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WILL SOUTH AFRICA GO THE WAY OF ZIMBABWE? FMF’S NOLUTSHUNGU SAYS NO

April 26, 2018

This February, South African President Jacob Zuma resigned under pressure from his own party due to corruption charges. While this might have signaled hope for the future, new President Cyril Ramaphosa has shored up his political coalition by supporting a parliamentary motion favoring the confiscation of land without compensation. The move seems to echo similar land reform that took place in Zimbabwe two decades ago with disastrous results.

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FÓRUM DA LIBERDADE 2018 IS THE ‘VOICE OF CHANGE’ IN BRAZIL

April 20, 2018

The 31st edition of Fórum da Liberdade on April 9-10 in Porto Alegre, Brazil, hosted over 6,500 participants and over 20 speakers, including six presidential candidates and a federal judge in charge of the prosecution of one of the largest corruption scandals in history. Fórum da Liberdade is hosted by Atlas Network partner Instituto de Estudios Empresariais (IEE). The livestream of the event had over 635,000 views.

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GREEK LIBERTIES MONITOR RELEASES DOCUMENTARY SERIES AND ECONOMIC EDUCATION INITIATIVE

April 18, 2018

A new business documentary series by the Greek Liberties Monitor (GLM), an Atlas Network partner in Athens, Greece, seeks to change the anti-market environment that has prevailed in Greece the last several years by featuring successful businessmen and executives making positive impacts in their community. The series, titled Greek Crisis Success Stories, aims to highlight the efforts of Greek entrepreneurs who have started businesses at the height of the economic crisis and continue to thrive and create value for their communities.

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PROMOTING FREE TRADE IN GERMANY AND THE EU

April 18, 2018

Opposition to trade liberalization has become more popular around the world in recent years, particularly in Europe and the United States. Atlas Network partner Prometheus—Das Freiheitsinsitut (The Liberty Institute), working in Germany, has launched an initiative to combat anti-trade ideas and to promote the widespread benefits of free trade.

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SERBIAN ADAPTATION OF TIMBRO AUTHORITARIAN POPULISM INDEX PUBLISHED

April 17, 2018

The Center for Anti-Authoritarian Studies (CAAS) has successfully released its Index of Authoritarian Populism (API), which assesses the rise of authoritarian populists in political circles throughout Serbia. The Belgrade-based Atlas Network partner adapted the index to a nationally focused, Serbian version from the Timbro Authoritarian Populism Index, a signature publication of another Atlas Network partner based in Sweden.

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KEFIM PARTNERS WITH ATLAS NETWORK TO HOST TEAM SUMMIT

April 12, 2018

Last year KEFIM, one of Greece's most prominent think tanks, experienced significant growth in its staff size and programs. With new team members and a suite of new activities, KEFIM's leadership reached out to Atlas Network's Matt Warner to partner with them on creating a uniquely designed team summit to help them accelerate their organizational path to success.

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SMITH FELLOW SPOTLIGHT: STOYAN PANCHEV

April 10, 2018

The Smith Fellowship, one of the many programs of Atlas Network’s Leadership Academy, brings up-and-coming leaders from around the world to Washington D.C., where they receive varied training in marketing, fundraising, management, and other relevant skills.

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BRINGING THE AUSTRIAN SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS TO THE NEXT GENERATION

April 2, 2018

Founded in 2006 and based in Liechtenstein, the European Center of Austrian Economics Foundation (ECAEF) is a think tank firmly rooted in the academic tradition of the Austrian school of economics. In addition to hosting academic conferences, ECAEF organizes an annual international essay competition, works with European universities, publishes works of authors in the Austrian tradition, and maintains weekly economic quizzes on its website.

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EMPOWERING WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS IN CANADA, CAMEROON, AND SRI LANKA

April 2, 2018

Around the world, Atlas Network partners are promoting economic freedom and entrepreneurship for women. In light of International Women’s Day on March 8, three Atlas Network partners in Canada, Cameroon, and Sri Lanka, have demonstrated the positive effect that economic freedom has on the empowerment of women, especially in developing economies.

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‘HUMAN ACHIEVEMENT HOUR’ CELEBRATES HUMAN INGENUITY, PROGRESS

March 29, 2018

Originally established as an alternative to Earth Hour, the designated hour for people around the world to turn off their lights to raise awareness for environmentalism, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI)’s Human Achievement Hour celebrates the remarkable human progress brought on by innovation and free enterprise.

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COSTS OF OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING IN ALABAMA IN HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS, SAYS ALABAMA POLICY INSTITUTE

March 28, 2018

Occupational licensing, the state-enforced professional requirements for individuals seeking employment in certain industries, is widespread among U.S. states. Workers in hundreds of different industries, many of them not offering any risk of public danger or malpractice, are required by the states to obtain expensive training and permitting to allow them to practice in such industries. While many industries, such as those involving on-the-job hazards, can be entirely justified in requiring licensing, a significant number of licensing laws exist to prevent entrance into industries like hair braiding, floral arranging, translating, auctioneering, and tree care. The economic cost of these barriers to entry is demonstrably high.

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SMITH FELLOW SPOTLIGHT: GARRET EDWARDS

March 28, 2018

The Smith Fellowship, one of the many programs of Atlas Network’s Leadership Academy, brings up-and-coming leaders from around the world to Washington D.C., where they receive varied training in marketing, fundraising, management, and other relevant skills.

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JCCF SCORES LEGAL VICTORY FOR FOSTER PARENT RIGHTS IN CANADA

March 27, 2018

Derek and Frances Baars hosted foster children in their home in Hamilton, Canada, until 2017, when a disagreement between the family and the local government ended in the forced taking of the Baars’ children. The Hamilton Children’s Aid Society (CAS), which overlooks foster homes and orphanages in the city, ordered the couple to teach their two foster children about the Easter Bunny, as part of a shared “cultural” upbringing. The couple refused to lie to the children about the Easter Bunny’s existence. In response, the CAS ordered the foster home of the Baars family be closed, and the girls in their care rehomed. The Baars family lost their children, and the children their home, over refusing to lie about a fictional character.

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