George Soros, the philanthropist, hedge fund manager, Hungarian immigrant/war survivor and multi-billionaire, is back in the political arena, according to Politico. Soros, who is said to be worth $24.9 billion, stepped back from political activity during the Obama years, after making a multi-million dollar contribution in 2004 to groups fighting the re-election of then-president George W. Bush.
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Stepping Back Into the Game
After this lengthy break, Soros came back into the political arena in July of 2016 with a major contribution to backers of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Soros was said to be motivated by not only his long relationship with Clinton (who he firmly believed would be elected president), but also by his distrust of Trump. According to Politico, Soros has been quoted as saying that Trump’s bigoted campaign is actually “doing the work of ISIS.” It was rumored that Soros was planning on attending the democratic convention last summer (for the very first time), but he ultimately wasn’t able to attend. Despite this, there’s no doubt that Soros was deeply invested in the outcome of the campaign. Visit projectsyndicate.com to know more about George.
A Game-Changing Political Upset
With Trump’s upset victory over Clinton, political watchers are now waiting to see how much or how long Soros’ political involvement with last. Though he’s now 85, George Soros has always shown an amazing ability to surprise those who might underestimate him. Soros’ entry into the political arena is also of interest to those involved in left-leaning political activity, as Soros has long had the ability to work as a catalyst for other large political donors.
Though Soros’ success as a financier and currency trader is indeed one-of-a-kind, there’s no doubt his life as an immigrant and war survivor also fuel his political passions. It will be interesting to note how much more engagement we can expect from the always unpredictable George Soros. Read more about George at The New York Times.
Thor Leonardo Halvorssen Mendoza is a Venezuelan human rights advocate. He was born on March 9, 1976, in Venezuela to Hilda Mendoza and Thor Halvorssen Hellum. He is the president of the Human Rights Foundation, an organization committed to universal human rights and freedom. Since HRF was inaugurated, HRF has secured the release of seven prisoners of conscience; submitted amicus briefs in major international human rights cases and provided evidence to Truth Commissions.
Thor Halvorssen as commonly known is also the founder of the Oslo Freedom Forum an annual gathering for human rights festival. Thor is the patron of Czech-based Children’s Peace Movement, On Own Feet. He also founded the Moving Picture Institute which is currently producing the film adaptation of Robert Heinlein’s-The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. His work has received praise from the New York Times terming him as a champion of the underdog and the powerless. Thor’s opinions have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and Time Magazine. Thor has also appeared on television outlets such as Fox News Channel’s, CNN and the O’Reilly Factor advocating for the betterment of human rights.
Thor’s Political Involvement
Thor’s engagement in politics of global human rights has put him in international conflicts. One of HRF agenda is to combat oppressive regimes worldwide. He has worked with exiled Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng and his wife, Yuan Weijing. He also criticized Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni for his mischievous endeavors to punish gay individuals through the death penalty. He also led a vicious campaign against Venezuelan government for the loss of his mother and imprisonment of his dad. She also criticized pop music celebrity Nicki Minaj for accepting to perform for the Angolan dictatorship.
Thor’s Career in Film Production
Activism requires some documentation regarding visual recording to reach out to many. Thor has been involved in film productions which include Freedom’s Fury. He is also listed as one of the producers of Indoctrinate U. Others include the Sugar Babies, the Singing Revolution, and Hammer & Tickle.
It’s never too late for redemption. Thor has proven that no human should be treated as a lesser being due to their political affiliation, ideologies or sexual orientation.
The fundraising expectations for the John F. Kennedy Center For Performing Arts has far exceeded its goal. Since the numbers are looking so good, the center has decided to expand its fundraising campaign up to $50 million.
The $139.5 million the center has already raised is going towards a number of renovations and expansions. The approved project includes the riverfront pavilion and a linking pedestrian bridge. The Kennedy Center’s main building will receive a complete overhaul with new pavilions, dining space, offices and rehearsal rooms.
The fundraising effort began in 2013 with an initial goal of $125 million. Designs were changed due to federal planning agency scrutiny and construction costs. David Rubenstein, co-founder of the Carlisle Group and Kennedy Center board member, gave $50 million. Money has continued to pour in from many sources.
Kennedy Center President Deborah Rutter says that the new boardwalk will serve as a front door to the arts center. “The fact that the entire project is being funded by generous contributions is a testament to how many people still find the arts relevant and important,” says Rutter.
Since the Kennedy Center’s opening in 1971, more than 3 million people visit annually. The expansion is set to be completed by 2018.
Aside from Rubenstein’s multi-million dollar donation, many others have given significant amounts including Jacqueline Mars, Natalie and Herb Kohler, The Pritzer Traubert Family Foundation and the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation.
The DeVoses, heirs to the Amway product fortune are some of the most wealthy and philanthropic families in the U.S. The Michigan-based Foundation gives millions of dollars every year to the arts, foundations for the needy and schools and education.
Dick DeVos is the son of Amway co-founder Richard DeVos. He runs both is foundation as well as the one established for the family. They are also owners of the Orlando Magic NBA basketball team.