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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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