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INSTITUCÍON FUTURO REPORTS SHOW VOTERS THE COSTS OF BIG GOVERNMENT

July 16, 2019

Just in time to affect regional elections in May, Institucíon Futuro (IF), an Atlas Network partner based in Navarre, Spain, has published 7 reports that expose inefficient spending by the government. Navarre, one of Spain’s 17 autonomous communities, has suffered multiple economic casualties since Podemos, a populist party, and EH Bildu, a nationalist party, gained control of Parliament in 2018.

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HUNGARY’S FREEDOM VLOG INTRODUCES LIBERTY VIA SOCIAL MEDIA

July 15, 2019

Social media has revolutionized the news and communications world, and the Free Market Foundation (FMF), a Hungary-based Atlas Network partner, recently used this growing platform to educate youth about liberty on a large scale. FMF partnered with the Paradigm Institute to release Freedom Vlog, a series of short videos introducing concepts of liberty.

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NICKI MINAJ CANCELS SAUDI ARABIA SHOW AFTER PUSHBACK FROM HUMAN RIGHTS FOUNDATION

July 12, 2019

Saudi Arabia has been under constant fire for a brutal series of human rights violations that have taken place at the hands of Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, known internationally as MBS. Just last May, ten women were imprisoned for peacefully protesting women’s rights abuses, outspoken activists face lengthy prison sentences and torture for exercising freedom of expression, women and girls are legally not allowed to make decisions without a male guardian, and same-sex couples have been banned, causing relentless hate crimes against the LGBTQ community. Now celebrities are taking their stand against MBS and the cruel treatment he has inflicted on others.

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INAUGURAL GREAT LAKES ECONOMIC SUMMIT IN EAST AFRICA DISCUSSES ROLE OF MARKETS IN REDUCING POVERTY

July 8, 2019

The Center for Development and Enterprises Great Lakes (CDE) assembled the first Great Lakes Economic Summit, which emphasized the importance of economic freedom and featured an array of networking opportunities, engaging roundtable discussions, and international speakers. The June summit in Bujumbura, Burundi was sponsored by Atlas Network and attracted 120 intellectual minds from Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Kenya, Lebanon, and Morocco.

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WEST VIRGINIA WELCOMES CHARTER SCHOOLS, EDUCATIONAL FREEDOM WITH HELP OF THE CARDINAL INSTITUTE

July 8, 2019

On July 1, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice signed House Bill 206 into law, expanding educational options in the Mountain State. This win for West Virginia students came after years of advocacy by the Cardinal Institute, the state’s sole Atlas Network partner. Through op-eds informing the public, appearances on a variety of radio and television shows, and by bringing in national experts to give testimony to the legislature, Cardinal Institute’s work ensures that students will have additional access to better public schools and—for the first time—will have the chance to attend charter schools within the state.

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DON'T TREAD ON HAPPY HOUR

July 5, 2019

Mingling with your coworkers while cracking open a cold one may be the best way to unwind after the grueling work day—especially if you notice an ad for a cheap afternoon special. Want a frosty mug for only three dollars? Happy hour. Four dollar margarita? Happy hour! Unless, of course, you happen to live in Virginia. These enticing deals pop up in restaurants from D.C. down to Danville, but it’s always been illegal to advertise them. But Pacific Legal Foundation, an Atlas Network partner, decided to take on the law—and they won.

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MORE THAN POLICY: 2019 LATIN AMERICA REGIONAL LIBERTY FORUM BROADENS THE HORIZONS FOR LIBERTY

June 28, 2019

The problem of populism, the future of Venezuela, and the need to educate larger audiences about the benefits of liberty were key themes at Atlas Network’s Latin America Liberty Forum 2019, which was held June 27–28 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. More than 280 think tank professionals from 23 countries across the region came together for an enthusiastic and energetic event full of engaging speakers, interactive workshops, competitions and awards, and fantastic camaraderie.

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EMMA GARCÍA-PRIETO WINS 2019 LATIN AMERICA THINK TANK SHARK TANK COMPETITION

June 28, 2019

Emma García-Prieto of La Fundación Salvadoreña para el Desarrollo Económico y Social (FUSADES, El Salvador) has won the 2019 Think Tank Shark Tank—Latin America competition for her pitch to launch a film festival dedicated to promoting liberty-oriented content in El Salvador. Generously sponsored by the Smith Family Foundation, the regional Think Tank Shark Tank competitions award $10,000 in seed funding to the winner.

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FUNDACIÓN ELÉUTERA WINS 2019 LATIN AMERICA LIBERTY AWARD

June 27, 2019

Fundación Eléutera has won the 2019 Latin America Liberty Award for their work to strengthen the rule of law in Honduras through reforms to the nation’s tax code. The $7,000 prize is generously sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation and Templeton Religion Trust and is part of Atlas Network's suite of Regional Liberty Awards. Two other finalists—Asociación de Contribuyentes del Peru, and SFL Brasil—were each awarded $1,500. The award was announced at Latin America Liberty Forum 2019.

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ESTUDIANTES POR LA LIBERTAD WINS 2019 LATIN AMERICA STUDENT OUTREACH AWARD

June 27, 2019

Estudiantes por la Libertad has been awarded the 2019 Award for Student Outreach in Latin America for hosting its inaugural Latin America LibertyCon which provided hundreds of young people from Central and South America intensive education about the power of free markets and the damaging results of big-government policies and equip them with the tools to promote freedom throughout the region.

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ATLAS NETWORK IS EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THE LAUNCH OF THE GLOBAL VOICES FOR OPEN TRADE PROJECT

June 27, 2019

[ARLINGTON, VA – June 27, 2019] Atlas Network is delighted to announce that the John Templeton Foundation has made a three-year, $2.34 million grant in support of Atlas Network’s Global Voices for Open Trade project, which will provide research and advocacy support for Atlas Network’s partners around the world who are engaged in the promotion of free and open trade policies.

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MEI'S "FREE MARKET SERIES" REACHING MILLIONS OF VIEWERS ON PBS

June 26, 2019

The Montreal Economic Institute (MEI), an Atlas partner in Canada, collaborated with The World Show to launch The Free Market Series, a television show that is reaching millions of viewers on the PBS network. Each 30-minute episode features host Bob Scully (named PBS 2012 Person of the Year) and a guest intellectual; together Bob and his guest explore free market ideas and relevant policies.

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LATIN AMERICA THINK TANK SHARK TANK 2019 CONTESTANTS ANNOUNCED

June 21, 2019

Atlas Network is excited to announce the finalists of this year’s Think Tank Shark Tank — Latin America competition, which is sponsored by the Smith Family Foundation and will be held during Latin America Liberty Forum from June 27-28 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Three professionals will pitch their projects to a panel of judges, in a showcase of some of the region’s most exciting new liberty-advancing projects. The winner will receive $10,000 in project seed-funding.

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FINALISTS FOR LATIN AMERICA LIBERTY AWARD 2019 ANNOUNCED FROM BRAZIL, HONDURAS, PERU

June 21, 2019

Atlas Network is excited to announce the finalists for the 2019 Latin America Liberty Award, which will be awarded at Latin America Liberty Forum in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on June 27. The winner will receive $7,000 and the two finalists will each receive $1,500. The three finalists are Students for Liberty Brasil (SFLB, Brazil), Fundación Eleutera (Honduras), and Asociación de Contribuyentes (Peru).

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ATLAS NETWORK TAKES THINK TANK TRAINING TO THE LAND OF BLUE SKIES

June 21, 2019

The challenge of operating a successful think tank was the focus of Atlas Network’s most recent in-person training seminar, which was held just before the Liberty International World Conference in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Eleven think tank professionals from 5 countries across Central Asia met in the land of eternal blue skies to identify common organizational problems, work through potential opportunities, and gain a new perspective.

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