Category: Human Rights

The Demonization Of Philanthropy: George Soros & The Battle For A Better World

In a recent article appearing on The Atlantic website, George Soros waked about how the demonization of philanthropy has become a key tactic in the extremist toolkit of those who oppose open and fair government, and the control of society by the people. He would know what this tactic looks like better than anyone as he has been the target of these types of attacks repeatedly. If you listen to the conspiracy theorist online, especially the ones who love to use Twitter as their primary pulpit, taking advantage of its anonymity, rapid expansion reach, and the ability to create multiple accounts in a short period of time, he has been responsible for everything from the establishment of the Black Lives Matter movement, to the tragedies and controversies that have occurred in Charlottesville, Memphis, and Boston. He has been credited with the funding of Antifa, he has been associated with a wide range of controversies surrounding the Clinton Foundation and the Hillary Clinton campaign, and has even been attached laughably to the death of Seth Rich. All of this comes from the fact that he has decided that he would give a massive chunk of his personal fortune, more than 85% of it in fact to the tune of more than $18B US, to his non-profit organization the Open Societies Foundations.

The simple fact is that none of the claims made about him are true, other than the fact that he has been very openly in support of BLM, that he is a friend of the Clintons and as such supported Hillary in her run in 2016, and that he believes that the purpose of mankind and of human life is to create things that are bigger than we are and that will endure after we are gone. To make a legacy that is not for our own benefit, but rather for the benefit of all of humanity. From supporting school children in impoverished countries, to helping to find a way to stop the spread of HIV in African nations, to helping to reshape the political landscape for the better in the US, George Soros has a passion for philanthropic causes.

George has been passionate about making life better for others since he was a young boy. He found himself being a Jew in Nazi-occupied Budapest. He saw the worst that man can do to its fellow man and he vowed that he would work diligently to make sure that he did whatever it took to help humanity if he was ever given the chance. He got that chance when he moved to the UK after the war and started his education and later his career in finance. After coming to the United States, he began to take action that would help to make the world a better place, getting involved in progressive politics and social causes that helped to fight oppression in all of its forms.

Today he is recognized by the majority of the world as one of humanities most impassioned philanthropists. Those who oppose the betterment of mankind will no doubt still find ways to question the altruism of his work, but George isn’t concerned about that one bit, he isn’t in it for his own benefit, he does it for his love of his fellow man, and that is what makes it all worthwhile.

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How Avaaz Is Developing A Community

Based in New York City, Avaaz is an international organization that is dedicated to making the world a better place. They encourage people to come up with issues that are important to them which are submitted Avaaz online. After vetting these issues an email is sent to all of Avaaz’s members for support. People can support issues in a number of ways such as signing an online petition or contacting their representatives in Washington D.C., for example. There are now over 46 million members of Avaaz around the world.

Most of the issues that are found on the Avaaz website have to do with human, civil, and animal rights. They also have campaigns built around stopping, or at least slowing, climate change. One ongoing campaign is about ending plastic pollution because so much of that ends up in the world’s oceans where it is killing life.

One thing that Avaaz is trying to address is the fragmented nature of social movements and citizens groups. In the past each issue had its own membership and constituency advocating for it. This is further fragmented with each often being in a single country. Avaaz is trying to change this by corralling all of the important progressive issues into one website. This streamlines things for everyone since progressives share similar views on many issues, and Avaaz’s lacrosse camp.

Due to its international scope Avaaz uses 15 different languages to campaign in. The core team that makes up the leadership of Avaaz is located on six continents. In addition to supporting online organizing they also sometimes help to organize “offline” events such as protests. They help get media attention for the event so that everyone in the community knows what the issue is, and Avaaz’s Website.

George Soros Donates Money to Help Refugees Re-establish Their Lives

George Soros, billionaire investor recently donated $500 million to support migrants and refugees found businesses. He is encouraging other wealthy people to follow his example. Soros claims that the ineffective policies for dealing with the increased flow of immigrants and refugees is contributing to the human misery and political instability in all countries involved. He claims that refugees are often forced into idle despair, while the countries that are hosting them lose out on the benefit of greater integration within society.

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Soros points out that government should play a role in creating a better environment for refugees, however he points to the power of the private sector as the key to solving the problems experienced by these people. The recent donation made by George Soros has been designated to specifically help migrants’ refugees and host communities to create a better solution. Read more at The New York Times about George.

He says he will invest in startups, already established companies, and businesses founded by migrants and refugees. His focus will be on migrants and refugees in Europe however he will look to benefit them throughout the world. He says the investment will complement his foundations other involvement including emerging digital technology. He feels that this will provide solutions to the problems of dislocated people. He believes this will provide for people to gain access to government legal financial aid and health services.

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George Soros claims that private businesses are currently investing in these services for non-migrant communities. He wants to show how private capital can play a constructive role in helping solve the immigration problems facing many countries. He plans to work with the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and International Rescue Committee to create ways to best use the funds. His main goal though, is to help dislocated people gain access to the services in their new communities, and to have the opportunity to rebuild their lives.

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Thor Halvorssen Brings Human Rights to the Mainstream

The human rights activism community has always been one of the most worthy among the many groups trying to help those affected by negative issues within society; however, the results achieved by many human rights groups are questionable in the eyes of many who are looking to fight for people stranded in closed societies. Thor Halvorssen is the head of the Human Rights Foundation, a group started by the Venezuelan film producer after he became disillusioned with the way mainstream groups were using their funds and time in the 21st century.

Thor Halvorssen knows the urgency that is required in the human rights activism community after seeing members of his own family affected by many human rights losses, including imprisonment, torture, and personal injury caused by their political beliefs. Halvorssen himself has been active in the human rights community since his days in college and made his first impression on the media with a protest against Chinese slavery laws.

One of the areas Thor Halvorssen believes has affected the human rights community is the issue of reports and investigations being undertaken in democratic countries in the developed world. The founder of the Oslo Freedom Forum believes too much time, effort, and money is being placed on human rights issues in the U.S. and Europe; Halvorssen’s work with the Human Right Foundation is generally focused on areas of the word where tyrants and dictators are in power ruling their citizens with an iron fist. Unlike many individuals working in the human rights activism community Thor is willing to place his own body on the line and faced being assaulted by government officials in Vietnam when he interviewed a political prisoner in the country.

Halvorssen has dedicated much of his recent career to bringing news of dictators around the world to the mainstream media through his writings and appearances with many popular news networks. One of the political leaders Thor Halvorssen has dedicated much of his time to opposing is Russian leader Vladimir Putin through his backing of political dissidents Gary Kasparov and the activists “Pussy Riot”.

Yeonmi Park’s Hope for North Korea

Yeonmi Park is one of the fast advancing human rights activists globally. At the age of 21 years, the North Korean born charismatic and brave lady has made headlines all over the world on human rights violation by the heartless regimes. Her wretched story about the encounter with the North Korean oppressive regime has left many in tears.

Park was born in a remote part of North Korea known as Hyesan. Yeonmi Park narrates a tearful experience on youtube of a life full of sorrow and anguish inflicted on her and her family by the tyrannical and cruel North Korean government.

In one of her interviews, Park recalls how freedom in North Korea is something only heard about, but never experienced. She talks of how the government controls everything they do and every move they take. Park narrates her ordeal in the hands of the North Korean government that further compels her family to find a way of escape from the country. With the increasing rates of violence and starvation in North Korea, they had to find a way out.

With the help of someone Park and her mother were able to escape from North Korea to China. In China, things did not go well for them either; Park talks of how a man raped her mother when she tried to save her from the ordeal. With the desire to live a life of dignity, Park and her mother decided to leave China. They endured the cold Gobi desert with the determination that one day they will find freedom. They finally arrived in South Korea with her mother vowing never to set foot on the North Korean soil again.

In her ambition to expose the filth and the brutality of North Korean Government, Park has been traveling all over the world telling her heart-wrenching story to big audiences. She has been published in many newspapers and journals retelling her stories. She has indeed become an inspiration to thousands of oppressed people globally. By encouraging them to embrace bravery, many people have come out of their closets to expose many cases of oppression by authorities without fear. Her dream for many is for everyone to obtain freedom.

Park has experienced challenges in her efforts to preach against oppression in North Korea. The government has tried to hamper her efforts by issuing threats to her and her associates. For example, Maryanne Vollers received an email from the North Korean Press barring her from writing with Park. The government had even forced her family to refute her claims and term them as lies. Recently Park had to refute the claims by the North Korean Government that she had been lying about her family in her stories.

Despite all the threats and potential dangers she could be exposed to, Park has vowed to continue exposing the brutalities of the North Korean regime.