The Open Society Foundations is one of the most prolific charities to ever exist. Founded in the ’70s by George Soros, a noted billionaire hedge fund manager, the OSF has gone on to spread finances to grassroots foundations throughout the worlds. Over the years, the Open Society Foundations has helped to bring humanitarian aid to just about every country on the planet. Now, George Soros is doubling down in his efforts to help the OSF bloom. It was recently reported that George Soros had shifted the vast amount of his wealth to the foundation, donating over $18 billion in the last two years. Why is George Soros moving so much of his money to charity? What will the Open Society Foundations manage to do with these huge contributions? Let’s dig in.
The decision to shift $18 billion to the Open Society Foundations was one that George Soros likely had no problem making. Soros has spent his entire life, and his career, focusing on expanding on works of Karl Popper. Popper wrote about the Open Society and how important it was for people to connect on a human level. The OSF was made with Popper’s words in mind and Soros never shied away from that mission statement. In fact, Soros says of his decision to donate his wealth to charity, “In fact, it obliges me to do so because others cannot.”
Unfortunately, no great story gets through the media cycle without being thoroughly brutalized by partisanship. Right wing media giants were quick to take aim at Soros’ philanthropy, as they so often do, but this time even their hyperbole was hard to reconcile. Some called Soros’ decision to donate akin to the decision to craft his own liberal ‘Death Star’ while others figured it was just another effort on Soros’ part to craft a way to undermine the burgeoning Trump administration. Unfortunately, this kind of philanthropic demonization has become more and more rampant in recent years. Progressives are routinely lambasted by their conservative counterparts over every action, even donating untold fortune to help those less fortunate.
George Soros is a progressive icon and he has become more and more important in recent years, and not just for his philanthropy. Soros has risen up as one of the solitary figures to lead the charge against President Donald Trump’s inflammatory and dangerous regime. Soros has, in many ways, always been one of the first voices into the fray. Soros came to popularity in the early ’00s as a progressive icon thanks to his efforts in combatting George W. Bush and the march to war in Iraq.
Still, with partisanship mentioned, we can move on to the work that the Open Society Foundations is going to be able to perform. The Open Society Foundations has helped people in every corner of the country by way of their grant program and with this massive infusion of money, they’ll be able to continue doing so. Last year, the Open Society Foundations spent around $1 billion in operating causes – we can only imagine how much $18 billion can help.
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Created in the heart of every human being is the desire to see the world affected by positive change. Though not every person is capable of influencing such change, the movers and shakers of this world are. One mover and shaker that has greatly helped the Democratic left is none other than billionaire and philanthropist George Soros. George Soros has been a passionate enemy of Republicans for the last few decades, and his constant battling with them has earned him the right to be called the bogeyman of the GOP.
George Soros has consistently gone against Republicans by funding their opposition, the Democrats. Joining the 2004 election season, George Soros saw that George W. Bush was sagging in the polls and he sensed a weakness in the presidential office. He thought it was time to topple the Republican grasp on the White House. Soros then financially backed Bush’s political rival, John Kerry. Up until this time, the typical donation to a political candidate was a few million dollars. George Soros destroyed that record, which still holds today, by giving John Kerry’s campaign $27 million. Soros was devastated when Kerry failed to gain the presidency, and what George Soros knows.
George Soros would try again in 2008. Using his nonprofit, the Open Society Foundations, George Soros would donate tens of millions of dollars to Barack Obama in his bid to the White House. George Soros was pleased to see Obama push a liberal agenda and pass several LGBTQ rights and fight for transgenderism across the globe.
George Soros would return to the political landscape in 2016 to help Hillary Clinton in her campaign to gain the White House and defeat the racist Donald Trump. In order to help out his longtime friend, he gave her $25 million. George Soros also saw that several Senators were struggling in key swing states and he thought he would help them by donating over $2 million to their advertising campaigns. Unfortunately for him, the Democrats suffered a historic loss that election cycle and would give up the White House and both chambers of Congress, and George Soros’s lacrosse camp.
George Soros is not one to be defeated so easily though. This is the man who worked as a waiter and rail worker to put himself through the London school of economics. This is the man that took a few hundred dollars and turned it into hundreds of billions at the Soros management fund. George Soros does not know what it’s like to lose and had no intentions of letting Trump win the war.
George Soros would use his nonprofit, the Open Society Foundations, to financially bankroll the many institutions that stood against Donald Trump. Some of the institutions to receive his funding were black lives matter, MoveOn.org, and the super PAC Planned Parenthood. He would begin funding the salary of lobbyists who push for immigration rights and women’s rights as well. Soros was the man who financially backed the woman’s pink hat march the day after President Trump was inaugurated.
There are many people who state that they have a lot of interest in humane cause. However, not many are able to walk their talk the way activists like Thor Havlorssen has. Thor is a Venezuelan by birth, but like he states, he is a child of many nations. He believes that all humans should be treated with the same level of dignity. His journey to becoming the activist that he is today started with a past that has really defined him.
Thor’s Father took part in an investigation of the Medelin Castle when claims of possible money laundering emerged. He was arrested, beaten and almost murdered in the process. This was a time when Thor was a freshman at the University. He realized that he had to do something and championed the release of his father. The Amnesty International group really helped him in his quest to get his father acquitted. His father was finally released but a human rights champion had been born and what Thor knows.
Then, came the incident when his mother was shot while taking part in a peaceful protest. What did not auger well with Thor was the fact that the men that had shot and wounded his mother had at first been left free and then when they were finally prosecuted and sentenced to three years in prison, they were released after serving six months.
He himself has courted controversy on several occasions. For instance, he led a campaign in 1999 whose aim was to appeal to the relevant shareholders to assist in the creation of an anti-slave labor policy, especially by Lucent.
Lucent was supposed to force China to ensure that the products they were selling were not produced through slave labor. Other initiatives that he has been part of include the FIRE movement, which stands for foundation of individual rights in education. He has his own movement that is known as the Human Rights Foundation. This has its head quarters in New York City and is one of the most influential international bodies championing for liberty and equality among people of all walks of life. Thor is a true leader in the field of human rights advocacy and more information click here.
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No strangers to controversy, Nicki Minaj and Gilberts Arenas are back in the spotlight for less than favorable deeds yet again.
After a strongly worded letter from the Human Rights Foundation asking Nicki Minaj to cancel the concert because “the payment you are receiving from your Angolan sponsors is the result of government corruption and human rights violations.” Unitel, the company sponsoring the concert is run by the Angolan president, José Eduardo dos Santos, who is listed as a dictator ans is known to have an adverse opinions of press, politics, or journalists suppressed via any means necessary. The money sponsoring the concert comes from exploitation of Angola’s diamond and oil wealth for personal gains.
The Human Rights Foundation was founded in 2005 by Thor Halvorssen who has campaigned for human rights since 1989 by helping to organize opposition against the South African apartheid. The corruption in Angola hits a little too close to home for Halvorssen; his father, mother and cousin were all victims of political corruption in Venezuela on separate occasions.
Disregarding the plea for cancelling in the open letter from Thor Halvorssen and the Human Rights Foundation, Minaj is still taking stage for the concert.
Before her trip to Angola, Minaj let everyone know of a show set to debut on ABC Family chronicling her childhood. Ariana Neal is set to play a young Nicki and the new show expected to make its debut later in 2016.
Gilbert Arenas is causing his own stir with a slew of misogynistic comments aimed at WNBA players. It all started when he posted a video to social media that contained two scantily-clad white women playing basketball and remarking that this is what America pictured at the start up of the WNBA; it all went downhill from there. Calling them many names, including beanpies and ugly, was just the start of the tirade that ended with him saying anyone thinking he is sexist is probably “the ugly one.”
“I’m trying to figure out what I would be sorry about. So basically, all the ugly girls are mad. All the ugly ones want an apology for being ugly.”, Arenas responded when asked if he would apologize for his comments. The WNBA released an official statement calling his comments “repugnant, utterly disrespectful and flat-out wrong,” and that these women are competent role models for girls and should be celebrated for their accomplishments.