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CAPITAL RESEARCH CENTER INVESTIGATES NONPROFIT LOBBYING, REGULATORY CAPTURE

February 24, 2017

Consumer advocacy groups aren’t always what they seem to be. Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety (CARS), for instance, is a group that purports “to save lives, prevent injuries, and protect consumers from auto-related fraud and abuse,” but a recent report from Capital Research Center (CRC), an Atlas Network partner based in Washington, D.C., explains how CARS consistently engages in lobbying and litigation activities that line the pockets of both the organization’s leaders and the trial lawyer industry.

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INSIDE ROMANIA’S ANTI-CORRUPTION PROTEST MOVEMENT

February 21, 2017

Holding political leaders accountable for their actions is a crucial component of the rule of law, so when the Romanian government effectively decriminalized government corruption on Jan. 31 through the issuance of an Emergency Government Ordinance, the move triggered extensive protests that have encompassed more than half a million people. The Center for Institutional Analysis and Development (CADI), an Atlas Network partner based in Bucharest, is at the center of the movement for limited government and political accountability in Romania, and CADI’s executive director, Horia Terpe, explains the widespread reaction to legislation designed to pardon prosecuted politicians for various offenses, as well as reduce existing sentences for those who have been convicted. The protests have been successful in at least the short-term, putting a halt to the government’s plans.

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DR. TOM G. PALMER WINS ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR AWARD AT ISFLC 2017

February 21, 2017

Each year at the International Students For Liberty Conference (ISFLC), the organization recognizes an alumnus of the year, granting the award to a former student who has made a significant contribution to advancing freedom. This year, Students for Liberty (SFL) presented the Alumnus of the Year Award to Dr. Tom G. Palmer, Atlas Network’s George M. Yeager Chair for Advancing Liberty and international vice president for international programs. Palmer’s award was part of a full weekend of Atlas Network participation during the historic 10th annual ISFLC.

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‘LIBERTY IN AFRICA’ ONLINE COURSE EXPLORES PRINCIPLES OF FREEDOM

February 20, 2017

Africa is an enormous and diverse continent encompassing dozens of independent countries with wide-ranging political systems, circumstances, and resources. Still, people share a struggle for liberty throughout Africa that shares many commonalities. Students for Liberty (SFL) and African Students for Liberty (ASFL) have partnered through SFL Academy to develop a thorough multimedia educational course titled “Liberty in Africa,” which delves into the history of socialism and colonialism in Africa, and applies the principles of a free society to the array of circumstances that people face throughout Africa.

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CHINESE THINK TANK UNIRULE HAS ONLINE PRESENCE DELETED

February 17, 2017

Since its founding in 1993, Unirule Institute of Economics, based in Beijing, has contributed enormously to prosperity, mobility, and increasing space for voluntary civil society. Recently, its entire online presence was effectively erased, rumored to have been carried out by elements of the Chinese government. Sheng Hong, director with Unirule, gives the following explanation of what happened and a defense of Unirule from what is arguably an illegal shut-down. Unirule has long participated as a partner with Atlas Network and has been an inspiration to researchers and advocates of liberty around the world.

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PALMETTO PROMISE INSTITUTE FIGHTS FOR SCHOOL CHOICE, EFFECTIVE POLICY REFORM IN SOUTH CAROLINA

February 17, 2017

Cody Hollingsworth is an autistic boy with learning disabilities who didn’t receive the attention he needed to succeed at his former public school in South Carolina. Thanks to the Exceptional SC tuition tax credit and scholarship program, though, Cody qualified for funding to attend a private school that offers an education tailored to his needs, where he has done exceptionally well. The Palmetto Promise Institute (PPI), an Atlas Network partner based in South Carolina, has been on the forefront of advocating school choice programs like Exceptional SC, along with a range of other reforms designed to bring new efficiency, choice, and accountability to the state’s health care, energy, and tax and budget policies.

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YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS IN MALAWI PITCH INNOVATIVE NEW IDEAS

February 16, 2017

A doctor presents her new mobile app, which will help medical professionals better assess the condition of newborn babies. A college student proposes an image capture system to prevent bus overcrowding. Local entrepreneurs are in the best position to understand the challenges that the people around them face, and the Center for Free Market Enterprise is organizing a regular series of entrepreneur Pitch Nights for young people in the southern Malawi city of Zomba to share and develop their innovative new ideas.

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MILLENNIALS IN SPAIN FACE MODERN CHALLENGES WITH FOCUS ON FREEDOM

February 14, 2017

Millennials in Spain tend to lean toward the progressive left, as seen in recent electoral results, because they lack an understanding of the basic principles of a free society, explains Isabel Benjumea, director of Atlas Network partner Red Floridablanca. In order to tackle this critical challenge for the future of liberty in Spain, Floridablanca held the first of a series of two-day conferences that address the primary political, economic, and social concerns of young Spaniards, and offer solutions based on the principles of individual liberty, equality before the law, and free-market economics.

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