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Thor Halvorssen supports Bernie Sanders with Reservations

The head of the Human Rights foundation, Thor Halvorssen, criticized Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton on The Intelligence Report. He appeared with Host Trish Regan on the Fox Business Network show in early March.

Clinton, according to the head of the Human Rights Foundation, has received support from Middle Eastern regimes. Many of these regimes support the use of torture and engage in other human rights violations. The Intelligence Report Guest informed the host that he did not donate to the Clinton campaign. Although Hillary Clinton held no official cabinet position at the time, her husband instituted a policy that let the CIA send people to countries that endorse torture. United States policy changed after the September 11 attacks, and the government began supporting enhanced interrogation techniques. Civil rights groups widely criticized these enhanced interrogation techniques, which included water boarding, as torture.

While he praised the ideals of democratic socialism and said it could work, he also warned that authoritarian candidates may rise to power using the ideals of socialism. As soon as these despots get into power, their promises of helping the people quickly become a human rights nightmare.
Even though Halvorssen (https://about.me/thor.halvorssen) donated to the Sanders campaign, he did so with reservations.

Hugo Chavez represents a modern example of this phenomenon, but the same thing also happened in the Soviet Union. Josef Stalin did not care about the ideals of Karl Marx and was more interested in advancing his own power. The Soviet Dictator may not have committed genocide, but millions of people suffered under his reign.

Thor Halvorssen Speaks Out For Human Rights & Against Nicki Minaj’s Performance in Angola

Thor Halvorssen is president of the Human Rights Foundation (HRF) based out of New York City. Halvorssen, a Venezuelan-Norwegian, is a human rights advocate and film producer who started the foundation in 2005. He calls himself a “classical liberal” with no interest in politics. His goal is to simply dethrone the dictators he grew up hating because of his heritage. He began advocating human rights in London during 1989, against the South African apartheid. Nowadays, he often expresses his thoughts and opinions regarding different issues to print and television news outlets including Forbes, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, NPR, TIME Magazine, The Daily Telegraph and GQ, as well as Al-Jazeera, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, BBC, HBO and many more.

Recently, American rapper Nicki Minaj traveled to Angola to perform at a Christmas concert that was organized by the state-owned telecom company, Unitel. Many, including Halvorssen and George Ayittey, who heads the Free Africa Foundation, were critical of her performance in a country that is being unjustly ruled by tyrant José Eduardo dos Santos. The leader allegedly has been amassing a fortune illegally since 1979 while ruling a country whose citizens are living in deep poverty. Halvorssen and Ayittey took the time to point out the hypocrisy in Minaj’s decision to travel and perform in Angola. Though often outspoken about injustices regarding race in the United States, Nicki Minaj She was paid $2 million (in US dollars) of Angolan taxpayer money to perform in a place where one-third of the population lives on less than two US dollars a day.

While it is hard to place blame on celebrities like Minaj for their participation in events like this, their effect on the public image and perception abroad of dictators like this has to be acknowledged. Halvorssen has done this and continues to speak out against the horrible injustices committed by leaders like dos Santos. Having created numerous other non-profits as well, he is becoming the face of a new sort of global rights movement. For him, it is all about using 21st century means (not only print and TV, but Twitter and YouTube as well) to gain equality and more advocacy for human rights without focusing on himself or politics.

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