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COMPETITION FOR STANDARDIZED TESTING PROVISION IN U.K. SCHOOLS

Schools in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland have the freedom to select standardized tests for their students from a selection offered by several competitors. This introduces an element of competition amongst exam boards, something entirely unique to the qualifications and assessment system there. This arrangement has faced i...

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RULE OF LAW COLLAPSING IN SOUTH AFRICA, FINDS GOVERNMENT CORRUPTION REPORT

A recent government probe rocked South Africa after assertions that the country’s highest elected official, President Jacob Zuma, has engaged in several corrupt activities. Those allegations only scratch the surface, however, according to a recent report from the South African Institute of Race Relations. Titled “Going off the R...

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CRIMINAL JUSTICE REPORT CARD RANKS CANADA’S PROVINCES, TERRITORIES

There is a clear and distinct divergence between the terms “legal system” and “justice system” in Canada. The Macdonald-Laurier Institute (MLI) recently published its first “Report Card on the Criminal Justice System” to examine what it sees as a “justice deficit” in Canada. MLI warns of “a large and growing gap between the aspi...

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CIPS WINS 2016 THINK TANK SHARK TANK COMPETITION FOR OPEN ONLINE COURSE

Indonesians are widely dispersed on more than 6,000 islands, so spreading the ideas of liberty throughout the culture is most cost-effective online. For its proposal to fund a massive open online course (MOOC) devoted to teaching how free trade makes food affordable for the poor, Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS) won t...

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BRINGING COMPETITION TO TELECOM SERVICES IN BOLIVIA

Healthy competition leads to lower prices and maximized consumer surplus, so industries with several producers competing for market share tend to deliver the best value for consumers. Políticas Públicas para la Libertad, also known as Populi, is working to end state control of the telecommunications industry in Bolivia through m...

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‘IDEAS FOR A FREE SOCIETY’ DEBATE TOURNAMENT FOR YOUTH IN TAJIKISTAN

Tajikistan has a fragile economy, a high poverty rate, corrupt government institutions, and a long history of communist control as part of the Soviet Union until 1991. Its population skews young, with more than 70 percent of the population under 30 years old — and this new generation is embracing new ideas. The Tajikistan Free M...

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GREAT COMMUNICATORS TOURNAMENT HIGHLIGHTS ART OF PERSUASION

The worldwide freedom movement has the ideas — but it often lacks the persuasion. Winning the battle of ideas is possible only through prevailing in both the policy and the political debates that decide societal outcomes. Think Freely Media addresses this challenge by sponsoring the Great Communicators Tournament, an annual even...

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ALLEVIATING POVERTY IN SENEGAL BY ENABLING ECONOMIC PARTICIPATION

Senegal, a country in West Africa with a population of more than 14 million people with more than 60 percent of the population under the age of 25, is a democracy lacking in social and economic progress. Construction, mining, fisheries, tourism, and agriculture drive the country’s economy. Senegal’s high illiteracy rate, high un...

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THE TUTTLE TWINS AND THE ROAD TO SURFDOM

It’s never too early for kids to learn basic economic principles. A new children’s book, The Tuttle Twins and the Road to Surfdom, is based on the award-winning book by Nobel laureate economist Friedrich A. Hayek, The Road to Serfdom, and written by Connor Boyack at the Utah-based Libertas Institute. It’s part of a series reachi...

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DEMOCRACY LAB EXPLAINS ANTI-CORRUPTION INITIATIVE FOR HONDURAS

A consistent rule of law is crucial for the protection of individual rights, so measures to combat corruption in government are a fundamental component of free societies. Democracy Lab, an Atlas Network partner in Costa Rica, recently published a “Citizen Guide” to MACCIH (“Support Mission Against Corruption and Impunity in Hond...

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MEASURING GOVERNMENT TRANSPARENCY IN BULGARIA

Transparency and accountability are cornerstones of democratic governance. The Access to Information Programme Foundation (AIP) has been working to provide easier access to government information in Bulgaria for the past 20 years. This year, AIP conducted an audit of governmental websites to determine how proactive the Bulgarian...

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OPENFEST BRINGS BALKANS NEW IDEAS THROUGH ART, MUSIC, DISCOURSE

Only 21 years ago, much of Bosnia and Herzegovina was torn apart by war. The healing process that began in November 1995 has been a slow, ongoing one, even to this day. This makes the success of the recently completed OPENFest all the more inspiring. OPENFest gathered around 2,000 people from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Croa...

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THE WORLD NEEDS MORE TAX HAVENS, NOT FEWER

The size of a country’s tax burden plays a significant role in its economic development. This year, the release of the Panama Papers resulted in a widespread challenge of tax shelters, or tax havens, along with the practices of tax evasion and tax avoidance. In the midst of the turmoil, however, people forgot to consider the vor...

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LADIES OF LIBERTY ALLIANCE LAUNCHES NEW CHAPTER IN TEL AVIV

Daphna Morell, an Israeli political science student and libertarian activist, joined a panel with Ladies of Liberty Alliance (LOLA), an Atlas Network partner. Morell joined the panel with Nena Whitfield, president of LOLA, and two other female libertarian leaders, in Tel Aviv this spring, to discuss why the ideals of classical l...

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INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE RETURNS TO CONNECTICUT TO DEFEAT EMINENT DOMAIN ABUSE

More than a decade ago, the U.S. Supreme Court shocked the nation when it upheld the condemnation of an entire neighborhood in New London, Conn., for “economic development.” This infamous instance of eminent domain abuse sparked a nationwide backlash: 44 states reformed their laws to provide greater protection for property owner...

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LISBON LIBERTY FORUM EXPLORES FREEDOM IN PORTUGAL

The movement to advance personal and economic freedom is flourishing in Portugal. Contraditório, an Atlas Network partner based in Lisbon, held its inaugural Lisbon Liberty Forum on Oct. 15 at Universidade Nova de Lisboa to discuss the state of freedom in Portugal.

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VISIO INSTITUT PARTNERS WITH FRASER FOR SLOVENIA ECONOMIC FREEDOM AUDIT

Slovenia’s economic freedom rankings had declined for six years in a row in the Fraser Institute’s Economic Freedom of the World annual reports until the 2016 edition (incorporating data through 2014), when it advanced by 14 places — currently ranking 97th out of 159 countries. Still, this position lags behind Slovenia’s earlier...

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