HRF CONDEMNS INHUMAN TREATMENT OF VENEZUELAN POLITICAL PRISONER’S FAMILY

February 8, 2016

Venezuelan political prisoner Leopoldo national coordinator of the opposition party Voluntad Popular, national coordinator of the opposition party Voluntad Popular, has been imprisoned for the past two years after leading peaceful protests against the disastrous economic policies and systemic oppression of the ruling Venezuelan socialist regime. In January, Atlas Network partner the Human Rights Foundation issued a statement condemning “the inhuman and degrading treatment of Lilian Tintori and Antonieta Mendoza,” the wife and mother of López, who were stripped and verbally abused by guards during a prison visit.

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FREE-MARKET THINK TANKS GARNER HIGH RANKINGS ON ANNUAL INDEX

February 8, 2016

Atlas Network and many of its partners are among the most highly ranked free-market think tanks in the world, according to the latest edition of the University of Pennsylvania’s Global Go To Think Tank Index, the most widely cited and influential index of think tanks in the world. The Cato Institute, the Heritage Foundation, the Fraser Institute, and the American Enterprise Institute all rank within the top 30 think tanks in the world.

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INEQUALITY COMMENTARIES EXPLAIN REAL SOLUTIONS FOR POVERTY, ECONOMIC GROWTH

February 8, 2016

Economic inequality is a continual theme among the progressive left and their favorite academics, like French economist Thomas Piketty and his popular tome calling for global redistributionist taxation to correct this perceived problem. Economists who have examined both the data and underlying theory carefully, though, have found substantial problems with both. Atlas Network has established the Op-Eds on Inequality Grant, a program that supports the authorship of persuasive and factual opinion pieces placed in popular media that provide the average reader a clearer understanding of the issue of income inequality, making the more academic critiques of Piketty’s work, among others, accessible and relatable in practical terms.

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ATLAS NETWORK BRINGS TOM G. PALMER, LARRY WHITE, STUDENT IMPACT CONTEST TO #ISFLC16

February 5, 2016

The annual International Students for Liberty Conference (ISFLC) attracts young people from around the world who want to explore new ideas, strategies, and opportunities for advancing liberty. More than 1,700 people attended in 2015, and this year’s conference, held Feb. 26–28 at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C., is expected to be even bigger. The 2016 conference theme is “The Liberty Vote,” examining how the libertarian student movement affects both electoral prospects and wider strategies for broad social change.

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DEBUNKING CORPORATE WELFARE DEFENDERS IN NEW ZEALAND

February 4, 2016

Politicians often gain support from economically powerful interests by providing select businesses and industries with special deals and corporate welfare. The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union has been calling attention to government giveaways of taxpayer funds to fast food franchises, hairdressers, movie theaters, and more by the city council in Upper Hutt, a city in the metro area of New Zealand’s capital, Wellington.

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SUGAR SUBSIDIES IN PAKISTAN INFLATE PRICES, DESTROY EXPORT MARKETS

February 4, 2016

When governments control or influence the price of basic goods, the destructive effects ripple through the rest of the economy. In Pakistan, sugar production is subsidized and regulated to such an extent that its price per kilogram at home, Rs50, is higher than the international price, Rs45. This effectively bars export markets for Pakistani sugar producers, points out Ali Salman, founder and executive director of Pakistan-based Atlas Network partner Policy Research Institute of Market Economy (PRIME), in a commentary for the Express Tribune, a partner publication of the International New York Times.

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‘ECONOMICS OF FREEDOM’ TRANSLATION BRINGS BASTIAT TO BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

February 3, 2016

An understanding of basic economic concepts among the general population is essential in order for a country to avoid falling prey to politically popular fallacies. Atlas Network partner Multi (Udruzenje Gradana) is bringing some of the most concise economic illustrations ever written to the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina with its Bosnian edition of The Economics of Freedom: What Your Professors Won't Tell You. The book contains several of the clear, lucid essays written by famed French free-market economist Frédéric Bastiat.

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‘WE THE INTERNET’ ONLINE SATIRE SURPASSES 1 MILLION VIEWS

February 2, 2016

Nothing punctures the pretentions of political pundits and their pernicious public policy plans quite like effective satire, and a recent comedy video project from Atlas Network partner Moving Picture Institute (MPI) has gone viral in the last few months, reaching more than 1 million views on YouTube and Facebook. “We The Internet” began in August 2015 with a sketch about trigger warnings, and quickly amassed an online following with funny sketches that take on current events from health care and gun control to defense spending and government shutdowns.

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