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BRAZILIAN CONFERENCE USES 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF RUSSIAN REVOLUTION AS CAUTIONARY EXAMPLE

May 26, 2017

It may not seem like an obvious choice for a libertarian conference in Brazil to choose the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution as a theme, but the organizers of II Conferência Atlantos, sponsored in April by Instituto Atlantos in Porto Alegre, believe that the decades of oppression and mass death that resulted in the Soviet Union provide a crucial cautionary tale for modern Brazil’s socialist tendencies. More than 500 people attended the event, which also received local television and radio coverage.

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4TH ANNUAL ISRAELI FREEDOM CONFERENCE DRAWS 400 PARTICIPANTS

May 26, 2017

The fourth annual Freedom Conference in Israel aimed to make the classical liberal conception of liberty available to the general public, and to discuss burning issues in Israeli public discourse. This year’s conference, sponsored by the Israeli Freedom Movement (IFM) and Ayn Rand Center Israel, discussed the welfare state, freedom of expression, globalization, threats to privacy, the nature of freedom, and much more. Drawing 400 participants to Tel Aviv, more than half indicated in event surveys that this was the first freedom-related event they had ever attended.

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PROTECTING FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AND ACADEMIC FREEDOM IN CANADA

May 26, 2017

In a recent trend, Canadian campuses are suppressing free speech more than ever, and the Justice Center for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF), an Atlas Network partner based in Calgary, Canada, is fighting back. “Universities are supposed to be the sanctuary of critical inquiry, reasoned debate, and the free exchange of ideas, said Michael Kennedy, director of communications and development for JCCF. “And yet, increasingly, universities and student unions are choosing to censor any discourse that might be considered offensive to some, or one.”

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YOUNG VENEZUELANS GATHER IN D.C. FOR INTENSIVE PLAN PAÍS CONFERENCE

May 25, 2017

For seven years, the Plan País conference has gathered young Venezuelans, both students and young professionals residing all over the world, to discuss the array of problems that Venezuela faces. More than 200 young Venezuelans participated in this year’s Plan País, held at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., only a day after Venezuela’s highest court issued a controversial ruling that transferred parliamentary powers to itself.

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CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF THE CATO INSTITUTE

May 16, 2017

During the past four decades, the Cato Institute has established itself as the world’s premier libertarian policy think tank. In May, Cato celebrated its 40th anniversary with events that included remarks from such notable figures as Rand Paul, George Will, P. J. O'Rourke, Dave Barry, and Charles Murray. Articles, videos, and a detailed timeline on Cato’s website provide an overview of the valuable work Cato has produced over the years.

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ECONOMIC FREEDOM WORKSHOPS ATTRACT 6 DIFFERENT POLITICAL PARTIES IN LEBANON

May 16, 2017

On May 9, the Lebanese Institute for Market Studies (LIMS) released the first video from its recent landmark LIMS Leadership Academy, which brought together activists and staff from six different political parties in Lebanon to learn sound economic principles. Titled “Economic Foundations of a Free and Prosperous Lebanon,” the event attracted 85 participants from an array of ideological backgrounds who participated in six simultaneous workshops tailored to the backgrounds of each of the different parties.

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5TH ANNUAL AUSTRALIAN LIBERTARIAN SOCIETY FRIEDMAN CONFERENCE IS BIGGEST EVER

May 16, 2017

More than 350 people attended the largest pro-liberty gathering in Australia’s history when they gathered for the fifth annual Australian Libertarian Society Friedman Conference, held April 28–30. Joining the wide array of attendees from Australia were visitors and speakers from New Zealand, as well as speakers from the United Kingdom, the United States, and Hungary.

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VIGILANCE NECESSARY TO PROTECT PRESS FREEDOM IN VENEZUELA

May 15, 2017

World Press Freedom Day fell on May 3 this year, celebrating the importance of free speech, expression, and publication. The regime in Venezuela, however, is cracking down on journalists as part of the government’s increasingly oppressive tactics against the country’s widespread protests. Centro de Divulgacion del Conocimiento Economico para la Libertad (CEDICE Freedom), an Atlas Network partner based in Caracas, pointed out on World Press Freedom Day that the rapid pace of technology is making it increasingly difficult for authoritarian governments to maintain a chokehold on information.

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