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PORTNET MAKES TRADE EASIER IN MOROCCO

June 5, 2020

The Arab Center for Research, a Morocco-based Atlas Network partner, is successfully creating digital solutions that are improving business services for local port communities engaged in international trade.

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ARAB CENTER FOR RESEARCH SHARES THE IDEAS OF LIBERTY WITH ARABIC SPEAKERS

June 5, 2020

The acquisition of knowledge and intellectual growth is a central part of Islamic culture, and now the Arab Center for Research, an Atlas Network partner based in Morocco, is helping readers in the Middle East and North Africa understand the ideas of freedom. New translations of Selfishness, Greed, and Capitalism; Debunking Myths about the Free Market by Christopher Snowden and Realizing Freedom: Libertarian Theory, History and Practice, a collection of essays by Atlas Network’s Dr. Tom G. Palmer, were distributed online and to five major libraries in Rabat, Casablanca, and Fez. In total, 300 books were sold and over 2,300 were downloaded. The Arab Center for Research also organized four reading clubs to discuss the literature, attracting 740 attendees, including students and scholars. The organization is now working to fulfill a major request to exchange books with universities and cultural institutions, one of which is the King Abdul-Aziz Al Saoud Foundation, the largest library in Africa.

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THE PLATTE INSTITUTE EDUCATES LEGISLATORS ON NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR LEGISLATIVE REFORM IN NEBRASKA

June 5, 2020

Cottage food laws, which exist in many states throughout the country, are designed to exempt producers of food with a longer shelf life from making their products in a commercial kitchen. Nebraska, a leading food-producing state, has gone without a cottage food law until May 2020, forcing many home-made food producers to sell their products only at local farmers’ markets. Thanks in part to the work of the Platte Institute, an Atlas Network partner in Nebraska, a new law will give cottage food producers more options for selling their products while requiring compliance with labeling requirements, registration with the Department of Agriculture, and food safety education.

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BIG BROTHER WATCH COMBATS ANTI-FREE SPEECH LEGISLATION

June 1, 2020

Big Brother Watch, an Atlas Network partner in the United Kingdom, has successfully worked with a coalition of allies to alter pending legislation that sought to censure online speech. The Online Harms White Paper mandated that tech companies remove “harmful” content from their platforms—a vague policy that not only infringes on free speech rights, censoring the lawful speech of millions of people, but also would have forced tech companies to closely monitor users with filtering technologies. In response to the bill, Big Brother Watch, along with Atlas Network partner Adam Smith Institute and other British NGOs, sent a comprehensive policy briefing to government officials, highlighting the need for free speech and the dangers of online censorship.

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JOHAN NORBERG'S "PROGRESS" TRANSLATED INTO GERMAN

May 29, 2020

The Prometheus Institut, an Atlas Network partner in Germany, recently translated Johan Norberg’s "Progress"; Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future into their native language. Fortschritt: Ein Motivationsbuch für Weltverbesserer counters the narrative that “things are constantly getting worse,” and highlights the positive steps humanity has taken over the last several decades. Norberg offers examples that range from improvements in food production to a decrease in overall poverty to a longer life expectancy; he also points to the future as a sign of hope and continual improvement.

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“THERE IS NO ROOM FOR COMPLACENCY!”: LATIN AMERICA LIBERTY FORUM ONLINE: DAY 2 RECAP!

May 29, 2020

On the second and final day of the 2020 Latin America Liberty Forum Online, the conversation focused on communicating the benefits of liberalism to audiences who are frustrated with the status quo and hungry for prosperity and freedom. And as economies across Latin America begin to dig themselves out of the chaos caused by the pandemic, the ideas of a free society—which have a long and successful history of fostering democracy in the region—will be the best means of developing and sustaining lasting peace throughout Latin America.

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