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Thor Halvorssen Fights for the Poor and Oppressed Around the World

There are a lot of bad things going on in the world. Unfortunately, many of the bad things are a result of people abusing other human beings As is the case when it comes to human rights abuse. All around the world, authoritarian regimes are denying their citizens even their most basic human rights. Ruthless dictators will punish anyone who speaks out against them or challenges their methods. Most people think that they are powerless to do anything about these cruel dictators who mercilessly imprison and torture their citizens. But not Thor Halvorssen. Thor Halvorssen is not afraid to stand up and fight against these dictators who abuse their fellow human beings.

Thor Halvorssen has a long history of fighting for the rights of others. It has long been Thor’s mission to give a voice to the powerless and the oppressed. Thor Halvorssen worked with Amnesty International and other organizations to get his father released from prison in Venezuela after he had been jailed and tortured based on false charges. Thor Halvorssen founded the Human Rights Foundation in 2004 after his mother had been gunned down and wounded by government security forces while she was participating in a peaceful demonstration in Venezuela.

The Human Rights Foundation is involved in protecting liberty and getting political prisoners around the world released from their unjust incarcerations. The HRF uses publicity as a tactic to expose the human rights violations committed by dictators around the world. Once these human rights violations are exposed, the pressure placed upon these dictators by the international community often forces them to relent and release their political prisoners. The actions of the HRF have resulted in at least 7 people gaining freedom from the prisons where they were unjustly held by dictators. The HRF has been active in countries including China, Cuba, Bolivia and Vietnam.

Thor Halvorssen is also a talented movie producer. Halvorssen uses film as a means to raise awareness of human rights violations that are happening around the world. Some of Halvorssen’s films include The Sugar Babies, Hammer and Tickle and The Singing Revolution.

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Thor Halvorssen Brings Success To More Areas Than Human Rights

Throughout the world the name Thor Halvorssen is enough to strike fear in the hearts of dictators and human rights abusers who have found themselves targeted by the founder and leader of the Human Rights Foundation; however, Thor has also been quietly building a strong career as a movie producer and activist with a series of award winning movies across a range of genres. In his work with the Human Rights Foundation, Thor Halvorssen has also found the time to combine his movie work with his activism as he has brought a number of film based celebrities to the popular Oslo Freedom Forum events that take place annually.

Thor has moved through a series of projects in Hollywood and in the European cinema that have been very well received and, in some cases, broken records at national box office level. In examining the film work of Thor Halvorssen it quickly becomes clear the interests the Venezuelan producer has in human rights can be seen in his films, particularly the documentaries that tend to focus on oppressed people overcoming their tyrannical rulers; “Freedom’s Fury” is a prime example of Thor combining his love of film with human rights as the popular uprising in Hungary of 1956 is detailed in an entertaining way.

The need to create a new way of exploring the human rights aspects of the work of Thor Halvorssen can be seen in the foundation of The Moving Picture Institute. This charitable group is dedicated to providing funding for professional filmmakers and those affected by a loss of human rights in bringing important stories to the screen. As a dedicated activist Thor Halvorssen has also been known to court a little controversy in his dedication to making sure human rights issues remain front and center in the media; among the popular culture figures who have been criticized by Thor Halvorssen for appearing for and with dictators are rapper Nicki Minaj, actress Hilary Swank, and Jennifer Lopez.

 

An Overview of Thor Halvorssen’s Thoughts on Celebrities Stance on Human Rights

In an article on Time, Thor Halvorssen (president of Human Rights Foundation, New York)explored the issue of entertainers learning the hard way about the consequences of celebrating dictators. This was after Erykah Badu performed for King Mswati III, an African dictator. At the same time seven Swazi nationals were apprehended for having on t-shirts that appeared to be criticizing the king. Swaziland has no political parties and criticizing the government is against the law. In the jail that the seven were thrown, there is an iconic human rights attorney and journalist (Thulani Maseko), who have leg irons on their feet.

PR Disaster

Erykah Badu’s management team did not respond to the concerns raised by a number of human rights groups and foundations and the artist was quick to brush off HRF and other groups. She retweeted a comment claiming that she does not owe anyone an explanation on her performance in Swaziland. This erupted a lot of commentaries and she was quick to attack her critics. She went on for a record eight hours attacking her critics on twitter. She later on claimed that she did not know about the political climate in the kingdom and that she donated her pay to the servants in the house she was hosted in.

Changing Times

In the past it was easy for entertainers to entertain human rights violators and get a small fortune off it. However, times have changed due to the advent of social media and smart phones. This has made it harder for such shows to be kept under wraps and it leads to PR meltdowns for such performers. The tyrants who hire such entertainers are also not spared from the unwanted attention they get from the whole debacle.

Way Forward

Thor Halvorssen notes that there are people who argue that artists are often apolitical and cannot play an active role in human rights struggle. He however, argues that some have taken the oppressor’s side. He advises that celebrities can leverage their celebrity power and take a public stand denouncing dictatorship. A single tweet from a celebrity would be enough to show solidarity and prove inspirational to people living under tyrannies. It would also serve as a warning shot to human rights oppressors.

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Charles Koch Looks To Extend The Reach Of His Philanthropic Giving

The billionaire class has recently been making a splash in the media with its constantly growing level of giving to assist those in the deepest need. Charles Koch is a name well known to members of the business community, but he is also become an ever more important part of the world of philanthropy where his levels of giving are growing by the year. 2016 will see the launch of the latest program developed by Koch and his aides in a bid to reduce the effects of poverty on people in the deepest levels of need, Stand Together will see a shift in focus for the social activism Charles Koch is engaging in.

Charles Koch is one of the major shareholders in the hugely successful Koch Industries corporation, which he and brother David inherited from their father. Upon taking control of the company the Koch brothers looked to extend the reach of the business beyond the traditional oil refining that had made the company so successful. Adding a range of business opportunities to the Koch Industries family increased the wealth of the brothers to the stage where Charles is ranked the ninth richest person in the world.

The Koch brothers have a long history of embarking on charitable giving, which was also a major part of the life of their father after he established Koch Industries. Charles Koch is now working with African American conservative activist Bob Woodson to develop the Stand Together program, which is the latest program to be headed by the former adviser to President George W. Bush. Stand Together will begin its life with the launch of a Website detailing the mission and goals of the charitable program. The initial aims of the program will be to work alongside already existing groups in a bid to address the issues surrounding gang violence amongst the poorest classes in the U.S.

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US Money Reserve is determined to make a difference in Texas.

 

The U.S. Money Reserve is widely known as the nation’s largest distributor of U.S. Government issue of precious coins. Recently, the name has been associated with helping those less fortunate. According to an article found on Digital Journal and Link the U.S. Money Reserve has developed a fundraising campaign through CrowdRise. This particular campaign is focused on raising money for the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas.

The U.S. Cash Reserve was established by gold business sector veterans who perceived a need to consolidate choice client service, master business sector information and the kind of dependable direction that is totally fundamental when buying valuable metals. Today, as one of the country’s biggest wholesalers of U.S. Government provided precious metal coins. These metals include silver, gold, and platinum.

The U.S. Money has asked its customers and clients to donate to CrowdRise. With the help of the monies raised through this campaign, The Capital Area Food Bank of Texas will be able to provide food to the less fortunate that live in 21 counties across Central Texas.

With the help of various sponsor the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas has been able to distribute about 25 million pounds of food to those in need in the year 2010. This is great for families that do not have the funds or resources to feed their family. Central Area Food Bank of Texas has been in service for about 30 years. Throughout the years they have been able to expand to various areas in order to assist more families. Today the Central Area Food Bank of Texas offers needed food services to 19,064 square miles in Central Texas. In order to make sure they have an adequate amount of food to feed families in need, you can make a donation at https://www.crowdrise.com/usmoneyreserveholida/fundraiser/usmoneyreserve.

Brian Mulligan: Hard Working CEO

Brian Mulligan is the current Chief Executive Officer for Brooknol Advisors. Brooknol Advisors is an advisory company for the Entertainment, Media, and Sports industries. Over his 30-year-career, Brian Mulligan has held many positions in the media and entertainment industries. Before starting his career path, Mulligan received his Bachelor’s in Science from the University of Southern California (USC) and received his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

After graduating with his MBA, Brian Mulligan first started his career as a co-founder of the Entertainment Practice Unit where he served as a Senior Manager. After leaving the Entertainment Practice Unit, Mulligan went on to work for major entertainment companies such as the SyFy Channel, Cineplex Entertainment, Universal Studios, Universal Television, Universal Pictures, the USA Network, Fox Broadcasting Company, and Spyglass Partners, LLC. With these companies, he has had the chance to green light films such as the Star Trek reboot, Evan Almighty, 27 Dresses, Bring It On, American Pie, Pitch Black, For Love of the Game, and Wanted. He is considered by others to be an expert in his field.

Brian Mulligan is a public speaker for the industry and has given talks on entertainment, sports, and business. He has also been honored by “Premiere Magazine” as One of the 50 Most Powerful People in Hollywood, by the “Los Angeles Business Journal” as One of the Ten Most Prominent Bankers in Hollywood, and by the “TMT Quarterly/Law 360” as One of the Leading Investment Bankers on Emerging Business Models.

Brian Mulligan is not only a successful businessman, he is also a philanthropist. He is involved with both charities and political causes that he supports. He supports the charity “A Better LA”, which works to help give children and famililes living in the inner city of Los Angeles a safer present and a better future. He has worked to help raise millions of dollars to be donated to schools. In addition to that, Brian Mulligan has helped with charities such as St. Jude, City of Hope, YMCA, United Way, and the Land of the Free Foundation. He is associated with prestigious school programs such as USC School of Cinema, USC Marshall School Dean Scholarship Fund, UCLA Anderson Dean Society, UCLA Chancellor’s Associates, and many others. He has also served as a coach for youth football and baseball teams.

Social Media Hookup Apps Responsible for STD Increase in Rhode Island

STDs are on the rise in Rhode Island. People are regarding sex like a passing fancy. Unprotected sexual encounters with strangers put hundreds of people at risk for developing one or more STD. The health department in Rhode Island is pointing the finger at two popular hookup apps, Grindr and Tinder.

These two social media apps connect people, who want to meet up for casual, no string flings, and have become a nationwide problem for health officials. Human behavior regarding sex shows that there is an increase in permissive sexual behaviors. Social media is everywhere, and it is a powerful tool.

People can arrange to meet for sex, and in return bring home a surprise they would not otherwise want, an STD. Health officials indicated that both gonorrhea and syphilis have risen dramatically; syphilis by 79 percent, and gonorrhea by 30 percent. Between 1999 and 2008, Craigslist was responsible for introducing more than 16 percent of HIV cases across 33 states.

In New Zealand, newly half of the transmitted diseases were among gay men, who hooked up using the popular gay app, Grindr. Activist Mikal Watts urges young people to seek medical advice, counseling, and education, before engaging in sexual activities. The encouragement is also effective after a sexual encounter. There is a great need to curve or stop STDs from spreading and becoming an epidemic. People are not as morally concerned as their ancestors were only a short time ago.

Gerson Therapy used by Keith Mann to treat cancer

The animal activist Keith Mann has recently been looking for the best ways of treating an aggressive form of cancer that has no known cure and is generally treated using drugs from major pharmaceutical companies known for testing on animals. After spending his life helping to fight for the rights of animals as a member of the Animal Liberation Front Mann does not believe it would be ethical for him to use such medications and is seeking natural alternatives to assist in his fight against follicular lymphoma.

Keith Mann has dedicated his life to fighting for the rights of animals. These rights have been at the forefront of his mind since he was a young boy growing up in the Rochdale area of the UK where he set out on a path towards the activism he is now known for. Throughout his life Mann has been searching out many different options in his bid to search out the best way of helping animals and has been arrested on a number of different occasions.

Mann is now looking to take his fight for the rights of animals to a new level as he refuses treatment for his form of cancer on ethical grounds. Instead, Mann is seeking to treat this incurable cancer by using organic foods and detoxification methods in a bid to purify his body and extend his life. This expensive form of treatment known as the Gerson Therapy has prompted Keith Mann to ask for help in his fight in the form of donations to help pay for his natural treatments.

Read the full article here and follow Keith Mann’s supporters on Twitter for updates on his progress.

Or for more, check out these interviews on YouTube:

“Keith Mann – interview”

“Revolutionary Keith Mann Speaks Truth to the BBC”