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PATRIA Y VIDA: A CHANCE FOR FREEDOM IN CUBA | FRANK ZIMMERMAN

July 27, 2021

AtlasNexus host Vale Sloane sits down with Frank Zimmerman of Federalismo y Libertad’s Latin American Center to discuss why Cubans are protesting now and why life has been difficult there for so long. Frank dispels the myth that Cubans suffer because of a U.S. “blockade,” explains the nationalization of shoeshine stands, and points out the government’s discrimination against Black people on the island. Tune in to learn more about the Cuban march for freedom.

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ADVANCING PAST AUTHORITARIANISM AND DEFENDING AGAINST POPULISM A HOT TOPIC AT #FOROLIBERTAD21

July 1, 2021

The reality of international travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic led Atlas Network to host each of its four Regional Liberty Forums online in 2021—this time all in the same week in June. The Latin America event—#ForoLibertad21—kicked off with a special message from the Honorable Guillermo Lasso, president of the Republic of Ecuador. Despite the challenges of meeting virtually rather than in person, 230 individuals from think tanks and civil society groups representing 22 countries contributed to an engaging and constructive event. Forum participants joined in the excitement with winners when the recipients of the Regional Liberty Award and Think Tank Shark Tank award were announced.

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CENTER FOR LATIN AMERICA STATEMENT ON REPRESSION IN NICARAGUA

June 10, 2021

Atlas Network’s Center for Latin America strongly condemns the Nicaraguan government's repressive actions against its critics, including the beating and imprisonment of presidential candidate Félix Maradiaga and economist Juan Sebastián Chamorro. As was widely reported by international media, including the Washington Post, Bloomberg, The Guardian, CNN en Español, BBC, and other outlets, the Nicaraguan government has continued its authoritarianism—with its attack on opposition members with violence and torture threatening to sink the country into an outright institutional crisis, risking becoming a failed state.

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IS IT STILL LIBERALISM’S HOUR IN LATIN AMERICA?

June 1, 2021 | by Dr. Roberto Salinas León and Gonzalo Schwarz

In April of last year, The Economist’s Bello column controversially proclaimed that it should be “Latin American liberalism´s hour.” Bello columnist Michael Reid meant a set of ideas emphasizing justice systems that check power and privilege; equality of opportunity before the law; tolerance instead of bigotry, and science instead of ideological “quackery.”

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POLICYMAKERS, BUSINESS LEADERS, & SCHOLARS FROM ACROSS THE AMERICAS CONVENE AT 28TH ALAMOS ALLIANCE

May 10, 2021

How will ultra-loose “countercyclical” fiscal and monetary policies affect macro performance in developing countries? How will the prospects of a central digital currency transform traditional banking and capital market systems? Will digital currencies lead to a market-based scenario of competing private monies in the not-so-distant future? How long will Latin American economies, utterly decimated by the pandemic and lockdown policies, have to endure before they begin to see the light at the end of the recovery tunnel?

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LIBERA BOLIVIA EXAMINES STREET FAIR THAT HAS LIFTED THOUSANDS FROM POVERTY

April 8, 2021

On March 10, 2021, our partners at LIBERA Bolivia presented an audiovisual production called Sabemos Vender Bien (We Know How to Sell Well) that presents the events of Feria 16 de Julio in El Alto, Bolivia, a huge street fair that has helped lift thousands of people out of poverty in recent decades by encouraging free market activity for independent sellers. Atlas Network President Matt Warner, a special guest that day, said: "I want to focus on 'Sabemos' (we know), because knowledge is a key focus of debate in the future of foreign aid and development world. And what do we mean by 'knowledge'? If we think about the activities that we see happening in the July 16 market it’s a very familiar history that we see in other places, where people are demonstrating that they already know how to succeed; they already have the knowledge within them through their experiences, through their networks, through their own lives."

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ECONOMIC FREEDOM AUDIT IN COLOMBIA RECEIVES WIDESPREAD ATTENTION

March 29, 2021

The Instituto de Ciencia Política Hernán Echavarría (ICP), one of Atlas Network’s active partners in Latin America, organized an important online event on March 17 examining Colombia’s ranking within the Fraser Institute’s Economic Freedom of the World Report (EFW) and opportunities for improvement. The event—sponsored by an Atlas Network Economic Freedom Audit Grant—was entitled “Libertad Económica en Colombia: Resultados del Índice de Fraser Institute de Canadá” (Economic Liberty in Colombia: Index Results of the Fraser Institute of Canada) and convened over 100 participants on Zoom, over 1,000 attendees on Facebook, and nearly 300 on YouTube.

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