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CONTRACTING FOR SUCCESS

A few years ago, I was frustrated with a contractor’s failure to meet even the most basic terms of our agreement. I had not heard from him for an extended period despite sending emails to see what was happening. When we finally connected, we were both frustrated (I had stopped payment, which usually gets someone’s attention). As...

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CAPITAL RESEARCH CENTER INVESTIGATES NONPROFIT LOBBYING, REGULATORY CAPTURE

Consumer advocacy groups aren’t always what they seem to be. Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety (CARS), for instance, is a group that purports “to save lives, prevent injuries, and protect consumers from auto-related fraud and abuse,” but a recent report from Capital Research Center (CRC), an Atlas Network partner based i...

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INSIDE ROMANIA’S ANTI-CORRUPTION PROTEST MOVEMENT

Holding political leaders accountable for their actions is a crucial component of the rule of law, so when the Romanian government effectively decriminalized government corruption on Jan. 31 through the issuance of an Emergency Government Ordinance, the move triggered extensive protests that have encompassed more than half a mil...

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DR. TOM G. PALMER WINS ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR AWARD AT ISFLC 2017

Each year at the International Students For Liberty Conference (ISFLC), the organization recognizes an alumnus of the year, granting the award to a former student who has made a significant contribution to advancing freedom. This year, Students for Liberty (SFL) presented the Alumnus of the Year Award to Dr. Tom G. Palmer, Atlas...

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‘LIBERTY IN AFRICA’ ONLINE COURSE EXPLORES PRINCIPLES OF FREEDOM

Africa is an enormous and diverse continent encompassing dozens of independent countries with wide-ranging political systems, circumstances, and resources. Still, people share a struggle for liberty throughout Africa that shares many commonalities. Students for Liberty (SFL) and African Students for Liberty (ASFL) have partnered...

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CHINESE THINK TANK UNIRULE HAS ONLINE PRESENCE DELETED

Since its founding in 1993, Unirule Institute of Economics, based in Beijing, has contributed enormously to prosperity, mobility, and increasing space for voluntary civil society. Recently, its entire online presence was effectively erased, rumored to have been carried out by elements of the Chinese government. Sheng Hong, direc...

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YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS IN MALAWI PITCH INNOVATIVE NEW IDEAS

A doctor presents her new mobile app, which will help medical professionals better assess the condition of newborn babies. A college student proposes an image capture system to prevent bus overcrowding. Local entrepreneurs are in the best position to understand the challenges that the people around them face, and the Center for...

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MILLENNIALS IN SPAIN FACE MODERN CHALLENGES WITH FOCUS ON FREEDOM

Millennials in Spain tend to lean toward the progressive left, as seen in recent electoral results, because they lack an understanding of the basic principles of a free society, explains Isabel Benjumea, director of Atlas Network partner Red Floridablanca. In order to tackle this critical challenge for the future of liberty in S...

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MORE THAN 570 NEPALESE STUDENTS EMBRACE OPEN-MARKET PRINCIPLES

There is good reason for optimism in Nepal these days. It has been more than a decade since the civil war between the Nepalese government and the Maoist Communist Party, and nearly two years since the catastrophic earthquake that claimed the lives of thousands. The country is still healing, but relative stability has given rise...

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FREEDOM FOUNDATION HOLDS UNIONS ACCOUNTABLE IN WASHINGTON, OREGON

When union negotiations with state governments are held behind closed doors, taxpayers tend to suffer. The Freedom Foundation, an Atlas Network partner based in Olympia, Wash., recently won a landmark victory after the Washington State Public Employees Relations Commission (PERC) held that a recently adopted Lincoln County polic...

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REGULATORY REFORMS IN UKRAINE WILL IMPROVE ECONOMIC CLIMATE

Corruption has taken a heavy toll on Ukraine’s economy for years, but recent reforms passed by the Ukrainian government will improve the business climate in the coming years, reports Kyiv-based Atlas Network partner EasyBusiness. Ukraine has passed, or is in the process of passing, new laws that overhaul the judicial system, int...

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INDONESIAN MIGRANT WORKERS BECOME ENTREPRENEURS AFTER LEARNING NEW SKILLS

Indonesian workers struggling in a tough economy often seek migrant labor placement in other Middle Eastern countries, and through their exposure to new cultures and methods of working they ultimately bring new skills with them back to Indonesia. In a new series of videos that has reached thousands of viewers, the Center for Ind...

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WORKING TOWARD A FREE-MARKET FUTURE FOR LEBANON

“Lebanon is on the brink of a disaster,” warns Dr. Patrick Mardini, founder of new Atlas Network partner the Lebanese Institute for Market Studies (LIMS). “Debt has reached 144 percent of the GDP, and taxes and government borrowing are being spent on inefficient public administration.” Mardini, an assistant professor of finance...

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POLAND’S PUBLIC DEBT CLOCK REACHES 1 TRILLION ZLOTY

Polish public debt reached 1 trillion Polish zloty (around $246 billion) this month, as shown by the public debt clock in Warsaw that was launched in 2010 by Polish Atlas Network partner Civil Development Forum (FOR). That debt now represents almost 54 percent of the country’s GDP — approximately the same proportion as in early...

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BRINGING ‘THE MORALITY OF CAPITALISM’ TO HUNDREDS OF BURUNDI STUDENTS

Burundi, a small nation in central Africa, has been marked by decades of regional unrest, periodic civil war, and an unstable democracy. Individual liberty and economic freedom are necessary for Burundi to achieve a prosperous future, and African Students for Liberty (ASFL) is helping to instill these principles in a new generat...

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REMEMBERING COMMUNISM’S BLOODY LEGACY IN BULGARIA

A peaceful demonstration by the​ Bulgarian Libertarian Society (BLS), an Atlas Network partner based in Sofia, decorated a campus statue of Karl Marx with a bloody crown and plastic bones in order to illustrate the real consequences of Marxist ideas. Communism is responsible for a horrifying death toll, but today’s students in B...

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HUNGARY EXPANDS ITS AUTHORITARIAN CRACKDOWN ON CIVIL SOCIETY

A robust civil society provides a crucial check on government power, so Hungary’s authoritarian ruling party Fidesz is preparing to crack down on non-governmental organizations (NGOs), warns Máté Hajba, director of Hungary-based Atlas Network partner Free Market Foundation. Hungarian officials have raided NGO offices during corr...

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TRADE BETWEEN U.S. AND CHINA PROMOTES INTERNATIONAL PEACE AND STABILITY

The People’s Republic of China has the second-largest economy in the world and has long been a key trading partner with the United States, with $665 billion in bilateral annual trade in 2015 alone. With U.S. political winds shifting against a favorable view of free and robust international trade, the National Center for Policy A...

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CANADA SHOULD LEARN FROM AUSTRALIA’S FAILED CARBON TAX EXPERIMENT

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced in October that the nation’s provinces must implement a carbon tax by 2018 or the federal government would do it instead. In the three months since then, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, an Atlas Network partner based in Saskatchewan, has led the policy debate by arguing that a...

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ELIMINATING TAXES AND TARIFFS ON INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN PAKISTAN

Pakistan has one of the highest tax rates for mobile phones in the world, and an Internet penetration rate of only 14 percent — less than half of India’s rate, and much less still than other countries in the region. Policy Research Institute of Market Economy (PRIME), an Atlas Network partner based in Islamabad, has been running...

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CREATING STATE BUDGET SOLUTIONS FOR PENNSYLVANIA

Rather than raise taxes to cover budget shortfalls, the Pennsylvania state government has indicated that it plans to streamline government programs and cut wasteful spending. The Commonwealth Foundation, an Atlas Network partner based in Harrisburg, is stepping up to the challenge of presenting the government with prudent and pr...

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