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“Inglourious Basterds,” a glorious film produced by Lawrence Bender

Activists, Business, Career History, Entertainment, Writer
“Inglourious Basterds,” a 2009 film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, is among producer Lawrence Bender’s finest films. A frequent collaborator with Tarantino, Bender has produced all but three of Tarantino’s films. “Inglourious Basterds” has all the graphic violence fans have come to expect from Tarantino, but it is hardly misplaced in the setting of France during World War II. The movie ends with the death of Nazi leader Adolph Hitler, an intriguing bit of revisionist history. Brad Pitt puts in a fine performance as Aldo Raine, the leader of the Basterds, a Special Forces crew of Jewish Americans who spread fear through German forces by scalping its enemies. The Basterds hatched a plot to kill Hitler, along with numerous German brass including Hitler associate and propagan

George Soros is Back and Progressives Should Cheer

Activists, Expert Investor, Human Rights, Philanthropy
Any discussion centered around philanthropist and investor George Soros will turn into a Rorsach test for a person's political identity. For progressives and those fighting for social justice, George Soros represents the very best of us. For right wingers and conservatives, George Soros is closer to a boogeyman figure than he is any kind of hero. No matter where you stand on George Soros it is clear that he is passionate about the very wheels that move the machine of democracy and the election of Donald Trump has him back in full swing. George Soros had largely been content to sit on the fringes of politics over the past decade or so. The last time Soros took a center stage role in the political world was when he backed Al Gore against incumbent President Bush during the 2004 elections....

Championing Human Rights: The New Model for Change

Activists, Human Rights
Organizations aiming to bolster human rights are nothing new. The concept of human rights dates back to the Renaissance, after all. But fighting for human rights on a truly global scale in this age of multicultural despotism, divisive politics and social media watch-dogging requires a new approach. Enter the Human Rights Foundation (HRF). Founded in New York in 2005 by human rights activist and filmmaker Thor Halvorssen, HRF works tirelessly to stay out of the political fray, and disrupt it at the same time. The organization advocates for human rights and works to liberate the world's political prisoners without regard to politics, focusing on closed societies. It doesn't matter if the oppressors are right-winged authoritarians or leftist totalitarians. Both fall under HRF's purview. Th...