George Soros recently donated $18 billion to the Open Society Foundations, which is a charitable organization that he started to help underprivileged and under-represented people in many different countries all over the world. Over the last 30 years, Open Society Foundations has already donated close to $14 billion to pro-democracy, human rights, and social justice causes all over the globe. George Soros’s first large donation occurred in 1979 when he created scholarships for black South Africans. He went on to put together a foundation in Hungary to support growth of liberalism that was taking place there and then created the Central European University in Budapest. In between these and after he has done a lot more and helped a great many people.
While his philanthropy has always drawn the negative attention of the political right, he has never let that stop him from giving to the causes that are nearest and dearest to his heart. The odd thing is that leftists originally were worried about his focus on globalization, but that quickly changed as right wing media figures took hold of his ideas and turned the man into an almost demonic figure of sorts. They now accuse of him of everything from undermining the very social order of the United States to quietly infiltrating and transforming the country into the progressive home of their worst fears. On top of this, authoritarian governments and leaders have used the fodder created by right-wing commentators to suggest that George Soros is mobilizing forces against them.
In more recent times, as Donald Trump was elected the President of the United States and right-wing nationalism has grown, George Soros has renewed his commitment to protect those who cannot protect themselves. Many people in the LGBT community have become targets of hate and misunderstanding and Soros is ensuring that their voices are not drowned out by those with the podium at the current time. This has caused him to be an even larger target to Donald Trump’s allies and the right-wing media. The interesting thing about all of this is that Soros does not run the Open Society Foundations from the top-down. Instead, he has created a decentralized charitable organization that is ran by local leaders and people who know most about the important issues that face people in their areas.
In an article that George Soros published on The Atlantic titled, “The Capitalist Threat,” he talked about why he chose the name Open Society Foundations for his charity. The term, itself, was originated by Henri Bergson in his book, “The,” which was published in 1932. But it was really Karl Popper that defined the term much better in his book “The Open Society and Its Enemies.” In that book, Popper revealed that totalitarian ideologies have a common thread, and that thread is that they always suppose that their truth is the only truth. This angle causes them to have to force their ideas on people, because, the truth is, there are many different truths for many different people. George Soros started Open Society Foundations with the idea that an open society allows a diversity of opinions and ideas and that no one person shall dominate the rest.
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Thor Halvorssen is a Venezuelan human right activist also known as Thor Leonardo Halvorssen Mendoza. Thor is also a film producer with major contributions and attributes in various fields of public interest advocacy, civil liberties, individual rights as well as public policy. Thor also contributes to pro-democracy advocacy.
In August 2007, Thor Halvorssen was described by the New York Times as a maverick; they further stated him as an individual who champions the underdog and the powerless. He is also a writer and writes for Forbes magazine and is a columnist at the left-leaning Huffington Post.His opinions have featured regularly on various platforms
Thor founded Oslo Freedom Foundation (OFF). It is a foundation that hosts a transformative annual conference. Devoted human rights advocates, technology entrepreneurs, activists and various world leaders meet and engage in a discussion to brainstorm and share their stories and experience. The leaders also have a chance to discussing multiple ways of expanding freedom and also unleash human potential all over the world.
The Economists describe the foundation as the spectacular human rights festival and further stated that the foundation soon it will be a human-rights equivalent to Davos economic forum and learn more about Thor.
Thor Halvorssen is also the president of Human Rights Foundation (HRF). HRF is a non-profit organization that is devoted to protecting and promoting human rights across the globe. The team is most focused on closed societies. Therefore the nonpartisan Foundation contributes towards uniting people with a common cause of defending and protecting human rights.
The HRF also is committed to supporting liberal democracy. The mission of the foundation is to ensure that freedom is promoted and equally preserved across the world. HRF under the leadership of Thor Halvorssen focuses on establishing ideals for various human rights movements and Thor of Linkedin.
Thor was born in Venezuela and is a descendant of the first president Cristobal Mendoza. His father Thor HalvorssenHellum also served as an ambassador for anti-Narcotic affairs in Venezuela and also as a special overseas investigator. Thor graduated from the University of Pennsylvania; he also attended Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa where he studied History and Political Science concurrently and more information click here.
Thor Halvorssen loves people, and at a very young age, he has been involved in human right advocacy. Mr. Thor grew up in a family where fighting and standing for the right of others was there everyday task and right. Thor was born in 1972, and he came from a royal family. His mother was a descendant of the Venezuelan first President while his father was a Venezuelan Ambassador for anti-narcotics affair. Thor parents were also a human right activist. His father died in a Venezuelan prison, while his mother was shot dead during a demonstration.
After his High School graduation, Thor attended the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with a degree in political science and history. Mr. Halvorssen is the President and the founder of Human Rights Foundation, a group that has a mandate of advocating for human rights all over the world. Human Rights Foundation is located in New York, and since its inception, it has released more than seven prisoners. Thor Halvorssen has also founded several other organizations including Oslo Freedom which can well be described as a remarkable human rights festival which is on the way to becoming a human right equivalent to Davos Economic Forum. Oslo Freedom Forum is organized each year.
Thor Halvorssen is very passionate about personal advocacy, and he has also produced films related to what he loves doing. His films focus on public policy, public interest support, individual rights, and civil freedoms. He is also a leader who over the years has been recognized for his effective leadership skills. Thor is the Patron of Czech-based Children’s peace movement, on Own feet, he has also established Moving Pictures Institute. Thor is a go-getter, and recently he bought Ny Tid which is Norwegian news magazine.Thor has been showing continuous efforts which have given human opportunity to receive awards and recognition including being honored by the University of Pennsylvanian President Judith Rodin for his efforts to protect students’ speech. He was awarded the Sol Feinstone Award.In 2010 he was given a presidential silver medal in honor of commemorating the Romanian Revolution 10th Anniversary. Emil Constantinescu, a Romanian leader, presented the award to Thor. Thor is a fighter whose success is based on others peace of mind and rights.