A passenger who recently traveled to China and was exhibiting flu-like symptoms was escorted off a Southwest Airlines plane heading from the Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshal Airport amid the coronavirus scare that has left thousands sickened and dozens dead in China. Medical officers removed the passenger off a Southwest flight from Las Vegas, Nevada, to Maryland “out of an abundance of caution,” the Maryland Department of Health said, according to NBC4. Video footage posted by the news outlet showed passengers on the plane wearing masks over their mouths as a health official told them: “Because of this heightened time, we are just using an abundance of caution.” The sick passenger “was referred to a medical facility for evaluation to determine whether additional follow-up is necessary,” the agency said, adding that…
Hungary’s government spokesman voiced concerns over Hungarian-American billionaire George Soros’ plan to invest $1 billion to build his Open Society University Network, calling it an “ideologically-driven political agenda.”
The Budapest-born investor said Thursday during the World Economic Forum summit held in Davos, Switzerland, that he would contribute $1 billion to establish a global network of universities to promote the values of “free expression and diversity of beliefs” according to the Open Society Foundations’ press release.
In what Soros called “the most important and enduring project” of his life, OSUN seeks to “reach institutions in need of international partners, as well as neglected populations, such as refugees, incarcerated people, the Roma and other displaced groups,” and work with “politically endangered scholars.”
“In Soros’s view, it is high time [for] Open Society Foundation, the vehicle through which he funds myriad endeavours to advance an ideologically-driven political agenda, to build on his previous efforts and develop ‘a new and innovative educational network that the world really needs’,” Hungary’s Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Relations Zoltán Kovács, wrote in an official blog entry.
Kovács continued to add that Soros was “pretty clear about his determination to push his open society agenda,” despite “international media and advocates of globalism” tend to focus on the billionaire’s philanthropist work.
In an earlier blog entry, Kovács bashed Renew Europe Group’s migration proposal at European Parliament, calling it a “Soros plan” that aimed to turn Europe into an open society by forcing migrant quotas on member states of the European Union.
It is not the first time George Soros found himself at odds with his home country since Prime Minister Viktor Orbán came to power in 2010, amidst Europe’s refugee and migrant crisis. In December 2018, the Central European University (CEU) was forced out of Hungary and moved its U.S.-accredited academic programs from Budapest to Vienna, Austria, after the Hungarian government declined to renew an agreement that would allow the Soros-founded institution to continue to operate its campus in the country’s capital under the terms of a 2017 law on foreign branch campuses. The law required foreign branch campuses in Hungary to have a campus in their home country, but the CEU didn’t have a campus in the United States.
Earlier this month, the European Union’s Court of Justice said (pdf) a Hungarian law regarding foreign-funded non-government organizations (NGOs) was in conflict with current EU law. The 2017 legislation, which many deemed as Orbán administration’s attack on the Open Society Foundations, required NGOs accepting more than 7.2 million forints ($24,090 USD) of foreign money per year to register and identify themselves as foreign-funded in their public profiles.
Commentary In November last year, China made the official decision to rewrite both the Bible and the Quran in order to “reflect socialist values.” Naturally, this is a political tool that is needed as part of the crackdown on the Muslim Uyghur minority that has been such a thorn in the side of the Chinese socialist regime. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) declared that the revision will make sure that the content of the Bible and Quran do not contradict socialism. One of the founding fathers of modern-day socialism, Karl Marx, wrote that “Religion is the opium of the people.” While this is often discussed, it’s not the full quote from the original German text. The full quote is commonly translated as: “Religion is the sign of the oppressed creature,…