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MANNKAL PROGRAM ANNOUNCES UPDATE FOR 2019

January 15, 2019

The Mannkal Foundation launched in 1997, and since the founding, has sponsored roughly 300 Perth university students to attend conferences and participate in internships. These sponsorships were awarded on a competitive basis in order to focus attention to develop future leaders in the global liberty movement.

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CENTRE FOR CIVIL SOCIETY WORKS TO ESTABLISH APPEAL FOR REPEAL LAW DAY

January 11, 2019

India is the largest democracy in the world. With an increasing population comes the need for more development and freedom. However, outdated and redundant laws stand in the way of such development. Contradictory language and information makes it difficult for an ordinary citizen to access and comprehend legal information with ease. To combat this problem, New Delhi-based Centre for Civil Society (CCS) has successfully facilitated a series of “compendiums,” which map out redundant laws that ought to be repealed to help promote development. These compendiums are an assemblage of economic and legal experts who determine the potential areas needing repeal. When deliberating repeal, CCS focuses on three factors: redundancy, whether or not regulations are outdated in the face of new laws and finally, hindrance to governance, freedom, and development.

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FORMER LIGHTS, CAMERA, LIBERTY PARTICIPANT TO LAUNCH ‘BIG FISH’ TV SHOW IN GREECE IN FEBRUARY

January 11, 2019

To combat increased government hostility towards entrepreneurship and economic growth, Greek Liberties Monitor (GLM), is launching the TV series Big Fish in February, which will feature positive stories about entrepreneurship, free markets, and capitalism. Greece has been consumed by a declining labor market that has hindered productivity and job development since its economic crash in 2009, which has fostered a climate in which the public and the government are unsupportive of start-ups and entrepreneurship.

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THE HUMAN FREEDOM INDEX PROVIDES A SNAPSHOT OF GLOBAL LIBERTY

January 10, 2019

As a new year begins, it is important to pause and take a look at the state of global liberty. The Human Freedom Index makes it possible to do just that. Through a holistic range of categories, the Human Freedom Index measures aspects of human freedom including the size of government, freedom of movement, identity, and relationships, security and safety, among others. A total of 76 individual indicators from these categories are used to paint a picture of the overall state of human freedom across the globe. New Zealand, Switzerland, and Hong Kong rank the highest. While the Republic of Yemen, Venezuela, and Syria, bottomed out the 2019 Human Freedom Index.

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LFMI RELEASES STUDIES ON EMPLOYMENT FLEXIBILITY, ‘SHADOW ECONOMY’

January 4, 2019

The Lithuanian Free Market Institute (LFMI) recently released two studies about the power of free market capitalism in the Baltics and beyond. The first study ranks the employment flexibility of select Baltic, Central, and Eastern European countries. The second examines the nature of illegal trade (also known as “shadow economies”) in six different countries. Each study offers a different perspective but both come to the same conclusion — the freedom to exchange goods and services leads to economic prosperity.

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THE BUCKEYE INSTITUTE RELEASES THE ECONOMIC FREEDOM OF NORTH AMERICA RANKINGS

January 4, 2019

The Buckeye Institute has had a year filled with accomplishments in Ohio. Its research and advocacy have led to a prison population decrease of nearly ten percent, the exposure of coercive civil asset forfeiture laws, and the passage of some of the most comprehensive occupational licensing reform in the country. These successes are just a few of the reasons the Buckeye Institute was a finalist for this year’s Templeton Freedom Award and is the winner of Atlas Network’s inaugural North America Liberty Award. Now, the Buckeye Institute closed out the year with the release of its Economic Freedom of North America report. The report was facilitated in partnership with the Fraser Institute of Vancouver, Canada. The report evaluates every state in the U.S. and assigns them a rank based on their level of economic freedom. The findings suggest that the Buckeye Institute has its work cut out in 2019 as Ohio finishes 38 out of 50 in the rankings.

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