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LAND ACCESS REFORM WOULD TRANSFORM EGYPT INTO PARTICIPATORY ECONOMY

July 25, 2016

The right to own property is one of the foundational principles of modern democracy and society, but more than 90 percent of the land in Egypt today is owned by the government — and the lack of options for private land registration has pushed more than 60 percent of the Egyptian economy into informal markets and slums. A recent study by Cairo-based Atlas Network partner the Egyptian Center for Public Policy Studies (ECPPS) examines the extent of the problem and lays out an agenda for transparency and reform (link in Arabic).

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NEW ECONOMIC SCHOOL CREATES AN OASIS OF FREE INQUIRY IN CAUCASUS REGION

July 22, 2016

It’s easy for Westerners to take it for granted that they’ll always have access to peaceful, safe forums in which to discuss ideas — but some regions of the world are more hostile to free and open intellectual discussions. That’s why events like the IX International Summer School on Liberty, Law, and Economics in Bakuriani, Georgia, are so important. Hosted in mid-July by Atlas Network partner the New Economic School, Georgia (NESG), the annual forum brings together participants from Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Romania to discuss the ideas of liberty.

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STUDY HELPS REDUCE TAXES, WASTEFUL SPENDING IN WEST VIRGINIA

July 22, 2016

West Virginia’s economy lags in comparison to most other states, consistently ranked near the bottom in most measures of economic performance and growth. Chief among the state’s fiscal problems is its staggering level of wasteful government spending. The recent study “Wild and Wasteful West Virginia," produced by Atlas Network partner the Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy in association with the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, details the extent of the waste, fraud, and abuse in the Mountain State’s government finances — and its findings have already helped eliminate wasteful spending.

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BULGARIA STRUGGLES WITH HIGH RATES OF MUNICIPAL FAILURE, CORRUPTION

July 21, 2016

Bulgaria is often overlooked among European economies, but its comparatively free market has allowed the country to remain stable and self-sufficient both during and after the European debt crisis. That may not last, though, warns the Institute for Market Economics (IME), an Atlas Network partner based in Sofia. Excessive internal bureaucracy and administrative failures may soon derail Bulgaria’s economic development.

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FREE SOCIETY INITIATIVE SPREADS IDEAS OF LIBERTY IN MALAWI

July 21, 2016

One of the biggest impediments to a free society is a lack of knowledge about the ideas of liberty and the benefits they provide when allowed to flourish. In its ongoing efforts to educate young people about liberty, the Center for Free Market Enterprise (CFME), an Atlas Network partner in Malawi, has spearheaded a project called the Free Society Initiative.

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APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR 2016 BASTIAT PRIZE FOR JOURNALISM

July 20, 2016

The ideas of liberty can only have an impact on the world if they are communicated to others effectively, and the most compelling examples of such communication are worthy of recognition and reward. As such, journalists, bloggers and other writers are hereby invited to enter their work in the 2016 Bastiat Prize for Journalism, presented by Atlas Network partner the Reason Foundation.

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CHALLENGING TENNESSEE’S HARSH LICENSE TO SHAMPOO HAIR

July 19, 2016

Occupational licensing requirements put government in the business of picking winners and losers, artificially propping up current practitioners at the expense of newcomers. In Tennessee, for instance, the state Board of Cosmetology requires 300 hours of training and up to $3,000 in tuition simply for a license to shampoo hair. The state of Tennessee is impeding its citizens’ ability to earn a living, which is why Atlas Network partner the Beacon Center of Tennessee is working to overturn the restriction.

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