by James Corbett
June 9, 2018
Oh, pity the poor globalists. They're going to be running around like chickens with their heads cut off in the next few days....Well, OK, more like flying around in their private jets like well-pampered chickens with their heads cut off, but you get the idea.
Why? Well, because globalist conference season is in full swing and there are going to be plenty of air miles racked up in the coming days by the top global super-gophers. There's Bilderberg in Italy, the G7 in Canada, the SCO Summit in China and, of course, the much-ballyhooed North Korea summit in Singapore.
Lost yet? Well, don't worry. Here's the handy-dandy Corbett Report guide to globalist conference season and what we can expect to see in the coming days.
Remember when genuinely useful intel used to come out of the Bilderberg meetings? Like when Jim Tucker reported that the group decided to postpone the Iraq war at the 2002 confab in Virginia? Or when Daniel Estulin reported Kissinger's pronouncement at the 2005 conference in Germany that oil prices would double within 12 months? It seems we don't get accurate, predictive reports like that out of Bilderberg anymore, so instead we end up scrutinizing the (Bilderberg-supplied) press release and the (Bilderberg-supplied) attendee list and guessing at what might be happening. But I've talked about these issues at great length in my reporting on Bilderberg in recent years so let's move on to scrying the tea leaves.
As James Evan Pilato notes in the most recent episode of New World Next Week, one of the most interesting (officially announced) attendees of this year's conference is Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State at the Vatican. Perhaps the fact that the meeting is being held in nearby Turin just makes it convenient for the Vatican to send a representative this year, but there may be more at play here than a mere drop-in by a Vatican official.
You see, as long-term Bilderberg watchers will know, the group is a vetting ground for up-and-coming political candidates: Bill Clinton attended the 1991 meeting when he was still an unknown Governor of Arkansas; Tony Blair attended in 1993, the year before he became Leader of the Opposition in the British Parliament; and Stephen Harper attended in 2003, one year before becoming Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. Heck, even the Old Gray Presstitute, the New York Times, reported that it was a speech at Bilderberg that led to John Edwards being picked as John Kerry's running mate in 2004.
So what's the connection to Cardinal Parolin? Well, he's been identified as the leader of a rebellion in the Vatican and tipped as the likely successor to Pope Francis, who, as it turns out, is now openly musing about his own retirement. So is Bilderberg vetting the next Pope?
You heard it here first, folks! If the Cardinal impresses the assembled string-pullers in Turin, Pope Francis will be gone in the next 12 months and replaced by Parolin. (DISCLAIMER: I have no sources at Bilderberg and this is total hypothetical speculation.)
For those still looking for up-to-the-minute reporting on what's happening outside the well-fortified security perimeter of the conclave, the usual sources like Dan Dicks and Luke Rudkowski are there on the scene streaming live reports...but you better hurry up as the conference officially ends on Sunday.
The G7 is one of those things that happens and gets reported extensively by local media in the host country...and promptly memory holed. Not out of censorship, mind you, but sheer disinterest. No one knows or cares what the G7 really does, and it doesn't seem to be a body that directly impacts people's day-to-day lives. There's a meeting, some world leaders line up for a group photo, and a bland, mealy-mouthed joint declaration is issued.
...Until recently, at least. The last time the group really made headlines was when it suspended Russia's participation in 2014. And this year it's another diplomatic row that is turning the snoozefest into a brouhaha.
As you may have seen, the non-US members of the G7 are so unhappy with Trump's new round of sanctions that the group is being semi-jokingly billed as the "G6 plus one." As of press time, the latest news is that a war of words on Twitter (where else) between Trump and Macron/Trudeau has led to Trump announcing his intention to leave the summit early and even question his attending the event at all. And now speculation that the summit might end without a joint declaration for the first time in its history has led to Macron openly musing about a six country declaration that excludes the US.
So what does this mean? Well, the G7 is not a place where "leaders" come together to make decisions and do deals, as the mainstream presstitutes would have you believe, but a place where political puppets come to formalize the agendas that their string-pullers at Bilderberg and elsewhere have laid out for them. All of this is done in advance, and the joint declaration is usually agreed on before the summit even takes place (as the CBC and other mainstream sources openly acknowledge). So the meeting is really only useful as a weather vane, a useful tool for discovering the direction in which the political winds are blowing. (Insert your own joke about the gases emanating from the Bilderbergers here.)
So the question answers itself: What does it mean if the G7 is dissolving into a spat over trade issues? It simply means that trade war is in the cards for the coming year. Or at least the threats of trade war, likely as a way of facilitating a planned take down of the economy or as a scapegoat for such a takedown.
You heard it here first, folks! If the G7 falls out over trade issues, the globalists are going to take down the world economy in the next 12 months. (DISCLAIMER: I have no sources at G7 and this is total hypothetical speculation.)
On again, off again. And now on again. That's the story of the much-ballyhooed Trump-Kim Summit in Singapore so far. Heck, by the time you're reading this it may have been called off again.
That's not just a flippant observation, it's actually an insight into the larger chaos surrounding this unprecedented event. What's the agenda for the summit? What is each side realistically hoping to achieve at the meeting? Is a formal agreement even on the table for this tête-à-tête or is this just a talk about future talks?
And it's not just that the general public is in the dark about this issue. As I pointed out in my most recent appearance on Financial Survival with Melody Cedarstrom, even the Japanese government is floundering for the most basic answers to the most basic questions about this meeting. They're dispatching a diplomat to Singapore just on the chance that they might be able to hear some second-hand anecdotes about what Trump and Kim are actually discussing. So we can reasonably conclude that the chances of Joe Sixpack and Jane Soccermom knowing anything of substance about these talks before Trump and Kim issue whatever statement(s) they're going to issue are slim to none.
...But here's an interesting little nugget: On the heels of the Kremlin's formal invitation to meet with Kim comes word that the North Korean "leader" may actually be meeting with Chinese "leader" Xi this weekend. The (completely unconfirmed) report indicates that Kim may be joining Xi and Putin on the sidelines of a conference in China this weekend ahead of his face-to-face with The Donald.
And what's the significance of this? Well, the signatories to the Korean Armistice Agreement of 1953 (aka the ceasefire that formally paused the ongoing Korean War) were the DPRK, China and the US (signing on behalf of the UN). So any formal end to the Korean War is going to require the agreement of China, who, it may be noted, is not invited to the Trump-Kim meeting. So are Kim and Xi readying to drop the metaphorical nuclear bomb on Trump at the summit, i.e., denuclearization of North Korea in return for the end of hostilities and removal of the US from the Korean peninsula? I don't know. But maybe.
You heard it here first, folks! If Xi and Kim actually meet this weekend, then the Korean War will formally end next week! (DISCLAIMER: I have no sources in Singapore, in the US, in North Korea or in China and this is total hypothetical speculation.)
But hey, wait...Where are Kim and Xi maybe supposedly could be possibly rumoured to be meeting this weekend? Oh, that's right...
Shanghai Cooperation Summit
If you've never heard of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization I suggest you linger longer in The Corbett Report archives. In a nutshell, the SCO is a mutual security, political and economic organization that now includes eight full-fledged members: China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
It has alternately been touted as a counter-organization to NATO or the G7, or even as an EU for Eurasia (although the Eurasian Economic Union already exists), but in reality it has never lived up to the hype and is none of these things. Any promise that the organization may have had when it officially kicked off in 2001 was quickly dashed by the competing interests of its key members; China's interests lie in Central Asia, whereas Russia wanted the organization to get involved in its struggles with Chechnya and Georgia. The whole compact threatened to fall apart at the seems when the group refused to endorse the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014.
But there is still a chance for the SCO to become a relevant player at the geopolitical table, and this year's summit might just be the meeting that catapults the organization into the spotlight.
This is the first summit that takes place in the era of the officially rebranded "Indo-Pacific," a rebranding best exemplified in the Pentagon's recent decision to change the official name of the US Pacific Command to the US Indo-Pacific Command. Absolutely nothing has changed about the command itself; its area of responsibility remains exactly as before and its mission has not been amended. So why change the name at all?
Well, as I wrote in these pages not so long ago, the "Indo-Pacific" is more than a new name for the same old Asia-Pacific region, it's a geopolitical power play by the US in its attempt to block (or at least hinder) China's New Silk Road. On the two-dimensional geopolitical chess board, Uncle Sam believes making India—a long-time US ally and uneasy Chinese frenemy—into the region's eponymous leader will help thwart the rise of China.
So one of the sub-plots at this year's SCO shindig will be about India and what role it is going to take in the organization. We already see Putin trying to butter up Modi by ranking India as the SCO's "major player" along with China and (of course) Russia, and Xi is conducting multiple sideline talks with Modi to try to iron out the wrinkles in China and India's bilateral relations.
In short, Modi is no doubt starting to believe the "Indo-Pacific" hype and see India as the up-and-coming regional superpower the US wants it to be. But the real question is: "Whither India?" Will Modi throw his American handlers overboard and make the SCO into a central player on the global stage? It's at least a possibility, and this summit will be a good chance to see if the political winds are blowing in that direction.
You heard it here first, folks! If Modi makes a dramatic speech about the importance of the Indo-Sino-Russian alliance at this SCO summit, then the US dreams of the Indo-Pacific will be dashed this weekend!
tl;drLong story short: it's that time of year when confabulators are conferring and conclaves are conspiring. Keep your wits about you and stay tuned to The Corbett Report for more information on all of these events when, if, and as they transpire.