The recently established travel ban which restricted the travel of certain Middle Eastern groups to the United States for a temporary period of time has caused an upset among many Americans. One such American, George Soros, has developed an active plan to resist developments that restrict travel to the United States. George Soros gained a massive amount of media attention during his efforts to elect Hilary Clinton to the presidency of the United States. Although his candidate lost, Soros’ $15 million contribution to efforts to have her elected represented the largest donation he had given to any political platform since his attempt to disrupt the election of former President George W. Bush in 2001. The nomination of President Donald J. Trump seems to have pushed the Hungarian-American investor to ramp up efforts to eliminate conservative politics and support the liberal agenda. His most recent contribution to the liberal agenda, the millions of dollars he contributed to the development of a refugee society, has become popular among Democrat leaders.
When asked about his efforts to support a refugee society, George Soros discussed his own history as a method of explaining his support for this cause. The billionaire was born in Budapest, Hungary and faced several experiences of injustice because of his Jewish background. After being forced to move to several other countries due to Jewish persecution, Soros moved to the United States and began his career in investing and hedge fund account management. George Soros eventually became one of the wealthiest and most notable hedge fund managers in North America. Naturally, Soros desired to use his wealth to contribute to political agendas which supported individuals with whom he identified. His contribution to the society for refugees is representative of his support of foreign entrance to the United States. According to George Soros, American should always keep its rich heritage of welcoming foreigners to the land of the free and the home of the brave. Read more on Snopes about George Soros.
The society of refugees is a liberal supported agenda which would require the federal government to allow most refugees from Syria into the country on an emergency Visa. This program would offer federal support to these refugees and assist them in finding employment and developing a positive and adapting experience in the United States. George Soros stated that his support of this refugee program flies directly in the face of the travel ban implemented by the Trump administration. Soros believe that refugees should be welcome to the United States when they experience trouble in their native lands. Since the development of the Islamic terrorist group, ISIS, the federal government has been called on to crack down on the travel of immigrants from Muslim nations. Soros and other liberal supports face a large amount of skepticism with regard to this refugee program.
Thor Halvorssen was a born fighter. But Thor was destined to fight, not for himself but for other people. Early on in life, Thor Halvorssen observed and understood the injustice in the world. Even as a teenager, Thor Halvorssen took action when he witnessed injustice in the world around him. When he was just a teenager in 1989, Thor participated in organizing opposition to apartheid in South Africa.
Thor Halvorssen’s personal life galvanized his commitment to fighting for the rights of the oppressed. Thor’s mother was wounded by gunfire while she was attending a peaceful demonstration in Venezuela demanding the recall of President Hugo Chavez. Thor Halvorssen’s father was imprisoned in Venezuela and tortured for 74 days before Thor was able to secure his release from prison with the help of Amnesty International and several other organizations.
Thor Halvorssen has personal experience with dealing with authoritarian regimes. Thor was arrested by the communist regime in Vietnam while he was conducting an investigation into the human rights violations inflicted upon a church leader in Ho Chi Minh City. Although arrested, Thor managed to sneak out some critical tape recordings of his interview with the imprisoned religious leader.
In 2004, after his mother was shot, Thor Halvorssen founded the Human Rights Foundation in New York. The HRF consists of a group of dedicated staff members who believe in Thor’s mission to fight for the rights of oppressed people around the world. The HRF fights against dictators by publicly exposing their wicked behavior. Once the acts of these dictators are brought to light, political leaders from around the world are forced to pressure these dictators to change their ways. So far, more than 7 political prisoners have been released from jail by authoritarian regimes thanks to the hard work of the Human Rights Foundation.
Thor Halvorssen is also a talented and successful film producer. Thor has produced a number of films that help to educate the public about a wide variety of human rights issues. Thor has produced Hammer and Tickle which portrays how the Russian citizens used humor, satire and jokes as a way to express the truth in a country where free speech was brutally suppressed.
Over the past year, a spotlight has been cast upon the gay and transgendered community, urging spectators to not just accept what they see, but to ask questions, explore their curiosity and become a more educated and conclusive society as a whole. A new web sires called “Her Story” is described by Buzzfeed as “groundbreaking” and “the trans and queer web series you’ve been waiting for.
“Her Story” will be a six-episode series focused on queer and transgendered women as they navigate their professional lives and the dating world. Now streaming on YouTube, the show begins with characters Violet (Jen Richards) and Allie (Laura Zak) have lunch at a laid-back L.A. restaurant for the first time. The story exposes its audience to the unique challenges trans people experience in their day-to-day lives, but do so in a way that resonates with the same events heterosexual and non-trans people experience. Allie is writing an article about trans women, and asks Vi if she was a gay man before she transitioned. She quickly apologizes when Vi laughs nervously.
We’ve all been there; asking something out of strong curiosity only to embarrass ourselves and fear we’ve made our conversational partner uncomfortable. Va laughs and assures Allie that she hasn’t gone too far and reveals that she actually dated women before transitioning and that she now prefers to date straight men over gay ones.
In a world where the public reception for trans and gay people is nearly perfect divided into two camps, “Her Story” is a series guaranteed to recieve both acclaim and backlash, but perhaps it will accomplish something greater, too; opening the minds of those who were formerly closed off to the idea of people being regarded as a gender they were not ascribed at birth, and helping those who are already accepting of trans and gay people to become more informed and see them as less of a concept and more as individuals.
“It’s not about them,” Violet says in regards to her preference for hetero men. “It’s about me. When I’m with a man I have no doubt about my womanhood. My body next to theirs is so obviously feminine.”
On Dec. 18th it was reported that Nicki Minaj flew off to Angola for a Christmas concert sponsored by communications company Unitel. She posted a sleek picture of herself and girls getting off the plane. Who could object to a Christmas concert? It turns out anyone who’s in favor of human rights. Unitel is run by Angolan president José Eduardo dos Santos, who the Human Rights Foundation says has an appalling human rights record.
In an open letter to Minaj, the foundation asked her to forgo the concert because “Dos Santos has made it his policy to harass, imprison, or kill politicians, journalists, and activists who protest his rule.” It exhorted her to reconsider because “the payment you are receiving…is the result of government corruption and human rights violations.”
The guiding light of the Human Rights Foundation is Thor Halvorssen, who began the organization in 2005. Halvorssen had experience in sticking up for human rights. After graduating magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, he advocated for an end to apartheid in South Africa and co-founded the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, where he served as CEO. He’s produced films that advocate for human rights and taken on large companies that turn a blind eye to human rights abuses. Among them was Urban Outfitters; the Human Rights Foundation sent an open letter to Urban Outfitters CEO Ted Marlow objecting to the image of Che Guevara on merchandise, and pointing out that Guevara was “a brutal tyrant” who “murdered those who challenged his worldview.”
Halvorssen is not just opposed to human rights abuse in principle; he’s seen it for himself. His father, a diplomat in Venezuela, was thrown into a Venezuelan jail, where he was beaten and tortured. Although the older Halvorssen had diplomatic immunity, it took the influence of several human rights organizations to get him released. Halvorssen’s mother was shot while participating in a peaceful demonstration in Venezuela. When Venezuela was elected to the U.N. Human Rights Council in 2012, along with other dictatorships, Thor Halvorssen wrote in the Huffington Post that the country routinely committed human rights violations. He asked, “How much credibility does the council have left?”
On his website, Halvorssen writes that his goal is to “bring people of all walks of life together, in equality.” Despite objections and protests, Nicki Minaj did in fact perform in the concert in Angola on Dec. 20th.