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WILL SOUTH AFRICA GO THE WAY OF ZIMBABWE?

May 21, 2018 | by Temba A. Nolutshungu

The following is a speech delivered by Temba A. Nolutshungu, director of South Africa-based Free Market Foundation, during Atlas Network’s Global Policy Perspectives event April 25. The Global Policy Perspectives event series, generously supported by the Achelis & Bodman Foundation and the Smith Family Foundation, presents timely and topical conversations from some of Atlas Network’s most thought-provoking, inspirational, and effective partners in the worldwide freedom movement.

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EUROPE THINK TANK SHARK TANK 2018 CONTESTANTS ANNOUNCED FROM BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA, SERBIA, AND UKRAINE

May 18, 2018

Atlas Network is excited to announce the finalists of this year’s Think Tank Shark Tank — Europe competition, which is sponsored by the Smith Family Foundation and will be held during Europe Liberty Forum from May 29-30 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Three think tank professionals will compete in a showcase of the region’s most exciting new projects. The winner, chosen by a panel of judges comprised of thought leaders in the industry, will receive a $10,000 prize in project seed-funding. The finalists are Admir Čavalić (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Ratko Nikolić (Serbia), and Maryan Zablotskyy (Ukraine).

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BIKALPA LAUNCHES ONLINE NEWS PORTAL FOR NEPAL

May 18, 2018

In keeping with the international trend, populism has taken root in some of the major political parties of Nepal. Politicization of the press and media has also presented a significant challenge to providing news without a political bent. Atlas Network partner Bikalpa – An Alternative has launched a neutral news outlet with the aim of creating an alternative discourse for Nepali citizens, known as Bikalpa Khabar.

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AELSO LAUNCHES ‘TOLERANCE AND PROSPERITY CARAVAN’ FOR AFGHANISTAN

May 18, 2018

Earlier this month, the Afghanistan Economic and Legal Studies Organization (AELSO) launched a new project to promote democracy, liberty, and tolerance, while opposing radicalism in order to bring peace and prosperity to the country. The initiative, called the “Tolerance and Prosperity Caravan,” is a nationwide project with goals of empowering the next generation of citizens to better understand liberal values, democracy in action, and solving problems with approaches implicit in these values.

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THINK TANKS IN CROATIA, SPAIN, UKRAINE NAMED FINALISTS FOR 2018 EUROPE LIBERTY AWARD

May 17, 2018

The finalists for the 2018 Europe Liberty Award are Lipa, Croatian Taxpayers Association (Croatia), for its its successful campaign against the introduction of property taxes; Fundación para el Avance de la Libertad (Fundalib, Spain), for its Regional Tax Competitiveness Index; and Ukrainian Economic Freedoms Foundation (UEFF, Ukraine), for its tax reform project.

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LITHUANIA COMMEMORATES ITS FIRST ‘RESPECT FOR TAXPAYERS DAY’

May 16, 2018

Lithuania commemorated its first “Respect for Taxpayers Day” on May 11, 2018. This coincided with Lithuanian Free Market Institute (LFMI)’s launch of The Charter of Taxpayers’ Rights, which assembles and explains the rights of taxpayers that are spread amongst several laws.

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FREEDOM RESEARCH ASSOCIATION TRAINS NEXT GENERATION OF RULE OF LAW DEFENDERS IN TURKEY

May 15, 2018

In the last 10 years, Turkey has been struggling with a significant deterioration in its rule of law, as evidenced by the major indices measuring freedom and rule of law around the world. Freedom House, the World Justice Project, the Fraser Institute, and the Economist Intelligence Unit have all downgraded Turkey in terms of the country’s rule of law, freedom of speech, democracy, and human rights performance since 2010. In the latest Rule of Law Index by World Justice Project, Turkey scored below Russia, China, and Iran.

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MASS DEMONSTRATION FOR PRIVATE INITIATIVE AND AUTONOMY IN EDUCATION IN INDIA

May 15, 2018

The Centre for Civil Society (CCS) has consistently advocated for the rights and recognition for Budget Private Schools in India, speaking up against arbitrary regulations that deter private initiative, and compromise educational access and quality. The government of India, in the past year, has issued several circulars (often over-lapping and contradictory regulations) that allow for an excessive interference of the government in the administration and functioning of private schools. To speak up against the stifling of private initiative and autonomy, CCS - through the National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA) - launched a massive campaign to mobilize "edupreneurs" from around the country to advocate for reinstating of choice and the recognition of the role and scope of private provision of education in India.

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