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FUNDACIÓN LIBERTAD A KEY VOICE IN ARGENTINE SALARY FREEZE

January 13, 2020

Excessive government spending has been a hot topic in Argentina since Fundación Libertad, an Atlas Network partner, launched a creative public awareness campaign that revealed the extent of government waste. The campaign, which included a public spending app “Gastar o No Gastar” and informational papers regarding the issue, left politicians no room to justify additional government spending on their own salaries. Now, the Congress of Argentina is placing a freeze on all of its salaries for at least 180 days.

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COSTA RICA CUTS ITS LUXURY PENSION SCHEME

December 9, 2019

The Costa Rican Legislature recently approved a bill that will cut luxury pensions to over 4,000 retirees. The bill takes aim at a group of pensioners dubbed “Ticos Con Coronas,” (Costa Ricans with Crowns) who receive an average monthly pension of US$4,495, with some receiving more than US$24,000 per month. Instituto de Desarrollo Empresarial y Accion Social (IDEAS), an Atlas Network partner in Costa Rica, has been leading the charge to roll back these excessive luxury pensions.

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INSTITUTO ACTON’S POVERTY UNIVERSITY SHOWS CONNECTION BETWEEN ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY AND HUMAN DIGNITY

December 6, 2019

On November 9th, Instituto Acton’s Poverty University brought scholars, think tank leaders, and other friends of liberty to a day-long forum in Tucumán, Argentina. The program, which focused on ways to alleviate poverty through free enterprise and investment, featured screenings of the PovertyCure lecture series, lectures from high-profile speakers, and discussions on international development.

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ECONOMIC FREEDOM INDEX REVEALS PATH TO PROSPERITY FOR SPAIN’S CITIES

December 3, 2019

Thirty-one cities in Spain have achieved “acceptable” scores in Economic Freedom, according to a new index by the Madrid-based Fundación para el Avance de la Libertad, also known as Fundalib (Foundation for the Advancement of Liberty). The Municipal Index of Economic Freedom for Spain’s Cities evaluates Spain’s major cities and combines weighted indices to determine their overall economic freedom. The index has revealed areas where economic reforms are desperately needed and has paved the way for policy changes that are opening up new opportunities for individuals and businesses in Spain.

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AMLO AND THE “FOURTH TRANSFORMATION” IN MEXICO

December 3, 2019 | by Dr. Roberto Salinas León

According to Enrique Krauze, Mexico's prominent classical-liberal intellectual, new "winds of authoritarianism" are sweeping across Latin America, characterized by all-mighty caudillos who ascend to political power via democratic means, but who then seek to concentrate control over a tightly knit polity of order and moral virtue. At Cato.org, Roberto Salinas León looks at unique brand of authoritarianism ushered in by AMLO.

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LA MOVILIDAD SOCIAL

November 23, 2019 | by Gonzalo Schwarz

In this article Center for Latin America Fellow Gonzalo Schwarz analyzes the state of social mobility in Uruguay and how there is a need for the incoming government to focus more on social mobility instead of inequality as a key policy priority. Doing so would enable more entrepreneurship and a focus on work as the main vehicle to climb up the income ladder instead of social plans, redistribution and welfare.

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THE FEMALE EXILE SPOTLIGHTS THE BRUTALITY OF LIFE IN SOCIALIST VENEZUELA

October 4, 2019

“The struggle of a few is worth the future of all,” said Neomar Lander, shortly before he was shot to death by government soldiers on a Caracas corner. The unarmed 17-year-old was protesting against the repressive Maduro government, joining thousands who were calling for general elections and freedom for jailed opposition activists. Fearing reprisals from the government, his mother, Zugeimar Armas, fled Venezuela in 2019, two years after her son’s death.

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DOING DEVELOPMENT DIFFERENTLY: VERÓNICA | PERU

September 23, 2019

As part of the Doing Development Differently project, Atlas Network visited Cañete Province, Peru, to uncover a day in the life of Verónica Canales—a hardware store owner whose business has thrived at the hands of a tax code change.

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