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CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF THE CATO INSTITUTE

During the past four decades, the Cato Institute has established itself as the world’s premier libertarian policy think tank. In May, Cato celebrated its 40th anniversary with events that included remarks from such notable figures as Rand Paul, George Will, P. J. O'Rourke, Dave Barry, and Charles Murray. Articles, videos, and a...

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ECONOMIC FREEDOM WORKSHOPS ATTRACT 6 DIFFERENT POLITICAL PARTIES IN LEBANON

On May 9, the Lebanese Institute for Market Studies (LIMS) released the first video from its recent landmark LIMS Leadership Academy, which brought together activists and staff from six different political parties in Lebanon to learn sound economic principles. Titled “Economic Foundations of a Free and Prosperous Lebanon,” the e...

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VIGILANCE NECESSARY TO PROTECT PRESS FREEDOM IN VENEZUELA

World Press Freedom Day fell on May 3 this year, celebrating the importance of free speech, expression, and publication. The regime in Venezuela, however, is cracking down on journalists as part of the government’s increasingly oppressive tactics against the country’s widespread protests. Centro de Divulgacion del Conocimiento E...

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PROTECTING AND EXPANDING FREE EXPRESSION IN EGYPT

World Press Freedom Day, observed this year on May 3, was established by the United Nations to call attention to the importance of freedom of expression throughout the world. To commemorate World Press Freedom Day in Egypt, the Egyptian Center for Public Policy Studies (ECPPS) shared how its team has been monitoring media treatm...

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PRIVACY MATTERS: DARCY’S STORY OF DEATH THREATS, VIOLENCE, INTIMIDATION

Goldwater Institute President Darcy Olsen has been involved in complex public policy issues for decades, but it was only after opposing hundreds of millions in taxpayer subsidies for the hockey team in Glendale, Ariz., that she found out how violent and threatening opponents could be. A new video from People United for Privacy e...

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PROMOTING LIBERTY IN SPAIN THROUGH GRASSROOTS ACTIVISM

Spain has long had excellent think tanks that specialize in the economic aspects of freedom, and carry out the crucial work of producing high-level academic, theoretical papers. In 2015, though, a group of Spanish libertarians were concerned about the need to develop a more engaging approach toward civil society — a task that we...

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YOUNG AMERICANS FOR LIBERTY FIGHT FOR FREE SPEECH ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES

Free speech is under assault at college throughout the United States, as demonstrated by recent cases of progressive students shouting down and disrupting invited speakers on campuses in California and Vermont. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has found that 39.6 percent of the 449 schools it surveyed mai...

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SUPPORTING PRESS FREEDOM, TRAINING INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISTS IN SERBIA

A free society requires independent media and investigative journalism, so the Center for Anti-Authoritarian Studies (CAAS), an Atlas Network partner based in Belgrade, recently held a conference, which examined the state of press freedom in Serbia and attracted more than 100 participants. Held on March 25, Media Matters was the...

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EXPOSING ARGENTINA’S RAPIDLY GROWING GOVERNMENT BUREAUCRACY

Argentina’s current government leadership has held power for not quite a year and a half, but has already increased the government’s bureaucratic structure by 25 percent, reveals a new study from Buenos Aires–based Atlas Network partner Libertad y Progreso. There are now 1,124 administrative units in the Argentinian government,...

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SLASHING BUSINESS REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS IN NEPAL

Economies can’t flourish when it’s difficult to start a business. The Samriddhi Foundation, an Atlas Network partner based in Nepal, had a recent victory reforming business registration procedures with the country’s Office of Company Registrar (OCR), reducing the time it takes to register a new domestic business from several da...

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SEASTEADING INSTITUTE PITCHES FLOATING FREE TRADE ZONES IN DUBAI

More than 4,000 special economic zones (SEZs) have proliferated across the globe, proving so successful that they are replicated again and again. Joe Quirk, author and “aquapreneur” with Atlas Network partner the Seasteading Institute, recently spoke at a conference organized by the Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority to explain w...

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HOW ECONOMIC FREEDOM PROPELS COUNTRIES FROM POVERTY TO PROSPERITY

The “tiger” economies of Asia were once poor, but today Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, and South Korea are among the world’s most prosperous. What allows some countries to escape poverty and build new wealth? In a new video from the Center for Freedom and Prosperity (CF&P) Foundation, economist Abir Doumit, a George Mason Univers...

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AFGHANISTAN FREEDOM MOVEMENT EXPANDS THROUGH SILK ROAD STATION

Afghanistan has suffered under a continual state of war for several decades, and although conflict continues, parts of the country have begun to experience relative stability. There may be no better time than the present for the ideas of liberty to flourish in Afghanistan. The Kabul-based Afghanistan Economic and Legal Studies O...

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FEECON BRINGS CHAMPIONS OF FREEDOM TOGETHER FOR FIRST ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Nobody brings the ideas of freedom and sound economics to life quite like the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), through its decades of publications and in-person seminars, and today through its engaging website content. Now FEE is holding its first annual conference, FEEcon, featuring more than 70 sessions and 10 distinct...

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CELEBRATING 5 YEARS OF ATLAS LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

Today marks the five-year anniversary of Atlas Leadership Academy (ALA) here at Atlas Network. Our movement is doing amazing things around the world, winning battles for freedom and making countless communities and entire countries better places to live and work, and it’s an honor to work alongside each of our partners in these...

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ST. LOUIS ASPERGER’S STUDENT THRIVES IN CHARTER, THANKS TO SCHOOL CHOICE

Paul Ward, an eighth grade student in St. Louis, Mo., struggled for years in the public school system because he was sequestered in a one-size-fits-all program for students across the autism spectrum. Paul has a high-functioning Asperger’s Syndrome, and languished in a school environment that never met his needs. A new video fro...

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NEW UKRAINIAN TRANSLATION OF ‘ECONOMIC FREEDOM OF THE WORLD’

Ukraine has a low ranking on the Fraser Institute’s “Economic Freedom of the World” index, placing 135th out of 159 measured economies in the world — even lower than its previous ranking of 128th. The Bendukidze Free Market Centre, an Atlas Network partner based in Kyiv, recently published a Ukrainian translation of “Economic Fr...

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DEFEATING PROPOSED PHARMACEUTICAL STRANGLEHOLD IN POLAND

The Parliament in Poland has been considering new restrictions on the country’s pharmaceutical industry, placing strict limits on who can receive a license to operate a pharmacy, how many pharmacies can be operated by one proprietor, the allowable distance between planned pharmacies and ones already in operation, and other burde...

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PUBLIC INTEREST FELLOWSHIP SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR D.C. POLICY OPPORTUNITY

The Public Interest Fellowship provides a unique opportunity to make a different in the worlds of policy and journalism in Washington, D.C., and the organization is now accepting applications for its 2017 class. The fellowship is open to a wide range of candidates, including recent star graduates looking for their first break in...

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ALEX CHAFUEN ELECTED PRESIDENT OF PHILADELPHIA SOCIETY FOR 2017–18

On Friday, March 31, the board of the Philadelphia Society elected Atlas Network President Alex Chafuen to serve as president of the society for 2017–18. The Philadelphia Society, an Atlas Network partner based in Jerome, Mich., was founded in 1964 to sponsor the interchange of ideas in the interest of deepening the intellectual...

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