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Thor Halvorssen & Human Rights Advocacy

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Born on March 9, 1976, Thor Leonardo Halvorssen Mendoza, popularly known as Thor Halvorssen, is a Venezuelan film producer and human rights activist who has contributed immensely to public interest advocacy, public policy, civil liberties, and political democracy.

Thor Halvorssen was schooled at the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated magnum cum laude with undergraduate and graduate degrees in Political Science and History. These degrees were obtained concurrently.

His enthusiasm stems from a deeper and personal experience. During his first year of study at the University of Pennsylvania, his father was arrested on trumped-up charges due to his involvement in the investigation the notorious narcotics gang, the Medellin Cartel. He was beaten and tortured almost to the point of death. Seeing this, Thor Halvorssen put up a spirited campaign to force the release of his father. As a result, he got help from an NGO, Transparency International. His father was found innocent and released. After his release, Thor’s father was appointed a director of a Pan-American United Nations Committee in charge of human rights.

His mother was also shot and wounded by Venezuelan Security officials while attending a peaceful demonstration of the Venezuelan recall referendum in 2004.

To demonstrate his human rights activism, Thor Halvorssen is a council member at the Human Rights Foundation (HRF), a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that has tasked itself with the responsibility of protecting and promoting human rights in the world. All the members of this council serve on a pro bono basis for the greater good. The Human Rights Foundation runs activities like human rights advocacy campaigns, exposing dictatorships, conferences on human rights, and promoting studying in the areas of law and democracy through their Center for law and democracy.

Before joining HRF, Thor Halvorssen worked at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) as an executive director and CEO. FIRE was a civil liberties movement in the USA. Other human rights movements he has been involved with include; Oslo Freedom Forum and Children’s Peace Movement.

Mr. Thor has also given lectures on human rights at Harvard School of Law, the British Parliament, American Enterprise Institute and the United Nations Associations in New York.

Thor is also involved in film production. He has co-produced a movie, Freedom’s Fury whose plot follows the uprising against misrule in Hungary in 1956. Other films under his name include Hammer & Tickle, the Singing Revolution just but to mention a few.

George Soros: Democratic Financial Mogul

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George Soros has become a financial hero for the Democratic Party, bringing in millions of dollars. In 2004, George Soros spent more than $27 million trying to defeat President George W. Bush in 2004. Soros has given more than $25 million to Hillary Clinton and other key Democrats up for election, as well as important causes close to him.

George Soros is an 85-year-old Hungarian, who currently resides in New York and has had a 25-year friendship with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Soros has been a currency trader for many years and has amassed a fortune near $24.9 billion through currency trades. Soros has become more politically engaged because of his concerns of Donald Trump’s political agenda for the country.

Soros political adviser Michael Vachon says Soros has always been a donor to Democratic causes, but the political stakes are exceptionally high. George Soros’ willingness to fully financially endorse Hillary Clinton has been seen by many as potentially empowering other Democratic wealthy donors.

Soros has convinced several liberal donors to give extremely large amounts financially to various campaigns and causes. San Francisco environmentalist Tom Steyer (donated $31 million in 2016), hedge fund manager Don Sussman ($13.2 million) and media leaders Haim Saban and Fred Eychaner who have both given $11.1 million each.

Read more: Wake up, Europe

Last Summer, George Soros has donated more than $7 million to a PAC supporting Hillary Clinton called Priorities USA Action, becoming the largest recipient of his financial contributions. George Soros has also given more than $5 million to Immigrant Voters Win, a PAC working to increase turnout among low-propensity Hispanic voters in several key states.

Soros has also given $5 million to an organization fighting back against conservative efforts attempting to restrict voting. The nonprofit Voting Rights Trust is partly run by former Clinton campaign lawyer Marc Elias. Soros has given $1.5 million a Democratic based PAC supporting Democratic Senate candidates. Soros’ recent spending spree has been compared to his actions in 2004, when he gave money to boost John Kerry’s campaign against Bush.

George Soros responded to Kerry’s failure by launching Democracy Alliance, a club of top liberal donors who steer cash towards long term battles on issues important to Democrats including combating climate change and income inequality. Democrats are excited to see what more George Soros will do during the next election cycle. Soros continues to be a strong financial backer for the Democratic party’s needs.

Read the profile of George Soros in Forbes

Fox News Invites Thor Halvorssen, Founder Of Human Rights Foundation And Bernie Sanders Supporter, For An Interview And Things Get Weird

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Bernie Sanders keeps telling the truth on the campaign trail and that is why he continues to surge in the polls. In fact, he has collected more votes from people under 30 than Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump combined this primary season. But there is a lot of confusion about the presidential platform of Bernie Sanders, a self-avowed democratic socialist senator from the state of Vermont. There seems to be a negative connotation to socialism. In an effort to slow his rise in the polls, Fox News recently tried to take down the presidential candidate in an interview with Thor Halvorssen, the founder of the Human Rights Foundation.

 

In the three-minute interview, it is very apparent what Fox News is trying to do. In fact, they don’t even try to hide it. Right at the beginning of the interview, the hostess states that Bernie Sanders wants America to be a socialist country and that socialism is a violation of basic human rights. She repeats herself in her first question. She asks Thor Halvorssen, the world-famous human rights activist, exactly why socialism is a violation of basic human rights. But she gets it all wrong and is about to get schooled by Thor.

 

The first thing that Thor Halvorssen tries to do is to separate socialism from evil. He tells her that there are great examples of socialist governments in Scandinavia, but also says there are terrible examples of socialist governments such as in Venezuela. But she tries again, asking him why socialism is bad. He then tries to define socialism for her and the viewing audience, but she cuts him off not wanting to get “bogged down in details”, and she keeps pushing him to slam socialism and Bernie Sanders on national television. That’s when he turns it around on her.
Thor Halvorssen, the world-famous human rights activist, is a Bernie Sanders supporter and has contributed $2700 to his campaign. She squeals, “Why?” Because Hillary Clinton has taken campaign contributions from human rights violating dictators around the world and the leading Republican candidates have verbally supported dictators like Vladimir Putin. To him, Bernie Sanders is the clear choice.