Ø “The Aspen Institute”, with its declared motto “Timeless Values, Enlightened Leadership”, is a non profit international organisation which came to light as early as 1950 having the objective of reinforcing the bonds between Europe and United States. Its functional debates are managed by the now known as the “Aspen System” meaning behind closed doors without press coverage and with the obligation of “Absolute Reserve”.
Ø The initiative of Dutch Prince “Bernhard van Lippe-Biesterfeld” gave birth in 1954 to the “Bilderberg Club” taking its name from the Hotel Bilderberg where took place its first meetings. The club has a Steering Committee of 18 members, however every meeting hosts over 100 participants from political leaders to business and intellectual exponents. The annual encounters are surrounded by the utmost maximum secrecy, as is the list of participants.
Ø Born in 1971 and baptised as “Foundation of the European Management Forum”; at the age of sixteen, and as of 1987, adopted its present identity as “World Economic Forum). Fathered by “Klaus Schwab”, the Swiss citizen who studied in Harvard where he intuited the necessity for the earth’s giants to periodically meet together in neutral territory (the Swiss Alpine town of Davos) to update, adjourn and discuss - either in round tables or informally - their “Agenda”!In 1973 “David Rockefeller” founded the “Trilateral Commission” , to become an informal coordinating agent, a network; that is rigidly tripartite among Europe, Japan and the United States. Less closed than the Bilderberd Club, it is mainly concerned with international relations economic and political themes. It has a triumvirate helm.
“Anything that is kept hidden or done secretly, is of no benefit to the collective good”. (A.N)
The Alpine Town “DAVOS”: the Sanctuary of the WEF
The image that synthesise the true spirit of DAVOS is that of the toilets!! As reported by Federico Fubini of the Corriere della Sera: “…all toilets and WCs of the forum’s installations are reserved for the “Strong Guests” except only one left available for hundreds of journalists and thousands of delegates. A perfect synthesis of that necessity to revolt, preached by the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement, of the ‘99%’ against a narrow and arrogant élite”.
But the photos pasted below represents the activists of the now famous Ukrainian movement “FEMEN” while parading half naked, in spite of the freezing cold, lifting high slogans against the forum reading:
· “Poor because of you”.
· “The Crisis is made in Davos”.
· “Gangsters Party in Davos”.
Later on they were arrested.. What Else?
Pass On The Word.
_________________________________________________________________________________References: Repubblica Januaru 29th and Corriere della Sera January 28th editions.
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