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RENOWNED LAWYER WINS 2018 BRUNO LEONI PRIZE

December 11, 2018

The Istituto Bruno Leoni awarded the 2018 Bruno Leoni Prize to Canan Arin at their annual dinner in Milan. She won for her work fighting against the practice of child brides in Turkey. The Bruno Leoni Prize honors one person each year whose work has advanced the cause of individual liberty and free markets.

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ECONOMIC FREEDOM AUDIT CASE STUDIES: VENEZUELA

December 11, 2018

Venezuela was once the most prosperous country in Latin America. Much of this was due to economic freedom. In fact, in 1970 Venezuela had the highest level of economic freedom in Latin America, and 10th in the world, as ranked by the Fraser Institute’s Economic Freedom of the World (EFW) Index. The prosperity, however, led to ill-advised social and economic policies. The combination of shifting commodity prices, rapidly expanding public employment, and restrictive economic policies resulted in stagnation and then decline, exacerbated by populist political leaders who continued to expand unsustainable social programs.

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PAL-THINK’S WORK TO FOSTER NONVIOLENT CULTURE WINS 2018 MENA LIBERTY AWARD

December 11, 2018

Pal-Think for Strategic Studies has been named the 2018 MENA Liberty Award winner for its work in advancing a culture of non-violence in the Gaza Strip. An independent Palestinian organization that aims to cultivate a healthy dialogue among political figures in order to overcome the challenges in Palestine, Pal-Think has implemented a number of creative and educational initiatives that foster a nonviolent culture and community harmony. Its initiatives have focused on different segments of the Palestinian population including children, mothers, writers, community activists, and young people.

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MOST HELPS FACILITATE OPPORTUNITY IN KAZAKHSTAN

December 10, 2018

MOST Business Incubator has positively impacted economic growth through its efforts to create a market-driven venture capital system and to foster a positive business climate in the Republic of Kazakhstan. This work has been filled with challenges due to regulations in Kazakhstan’s tax code. Thanks to MOST, in December 2017 Kazakhstan’s tax code was changed. Now, there’s an improved environment where individuals can thrive together.

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WIN $2,000 IN THE INSTITUTO OMG'S RESEARCH CONTEST

December 10, 2018

The Instituto OMG, based in the Dominican Republic, is offering $2,000 to the first prize winner of its research contest on law and development in January of 2019. Instituto OMG was founded in 2008 to add value to society through education, specialization of human resources, and scientific research, all for the purpose of creating a wealth of innovative legal knowledge. This research contest fulfills the first part of that vision by encouraging other people to contribute new ideas through their research.

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ESSAY CONTEST SHOWS THE IMPORTANCE OF LIBERTY FOR EVERYONE

December 10, 2018

Frédéric Bastiat was a French economist and author during the 1800s. Bastiat spent his life promoting the ideas of individual rights, and limited government. His work continues to impact the liberty movement around the world, most recently through the Bastiat Essay Contest — sponsored by Libre Afrique. Libre Afrique works in the French-speaking Senegal and Benin to promote the ideas of liberty — especially to younger generations.

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CELEBRATING LIVES CHANGED THROUGH CRIMINAL JUSTICE

December 10, 2018

On Dec. 4, Atlas Network hosted Robert Alt, president, and chief executive officer of the Buckeye Institute, for a Global Policy Perspectives event and Holiday Party in New York City. The Buckeye Institute has done great work on criminal justice reform in Ohio. This work made it the winner of Atlas Network’s 2018 North American Liberty Award and a finalist for this year’s Templeton Freedom Award.

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