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THE BUCKEYE INSTITUTE'S CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM WORK WINS 2018 NORTH AMERICA LIBERTY AWARD

November 15, 2018

The Columbus, Ohio-based Buckeye Institute has been selected as this year’s winner of Atlas Network’s prestigious North America Liberty Award for its work advancing meaningful criminal justice reform in Ohio. This is the inaugural year of the $5,000 award, which recognizes the outstanding work of an Atlas Network partner with demonstrable impact in liberating enterprise, promoting prosperity, and removing barriers to human flourishing in North America.

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INAUGURAL 'JONESIE WASTE AWARDS' DRAWS ATTENTION TO GOVERNMENT INEPTITUDE IN NEW ZEALAND PARLIAMENT

November 15, 2018

Oftentimes it can be difficult to draw attention to government waste and needless spending since most of it is done discreetly to avoid the public outrage that would rightly ensue. The New Zealand Taxpayers Union (NZTU) found a unique way to overcome this problem with their inaugural “Jonsie Waste Awards,” an event which took place inside the Legislative Council Chamber of Parliament in October.

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TOP TEN MOMENTS FROM #LFFD18

November 13, 2018

This year's Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner brought together over 700 people from 56 countries to celebrate the victories toward freedom made in the past year. Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner 2018, #LFFD18, presented by Atlas Network brings together friends of the freedom movement from around the world to discuss challenges and to learn from one another how to most effectively advance free-market reforms. This important gathering has been made possible by the generosity of many donors, with a special thanks to the Smith Family Foundation, John Templeton Foundation, and Templeton Religion Trust for funding key Atlas Network programs being highlighted during Liberty Forum and Freedom Dinner. We also welcome a number of freedom champions whose attendance has been underwritten by Alan Gibbs, Freda Utley Foundation, and The Lilly Endowment.

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EGYPTIAN CENTER FOR PUBLIC POLICY STUDIES WINS 2018 TEMPLETON FREEDOM AWARD

November 8, 2018

The Cairo-based Egyptian Center for Public Policy Studies (ECPPS) has been selected as this year’s winner of Atlas Network’s prestigious $100,000 Templeton Freedom Award for its “Better Budget for a Better Egypt” initiative, which helped bring about the country’s 25-point jump in the Open Budget Survey, fostered greater civic engagement, and occurred amidst the Egyptian government’s decision to cut all energy subsidies after 2019. The award, generously supported by the Templeton Religion Trust, was presented during Atlas Network's Freedom Dinner on Nov. 8 in New York City at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum.

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PETAR ČEKEREVAC WINS 2018 THINK TANK SHARK TANK COMPETITION

November 8, 2018

Atlas Network congratulates Petar Čekerevac of the Libertarian Club Libek for winning the 2018 Think Tank Shark Tank competition during Liberty Forum and Freedom Dinner, where three think tank leaders pitch exciting new projects to a panel of judges in an effort to win $25,000 in seed-funding. The 2018 Think Tank Shark Tank competition was held in front of the crowd of over 700 at the Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum in Manhattan.

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UKRAINIAN STUDENTS FOR FREEDOM’S LEADERSHIP PROGRAM WINS ATLAS NETWORK’S 2018 SMITH STUDENT OUTREACH

November 8, 2018

Kyiv-based Ukrainian Students for Freedom (USF) has won Atlas Network’s 2018 Smith Student Outreach Award for its inaugural Leadership Program, which works with student leaders to provide communicative skills and knowledge on a range of activities from policy proposals to hosting events. Launched in 2013, the Smith Student Outreach Award is an annual award recognizing the best student-focused project for liberty. The winning organization receives $3,000 and is selected from among current year grantees. The award is generously sponsored by the Smith Family Foundation.

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FERNANDO HENRIQUE DE SOUSA MIRANDA WINS 2018 JOHN BLUNDELL ELEVATOR PITCH COMPETITION

November 7, 2018

Each year at Atlas Network’s annual Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner the graduates of that year’s Think Tank MBA class compete in the John Blundell Elevator Pitch competition, which gives participants a chance to refine their message in a competition for $1,000. Participants must deliver their message in 60 seconds or less to an eager crowd of hundreds of influencers at Liberty Forum.

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BUILDING ON 40 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN REGION, ATLAS NETWORK LAUNCHES CENTER FOR LATIN AMERICA

November 6, 2018

Atlas Network’s new Center for Latin America promotes peace, justice, and opportunity for all in a region in the midst of volatile change. Building on decades of collaborative work in the region, Atlas Network will strengthen and leverage a partner network of more than 80 independent civil society organizations based in the countries of Latin America. These organizations are ideally positioned to develop and implement locally grown solutions to poverty and other public policy challenges.

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ESTONIA, LATVIA, NEW ZEALAND LEAD IN FIFTH INTERNATIONAL TAX COMPETITIVENESS INDEX

October 29, 2018

For decades, the Tax Foundation in Washington, D.C. has educated taxpayers, the media, and policymakers about smart tax policy. And for decades it has focused almost exclusively on the United States’ tax system. In recent years it has expanded its analysis to an international scale. One of the vehicles of such analysis is its annual International Tax Competitiveness Index (ITCI), which seeks to measure the extent to which a country’s tax system adheres to two important aspects of tax policy: competitiveness and neutrality.

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GLOBAL POLICY PERSPECTIVES SERIES: MA JUNJIE

October 29, 2018

Atlas Network’s Global Policy Perspectives event series brings think tank leaders from around the world to deliver unique talks about their countries, the place of civil society within them, and what timely and important topics are affecting each. On October 25, Atlas Network hosted Ma Junjie of Unirule Institute of Economics, whose talk was titled “Defender of the Market of Ideas in China.” The GPP event series is generously supported by the Smith Family Foundation and The Achelis & Bodman Foundation.

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CENTRE FOR CIVIL SOCIETY LAUNCHES INDIAN SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY

October 29, 2018

In conjunction with former-policy makers, industry-leaders, philanthropists, and prominent academics, the New Delhi-based Centre for Civil Society (CCS) launched its most ambitious project yet on October 23: The Indian School of Public Policy (ISPP). The Indian School of Public Policy will offer a year-long, Masters-equivalent program in Policy, Design, and Management and is founded as an institution committed to nurturing future policy leaders to improve governance in India. It will start with its first batch of 50 students in August of 2019.

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THE JOY OF FREEDOM

October 26, 2018 | by Dr. Tom G. Palmer

It is a joy to take part in a festival of liberty, a truly liberal event. “Festival” is really the right word, because liberty is truly something to be celebrated, its realization a cause for joy and an occasion for happiness. And the occasion for happiness is not merely our own freedom, but the freedom of other people as well. Contrary to the mischaracterizations of Marxist and fascist ideologues, who willfully misstate classical liberal ideas, liberty is not a solitary condition, but a condition of equal freedom that we enjoy with others under the rule of law.

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