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206. FIGHTING GOVERNMENT MISINFORMATION IN SERBIA WITH INDEPENDENT MEDIA—PETAR ČEKEREVAC

August 11, 2020

When most of the media is owned by the state, how do you get the truth out? How do you promote freedom in a country where many parts of the government are actively suppressing free expression? Petar Čekerevac, executive manager of Libertarian Club Libek in Serbia, gives special insight into the recent protests in his country and the active cover-ups attempted by the government. Petar also tells the story of the creation of Talas, an online media source providing news and opinions without government strings attached.

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COULD A RENEWED LEBANON ARISE FROM THE ASHES?

August 9, 2020

A massive explosion devastated Beirut on Tuesday, August 4, at 6 pm local time. The capital's port was ruined: at least 158 people were killed; more than 5,000 people were seriously injured; and the country’s food reserves were destroyed, most notably including the grain silos. Authorities announced that 2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate that had been stored improperly since 2014 were the source of the catastrophe. The blast had a 3.5 magnitude earthquake and could be felt across the Mediterranean in Cyprus. Residential areas surrounding the port were ravaged, including Achrafieh and downtown. People are still missing under the rubble. The intensity of the blast destroyed doors, windows, furniture, and appliances—making more than 300,000 people homeless.

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HARNESSING AN ENABLING ENVIRONMENT FOR WOMEN’S ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT POST-PANDEMIC

August 7, 2020

Investing in women’s economic opportunities is good business for all, because when more women work, economies grow. However, limited information and data exist on how countries are progressing on the issue and many global economic indices have failed to account for gender discrimination, leading to an incomplete picture of the opportunities available to women in many low- and middle-income countries.

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HOW TO TELL BETTER STORIES ABOUT FREEDOM AND HUMAN DIGNITY—CHARLIE FRITSCHNER AND AJ SKIERA

August 4, 2020

In a long-form episode, Charlie Fritschner, executive producer at Thatch Films, and Atlas Network's AJ Skiera look back on the Poverty & Freedom film project and how, by telling individual stories, it has so effectively communicated the human impact that free-market reforms provide. Charlie and AJ have created more than a dozen short films over the past two years across multiple continents and have proven that the best way to tell a story is to get yourself out of the way.

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CELEBRATING THE TRANSLATION OF “POVERTY & FREEDOM” INTO FIVE LANGUAGES

July 31, 2020

"Poverty & Freedom," edited by Atlas Network President Matt Warner, has been translated into French, Greek, Hindi, Spanish, and Ukrainian—an exciting step in empowering local leaders to employ local solutions to solve problems in their communities. The book offers first-hand examples of the positive impact pro-market think tanks have had in reducing poverty and improving the lives of people all over the world, and its translation ensures that its message will reach communities worldwide.

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MERCATUS CENTER WINS 2020 NORTH AMERICAN LIBERTY AWARD FOR WORK ON CERTIFICATE-OF-NEED REQUIREMENTS

July 30, 2020

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Virginia has won the 2020 North America Liberty Award for their Equity Initiative for American Healthcare. Since 2016, the Mercatus Center has been researching and disseminating their findings on certificate-of-need (CON) requirements. CON laws force private healthcare providers to seek approval from state regulators to expand or purchase new equipment. Originally implemented in the 1960s and 1970s to prevent wasteful spending, CON laws have resulted in fewer healthcare services with lower quality and higher prices. The Mercatus Center will receive a prize of $30,000 to continue their good work to increase human flourishing in the United States.

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THE PANDEMIC COULD BE THE CRISIS LIBERALISM NEEDED

July 29, 2020 | by Dr. Tom G. Palmer and Matt Warner

The world may be reaching a dangerous inflection point for liberalism. According to the latest reports from Freedom House, over the last 15 years the share of unfree countries in the world has risen while the share of free countries has dropped. Today, government deficits are spiking in response to the public’s demand for intervention to mitigate the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, and some warn that authoritarian leaders are seizing the opportunity to expand their control.

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