Thor Halvorssen is a Venezuelan human rights activist who has dedicated his life to fighting for the rights of people who can’t fight for themselves. It is an unfortunate fact that many countries are ruled by brutal and merciless authoritarian regimes. Thor Halvorssen has fought against oppressive dictators since he was a young man. Unlike a lot of today’s human rights activists, Thor has personally experienced the abuse that authoritarian regimes are willing to inflict upon anyone who threatens their absolute rule.
Thor Halvorssen’s father was a government official in Venezuela who was arrested and tortured after he started investigating corruption within the system. It was only after Thor worked with Amnesty International and several other human rights groups that his father was released from prison after spending 74 days in brutal conditions. To make matters worse, Thor’s mother was shot and wounded by government agents while attending a peaceful demonstration in Venezuela. Thor Halvorssen himself was arrested in Ho Chi Minh City while conducting an investigation into human rights violations there.
Human Rights Foundation
Thor Halvorssen founded the Human Rights Foundation in New York City in 2004. The Human Rights Foundation is dedicated to protecting freedom, liberty and democracy in countries around the world. The HRF is particularly active in fighting for the release of political prisoners and political dissidents living under ruthless dictatorships. The HRF uses publicity as a tool to focus public attention on the plight of the oppressed people who are incarcerated for standing up against their corrupt governments. The hard work of the HRF has resulted in many political prisoners being set free.
Oslo Freedom Forum
Thor Halvorssen founded the Oslo Freedom Forum in 2009. The Oslo Freedom Forum is an annual gathering of human rights activists to discuss issues related to promoting liberty and human rights around the world. Some of the participants include Julian Assange, Peter Thiel and Lech Walesa.
Thor Halvorssen is also a film producer. Thor has produced several films that focus on raising public awareness of the wide range of human rights abuses that take place everyday. His films cover human rights abuses ranging from suppression of free speech to human trafficking.
Jason Hope knows that people age. However, he also knows that aging does not have to be accompanied with many different disorders that are associated with it. Fortunately, Jason is willing to help medical experts work towards this goal so that they will be able to effectively treat age related disorders.
For one thing, people that deal with age related disorders do not have to despair. However, people who are still young are the ones with the most hope of avoiding this issue. After all, Jason Hope wants people to take preventative measures in order to treat the possible disorders.
Jason Hope states that the methods for treating illness is very reactive. In this case, people are having to wait until they have these diseases in order to get the treatment. At the same time, one can have these diseases without treatment because they are unable to get the diagnosis required for the treatment. Fortunately, Jason Hope is willing to encourage the medical experts to consider a more proactive measure for treating illness. Among the different disorders that he is hoping to prevent are diabetes and Alzheimer’s. He is doing this through his involvement with The SENS Foundation.
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Jason has decided to invest in the SENS Foundation because he believes in the work they do. Therefore, he is willing to help them on their path towards bringing people greater health. His involvement with the SENS Foundation goes beyond financial investments. He is also reaching out to people in order to get them to join in on the work towards of brighter future where people are better able to maintain their health with the use of rejuvenation biotechnologies. One of the things he has noticed is that the body slowly becomes damaged through normal process such as metabolism. This is what leaves the body vulnerable to certain diseases.
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Entrepreneur Jason Hope has recently donated $500,000 to the SENS foundation, a medical research organization dedicated to finding rejuvenate therapies and novel treatments for the most serious conditions. Hope has said the donation is earmarked for the study of atherosclerosis, a leading cause of death and disability in the United States. The Foundation has thanked Hope and expressed its gratitude, confirming that the donation will be put to good use and will be instrumental in the fight against degenerative disease.
Taking up the sword against atherosclerosis
Atherosclerosis is, by itself, perhaps the single most lethal disease process in the United States. Responsible for most heart attacks, strokes and even other less known but fatal diseases like kidney failure and mesenteric ischemia, atherosclerosis has cost trillions of dollars in lost productivity and its relentless scythe has cut into the lives of almost every family in the U.S.
But what’s even more compelling about this disease is that the underlying biologic processes, the insult to veins and arteries followed by an inflammatory healing response, underpins a much broader scope of adverse health outcomes. In fact, it is increasingly recognized that the deleterious effects of inflammation, the chief means by which the body repairs damaged cells and tissues, underlie almost every major effect of aging.
The SENS institute has thus trained its talents on understanding the inflammatory response to damage at the molecular level, especially that caused by lipids, triglycerides and other substances found naturally in the body. With a deeper understanding of these fundamental disease processes, it is believed that in the future, the aging process itself may be slowed or even stopped in its tracks for significant periods of time. This could herald medical breakthroughs the likes of which have never been seen before.
Jason Hope believes strongly in the role of fundamental medical research that isn’t bound by the constraints of the free market, namely, the imperative to seek profits. While Jason Hope is a strong advocate of entrepreneurship, he sees medical research as a field of monumental importance, too important to be laden with the extraneous considerations imposed by the market.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has surpassed its fundraising goal for a planned expansion project. A campaign started in 2013 to raise funds for this project has already raked in $135.9 million, 10.9 million more than the original target of $125 million. This project is one of the first of its kind in the famed centers history. The approved project will include a riverfront pavilion, a pedestrian bridge linking the pavilion with the Kennedy Center, and a large expansion of the center itself. The innovative design will preserve the building’s original façade while adding additional space for studios, media-ready classrooms, an outdoor wall for simulcast and video presentations, with terrace seating to accommodate up to 1,600 people. As well as a café, which can be used as a hub for meetings.
Dick’s fondness for the arts is reflected in his charitable donations and his words “we ignite the creative and innovative spirit of the arts to enhance the community. Nationally, we build capacity in arts leaders and equip them to effectively manage and lead their organizations.”
Dick’s charitable work does not stop at the Kennedy Center, often contributing to charities that promote education, seek judicial reform and to uplift communities and their leaders.
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