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FUNDACIÓN ELÉUTERA’S CAMPAIGN FOR TRANSPARENCY AND PRIVATIZATION OF HONDURAS’ ENERGY MARKET

November 9, 2020

Fundación Eléutera has driven reform of the energy market in Honduras since 2014, helping usher through major legislation that ended the state-run monopoly. Since the legislation passed, Eléutera has partnered with the board of the Electricity System Operator for the government of Honduras (ODS) to help increase access to things like electricity in private homes and cell-phone service throughout the country.

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CHILE’S ELITES ARE CREATING ANOTHER LATIN AMERICAN POPULIST MELTDOWN. VOTERS MUST STOP THEM

October 23, 2020 | by Axel Kaiser

On October 25, Chile will hold its most important vote since 1988, when General Augusto Pinochet lost a national plebiscite on the question of whether he’d be permitted to extend his rule for another eight years. That 32-year-old referendum result allowed Chile to finally adopt the democratic form originally set out in the country’s 1980 constitution. This time around, the referendum will be on the constitution itself. In an extraordinary development, Chileans are deciding whether they want to create an entirely new constitution from scratch or preserve the existing one.

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IDEAS LABS FREEDOM TO WORK PROJECT- EDUCATING AND DIGNIFYING HUMANS TO ESCAPE POVERTY

October 6, 2020

To combat historically high unemployment, IDEAS Labs has collaborated with members of the Costa Rican Government and Social Security Fund to temporarily suspend labor contracts and adjust monthly social security payments for workers who are subject to reduced working hours due to COVID-19 restrictions. As a result, the changes are living examples of the meaning behind IDEAS Labs Freedom to Work project.

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IDEAS LABS NAMED A FINALIST FOR ATLAS NETWORK’S 2020 TEMPLETON FREEDOM AWARD

August 24, 2020

More than one million Costa Ricans—almost 20 percent of the country’s population—live in poverty while almost ten thousand receive “luxury pensions.” This privileged group, dubbed “Ticos Con Coronas” (or “Costa Ricans with Crowns”), receive an average monthly pension of US$4,495, with some receiving as much as US$24,000 per month. The traditional Social Security regime is capped at US$2,700 per month, with an average monthly pension of less than US$600. For non-contributory individuals living below the poverty line, the cap is US$140. These luxury pensions, paid by taxpayers and currently grossing over 2 percent of the national GDP, have rattled the Costa Rican economy, and have created a class divide between the small and privileged “Ticos Con Coronas” pensioners and everyone else.

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GROUPS FROM CANADA, COSTA RICA, INDIA, INDONESIA, & US NAMED 2020 TEMPLETON FREEDOM AWARD FINALISTS

August 24, 2020

Awarded annually since 2004, Atlas Network’s Templeton Freedom Award is named for the late investor and philanthropist Sir John Templeton. This prestigious prize honors Sir John’s legacy by recognizing Atlas Network’s partner organizations for exceptional and innovative contributions to the understanding of free enterprise and the advancement of public policies that encourage prosperity, innovation, and human fulfillment. The award is generously supported by Templeton Religion Trust and is presented live during Atlas Network’s Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner. The winning organization receives a $100,000 grand prize and the runners-up each receive $20,000.

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BEING A COMPLIANT TAXPAYER IN ARGENTINA NOW CARRIES A REWARD

August 21, 2020

In Argentina, excessively high tax rates have made it difficult for citizens to pay them on time. To provide some flexibility, the government offers “tax moratoriums”—10-year windows where taxpayers can catch-up on their dues with no penalty. Originally a useful tool, the moratorium has evolved into the preferred means of paying taxes in the country that is constantly extended, with over half of all taxpayers opting in.

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