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Thor Halvorssen Accuses Bernie Sanders of Wanting Democratic Socialism

Trish Regan interviewed Thor Halvorssen, Human Rights Foundation, on Fox’s Intelligence Reports. Regan asked Halvorssen why he believes that Socialism violates basic human rights. Halvorssen wanted people to clearly understand his position. He is all for Socialism as long countries don’t violate the rights of the people and have separate government systems, such as in Denmark and Sweden. When a country uses Socialism as a way to cover up their real agenda to control the rights of their citizens, then Thor Halvorssen has a problem with Socialism. Trish Regan wanted to define what Socialism is because she believed that it was possible that Bernie Sanders supporters were not clear about what socialism is. Halvorssen said that there are many definitions of Socialism including academic and historic. Some people think that Socialism, Communism, and Marxism are the same thing. When a government makes decisions for the people, such as deciding what the prices of things should be, then problems can like shortages that will hurt the public. This disturbs Halvorssen.

Despite Thor Halvorssen’s objection to Bernie Sanders’s support for a Socialism government, the economist supports Sanders’s campaign and has made donations, funding it. Halvorssen is opposed to Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy practices and believes that he would rather live with Bernie Sander’s Socialist style of government. He doesn’t believe that Sanders will be abusive to people who disagree with his style government should he win the presidency.

Thor Halvorssen has personal experience with Socialist governments that are dictatorial. Halvorssen’s family was in Venezuela where his father,Thor Halvorssen Hellum, became a political government prisoner, accused of money laundering and bank fraud. His mother was shot by the regime of Hugo Chavez during a demonstration against Venezuela’s recalling the Social Referendum of 2004. His first cousin is currently imprisoned in Venezuela for protesting against Hugo Chavez. Halvorssen believes that these tragic things happened to his family because of Democratic Socialism when the ruler decided to control everything that went on in the entire country. The human rights advocate does not believe that redistribution of wealth will end poverty and create more wealth.

North Korean Defector Yeonmi Park Gains Global Audience

For Yeonmi Park there was little more to her life than the closed borders that surrounded her in North Korea. That was, until, her father was dragged off to a forced labor camp and her sister vanished as she fled the country. With little choice left in the matter both Yeonmi Park and her mother were forced to flee the country to escape the grasp of the regime that had so impacted their lives in a negative way. Her escape from North Korea was only the beginning of a long and arduous journey and it would test her very will to live several times before it was all over.

Yet, Park did survive and she finally did make it out to freedom. Now we are seeing Yeonmi Park rise to the status one a global leader in the fight against both human trafficking and human rights violations. Her very survival and her refusal to stay quiet about her time in North Korea has made her both a target of Pyongyang and a hero to the people that are still trapped there. Though she is both soft spoken and timid you can hear her conviction when she told Reason.com, “I know the truth of North Korea. The oppression and their tragedy. It cannot be silenced.”

Having survived to tell her tale Park is doing much more than resting on her story. Yeonmi Park has already authored an Amazon released book titled, “In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom” and now she is using her newfound fame and publicity to put herself out there into the public. Despite her authenticity there are still those that would doubt her story, however, and it seems that they all are coming from the root of Pyongyang and the regime.

Already we’ve seen North Korea start to smear Yeonmi Park with melodramatic, anti-defector videos. Now the  NK News.org has stepped it up even further with a long and detailed video titled “Park Yeon Mi – The Puppet of the Human Rights Plot”. This video seeks to discredit everything about Park’s story, claiming her to be a plant by the West to make North Korea look bad.