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By: Constance Cumbey
February 21, 2007

Valentine's Day was not all hearts and flowers for some. Globalized politicking with heavy Germanic influence was more the order of the day for them. It was February 14, 2007 in New York City. The occasion was the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship dinner in New York City.[1] Javier Solana was introduced first by the German Ambassador and then by one Robert Zoellick. Solana was the keynote speaker. The Arthur F. Burns Fellowship is part of something called "IJP. It is said to promote journalism in general and Germany in particular.[2] Now the name "Arthur F. Burns" sounds about as American as apple pie and ice cream. It is, however, a German program designed primarily for positive public relations about that country.[3] Germany itself has pronounced goals for 2007. It currently heads the six month presidency of the European Union. Its foreign minister is a former Javier Solana deputy, Walter Steinmeier. IJP, the parent organization, is an acronym for "International Journalists Programme."

Only the spelling is English. The goals are pronouncedly Germanic. The Germanic goals this year are pronouncedly Europeanistic. The German ambassador to the USA once worked for Javier Solana, or so he said in his own speech at the February 14th function. So did his boss, German Foreign Minister Walter Steinmeier. Javier Solana is "the invisible man" to far too many Americans." He certainly was not presumed "invisible" to the journalists at this gathering. "As you all know, Javier Solana is the face and voice of Europe," proclaimed the Germanic ambassador making preliminary remarks before Senor Solana's keynote speech.

The audio recordings betray no contrary murmurings to this presumed common knowledge. Nor were there any complaints about Germany's goal of making make the new (Dutch and French rejected) constitution a reality during its presidency. Two important pillars of the German presidency were, per the opening speaker, the Ambassador, were (1) Finalize and implement the European constitution already rejected by France and Holland; and (2) good trans-Atlantic relations. Who could have anything against that, particularly considering that "dear Javier" was on board?

Well, Javier Solana was thereafter introduced by a slightly less charismatic Robert Zoellick. Then it was Solana's turn to speak. The New Agers have a slogan of "act locally, think globally." This night, Javier Solana's speech was all global.

Unlike past speeches, he did not concentrate this evening on European Constitutional concerns, the Alliance of Civilizations, or even the Middle East. Although all were directly or indirectly cited, this time the frame of reference was purely global. Pay close attention for it is many of your worst nightmares come true. Here is what Javier, speaking evidently from both heart and head told us about the coming shape of the "New World Order." He modestly told them he could speak to them about the Common Foreign and Security Policy and/or Transatlantic relations. Instead, said Dr. Solana, he was electing to think much bigger � in terms of the larger global picture.

This so reminded me of a speech given 25 years ago, February, 1982, in Southfield, Michigan by another larger than life New Age figure, David Spangler. In that speech, Spangler, an open Lucifer devotee told his rapt audience that the New World Order would be a combination of NGO's (non-governmental organizations), multinational corporations and UN agencies. Solana's twist was equally grandiose. The shape of the New Order, per Dr. Solana, would be

  • Non governmental organizations
  • Bringing "new players to the table"
  • Strengthening "regional cooperation"
  • 'Transcend the inter-state paradigm'
  • IMF (International Monetary Fund) restructuring
  • UN Restructuring

Quoting Dr. Solana's February 14th speech:

"It is not for me to advocate precise modalities of how we integrate new players at the top table of global diplomacy. But I am certain that we must. We should bear in mind that how China and India will behave in future depends on how we treat them on the way up. Moreover, we need to make greater efforts with ountries like Mexico, South Korea, South Africa and others. They are natural allies on the question of multilateral governance.

It is striking that as European Union we have been most successful when we have worked with other partners. This is even true in our own backyard - the Balkans. And it is especially so further afield: see Aceh or the Democratic Republic of Congo. We are trying to apply that lesson to Darfur where we are working with the African Union and engaging China and others.

The same lesson also applies to the Middle East Peace Process. Here the familiar Quartet is reaching out more to the Arab Quartet. It is trite but true to say that the future global system will be a system of continents and continent-wide regimes. Take the European Union, the African Union and ASEAN Plus. When I travel across the Middle East I wonder whether it will remain the big exception: rife with tensions, over-armed and under-institutionalised? Bringing in new players to the top table. And strengthening regional co-operation. These are necessary steps. But in themselves, they are not enough. In today's world, we must be ready to transcend the inter-state paradigm.

To tackle the dark side of globalisation, we must mobilise new networks of actors, from the public, private, and NGO sectors. In some cases, such new constellations have already been tremendously important. Take the "drop the debt campaign" and how it fed into the G-8 Gleneagles Summit."

I wonder who Dr. Solana thinks will speak for this new form of global government, oops, "Global Governance?" Surely it would not be himself, or would it? Is 'the face and voice of Europe' about to take on global dimensions? Time and events will surely tell! At any rate, he certainly is not an "invisible man" to German sponsored journalists: "as the German Ambassador told all gathered: "As you all know, Javier Solana is the face and voice of Europe." And for whom and what else might he be the coming face and voice? A final quote from Javier Solana's Valentine's Day New York City speech to the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship dinner:

"What could we do? The nature of the problems thrown up by globalisation mean there is no alternative to multilateral co-operation. But we need new forms, which reflect the problems and power distribution of today's world ratherthan that of 1945. For us in the West, it also means making space at top tables. At the UN Security Council of course. But also in terms of IMF votes. And, why not, G-8 membership?"

I wonder how much interaction Javier Solana had with other 'global constitutionalists' before giving this speech? I wonder how much interaction they had with him, whether directly or indirectly? Many law schools and legal international law scholars are apparently in on these projects.[4] Maybe they just all smoked the same stuff or took the same sleeping remedy! 1945? Germany? I believe that's where so many, at least of my generation came in. And we were determined never to repeat those mistakes! Irvin Baxter has set forth a prophetic interpretation of the beast whose deadly wound was healed as possibly being Germany whose divided sectors were reunified. Although many of us had a differing interpretation, he could well be right. How soon and how well we forget!

All of this has also brought to mind an event I had the opportunity to witness a few short years ago in 2001. Clients of mine who I had helped through a distressing situation involving attempted governmental confiscation of their private housing in a Detroit historical zone begged off on a mutual pizza invitation one afternoon after a court victory in their behalf earlier in the day. They said they had a community meeting to attend on the United Nations that evening. It was a "global listening project" for a Durban, South Africa forthcoming conference on "battling racism and xenophobia." I am not, nor have I ever been for racism in any form. But I have been around long enough to know that "xenophobia" (pronounced ZENO-PHOBIA) is all too often a nice little code word for anti-clerical folks battling "religious fundamentalism." I expressed interest and they invited me to join them there. I was the only Caucasian face present, but the good sisters in the audience appreciated my legal support and worked diligently to see that I was welcomed by all. They even suggested I might want to speak, but I told them,"no, I think I'll make tonight my own 'listening project'" There was a community organizer setting up, a well dressed polite African-American man who told me he was from Chicago and was on the staff of the American Friends Service Committee. He told me NATO was not presently part of the immediate plans, but it was rumored that they soon would be.

The event then opened. Obvious Saul Alinsky style community organizing tactics were both used and further described. The host, a community mental health director, introduced the Chicago based speaker. His own preliminary remarks were fascinating. He said, "we are here this evening so that when the United Nations is ready to make its move, the neighborhood is there for the UN. Conversely, when the neighborhood is ready to make its move, the UN will be there for us." Are the major players getting close to making just such a move � one that even reaches down into our communities?

I wonder just what is next on the "crisis=opportunity" New Age, New World Order, Globalization, "global governance" plate? Many networking factions are being formed and worked on many levels. I wonder who plans to head this once national post-1945 governments are deemed unworkable. I am increasingly suspecting that "our very good friend, Javier Solana" will be a prominent part of that picture. I hope I'm wrong, but I suspect not.

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Oh, and one last thing as to the news makers. There were similar efforts pre World War II was Hitler-led Germany was remilitarizing its sector of Europe, attempting to use the Rhine River and the inhabitants of that valley as a "binding factor," as Foster Bailey expressed in his 1972 Lucis Trust book, Running God's Plan. As I remember that and the Communist era, we called the plans to cast favorable light on the pre and post-world War II schemes "propaganda." A rose by any other name is still a rose. Propaganda by any other name is still propaganda! Isn't it ironic again that a major player is Germany? This time the goal is bigger than the Rhine River Valley. It is clearly global.


1, This will give you Dr. Solana's text. But to get the full picture you must listen to the speech and its introductions. This may be downloaded here.
2, Arthur F. Burns Fellowship
3, Tantalizing clues about alleged occult origins of this and other organizations may be gleaned from the website
4, E.g. The University of Baltimore School of Law, New York University, The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University, Columbia University, American University, etc.

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Constance Cumbey is an active Michigan lawyer. Constance practices her profession primarily in, Southeastern Michigan, USA. Sometimes she also works in what she calls her "old stomping grounds" of Michigan's State Capital, Lansing, Michigan where she practices administrative, state law related matters. She's enjoyed active and stimulating careers in government, politics, law and as a published and translated author. In the past she served as a national officer of the National Association of Women Lawyers and chaired the Family Law subcommittee of the General Practice Section of the American Bar Association.

Before beginning her legal career, she worked as a legislative analyst for the Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives, and while in law school as a consultant to the Appropriations Committee of the Michigan State Senate. She also served as the first charter position Executive Assistant to the Mayor of the Detroit enclave City of Highland Park, Michigan. Seven years into her legal career, she went on to become the author of the first major critical book about the New Age Movement, THE HIDDEN DANGERS OF THE RAINBOW: The New Age Movement and our Coming Age of Barbarism (1983); A PLANNED DECEPTION: The Staging of a New Age Messiah (1986). Currently, she's completing a volume about Javier Solana, the Barcelona Process, Israel and the European Union.


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Germany itself has pronounced goals for 2007. It currently heads the six month presidency of the European Union. Its foreign minister is a former Javier Solana deputy, Walter Steinmeier. IJP is an acronym for �International Journalists Programme.�