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Castro fascinated by wacky far right conspiracy book
Source Dave Anderson
Date 10/08/24/10:29

www.washingtonexaminer.com
Castro fascinated with book on Bilderberg Club theory propounded by
far-left, far-right
By: WILL WEISSERT
Associated Press

HAVANA 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 Wednesday
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 in Holland.

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.

The excerpt published by Castro suggested that the esoteric Frankfurt
School of socialist academics worked with members of the Rockefeller
family in the 1950s to pave the way for rock music to "control the
masses" by diverting attention from civil rights and social injustice.

"The man charged with ensuring that the Americans liked the Beatles
was Walter Lippmann himself," the excerpt asserted, referring to a
political philosopher and by-then-staid newspaper columnist who died
in 1974.

"In the United States and Europe, great open-air rock concerts were
used to halt the growing discontent of the population," the excerpt
said.

Castro who had an inside seat to the Cold War has long expressed
suspicions of back-room plots. He has raised questions about whether
the Sept. 11 attacks were orchestrated by the U.S. government to stoke
military budgets and, more recently suggested that Washington was
behind the March sinking of a South Korean ship blamed on North Korea.

Estulin's own website suggests that the 9/11 attacks were likely
caused by small nuclear devices, and that the CIA and drug traffickers
were behind the 1988 downing of a jetliner over Lockerbie, Scotland,
that was blamed on Libya.

The Bilderberg conspiracy theory has been popular on both extremes of
the ideological spectrum, even if they disagree on just what the group
wants to do. 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.

Some of Estulin's work builds on reports by Big Jim Tucker, a
researcher on the Bilderberg Group who publishes on right-wing
websites.

"It's great Hollywood material ... 15 people sitting in a room sitting
in a room determining the fate of mankind," said Herbert London,
president of the Hudson Institute, a nonpartisan policy think tank in
New York.

"As someone who doesn't come out of the Oliver Stone school of
conspiracy, I have a hard time believing it," London added.

A call to a Virginia number for the American Friends of Bilderberg
rang unanswered Wednesday and the group's website lists no contact
numbers.

Castro, who underwent emergency intestinal surgery in July 2006 and
stepped down as president in February 2008, has suddenly begun popping
up everywhere recently, addressing Cuba's parliament on the threat of
a nuclear war, meeting with island ambassadors at the Foreign
Ministry, writing a book and even attending the dolphin show at the
Havana aquarium.

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