A secretive cabal of some of the world’s most influential people known as the Bilderberg group will be meeting from June 9 to the 12th in St. Moritz, Switzerland — but this year, more attention than usual is being afforded to the gathering in the world press.

The shadowy organization — made up of about 120 central bankers, top CEOs, academics, European royalty, big bankers, high-ranking politicians and even representatives of the establishment media — has been getting together once a year since the mid-1950s. The group of “leading citizens,” as attendees are described on the group’s purported official website, gets its name from the Bilderberg Hotel in Holland where the first meeting was held in 1954.

A story published recently in PRI certainly knows how to grab a reader’s attention:

"On a warm spring morning about 50 miles north of Berlin, Union troops and their Confederate rivals prepare for battle."

The bells pealing in the 800-year-old Lisbon Cathedral may have tolled the end (temporarily) of the Socialists Party's’ hold on the government of Portugal.

Governments — and all the menagerie of quasi- and supra-governmental organizations such as the European Union — will not bite the hand that feeds them. One may expect these organizations to support statism and its ideologies — such as socialism. 

Authorities have recovered 26 bodies from a boatload of illegal African immigrants who were heading to Italy. The Associated Press reports that officials believe the craft carrying illegal immigrants set out from Libya and foundered off the coast of Tunisia’s Kerkennah Islands on May 31. Authorities fear that as many as 270 of the seagoing illegals are still missing. Reuters reports that about 570 were rescued.