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The Bilderberg Club (Nothing to See Here)

'No fotografia' - the snap of a bemulleted Greek copper that landed Charlie Skelton in police custody at Bilderberg. Photograph: Charlie Skelton/Guardian The Bilderberg Club may be the most powerful group in the world that you know nothing about. No corporate logo, no flashy website, no press releases. Just a secretive, closed door, invitation only weekend retreat attended by some of the most powerful people on the planet (we think) to discuss some of the worlds most vexing challenges (again, we think).

From Wikipedia (May 15, 2009):

The Bilderberg Group, Bilderberg conference, or Bilderberg Club is an unofficial, annual, invitation-only conference of around 130 guests, most of whom are persons of influence in the fields of politics, business, and banking.

The group meets annually at luxury hotels or resorts throughout the world — normally in Europe, and once every four years in the United States or Canada. It has an office in Leiden in the Netherlands. The 2008 conference took place in Chantilly, Virginia. and the 2009 meeting takes place from May 14-16 in Athens, Greece.

Photo from the first Bilderberg Meeting 1954Wikipedia also has a partial list of attendees over the years.

Here’s a 2003 BBC Radio 4 report on the Bilderbergs (Click on link to open audio player)

Here’s a video clip from the History Channel that provides an overview of the Bilderbergs:

Global political, business and banking leaders getting together in secrecy is definitely (and rightly) fodder for conspiracy theorists. What do you think? Another secret society pulling the levers of politics and commerce or just a group of well intentioned leaders spending some quality “quiet” time together in an effort to solve the world’s problems?

You can follow Charlie Skelton’s Bilderberg files for Guardian.co.uk which he frequency updates during his quest to learn more about the Bilderberg meeting taking place in Athens, Greece.

Shadowy Bilderberg group meet in Greece — and here’s their address – Times.co.uk May 14, 2009

Are the people who ‘really run the world’ meeting this weekend? – Haaretz.com, May 14, 2009

Masters of the Universe – Asia Times, May 22, 2003

The world’s most powerful secret society – Punch magazine, May 1998

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Peter A. Mello, Founder/Editor Founder of Weekly Leader and Sea-Fever Consulting, LLC, a leadership development and strategic communications consultancy. Previously, CEO of an international nonprofit organization and COO of a national insurance/risk management services firm. Peter has been leading people and managing organizations for over 30 years, writes a leadership column for MarineNews magazine and blogs about maritime culture at Sea-Fever. Follow him on Twitter.

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