NEWS + ANALYSIS

NEWS + ANALYSIS

JOURNALIST FLEMMING ROSE PRESENTED WITH MILTON FRIEDMAN PRIZE FOR COURAGEOUS DEFENSE OF FREE SPEECH

May 26, 2016

Free expression is in danger across the globe. Protestors who are offended by the ideas of others have a chilling effect on the publication and dissemination of speech — and some of those protests aim for a violent suppression of ideas they don’t like. Danish journalist Flemming Rose found himself at the center of controversy in 2005 after the newspaper he worked for at the time, Jyllands-Posten, published a set of editorial cartoons depicting the Islamic prophet Muhammad. His recent book, The Tyranny of Silence: How One Cartoon Ignited a Global Debate on the Future of Free Speech, recounts that period and explains why it’s important to take an active role in defending the right to speak and publish. For his work advancing the cause of free speech, the Cato Institute has awarded Rose the 2016 Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty, presented on May 25 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.

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ANALYZING EFFICIENCY OF STATE-OWNED ENTERPRISES IN SRI LANKA

May 25, 2016

Government agencies are insulated from the profit and loss signals of dynamic markets, so state-owned enterprises (SOEs) tend to be chronically inefficient and wasteful, hemorrhaging taxpayer money without providing competitive products and services. Advocata Institute, an Atlas Network partner based in Sri Lanka, has released its first comprehensive report, “The State of State Enterprises in Sri Lanka,” which breaks down SOE efficiency statistics. Only 22 percent of Sri Lankan SOEs have made financial data available to the public, the report notes.

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UK TAXPAYER VICTORIES DECREASE FUNDING FOR TRADE UNIONS, PUBLIC-SECTOR PAYOUTS

May 24, 2016

People often think of government in idealized terms, as protecting the rights and interests of all people, especially the less fortunate. The perverse incentive structure of the public sector, however, tends to prioritize the demands of the powerful and politically connected. The TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA), an Atlas Network partner based in the United Kingdom, has argued for years that taxpayer money should not be spent subsidizing powerful trade unions and funding lavish “golden goodbye” payouts to retiring politicians and bureaucrats. The TPA has added two victories to its impressive list of acheivements, when recent pieces of legislation ended public-funded payroll deductions for trade union subscriptions and established new caps for payments to people leaving public-sector employment.

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REFORMING BUREAUCRACY, PROTECTING TAXPAYERS IN UKRAINE

May 17, 2016

Ukraine’s people have been crushed for years under the weight of an authoritarian regime and a stagnant economy, but new Atlas Network partners are working to change the country’s direction. Ukrainian Economic Freedoms Foundation (UEFF), founded in 2015, is working on several projects to help reform the judicial system, streamline bureaucratic obstacles to business activity, provide taxpayers with useful information about deductions and protect them from arbitrary tax hikes, promote transparency for government expenditures, and much more.

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BECKET FUND GARNERS U.S. SUPREME COURT VICTORY IN OBAMACARE RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION CASE

May 17, 2016

In 2011, new Obamacare regulations mandated that insurance plans must cover birth control and morning-after medication, which is often used to terminate potential pregnancies within days of conception. Ever since then, religious groups that oppose abortion as a matter of conscience have struggled to maintain an exemption from providing this medication themselves without having to pay the government’s heavy punitive fines. Atlas Network partner the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty has been defending one such group, the Little Sisters of the Poor, a group of Catholic nuns who care for the elderly poor. They had a victory at the U.S. Supreme Court on May 16, striking down the draconian government fines.

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ASEAN POLICY FORUM FOCUSES ON FREE MARKETS IN CAMBODIA, OTHER SOUTHEAST ASIAN COUNTRIES

May 17, 2016

Economic growth and prosperity depend on freedom of international trade and labor mobility, and the 10 countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have worked together for decades to liberalize regional trade, reduce tariffs, and encourage the free flow of capital and labor between member countries. In order for such reforms to have lasting benefit, however, they need to be rooted in the ideas of liberty and free markets. That’s why Atlas Network helped sponsor the ASEAN Policy Forum in Phnom Penh, hosted by the Professional Research Institute for Management and Economics (PRIME) — the organization’s first major event in Cambodia.

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AFRICA LIBERTY FORUM FOCUSES ON IDEAS OF LIBERTY, STRATEGIC CHALLENGES

May 17, 2016

The first annual Africa Liberty Forum, co-hosted by Atlas Network and IMANI Center for Policy and Education, brings together friends of the freedom movement across Africa to discuss challenges facing the region and to learn from one another how to most effectively advance free-market reforms. This is an exceptional opportunity to learn from those on the front lines in the battle of ideas for freedom. Africa Liberty Forum will be held from June 9–10 in Accra, Ghana, and will be followed on June 11–12 by Africa Intermediate Think Tank Training, an intensive program offered by Atlas Leadership Academy.

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FREE INTERNATIONAL TRANSLATION, PUBLICATION RIGHTS TO SEVERAL CATO POLICY BOOKS

May 16, 2016

Throughout the world, the ideas of liberty are taking hold in new places and through new organizations and channels of communication. Some of the most important arguments for a more free and just society, however, are simply unavailable in the native languages of the countless countries where Atlas Network partners operate. That’s why the Cato Institute is offering the opportunity to translate, print, distribute, and even sell their own editions of several Cato-published books — at no cost for reprint rights, provided that the editions must be published outside the United States in a language other than English.

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