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PRIVATIZATION OF EGYPTIAN SPORTS CLUBS WOULD INCREASE COMPETITIVENESS

September 26, 2017

The Egyptian Center for Public Policy (ECCPS), an Atlas Network partner based in Cairo, Egypt, has found that privatization of Egyptian sports clubs would increase the competitiveness of Egyptian sports teams and promote the establishment of more private sports teams in a number of sports.

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GUATEMALAN-BASED UFM TO OPEN MADRID CAMPUS IN 2018

September 26, 2017

Gabriel Calzada, president of Universidad of Francisco Marroquín (UFM), revealed in a surprise announcement at Europe Liberty Forum 2017 that the free-market Guatemalan university will open a European campus in Madrid in February 2018.

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UNIQUE INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH DEFINES SCARCITY, GOOD AND BAD

September 26, 2017

Free-market advocates have long claimed that scarcity – widely held to be the bedrock of economics and the natural state of the world – drives humanity to use resources as efficiently as possible. The counterclaim has been that scarcity is inherently a bad thing and that state-directed action can be taken to eradicate it. However, a recent interdisciplinary study by the Lithuanian Free Market Institute (LFMI), an Atlas Network partner based in Vilnius, has validated the free-market view of scarcity and has examined the effects of state action taken to combat scarcity.

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TNKR HOSTS 6TH ENGLISH SPEECH CONTEST FOR NORTH KOREAN REFUGEES

September 26, 2017

An Atlas Network partner based out of South Korea, Teach North Korean Refugees (TNKR), hosted its sixth English Speech Contest on August 26, 2017. “It’s not just a contest, but a celebration of the speakers having the courage to speak out and having the freedom to do so,” said TNKR co-founder Casey Lartigue, about the event.

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EUROPE LIBERTY FORUM 2017 COVERS SOPHISTICATED MESSAGING, AUTHORITARIAN POPULISM, LAND REFORM

September 22, 2017

During Europe Liberty Forum 2017, 134 of Europe’s best and brightest – representing 34 countries – gathered to celebrate wins, share inspirational stories, and brainstorm how to continue to break down barriers to prosperity and opportunity in the region. Sponsored by Atlas Network with organizing host the Hungary-based Free Market Foundation the conference took place September 21-22 in Budapest. The setting of this year’s forum added heightened importance to the topics discussed because of Hungary’s historical and current struggle with protecting individual rights. Major sponsorship for the event was generously provided by the John Templeton Foundation, Smith Family Foundation, and Freda Utley Foundation.

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PETAR ČEKEREVAC’S LIGHTHOUSE PROJECT FOR SERBIA WINS 2017 EUROPE THINK TANK SHARK TANK COMPETITION

September 22, 2017

The winner of the Europe Think Tank Shark Tank competition is Petar Čekerevac – executive manager of Libertarian Club Libek in Serbia – for his organization’s proposed Lighthouse Outlet project to establish an online media outlet bringing together the brightest libertarian minds of Serbia. The proposed online platform will serve Serbian thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and future leaders and will give a voice to freedom loving intellectuals in the hope of ending the echo chamber of political discourse that currently exists in Serbia.

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THINK TANK LEADERS GATHER IN BUDAPEST TO PUSH FOR INNOVATION IN FREEDOM ADVOCACY

September 21, 2017

One of the improvised strongholds during Hungary's anti-Soviet revolution in October 1956 was the Corvin cinema in central Budapest. Here, ordinary citizens joined hometown soldiers in a spontaneous attempt to take back their government. More recently, the site served as a memorable stop and cause for reflection for a gathering of think tank CEOs from the United States and Europe in Atlas Network’s annual CEO Summit.

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UEFF’S WORK TO ABOLISH BAN ON SALE OF AGRICULTURAL LAND IN UKRAINE WINS 2017 EUROPE LIBERTY AWARD

September 21, 2017

A major spectacle accompanied UEFF’s submission of a constitutional complaint to the Constitutional Court of Ukraine, which was signed by 55 People’s Deputies (Members of Ukrainian Parliament). Two UEFF founders – Maryan Zablotskyy and Sergiy Fursa – publicly submitted the complaint to the Constitutional Court, joined by People’s Deputy Oleksiy Mushak, a close friend of UEFF (link in Ukrainian).

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HOW TO USE BREXIT AS AN EXAMPLE FOR FUTURE POLICY CHANGES

September 20, 2017

In 2016, the United Kingdom surprised the world by deciding to leave the European Union. Campaign victories like that don’t come out of nowhere. Behind the scenes teams engage audiences, navigate policy discussions, work with the press, and debate difficult topics. The most adept ultimately change opinions and win.

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STOP PITCHING THE PROGRAMS, START PITCHING THE MEANING

September 20, 2017

Nonprofit think tanks are dependent upon the generous support of donors to accomplish their mission. It can be very challenging for think tanks to identify, cultivate, and successfully pitch high-level donors —the type of donors who will invest in the think tank’s vision and provide the transformational gifts that could help create real impact.

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PIONEER INSTITUTE’S NEXT STOP: A FIRST-CLASS TRANSIT SYSTEM

September 18, 2017 | by Austin Skiera

The Boston area’s Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA or the T) serves 1.3 million commuters who rely on the system to get to work each day. Institutional and operational issues led to the system’s virtual shut down for several weeks in early 2015, leaving thousands of riders in the lurch and taking a devastating toll on the regional economy. This prompted Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, an Atlas Network partner based in Boston, to take action by offering actionable, commonsense reforms to the MBTA’s finances, governance, and operations in order to bring costs under control, improve efficiency, and enhance performance and reliability.

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SFL — PHILIPPINES HOSTS INAUGURAL REGIONAL CONFERENCE

September 11, 2017

Students for Liberty — Philippines held its inaugural Students for Liberty — Philippines conference on July 21-22, educating more than 60 people from local universities on SFL’s core ideas of individual liberties and free markets. Speakers included Business Week columnist Nonoy Oplas, former German MP Markus Löning as well as the president of Liberal International, the Andorran diplomat and former foreign minister Juli Minoves.

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2017 NANNY STATE INDEX SHOWS BEST AND WORST COUNTRIES TO EAT AND DRINK IN THE EU

September 11, 2017

Belgium-based EPICENTER and the Slovenian Visio Institute recently published this year’s Nanny State Index, which explores the increased regulations on the “lifestyles of citizens in the areas of beverages, food, alcohol, and cigarettes” in the 28 member states of the European Union. It was found that in 2017 the indicators were worse than in 2016, which is a reflection of increased paternalism. Taking into account the Index’s 22 indicators, it was found that the Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands are the most liberal EU countries in terms of lifestyle regulations, while Finland, Great Britain, Ireland, Hungary, and Sweden are the most paternalistic.

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HUNDREDS OF YOUTH MEET TO DISCUSS INNOVATING A FREER FUTURE IN ASIA PACIFIC REGION

September 11, 2017

Jakarta, Indonesia, is rapidly becoming home to a movement of young people committed to the ideals of a free and open society. Nothing demonstrates that more than Students For Liberty (SFL) Indonesia’s Asia Pacific SFL Conference, recently held in Jakarta from August 18-20 under the organizing theme of “Living the Future – Technology & Innovation for a Freer Future.”

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MESSAGE OF LIBERTY SPREADS TO MILLIONS OF NEW READERS

September 11, 2017

Often, those who may immediately benefit greatly from the ideas of economic freedom are those who have never been exposed to them. One such group of people are the over 35 million speakers of Malayalam in southwestern India. An ongoing project of the Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR), an Atlas Network partner organization based in Kochi, India, has been to teach Malayalam speakers about classical liberalism by translating influential works touting free societies.

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