Category: Activism

Thor Halvorssen is Making Waves

Thor Halvorssen works hard because he has a cause that is worth believing in. The 39 year old half Norwegian, half Venezuelan leader and founder of the Human Rights Foundation believes in the cause that his foundation supports. He has good reason to do so as he has first hand experience in the kind of injustices that his foundation supports.

Halvorssen, who is half Norwegian and and half Venezuelan spent much of his formative years in Venezula, where he watched as his father was taken prisoner for his political beliefs and his mother was shot during a protest against his life. While his life is much more stable now than it was during those early tumultous days, the memory of what it was like to live under such terrible conditions has never left him.

Halvorssen works tirelessly and is known for staying up late to keep working, despite waking up early to get to meet with people and do interviews. His approach has gained him quite a bit of notoriety, and has landed him interviews on popular talk shows on large netwoks like Fox News. He has also been called the new face of Human Rights advocacy by Buzzfeed.

But Halvorssen is more proud of the work he has done and what he has accomplished that these kinds of accolades. He also is always focused on the next task. Right now, Thor Halvorssen is focused on ending the decades long tyranny that in North Korea, and ending the reign of Kim Sung Il. He and his orangization have alredy worked with groups of North Korean defectors to help them get their stories out so that real progress can be made.

His tirelessness and his dedication to the cause are what make Thor Halvorssen a force to be reckoned with. Unlike many human rights crusaders, he has proven that he has what it takes and is not afraid of retaliation. He has been arrested and beaten while working in Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City documenting the story of a banned church there, but he still soldiers on working to fight the good fight.

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Yeonmi Park Demonstrates Bravery Through Her Book

There are many dangers in the world. There are dangerous occupations, dangerous places, and even dangerous people. One individual in particular is living a dangerous life as she became a defector of the oppressive North Korean regime. This young woman is Yeonmi Park and is one of the very few women in the world that was able to turn their hardship and suffering around with the current focus to help others. Yeonmi Park has spoken to the world of her story as a North Korean defector. Though she is not the only North Korean human rights activist, she is one of the youngest, and one of the toughest. She as well as her fellow defectors have the goal of educating the world as well as actually helping individuals escape from North Korea.
Yeonmi Park in her recent Amazon book, In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom, tells her full story of how and why she became a defector to her country. Ms. Park starts her story with the fact that she was born in 1993 to a working class family in North Korea. Though her family was well respected in the community that she lived in, her family fell on hard times during the collapse of the economy in the 1990s. As a result of this, Park’s father became involved in the black market and smuggled metals into China. Though this was a temporary solution, Ms. Park’s father was eventually discovered and was punished by being sent to a labor camp.

As a result, both Yeonmi Park and her mother were subjected to starvation and isolation from their community. This as well as the taste of freedom are what prompted Ms. Park and her mother to flee the North Korean border and to head for China. In Ms. Park’s book reviewed by News.AU, she not only tells the story of her and her mother fleeing the border, but also the story of her and her mother being forced into human trafficking. The book is an overall summary of her adventure to find freedom and is meant to teach the world of North Korea’s cruelty.

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Thor Halvorssen Explains Bernie Sanders Stance On Socialism

The founder of the Human Rights Foundation Thor Halvorssen has made an appearance on Fox Business to explain his personal opinion on the role of socialism in the U.S. Presidential race and around the world. Halvorssen explained his own views on why socialism is a bad idea in the majority of cases, but also revealed he has made the largest possible donation to the campaign of socialist Democrat Bernie Sanders for President in the 2016 election.

Thor Halvorssen was asked to explain the definition of socialism and give his own insight of the dangers the political ideology poses to democracy. The Venezuelan film producer explained that bringing socialist ideas into a democratic society can have some social benefit, including the chance to provide unviersal health care and free education as has been shown in Scandinavian countries like Sweden and Denmark. However, the well known human rights campaigner who helped establish the Oslo Freedom Forum explained the use of socialist ideas can present issues for those in democratic countries when these ideas are pushed to their extremes. Halvorssen used examples from his own history in Venezuela to reveal his belief that a regime using socialist principles can cause harm by limiting press freedom and holding political prisoners.

The family history of Thor Halvorssen is filled with problems caused by the opposition of the family to the socialist government in the South American country. Halvorssen explained his own father was held as a political prisoner despite the fact he held diplomatic status, and saw his mother shot as she took part in a political rally; Halvorssen is still fighting the problems political beliefs have caused his family with the revelation that his cousin is still held as a political prisoner in a Venezuelan jail.

Despite the problems Thor Halvorssen sees with the ideology of socialism he made sure to mention his own belief that Senator Sanders is his choice for the next President of the U.S. The self described socialist Democrat was given the endorsement of Halvorssen because he believes both Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump have backed fascist regimes and done business with closed societies.