George Soros Praises Ukraine’s Reform Agenda

George Soros posits that Putin has the ambition of creating a Russian empire. He continues to say that this ambition has unintentionally assisted in creating a new Ukraine that is against Russia. The new Ukraine seeks to put an end to the ineffective government and prevalent corruption. George argues that the new Ukraine is under the leadership of the cream of civil society. On returning home from abroad, most young people refused to take up government jobs or businesses. This is because they found them repugnant. Most of these young Ukrainians opted to join academic institutions, non-governmental organizations and think tanks.

According to George, the young people are ready to put their lives on the line (Maidan) in order to have a better future. Most Ukrainians are determined to focus on the future without replicating mistakes committed in the past. These mistakes include infighting that weakened the Orange Revolution. George Soros argues that a civil society that is politically engaged will ensure that there is no return of the old Ukraine. He continues to say that if the politicians are engaged in corruption and squabbling that caused the downfall of the old Ukraine, activists would have no choice but to return to the Maidan.

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Europe’s Ukrainian Lifeline

Many reformists support the new Ukrainian government. These reformists are advocating a reform program that is expected to have a huge impact. The program aims to deal with corruption by weakening bureaucracy. George states that the program seeks to have better remuneration for the civil servants and breaking up Naftogaz. This gas monopoly has been the major source of corruption as well as budget deficits in the old Ukraine. George contends that much needs to be done considering that kleptocrats and oligarchs from the old Ukraine control the judiciary and civil service. They also dominate the private sector. George argues that the reformists have an uphill task as they have to defeat the deep-seated bureaucracy created by the oligarchs.

George posits that Ukraine has to deal with the challenges of entrenched bureaucracy that has been enhanced by business oligarchs. The reformers are not only dealing with the oligarchs but also the hostility of President Vladmir Putin. Putin’s agenda is to destabilize Ukraine. However, the country has been experiencing difficulties in implementing its reform agendas. George asserts that Putin knows that if he does not destroy Ukraine in the shortest time possible, he will have dented his popularity in Russia. Russia is feeling the effects of the deepening financial crisis. If Ukraine establishes itself, Putin will be under immense pressure to pursue Ukraine’s reform agenda. To this end, The Russian president has been increasing financial and military pressure on the new Ukraine. George contends that Ukraine may defend itself against Russia but it needs immediate financial assistance in order to guarantee the growth of its economy.

Learn more about George Soros:
http://www.investopedia.com/university/greatest/georgesoros.asp

http://www.biography.com/people/george-soros-20926527

Thor Halvorssen Equates Socialism to Human Rights Violations

Thor Halvorssen of the Human Rights Foundation was recently the featured guest on Fox Business Network’s show “The Intelligence Report with Trish Regan.” Halvorssen was interviewed to provide his unique take on socialism, which he contends can be linked to massive human rights abuses by governments all over the world. The context of the interview was that Bernie Sanders has been promoting a variety of socialist policies for America during his presidential campaign. Even though Halvorssen actually donated to Senator Sanders’ campaign, he takes issue with some of the socialist policies that Sanders has been promoting. According to Buzzfeed, the reason that Halvorssen says he is a  Halvorssen says that Clinton is a much bigger threat to the protection of human rights than Sanders because she has been known to actually conspire with dictators who abuses their citizens’ human rights on a daily basis.

 

A socialist government will also be responsible for fixing prices, which can drive up the demand for certain essential goods. This can ultimately result in massive food shortages throughout the country. In a dire situation like this, Halvorssen says it is the people who ultimately suffer because the government has gotten out of control. Not having access to essential resources like food and water is a serious violation of human rights, according to Halvorssen. Halvorssen is especially concerned about the rights of the lowest classes in society because they typically lack the resources and power to rise up against the government and correct its course. If this situation goes on long enough, Thor Halvorssen says that a country can be steeped in serious turmoil, which could lead to violence and political upheaval. A socialist government may try to crush this type of turmoil or uprising, which could end in massive human rights violations against its own people. Halvorssen says that the effects of socialism are much more complicated than most people think.

More information for Thor Halvorssen:

https://humanrightsfoundation.org/about/board-and-international-council/thor-halvorssen

http://www.weeklystandard.com/troublemaker-for-tyrants/article/899824

FreedomPop Extends Their Free Mobile Plans To WhatsApp

FreedomPop has been changing the game of mobile phone services by offering basic plans to their users for absolutely free. The California based phone company opened in 2011 and spent the last five years cultivating a mass following across the U.S. until they launched in England last year. After expanding across the European market their user base has grown to over a billion users though some are paying a light service fee for extra amenities. FreedomPop’s base plan with zero costs offers its users 200 minutes, 500 texts, and 500MB each month but you can add extra for as low as a cent a text if needed.

WhatsApp has been around for a couple of years and is one of the most popular messaging services but their controversial partnership with Facebook after the issue with net neutrality was introduced to the modern world. However, FreedomPop is not partnering with Facebook or WhatsApp and are instead moving their own direction solo.

Spain is FreedomPop’s third largest user base and nearly 70% of the country uses WhatsApp as their primary text message program. Steven Sesar, co-founder of FreedomPop, stated that by simply covering the bill they are ensuring almost an entire country will be able to communicate for free. FreedomPop’s growth in Europe is also fueled by the fact that they offer free roaming in over thirty-one countries. The larger countries include Germany, Spain, England, France, and Italy which makes Europe a prime market for FreedomPop to explore and expand their services.