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Shaygan Kheradpir graduated from Cornell University with a B.A., M.A., and PhD. in electrical engineering. During his many successful years in the technology business he has accomplished many astounding achievements, the greatest of which have been as the inventor and pioneer of fiber optic communications. His journey with Verizon began in 2000 when GTE Corporation merged with Bell Atlantic to form their technological brainchild. He achieved the technological masterpiece that is fiber optic communications while at Verizon, successfully getting T.V., telephone, and the internet to work together.

During these years he led a massive workforce of 7,000 who he split up into many different exploratory and innovative teams. Fiber optic has been just one of the many groundbreaking innovations by these groups. They introduced many other things such as Lobi and Verizon One. He also made Verizon a major powerhouse by drastically reducing costs and dramatically increasing the flow of finances. However, Verizon did not see his only successes. Like many banks, the London-based bank giant, Barclays, recognized that technology was beginning to play a huge role in the modern banking environment.

To this end, they made the decision to hire Shaygan. He came on board in January 2011 as its Chief Operating Officer for Retail and Business Banking. While at Barclays, he was instrumental in helping start both the Transform program and the Pingit mobile money system. He would be a driving force of Barclays technology systems for two years. It was not long after joining Barclays that Kheradpir was promoted to Chief Operations and Technology Officer. In this role, he became the first technology executive of the bank’s top leadership. He was so high up in his role that he reported to the bank’s top dog, Antony Jenkins. Shaygan had two main responsibilities in this position: 1) Administration of worldwide customer service and 2) Furtherance of the bank’s technological departments. In January 2014, Shaygan took the office as CEO of Juniper Networks. He served in this position until November of the same year. However, during his brief time with the company, Shaygan managed to make several changes which revolutionized how the company operates.

Throughout the years, Shaygan has also maintained seats on several very prestigious national technology boards. He currently sits as Chairman of the Board of Coriant, an international technology firm that aids over 100 companies throughout the world find networking solutions. He officially assumed this role in September but has been working with the management team since early 2015. In his position, Shaygan is charged with forming growth and focus strategies for the future performance of the company.

North Korea has been one of the foremost countries of massive human rights violations, and has one of the most restrictive and persecutory systems in the world. And if not for the few who successfully fled from the country, their true stories would probably never be heard.

21-year old Park Yeon studies criminal justice in Seoul, and looks, and acts like any other young woman her age, however Park is not like other young women. A native North Korean, human rights activist Yeomi Park defected from her country at fourteen, and has gained International media attention for her commitment to calls for freedom in her homeland.

Park Yeon’s Courageous Defection

In North Korea, people are not treated fairly. Freedom of expression is a dream of many, but even an international call for help often leads to a public execution. At thirteen, Yeonmi Park on nknews had to watch as her own mother was raped. Just one year later, her father died, and she buried his ashes alone in the middle of the night. Yet, in spite of the horrors she has experienced, Park Yeon finds solace in dividing her time among studying at Dongguk University, while educating the world of North Korean atrocities.

The young human rights activist gives insight into the extermination, enslavement and starving of North Koreans, as well as the denial of basic freedoms.

Contrary to the criticism of Kim Jong Un, the regime claims they are defenders of North Korean human rights. According to a UN report, and accusations from Pyongyang, the North Korean regime is responsible for forced labor, torture, corporal punishment and chronic malnutrition for about 16 million people. Moreover, it’s reported that the North Korean people are divided into a caste system, based on their potential opposition to the country.

The preferred class are allowed to reside in larger cities and nearest the state border, with state support. Yet members of the lowest class get few benefits, if any, from the state, like food stamps or medical help. With very little help, a great many North Koreans starve to death.

In 2009, human rights activists reported how disabled North Koreans were being subjected to human testing, like chemical weapons testing. Again in 2014, the subject of atrocities against the disabled was queried. Reports from refugees varied regarding parents giving up disabled children with the regimes promise to take care of them, but instead using them to test chemical weapons.

The stories about crimes against humanity are certainly not new, as they’ve been reported for decades by previous defectors, yet every account, including the plight of Park Yeon motivates us to do more.