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PATRIA Y VIDA: A CHANCE FOR FREEDOM IN CUBA | FRANK ZIMMERMAN

July 27, 2021

AtlasNexus host Vale Sloane sits down with Frank Zimmerman of Federalismo y Libertad’s Latin American Center to discuss why Cubans are protesting now and why life has been difficult there for so long. Frank dispels the myth that Cubans suffer because of a U.S. “blockade,” explains the nationalization of shoeshine stands, and points out the government’s discrimination against Black people on the island. Tune in to learn more about the Cuban march for freedom.

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ATLAS AT 40: A RETROSPECTIVE | BRAD LIPS INTERVIEW LINDA WHETSTONE, ROBERT BOYD, AND BILL SUMNER

July 13, 2021

Atlas Network CEO Brad Lips guest hosts this special episode of AtlasNexus with three storied guests to commemorate the organization's fortieth anniversary. Linda Whetstone is the daughter of Atlas Network Founder Sir Antony Fisher, a member of the Atlas Network board of directors (formerly board chair), and president of the Mont Pelerin Society. Robert Boyd spent seven years on the Atlas Network (then the Atlas Economic Research Foundation) board early in its history and eventually returned to serve on the board of directors once more. Bill Sumner is the chairman emeritus of Atlas Network’s board of directors, serving as chairman of the board for decades. The three guests combine for over one hundred years of relationship with Atlas Network, and they join the show to talk about the organization’s founder, history, and global impact in the past four decades. Whetstone, Boyd, and Sumner discuss Atlas Network’s lean early days, Sir Fisher’s determination and drive, and the triumph over early challenges that Atlas Network and Institute for Economic Affairs both experienced. History lovers will delight in this special episode of AtlasNexus!

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COUNTERING GOVERNMENT OVERREACH IN THE WAKE OF COVID-19 DISCUSSED AT #ASIALF21

July 2, 2021

The reality of continued international travel restrictions in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic led Atlas Network to host each of its four Regional Liberty Forums online in 2021—this time all in the same week in June. The Asia Liberty Forum (#AsiaLF21) kicked off with a critical examination of the ways in which government responses to the pandemic have disrupted both economies and private lives. With over 247 think tank and civil society professionals representing 16 countries in attendance, a rich dialogue was facilitated, despite the challenges of convening virtually. Attendees were as much a part of the excitement as winners when the Regional Liberty Award and Think Tank Shark Tank champions were announced.

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ADVANCING PAST AUTHORITARIANISM AND DEFENDING AGAINST POPULISM A HOT TOPIC AT #FOROLIBERTAD21

July 1, 2021

The reality of international travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic led Atlas Network to host each of its four Regional Liberty Forums online in 2021—this time all in the same week in June. The Latin America event—#ForoLibertad21—kicked off with a special message from the Honorable Guillermo Lasso, president of the Republic of Ecuador. Despite the challenges of meeting virtually rather than in person, 230 individuals from think tanks and civil society groups representing 22 countries contributed to an engaging and constructive event. Forum participants joined in the excitement with winners when the recipients of the Regional Liberty Award and Think Tank Shark Tank award were announced.

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PANDEMIC POPULISM AND AUTHORITARIANISM DISCUSSED AT #EUROPELF21

July 1, 2021

COVID-19-induced international travel restrictions compelled Atlas Network to host each of its four Regional Liberty Forums on an online platform in 2021—all back-to-back during the same week in June. The week’s Europe event (#EuropeLF21) commenced with an insightful conversation on the pandemic-related restrictions devastating many European economies. Despite the challenges of meeting virtually rather than in person, 161 individuals from think tanks and civil society groups representing 34 countries contributed to an engaging and constructive event. Forum participants joined in the excitement with winners when the recipients of the Regional Liberty Award and Think Tank Shark Tank award were announced.

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REMAKING AFRICAN INSTITUTIONS TO FOSTER ENTREPRENEURSHIP DISCUSSED AT #AFRICALF21

June 29, 2021

The reality of continued international travel restrictions in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic led Atlas Network to host each of its four Regional Liberty Forums online in 2021—this time all in the same week in June. The action-packed week kicked off with a deep examination of entrepreneurship in Africa at Africa Liberty Forum 2021 (#AfricaLF21). With over 232 think tank and civil society professionals representing 29 countries in attendance, a rich dialogue was facilitated, despite the circumstance of convening virtually. Attendees were as much a part of the excitement as winners when the Regional Liberty Award and Think Tank Shark Tank champions were announced.

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ANNOUNCING THE ATLAS NETWORK-CÁTEDRA VARGAS LLOSA YOUNG JOURNALISM PRIZE 2021

June 23, 2021

At #ForoLibertad21, Álvaro Vargas Llosa announced the launch of a joint initiative to foster thought and creativity among promising young journalists in the effort to develop stories, editorials, and narratives on the principles of liberty. The award program, called the Atlas Network-Cátedra Vargas Llosa Young Journalism Prize 2021, will have a selection committee presided by Carlos Alberto Montaner.

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ANNOUNCING THE CERTELL PRIZE

June 23, 2021

Atlas Network is proud to announce its first digital distribution contest, powered by Certell and the Cato Institute. In collaboration with Atlas Network’s Center for Latin America, the contest was announced during the Latin American Regional Liberty Forum 2021 by Esteban González. For the next three months, associates and partner organizations—and their members—will be asked to share the e-book Cinco Tendencias que Debes Conocer, a Spanish-language adaptation of 10 Global Trends Every Smart Person Should Know published by the Cato Institute’s project on Human Progress.

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CENTER FOR LATIN AMERICA STATEMENT ON REPRESSION IN NICARAGUA

June 10, 2021

Atlas Network’s Center for Latin America strongly condemns the Nicaraguan government's repressive actions against its critics, including the beating and imprisonment of presidential candidate Félix Maradiaga and economist Juan Sebastián Chamorro. As was widely reported by international media, including the Washington Post, Bloomberg, The Guardian, CNN en Español, BBC, and other outlets, the Nicaraguan government has continued its authoritarianism—with its attack on opposition members with violence and torture threatening to sink the country into an outright institutional crisis, risking becoming a failed state.

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CHANGING MINDS IN SINGAPORE | BRYAN CHEANG

June 1, 2021

Bryan Cheang is the founder and director of the Adam Smith center in Singapore, which aims to promote economic and political literacy. He is the author of "Liberalism Unveiled," a recent bestseller in Singapore.

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IS IT STILL LIBERALISM’S HOUR IN LATIN AMERICA?

June 1, 2021 | by Dr. Roberto Salinas León and Gonzalo Schwarz

In April of last year, The Economist’s Bello column controversially proclaimed that it should be “Latin American liberalism´s hour.” Bello columnist Michael Reid meant a set of ideas emphasizing justice systems that check power and privilege; equality of opportunity before the law; tolerance instead of bigotry, and science instead of ideological “quackery.”

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THE STATE OF FREEDOM IN AUSTRALIA | DANIEL WILD

May 18, 2021

In this episode of AtlasNexus, host Vale Sloane is joined by his good friend, Daniel Wild. As the Director of Research at Australia's Institute of Public Affairs, Wild frequently appears in the Australian media, and he specializes in red tape, regulation, economic policy, the philosophy of free enterprise, and criminal justice. In the episode, they discuss Australia's heavy-handed lockdowns and travel bans, the condition of free speech in the country, and much more.

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POLICYMAKERS, BUSINESS LEADERS, & SCHOLARS FROM ACROSS THE AMERICAS CONVENE AT 28TH ALAMOS ALLIANCE

May 10, 2021

How will ultra-loose “countercyclical” fiscal and monetary policies affect macro performance in developing countries? How will the prospects of a central digital currency transform traditional banking and capital market systems? Will digital currencies lead to a market-based scenario of competing private monies in the not-so-distant future? How long will Latin American economies, utterly decimated by the pandemic and lockdown policies, have to endure before they begin to see the light at the end of the recovery tunnel?

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IN MEMORIAM: BOB CHITESTER

May 10, 2021

The movement to advance human freedom and flourishing has lost one of its most effective communicators. Bob Chitester (1937-2021), a kind and gentle, persistent and persuasive advocate for liberty, has passed away after a seven-year battle with cancer.

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PURSUING THE WEST VIRGINIA MIRACLE | GARRETT BALLENGEE

May 4, 2021

Garrett Ballengee was the first employee of the Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy, a state-based think tank working to reverse decades of poor outcomes with the state's education system, to liberalize labor markets so workers can thrive, and much more. Hear how a small but tough team has punched above their weight to deliver hope for West Virginia's families.

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