Ara Chackerian is Committed to Better Treatment for Humanity and Nature

There, are three words that define Ara Chackerian; entrepreneur, environmentalist, and humanitarian. ASC Capital Holdings the company where he serves as managing partner invests in healthcare startups. In SanFransico the city he calls home Ara has helped establish and or sits on the board of multiple healthcare companies. The services these companies offer includes training for ultrasound techs, automated requisition systems for private physicians, and diagnostics.


TMS Health Solutions is a company that Ara, his business partner, and Dr. Richard Bermudas established to make a method of treating depression called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) more readily available to patients. Ara Chackerian describes TMC as, “…the third pillar of psychiatry”. Prior to founding TMS Ara and his partner had established a string of radiological diagnostic centers. One of the philanthropic/environmental causes that Ara supports is Limonapa Teak. Based in Nicaragua Limonapa raises and harvests teak using methods that are ecologically beneficial. You can visit Medium to know more.



Ara Chackerian makes regular postings on the blog site Medium. One of his postings addressed the health care concerns of first world countries. Ara points out that in the US, increasing health care costs can be a burden for people across all economic strata especially the poor, those with chronic conditions, and minorities. Hispanics in the US are less likely to have health insurance than any other ethnic group. Nations that provide government-funded Universal Healthcare are worried about the sustainability of the model. For the time being, countries that provide free healthcare have sufficient funds to keep their healthcare systems running.


As medical science advances life expectancies also advance. Next year the average cost of health care for American families is projected to be 166% higher than it was nine years ago. In dollars and cents, that equals $30,083.00 per family annually. In citing the difference between the US healthcare system and Universal Healthcare Ara Chackerian points out that the wait time for treatment is shorter in the US providing you have health insurance. Still, the US spends a higher percentage (16) of its Gross Domestic Product on health care than nations with Universal Healthcare. While the outlook for healthcare in capitalist democracies may seem grim, first world nations are working diligently to refine their care delivery systems.



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The Human Rights Cause Continues To Fascinate Thor Halvorssen

The growing reputation of producer Thor Halvorssen in Hollywood may be seen as a distraction from the work he completes with the Human Rights Foundation, but Thor Halvorssen remains a name feared by dictators and tyrants around the world. Over the course of his adult life Thor Halvorssen has worked with some of the biggest human rights groups in the world before deciding to establish the Human Rights Foundation in 2005; the decision to create the HRF snowballed to include the creation of the Oslo Freedom Forum that has become one of the top annual events for activists from around the world.

Thor Halvorssen often looks to the future for what he feels are the most important aspects of his life, including his patronage of the Children’s Peace Movement that links children in traditionally democratic countries with those in war torn of the Middle East and beyond.

The work of Thor Halvorssen as a film producer often brings the movies he creates into the realm of human rights activism, including his work on “The Singing Revolution”, which detailed the peaceful battle for independence undertaken by Estonian citizens during Soviet occupation.

Over the years Thor Halvorssen has worked outside the traditional political activism community and feels more groups should operate free from the confines of political affiliations. The majority of human rights activists have shied away from criticizing socialist governments who strip their citizens of human rights, Halvorssen has been an outspoken critic of socialist governments in Cuba and Venezuela because of their record on human rights. For Halvorssen there are major problems continuing around the world that need the attention of organized human rights activism groups, but many are focused on issues in the U.S. and mainland Europe; Thor Halvorssen has decided to leave these issues to groups including Human Rights Watch while the Human Rights Watch looks for problems affecting the everyday lives of millions of people around the world.