Fidel Castro is showcasing a theory
long popular both among the far left and far right: that the shadowy Bilderberg
Group has become a kind of global government, controlling not only
international politics and economics, but even culture.
The 84-year-old former Cuban
president published an article that used three of the only eight pages in the
Communist Party newspaper Granma to quote — largely verbatim — from a 2006
book by Lithuanian-born writer Daniel Estulin.
Estulin’s work, “The Secrets
of the Bilderberg Club,” argues that the international group largely runs
the world. It has held a secretive annual forum of prominent politicians,
thinkers and businessmen since it was founded in 1954 at the Bilderberg Hotel
Castro offered no comment on the
excerpts other than to describe Estulin as honest and well-informed and to call
his book a “fantastic story.”
Estulin’s book, as quoted by
Castro, described “sinister cliques and the Bilderberg lobbyists” manipulating
the public “to install a world government that knows no borders and is not
accountable to anyone but its own self.”
The Bilderberg group’s website says
its members have “nearly three days of informal and off-the-record
discussion about topics of current concern” once a year, but the group
does nothing else.
It said the meetings were meant to
encourage people to work together on major policy issues.
The prominence of the group is what
alarms critics. It often includes members of the Rockefeller family, Henry
Kissinger, senior U.S. and European officials and major international business
and media executives.
Leftists accuse the group of
promoting capitalist domination, while some right-wing websites argue that the
Bilderberg club has imposed Barack Obama on the United States to advance socialism.