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A thoroughly researched collection of articles which tell some important and generally untold stories, especially about the rich and powerful.

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Started: 2004
Founder: Joël van der Reijden

Founder/Owner: Joël van der Reijden
In its own words:
"The purpose of the Institute for the Study of Globalisation and Covert Politics (ISGP) has been to inform the world about the existence of an entire network of private, highly influential but low-profile organizations which have had great influence on how the world is shaped."

Main focus: deep state, deep state milieux
The site contains only about two dozen major articles but some are near book-length. They are in-depth studies of the organisations and issues identified in their titles and all are scrupulously researched, referenced and footnoted. Much of the information they contain is very difficult - if not impossible - to find elsewhere. The articles about the Belgian Dutroux affair are beyond shocking; not only for the almost unbelievable depravities they describe, but for their extensive evidence of the systematic, calculated involvement in those depravities by groups enjoying the protection of the highest levels of western society, not to mention Russia. It is not a subject for the faint-hearted.

Institute for the Study of Globalisation and Covert Politics (ISGP) is a website set up by Joël van der Reijden in 2004. Its main focus is van der Reijden's original research into deep state milieux. It has published a number of scoops, including publishing the first internal documents from Le Cercle.[1]


The author of the site, Joël van der Reijden, estimated in January 2018 that he had spent around 20,000 hours on the site over the past 14 years.[2] By its own account, ISGP published articles on Le Cercle, the 1001 Club and the Pilgrims Society before there was any mention of them on Wikipedia.[3]

Archival by Wikispooks

In early 2010 Joël van der Reijden began to hint that the site was at risk and advised supporters to make backups of it with a view to being able to mirror it if, for whatever reason, it was taken it down. In late September 2010 the site was taken down, leaving just a single splash page with brief information and contact details. However, a zip file of the entire site was made before it was taken down and made available on Wikispooks.

In later years Joël made a lot of major additions to the archived site, both in terms of articles and layout. For practical reasons, partly involving long-term financial guarantees, he decided not to restart the site at an independent location. Also, rebuilding the site to its 2007-2010 status would be impossible due to censorship by the major alternative media outlets which, since late 2007, was total.

2014 Relaunch

In December 2014 Joël re-launched the site at, where it was regularly updated with new articles and revisions. On August 5, 2016, the site's url was moved to

Google censorship

As of January 2018, Alexa reported that around 1/3 of ISGP's traffic comes from Google, with a major decline in overall visits visible over 2017, despite a great number of site additions.[4] Joël van der Reijden has charged that Google has specifically penalised his site and written in detail about the evidence.[5]

In addition, since April 2017 Google has been blocking ISGP's Beyond the Dutroux Affair article. As of January 2018, a Google search for "Beyond The Dutroux Affair" did not return any results from ISGP, at least not in the top 100 hits, although an original article with this title exists there, and is cited by many of the other results returned by such a search (ISGP has removed about 50 unsanctioned copies of the article after requests by van der Reijden). For comparison, ISGP's "Beyond the Dutroux Affair" was the #2 hit on Bing[6] and Yahoo[7], #4 on DuckDuckGo[8], #8 on Yandex[9], #9 on Gigablast[10] and #51 on Baidu.[11] StartPage only listed 81 results for that search, but ISGP was not among them.