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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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TEACHING ENTREPRENEURIAL SKILLS, TOLERANCE, RECONCILIATION TO YOUTH IN PALESTINE

May 15, 2017

Life in Palestine is fraught with regional tension, but many young people are learning the value of tolerance and reconciliation, as well as practical communications and entrepreneurial skills that can help them build better lives. Pal-Think For Strategic Studies, an Atlas Network partner based in Gaza, sponsors an ongoing program for youth to learn how to engage effectively with markets and civil society in Palestine.

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PROTECTING AND EXPANDING FREE EXPRESSION IN EGYPT

May 15, 2017

World Press Freedom Day, observed this year on May 3, was established by the United Nations to call attention to the importance of freedom of expression throughout the world. To commemorate World Press Freedom Day in Egypt, the Egyptian Center for Public Policy Studies (ECPPS) shared how its team has been monitoring media treatment by the government in Egypt and advocating for increased press freedom. The organization’s work includes published studies monitoring violations committed against journalists and monthly public meetings discussing issues related to freedom of media and press.

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#DATAFACTS CAMPAIGN FIGHTS NATIONALIZATION OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN SOUTH AFRICA

May 12, 2017

A national campaign in South Africa, #DataMustFall, is pressuring the government to mandate lower prices for Internet and telecom data. Proponents of the campaign, also known as #DataFalling, argue that access to information is a human right in the same sense as freedom of religion and expression. Data is a resource that must be provided by somebody, however, and Johannesburg-based Atlas Network partner Free Market Foundation (FMF) is educating South Africa through its #DATAfacts initiative about the importance of markets and accurate prices in providing effective and inexpensive access to information.

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LATIN AMERICA LIBERTY AWARDS HONOR THINK TANKS IN BRAZIL, HONDURAS, VENEZUELA

May 11, 2017

Countries throughout Latin America face unique policy environments, but their strategies for protecting liberty are widely applicable. The annual Latin America Liberty Forum, held this year on May 3–4 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, provided an opportunity to share and celebrate the best ideas and accomplishments of Atlas Network partners throughout the region. This year’s Latin America Liberty Awards honored work from Instituto de Estudos Empresariais in Brazil for its 29-year Liberty Forum, Fundación Eléutera in Honduras for its success in reforming tax and business regulations, and Centro de Divulgacion del Conocimiento Economico para la Libertad (CEDICE Freedom) in Venezuela for its Watchdog for Freedom and Democracy.

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