Few financial experts have had such an amazing impact on the lives of the people of the world as George Soros, who has become one of the world’s leading philanthropists after creating his own network of charitable groups, the Open Society Foundations. Initially, Soros was focused on aiding those stranded in Cold War Eastern Bloc countries and Apartheid South Africa who faced a loss of their rights including the right to an education; the Open Society Foundations reports George Soros often focused his work on the development of educational opportunities for young African men living under the4 restrictive racial policies of Apartheid before extending his work across the globe. Much of the more than $13 billion in funding the man Forbes rates as the 21st richest person in the world has provided has gone to providing educational opportunities, such as the establishment of the University of Central Europe that is dedicated to advancing the cause of critical thinking across the former Soviet nations. Visit Project Syndicate to learn more about George.
As the work of the Open Society Foundations has advanced over the years, George Soros has looked to extend his work to areas of social justice within the U.S., Africa, and Asia. George Soros remains one of the world’s leading investment specialists and seeks to develop his own Soros Fund Management brand even as he remains an active figure within the philanthropic world. One of the claims often made about George Soros is his backing of the “#BlackLivesMatter” movement, in fact, George Soros has been funding many of the groups that are involved in the movement for a number of years as the need to create a fairer social justice system has become a major part of the work of the Open Society Foundations. The Washington Times reports Soros and the open Society Foundations have provided annual funding of around $33 million to a range of groups and civil rights organizations involved in both “#BlackLivesMatter” and the Ferguson protests.
Turning a local shooting by a law enforcement officer into a major international news story involved the use of a George Soros-funded Website, “Colorlines”, that included bringing journalists, activists, and community organizers into the Ferguson, Missouri area from across the U.S. The fact George Soros-funded groups played a major role in the development of the Ferguson protests into a global news phenomenon says more about the diverse groups backed by the Open Society Foundations than it does about Soros jumping on the latest trend in civil rights. Instead, George Soros has continued to work in a way that allows him to provide funding for charitable groups backing the Holocaust survivors bid to bring about police reform and social justice changes for the people of the U.S. Read more about George’s life story at biography.com
Thor Halvorssen might best be described as a modern day Renaissance man due to the extraordinary depth and breath of his various different works. His is mainly known as a outspoken critic of totalitarianism, socialism, communism as well as authoritarian regimes of all stripes. He is also very well known for founding the Human Rights Foundation, a non profit organization based out of New York City which works on a global scale in partnership with various other human rights groups to foster awareness about repressive and tyrannical governments the world over.
Thor Haloverssen’s motivation for his activism is both highly philosophical as well as deeply personal, for his parents both suffered greatly under the auspices of the Hugo Chavez led regime of Venezuela. His father, Thor Halvorssen Hellum, a well known television mogul, was falsely imprisoned and viciously beaten and tortured as payback for investigating the network of the late drug kingpin, Pablo Escobar. Halvorssen’s mother, on the other hand, was shot by crowd control police officers as she attended a anti-Chavez public protest, though she survived the ordeal and made a .
Due to these events, Mr. Halvorssen has spent a great deal of time and considerable energy in expanding his message well beyond websites and public speaking engagements. To this end, he has helped produce numerous films for both Hollywood and independent studios. The majority of his works are in keeping with his lifelong interests, that being the importance of freedom, the danger of demagogy and ideological hegemony and the problems surrounding political indoctrination. However, recently, Mr. Halvorssen has taken his interest in the silver screen in a different direction and has begun producing works of science fiction, such as a upcoming adaptation of the sci-fi classic, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.
While communist regimes like North Korea are known for striking fear in the hearts of those that live within it and those that live without, there are people who have found the strength to resist. One such person that has recently fought against the North Korean regime is a young woman who goes by the name of Yeonmi Park. The woman, who made her escape from the country with her mother in 2007 has recently written a book about her struggle to get out and make a life for herself once she was out.
Yeonmi Park recently sat down with dailymail.com and talked about the fact that she understands the things she has are not something other North Koreans can even realistically hope for. “My father died without knowing even this kind of democracy exists in the world. He didn’t even know this much food was available in the world. And if I could’ve had the things that Americans throw away, I never would’ve escaped North Korea. That’s how much we were desperate.” She told the website.
Since Yeonmi Park has actually been out of the clutches of North Korea for more than nine years, why is her name surfacing so much these days? In part because the communist country has gone out of its way to put a video together claiming Park is basically a liar.
The country has attempted to discredit key parts of her story, probably in order to bring all of her story into question. For her part, Yeonmi says her story is very, very accurate. If there were changes, according to the author, they were made in order to protect friends and family she still knows back in Pyongang. The problem is that there are tens of thousands of refugees who could be affected by a story that proves not to be true. This is why Yeonmi’s tale has to be true.