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MANNKAL PROGRAM ANNOUNCES UPDATE FOR 2019

January 15, 2019

The Mannkal Foundation launched in 1997, and since the founding, has sponsored roughly 300 Perth university students to attend conferences and participate in internships. These sponsorships were awarded on a competitive basis in order to focus attention to develop future leaders in the global liberty movement.

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CENTRE FOR CIVIL SOCIETY WORKS TO ESTABLISH APPEAL FOR REPEAL LAW DAY

January 11, 2019

India is the largest democracy in the world. With an increasing population comes the need for more development and freedom. However, outdated and redundant laws stand in the way of such development. Contradictory language and information makes it difficult for an ordinary citizen to access and comprehend legal information with ease. To combat this problem, New Delhi-based Centre for Civil Society (CCS) has successfully facilitated a series of “compendiums,” which map out redundant laws that ought to be repealed to help promote development. These compendiums are an assemblage of economic and legal experts who determine the potential areas needing repeal. When deliberating repeal, CCS focuses on three factors: redundancy, whether or not regulations are outdated in the face of new laws and finally, hindrance to governance, freedom, and development.

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FORMER LIGHTS, CAMERA, LIBERTY PARTICIPANT TO LAUNCH ‘BIG FISH’ TV SHOW IN GREECE IN FEBRUARY

January 11, 2019

To combat increased government hostility towards entrepreneurship and economic growth, Greek Liberties Monitor (GLM), is launching the TV series Big Fish in February, which will feature positive stories about entrepreneurship, free markets, and capitalism. Greece has been consumed by a declining labor market that has hindered productivity and job development since its economic crash in 2009, which has fostered a climate in which the public and the government are unsupportive of start-ups and entrepreneurship.

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THE HUMAN FREEDOM INDEX PROVIDES A SNAPSHOT OF GLOBAL LIBERTY

January 10, 2019

As a new year begins, it is important to pause and take a look at the state of global liberty. The Human Freedom Index makes it possible to do just that. Through a holistic range of categories, the Human Freedom Index measures aspects of human freedom including the size of government, freedom of movement, identity, and relationships, security and safety, among others. A total of 76 individual indicators from these categories are used to paint a picture of the overall state of human freedom across the globe. New Zealand, Switzerland, and Hong Kong rank the highest. While the Republic of Yemen, Venezuela, and Syria, bottomed out the 2019 Human Freedom Index.

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LFMI RELEASES STUDIES ON EMPLOYMENT FLEXIBILITY, ‘SHADOW ECONOMY’

January 4, 2019

The Lithuanian Free Market Institute (LFMI) recently released two studies about the power of free market capitalism in the Baltics and beyond. The first study ranks the employment flexibility of select Baltic, Central, and Eastern European countries. The second examines the nature of illegal trade (also known as “shadow economies”) in six different countries. Each study offers a different perspective but both come to the same conclusion — the freedom to exchange goods and services leads to economic prosperity.

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THE BUCKEYE INSTITUTE RELEASES THE ECONOMIC FREEDOM OF NORTH AMERICA RANKINGS

January 4, 2019

The Buckeye Institute has had a year filled with accomplishments in Ohio. Its research and advocacy have led to a prison population decrease of nearly ten percent, the exposure of coercive civil asset forfeiture laws, and the passage of some of the most comprehensive occupational licensing reform in the country. These successes are just a few of the reasons the Buckeye Institute was a finalist for this year’s Templeton Freedom Award and is the winner of Atlas Network’s inaugural North America Liberty Award. Now, the Buckeye Institute closed out the year with the release of its Economic Freedom of North America report. The report was facilitated in partnership with the Fraser Institute of Vancouver, Canada. The report evaluates every state in the U.S. and assigns them a rank based on their level of economic freedom. The findings suggest that the Buckeye Institute has its work cut out in 2019 as Ohio finishes 38 out of 50 in the rankings.

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FIRE PROTECTS THE FREE SPEECH RIGHTS OF 150,000 STUDENTS

January 3, 2019

The Philadelphia-based Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) — an Atlas Network partner — successfully defended the First Amendment in a recent case. This represents a win for 150,000 students attending Los Angeles Pierce College of the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD). A student, Kevin Shaw, brought the lawsuit after being told he could not pass out Spanish-copies of the U.S. Constitution outside the designated free speech zone on campus. This was a direct violation of his First Amendment rights. Shaw was also asked to fill out a permit application to carry out his First Amendment rights in the 616-square foot free speech zone.

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INSIDE THE BATTLE ON THE RETAILER TAX IN SLOVAKIA

January 3, 2019 | by Martin Vlachynsky

The tax policy public discussion in Slovakia has been overwhelmed by a single topic during the last three months – the retailer tax. After a presidential veto, the law was voted on again in the national parliament and passed with a narrow margin of 78 in favor (out of 76 needed).

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THIS NEW YEAR MAKE A RESOLUTION TO LEARN HOW TO WIN WITH ATLAS NETWORK TRAININGS

December 23, 2018

As we bid a fond farewell to 2018 you may be wondering how you and your think tank can make the most out of the next year. Atlas Network is prepared to teach you how to win with dozens of training courses in 2019. Whether you are the CEO of a think-tank, a part-time intern, or are just interested in the think tank world, Atlas Network has a course that will help you and your organization succeed.

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THINK TANK POLICY ANALYSIS AND PROMOTION WORKSHOP HELPS RESEARCHERS TAKE WORK TO THE NEXT LEVEL

December 21, 2018

In today’s environment, quality research and the ability to communicate the meaning of that research are more important than ever. With that environmental challenge in mind, 16 think tank professionals from seven different countries gathered in Mumbai to improve their skills in conducting public policy research and in communicating the meaning of their ideas to key audiences.

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PROPERTY RIGHTS VS. EXPROPRIATION IN SOUTH AFRICA

December 20, 2018

All property is under threat in South Africa, as “EWC,” Expropriation without Compensation, is under consideration. The Free Market Foundation, an Atlas Network partner, convened a high profile conference in Johannesburg Nov. 20 to explain the dangers to the public and to form strategies to combat it.

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PRESIDENTS OF THREE LATIN AMERICAN NATIONS ATTEND SPANISH THINK TANK FORUM SERIES

December 18, 2018

A big part of running any event is getting the right people in the room — and this presents a challenge to think tanks around the world. One group that consistently excels at this, however, is the Madrid-based Fundación Internacional para la Libertad (FIL), which works to remove barriers through the promotion of freedom, democracy, and rule of law throughout Latin America. Its 2018 series of public forums in Chile, Argentina, and Spain not only attracted hundreds of attendees but also a handful of high-profile speakers.

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