:01 PM #7
The decide the fashion trends for the next 5 years! LOL nt Javaman Jun-06-08 02:54 PM #10
My guess - Obama AND Hillary will 'slip in' to the meeting (if they haven't already tonight). Dover Jun-06-08 05:31 AM #4
convenient scheduling, too itsjustme Jun-06-08 12:01 PM #6
"322" n/t Earth_First Jun-06-08 11:22 AM #5
I'm sorry, I know I'm out of the loop but... petepillow Jun-06-08 02:37 PM #8
I'll climb out on a branch and guess: igil Jun-06-08 04:14 PM #11
And once again... I wasn't invited. Prag Jun-06-08 02:41 PM #9

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aquart (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list Click to add this author to your Ignore list Sat Jun-07-08 02:23 AM
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21. Ah, so they both went to the Bildersberg conference!
And Hillary opened a vein and Obama drank her blood while the powerbrokers applauded.
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nebula Donating Member (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list Click to add this author to your Ignore list Sat Jun-07-08 04:13 AM
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34. No doubt!
Jim Johnson, a member of Friends of Bilderberg, is one of the three members of Obama's VP selection committee (the other two being Caroline Kennedy and Eric Holder).

Johnson's name also appears on this year's Bilderberg Conference guest list.

The report lists Johnson as a member of "American Friends of Bilderberg," which is an offshoot Bilderberg front group that has accepted donations from the Ford Foundation to fund Bilderberg meetings where lavish hotels are entirely booked up for three days, by no means an inexpensive feat. The organization is basically a steering committee for the Bilderberg Group - a secretarial outpost through which Bilderberg conferences are organized.

Johnson has also directly attended Bilderberg meetings therefore can be classed as a Bilderberg luminary. He attended last year's meeting in Istanbul, Turkey.

Johnson is also "A vice chairman of the private banking firm Perseus LLC, a position he has held since 2001. He is also a board member at Goldman Sachs, Gannett Company, Inc., a media holding group, KB Home, a home construction firm, Target Corporation, Temple-Inland, and UnitedHealth Group."

Predictably, he is also also a member of the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations.

James A. Johnson (center): Ultra-elitist Bilderberg luminary and corporate capo who will select the potential future U.S. President.

This would be the second presidential race running that the Bilderberg Group has been instrumental in helping to select the running mate for the Democratic candidate.

In 2004 it was reported that John Edwards' performance at the Bilderberg conference in Italy was a key factor in his selection as John Kerry's number two. Bilderberg attendees even broke house rules to applaud Edwards at the end of a speech he gave to the elitists about American politics.

Bilderberg has a proven history of acting in a kingmaker capacity. Both Bill Clinton and Tony Blair attended Bilderberg meetings in the early 90's before becoming President and Prime Minister respectively.
muriel_volestrangler DU Moderator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Journal Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list Click to add this author to your Ignore list Sat Jun-07-08 09:40 AM
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40. 'Speculation'? The reality is they met at Diane Feinstein's house
Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton met privately Thursday night at the Washington home of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a key supporter of Clinton's presidential campaign, Feinstein said Friday.

She left them in her living room with nothing other than water and comfortable chairs for what she called a positive meeting. No one else was in the room, and no one is giving details of what was discussed.
The meeting began at 9 p.m. and lasted about an hour, Feinstein said.
It was the two Democratic candidates' first meeting since Obama became the party's presumptive nominee Tuesday.

Sorry to pour cold water on a conspiracy theory that the enthusiasts here would like to take flight.



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FRA, Collomb, Bertrand, Honorary Chairman, Lafarge

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USA, Crocker, Chester A., James R. Schlesinger Professor of Strategic Studies

USA, Daschle, Thomas A., Former US Senator and Senate Majority Leader

CAN, Desmarais, Jr., Paul, Chairman and co-CEO, Power Corporation of Canada

GRC, Diamantopoulou, Anna, Member of Parliament

USA, Donilon, Thomas E., Partner, O’Melveny & Myers

ITA, Draghi, Mario, Governor, Banca d’Italia

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USA, Holbrooke, Richard C., Vice Chairman, Perseus, LLC

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BEL, Huyghebaert, Jan, Chairman of the Board of Directors, KBC Group

DEU, Ischinger, Wolfgang, Former Ambassador to the UK and US

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USA, Johnson, James A., Vice Chairman, Perseus, LLC (Obama’s man tasked with selecting his running mate)

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USA, Jordan, Jr., Vernon E., Senior Managing Director, Lazard Frères & Co. LLC

FRA, Jouyet, Jean-Pierre, Minister of European Affairs

GBR, Kerr, John, Member, House of Lords; Deputy Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell plc.

USA, Kissinger, Henry A., Chairman, Kissinger Associates, Inc.

DEU, Klaeden, Eckart, von Foreign Policy Spokesman, CDU/CSU

USA, Kleinfeld, Klaus, President and COO, Alcoa

TUR, Koç, Mustafa, Chairman, Koç Holding A.S.

FRA, Kodmani, Bassma, Director, Arab Reform Initiative

USA, Kravis, Henry R., Founding Partner, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

USA, Kravis, Marie-Josée, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute, Inc.

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ESP, León Gross, Bernardino, Secretary General, Office of the Prime Minister

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CAN, Martin, Roger Dean, Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

HUN, Martonyi, János, Professor of International Trade Law; Partner, Baker & McKenzie; Former Minister of Foreign Affairs

USA, Mathews, Jessica T., President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

INT, McCreevy, Charlie, Commissioner, European Commission

USA, McDonough, William J., Vice Chairman and Special Advisor to the Chairman, Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc.

CAN, McKenna, Frank, Deputy Chair, TD Bank Financial Group

GBR, McKillop, Tom, Chairman, The Royal Bank of Scotland Group

FRA, Montbrial, Thierry de, President, French Institute for International Relations

ITA, Monti, Mario, President, Universita Commerciale Luigi Bocconi

USA, Mundie, Craig J., Chief Research and Strategy Officer, Microsoft Corporation

NOR, Myklebust, Egil, Former Chairman of the Board of Directors SAS, Norsk Hydro ASA

DEU, Nass, Matthias, Deputy Editor, Die Zeit

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FIN, Ollila, Jorma, Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell plc

SWE, Olofsson, Maud, Minister of Enterprise and Energy; Deputy Prime Minister

NLD, Orange, H.R.H., the Prince of

GBR, Osborne, George, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer

TUR, Öztrak, Faik, Member of Parliament

ITA, Padoa-Schioppa, Tommaso, Former Minister of Finance; President of Notre Europe

GRC, Papahelas, Alexis, Journalist, Kathimerini

GRC, Papalexopoulos, Dimitris, CEO, Titan Cement Co. S.A.

USA, Paulson, Jr., Henry, M. Secretary of the Treasury

USA, Pearl, Frank H., Chairman and CEO, Perseus, LLC

USA, Perle, Richard N., Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research

FRA, Pérol, François, Deputy General Secretary in charge of Economic Affairs

DEU, Perthes, Volker, Director, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik

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CAN, Prichard, J. Robert S. President and CEO, Torstar Corporation

CAN, Reisman, Heather, M. Chair and CEO, Indigo Books & Music Inc.

USA, Rice, Condoleezza, Secretary of State

PRT, Rio, Rui, Mayor of Porto

USA, Rockefeller, David, Former Chairman, Chase Manhattan Bank

ESP, Rodriguez Inciarte, Matias, Executive Vice Chairman, Grupo Santander

USA, Rose, Charlie, Producer, Rose Communications

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USA, Ross, Dennis B., Counselor and Ziegler Distinguished Fellow, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

USA, Rubin, Barnett R., Director of Studies and Senior Fellow, Center for International Cooperation, New York University

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USA, Sanford, Mark, Governor of South Carolina

USA, Schmidt, Eric, Chairman of the Executive Committee and CEO, Google

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CHE, Spillmann, Markus, Editor-in-Chief and Head Managing Board, Neue Zürcher Zeitung AG

USA, Summers, Lawrence H., Charles W. Eliot Professor, Harvard University

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NLD, Timmermans, Frans, Minister of European Affairs

RUS, Trenin, Dmitri V., Deputy Director and Senior Associate, Carnegie Moscow Center

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