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IME Fights for Judiciary Accountability in Bulgaria

The Institute for Market Economics (IME), an Atlas Network partner in Sofia, has been fighting for judiciary reform and transparency in Bulgaria for the past three years. The newly formed IME Legal Project is helping to create judicial accountability through research and media, and their efforts are drawing attention to the need...

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Fundación Libertad a Key Voice in Argentine Salary Freeze

Excessive government spending has been a hot topic in Argentina since Fundación Libertad, an Atlas Network partner, launched a creative public awareness campaign that revealed the extent of government waste. The campaign, which included a public spending app “Gastar o No Gastar” and informational papers regarding the issue, left...

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Tom Palmer Attends Ten-Year Anniversary of Afghanistan-Based AELSO

Atlas Network’s Dr. Tom Palmer spent the early part of December in Afghanistan to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Afghanistan Economic and Legal Studies Organization (AELSO). “It had been too long since my last visit with our esteemed Afghan Partners, AELSO,” explained Dr. Palmer. “I knew that they had been doing very g...

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Lebanon’s Long Game

With no simple solution in sight, Lebanese freedom fighters believe the time to act is now—for the future of their country.

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E-Book Review: Illiberalism in Europe

CapX, the media arm of Atlas Network partner Centre for Policy Studies in the United Kingdom, recently released a new e-book that introduces readers to the many faces of illiberalism in Europe. Illiberalism in Europe highlights the current threats to liberty across the continent. “Be it the Zelensky government’s domestic reforms...

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SOLE Empowers Women to Overcome Cultural Biases in South Sudan

Land is one of South Sudan’s most precious—and most disputed—resources, but for most women, owning land is out of reach. Rose Nyadeng is one of four sisters, none of whom will be allowed to inherit property from their father. Widow Susan Naderu found herself homeless, pushed out of the home she cherished, after the death of her...

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Bulgarian Libertarian Society blocks VAT tax on food vouchers

A 20 percent VAT tax on food vouchers in Bulgaria has been blocked, thanks to the efforts of Bulgarian Libertarian Society (BLS), an Atlas Network partner in the country’s capital city of Sofia. Food vouchers are a common employee benefit in Bulgaria, and research shows that distribution increases motivation and job satisfaction...

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Alternatives to the New Scientism in Development Economics

When Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo were announced as two of this year’s Nobel Prize winners, it prompted a fresh flurry of public critiques of their work in development economics. From voices as diverse as Oxfam’s Duncan Green and Marginal Revolution’s Alex Tabarrok, many economists and aid experts have cautioned against pin...

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Why Egypt is not on a path to end its long struggle with poverty

In 1979, Fouad Ajami wrote that Egypt finds herself between her “pride and place, between her limited material resources and her unbounded psychological esteem for herself, between her old glory and her current poverty." Forty years later, Egyptians are still immersed in the same contrast, and their struggle to leave poverty is...

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Costa Rica cuts its luxury pension scheme

The Costa Rican Legislature recently approved a bill that will cut luxury pensions to over 4,000 retirees. The bill takes aim at a group of pensioners dubbed “Ticos Con Coronas,” (Costa Ricans with Crowns) who receive an average monthly pension of US$4,495, with some receiving more than US$24,000 per month. Instituto de Desarrol...

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Bendukidze Free Market Center Marks 6 Years Since Maidan Massacre

Bendukidze Free Market Center (BFMC), an Atlas Network partner in Ukraine, recently produced Зима, що нас змінила: шість років після Майдану (The Winter That Changed Us: Six Years After Maidan), a new documentary about 2014’s Revolution of Dignity, which was sparked by the Maidan Massacre.

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Guiding the Discussion for the Economic Future of Lebanon

Government spending, taxation, and the size of government-controlled enterprises in Lebanon are large enough to have a measurable impact on the country’s economic freedom rankings, according to the latest Economic Freedom Audit conducted by Canada’s Fraser Institute in partnership with the Lebanese Institute for Market Studies (...

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An Introduction to Atlas Network

Atlas Network increases global prosperity by strengthening a network of independent partner organizations that promote individual freedom and are committed to identifying and removing barriers to human flourishing. Our vision is of a peaceful and prosperous world in which everyone is free to live, associate, and exchange, and in...

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Economic Freedom Index reveals path to prosperity for Spain’s cities

Thirty-one cities in Spain have achieved “acceptable” scores in Economic Freedom, according to a new index by the Madrid-based Fundación para el Avance de la Libertad, also known as Fundalib (Foundation for the Advancement of Liberty). The Municipal Index of Economic Freedom for Spain’s Cities evaluates Spain’s major cities and...

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AMLO and the “Fourth Transformation” in Mexico

According to Enrique Krauze, Mexico's prominent classical-liberal intellectual, new "winds of authoritarianism" are sweeping across Latin America, characterized by all-mighty caudillos who ascend to political power via democratic means, but who then seek to concentrate control over a tightly knit polity of order and moral virtue...

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Young Voices Launches New Podcast Accelerator Program

The explosion of podcasting in recent years has been unprecedented for media in terms of both audience growth and profitability. Podcasts have become a main source of news and opinion, with roughly 26 percent of Americans tuning in regularly. Still, with most listeners being between the ages of 12 and 25, the podcast boom has on...

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La Movilidad Social

In this article Center for Latin America Fellow Gonzalo Schwarz analyzes the state of social mobility in Uruguay and how there is a need for the incoming government to focus more on social mobility instead of inequality as a key policy priority. Doing so would enable more entrepreneurship and a focus on work as the main vehicle...

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Spreading the Liberty Message at AidEx

In November, Atlas Network's Matt Warner, Casey Pifer, and Vale Sloane joined hundreds of aid organizations in Brussels for the annual AidEx event. Billed as the global humanitarian and development event of the year, the conference attracts more than 2,500 visitors and a large presence from most of the major foreign aid agencies...

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2019 Global Influencer Summit kicks off in historic Pennsylvania

Last weekend, a new cohort of think tank leaders gathered at Atlas Network’s first Global Influencer Summit in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania—a historic town in the suburbs of Philadelphia. The summit centered around key management and leadership topics for senior leaders of think tanks. Thirty participants, representing twenty diff...

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