Recently, Oslo, Norway played host to a major international conference. Leaders from around the world came to the Oslo Freedom Forum to hear speeches from major human rights activists. The conference was extremely entertaining, but the real work of the conference happened behind the scenes.
Dissidents, journalists, and human rights activists from around the world visit the Grand Hotel to make great connections. These activists love visiting with one another and discussing the steps necessary to help their various causes. Any journalist searching for a real story has to be inside these meeting.
Recently, a reporter from Buzzfeed had the opportunity to meet with Thor Halvorssen at the Christiana Theater, a popular hangout spot. Halvorssen is a 37 year old man, and he is currently the leader of the Human Rights Foundation. The journalist was able to witness Halvorssen speaking to Chen Guangcheng and his wife. Thor offered Chen some amazing advice that he hopes will help Chen’s cause.
Thor encouraged Chen to continue building a relationship with Christian Bale. Christian Bale is an extremely popular American actor, and having an American celebrity can help rally people around the world to a cause. Thor Halvorssen was turned off by the idea that a celebrity makes such a big difference, but he knows that a wise activist will use anything he can for an advantage.
Thor Halvorssen is a major player in the human rights community. Many view Halvorssen as a throwback to the Cold War era. He has a deep distrust of communism and socialism because his family suffered considerably during their time in Venezuela. Halvorssen describes himself as a classical liberal who is interested in spreading the cause of freedom around the world. He works constantly to depose evil dictators who oppress their own citizens.
Thor has fully dedicated himself to the cause of human rights. He regularly makes appearances on news programs to denounce dictators and the allure of authoritarianism. He knows that freedom can be lost in a generation, and he is determined to prevent it from happening in his lifetime. The world should look to Thor for leadership.
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