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LIGHTS, CAMERA, LIBERTY ATTRACTS ASPIRING FILMMAKERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

March 26, 2019

In a world where making a film can be as easy as whipping an iPhone out of your pocket, getting the details right are critical to crafting an enduring message that will make your story memorable. During this weekend’s Lights, Camera, Liberty film workshop in Los Angeles, Atlas Network brought a dozen filmmakers and marketing experts together with 54 aspiring filmmakers from 16 countries, all eager to learn how their stories of freedom might focus on the details of translating good stories into compelling films.

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CENTRAL ASIAN FREE MARKET INSTITUTE CONDUCTS ECONOMIC FREEDOM AUDIT AND HELPS ‘OPEN THE SKIES’

March 19, 2019

In conjunction with Central Asian Free Market Institute (CAFMI), Atlas Network recently participated in an Economic Freedom Audit of the Kyrgyz Republic. Economic Freedom Audits are designed to convey the advantages of free markets to policy reformers, using data and local knowledge to craft recommendations for policy changes that will help improve the country’s ranking in the Fraser Institute’s annual Economic Freedom of the World Index. In 2018, the Kyrgyz Republic ranked 77th out of 162 nations analyzed by the index, which ranks every country based on the degree to which their policies and institutions support economic freedom.

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TTMBA ALUMNI ŽILVINAS ŠILĖNAS IS NAMED FEE'S NEW PRESIDENT

March 19, 2019

The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) recently announced that Žilvinas Šilėnas will serve as the organization’s 11th president. With years of think tank experience under his belt, as well as a commitment to the promotion of the free market, the decision highlights an exciting transition for FEE. Previously, Šilėnas has served as the President of the Lithuanian Free Market Association (LFMI), and has been an active participant of several Atlas Network events. Not only did Šilėnas attend Atlas Network’s Think Tank MBA program, he also was a participant of the network’s Transatlantic CEO Summit. For his work in public policy and education, Silenas received two Templeton Freedom Awards in 2014 and 2016 respectively.

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ALAMOS ALLIANCE CONFERENCE SHOWCASES THE FUTURE OF PROSPERITY IN LATIN AMERICA

March 12, 2019

Monetary policy, interest rates, and global capital flows were key topics at Alamos Alliance XXVI, which attracted economists, academics, policymakers, and several Atlas Network partners to the prestigious annual conference that is held annually in northwest Mexico. With discussions centered around the primary theme of “Prosperity and Public Policy in the New Millennium,” the conference also signaled the start of a growing association between Atlas Network and Alamos Alliance.

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MEDICAL CANNABIS WIN FOR UTAH THINK TANK

March 11, 2019

Interest in medical marijuana has grown over the past few years, causing a wave of political movements and advocates working to make it legally available. Utah-based think tank Libertas Institute[https://www.atlasnetwork.org/partners/global-directory/libertas-institute] has been one of those long-standing advocates for the legalization of medical cannabis, and their tireless efforts paid off when the Utah state government passed the Utah Medical Cannabis Act — allowing patients with certain conditions to use cannabis as a form of treatment.

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REGISTRATION PROJECT BECOMES TEMPLATE FOR NEW LAWS ENSHRINING PROPERTY RIGHTS IN CÔTE D’IVOIRE

March 8, 2019

Thanks to the work of Audace Institut Afrique (AIA), land ownership is no longer a hazy concept in Côte d’Ivoire. In 2016 AIA launched “Land Governance in Ivorian Villages”, a project dedicated to consolidating and publishing records of property ownership in villages throughout Côte d’Ivoire. Because of this work, new legislation requires the creation of similar publications of records in every village throughout the country.

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SUPREME COURT UNANIMOUSLY RULES AGAINST EXCESSIVE FINES

March 8, 2019

A recent ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States determined that excessive fines could not be imposed by state and local governments. The unanimous decision affirms the Excessive Fines Clause of the Eighth Amendment, which states that “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.” The decision marks a significant achievement for Atlas Network’s partner, the Institute for Justice (IJ).

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CELEBRATING A LEGACY OF LIBERTY DURING ASIA LIBERTY FORUM 2019

March 7, 2019

Over 270 people gathered in Colombo, Sri Lanka for Asia Liberty Forum 2019 from Feb. 28th – Mar. 1st. Advocata Institute co-hosted this event, which provided expert commentary on how a rich history of liberty helped reduce poverty in the region, and how freedom can continue this legacy for the future.

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FORGING DIALOGUE ABOUT SOLUTIONS TO POVERTY IN PUERTO RICO WITH POVERTY, INC.

March 7, 2019

An award-winning film is helping Atlas Network partner Centro para Renovación Económica, Crecimiento y Excelencia (CRECE) change the discussion about poverty in Puerto Rico. Poverty, Inc., a film by Acton Institute’s Michael Matheson Miller and featuring international development expert William Easterly, illustrates how global poverty alleviation is best addressed by local entrepreneurship, rather than massive amounts of foreign aid. CRECE is using the film to bring this message to the commonwealth, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria in September 2017.

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SPREADING THE MESSAGE OF TOLERANCE AND PROSPERITY IN AFGHANISTAN

March 6, 2019

Afghanistan is one of the world’s least economically free countries, but the Afghanistan Economic and Legal Studies Organization (AELSO) has launched a new program to help build a greater understanding of the benefits of liberty and free markets. The “Tolerance and Prosperity Caravan,” is a series of conferences and roundtable discussions designed to help young people connect with ideas that will help them fight for democracy and against extremism. This is AELSO’s latest effort to reach new audiences.

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ARE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS OPEN TO THE IDEAS OF LIBERTY?

March 6, 2019 | by Sabine El-Chidiac

Some believe that students are being pushed into anti-liberal ideas by their peers and professors in universities across North America, and most students are simply too far gone for classical liberal organizations to make any meaningful impact. There even seems to be a crisis on campus led by anti-liberal groups whose only goal is to shut down speech, so what’s the point of trying?

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BIKALPA WINS 2019 ASIA LIBERTY AWARD

February 28, 2019

In Nepal, the number of organizations advocating for free-market solutions are few and far between. The country is plagued with issues of poverty, populism, and government coercion that limit the opportunity for everyday Nepali citizens to thrive. There is a massive need for an effective tool to educate Nepalis about the values of liberty; that’s where Bikalpa, an Alternative comes in.

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MANNKAL ECONOMIC EDUCATION FOUNDATION WINS ASIA STUDENT OUTREACH AWARD

February 28, 2019

It can be difficult to find informative and relevant educational opportunities for young, liberty-minded Australians. True education requires more than just a class or a textbook; it requires debate and conversations with colleagues and mentors, as well as hands-on experiences that cause students to engage with ideas that really matter. Meeting these challenges requires a new approach. Enter the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation.

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