THREE KEY TRENDS IN THE BATTLE FOR FREEDOM IN AFRICA

February 9, 2016

Olumayowa Okediran, a Nigerian socio-economic and political commentator, nonprofit consultant, and entrepreneur, shared with the Atlas Network team a sneak peek into his upcoming talks about bringing prosperity to Africa, to be held on March 2 in Boston and on March 1 at Trendsetters in New York City.

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REMEMBERING THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF EDUCATION REFORM SCHOLAR ANDREW COULSON

February 9, 2016

One of the leading intellects in educational choice, Cato Institute Senior Fellow Andrew Coulson, passed away this week after battling brain cancer for the past 15 months. In the 1990s, Coulson left a promising career in computer engineering to devote his time and talents to making the case for educational freedom — first with his groundbreaking book Market Education: The Unknown History, followed by senior fellow positions in educational policy at both the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and the Cato Institute, where he led the Center for Educational Freedom.

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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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