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YOUNG AMERICANS FOR LIBERTY FIGHT FOR FREE SPEECH ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES

April 27, 2017

Free speech is under assault at college throughout the United States, as demonstrated by recent cases of progressive students shouting down and disrupting invited speakers on campuses in California and Vermont. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has found that 39.6 percent of the 449 schools it surveyed maintain “severely restrictive, ‘red light’ speech codes that clearly and substantially prohibit constitutionally protected speech.” The libertarian campus organization Young Americans for Liberty (YAL), takes freedom of expression seriously through its Fight for Free Speech project, through which local activist chapters educate other students about their constitutional rights, organize petitions, pass out pocket copies of the U.S. Constitution, and build “Free Speech Walls” that allow students to write whatever they want.

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SUPPORTING PRESS FREEDOM, TRAINING INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISTS IN SERBIA

April 27, 2017

A free society requires independent media and investigative journalism, so the Center for Anti-Authoritarian Studies (CAAS), an Atlas Network partner based in Belgrade, recently held a Media Matters conference, which examined the state of press freedom in Serbia and attracted more than 100 participants. Held on March 25, Media Matters was the culminating event of the CAAS School of Journalism, a three-month educational program that used workshops and lectures to train 20 young journalism students and social activists in research methods, economic principles, presentation skills, and more.

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EXPOSING ARGENTINA’S RAPIDLY GROWING GOVERNMENT BUREAUCRACY

April 24, 2017

Argentina’s current government leadership has held power for not quite a year and a half, but has already increased the government’s bureaucratic structure by 25 percent, reveals a new study from Buenos Aires–based Atlas Network partner Libertad y Progreso. There are now 1,124 administrative units in the Argentinian government, the study reveals, despite political promises from the current administration that the size and scope of government would be reduced.

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ARIZONA LAWS PIONEER NEW SCHOOL CHOICE FUNDING MODEL, RIGHT TO EARN A LIVING

April 21, 2017

It’s difficult for many parents to pay for alternative educational options for their children when their tax dollars are earmarked for failing public schools. Arizona is changing that with its new Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) program, through which the state deposits a child’s share of school funding into an account that can be used for other schooling arrangements. Another new Arizona law protects the right for people to earn a living by placing strict requirements for occupational licensure to be used only in cases of public health, safety, or welfare. These laws are significant victories for freedom in Arizona.

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SLASHING BUSINESS REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS IN NEPAL

April 14, 2017

Economies can’t flourish when it’s difficult to start a business. The Samriddhi Foundation, an Atlas Network partner based in Nepal, had a recent victory reforming business registration procedures with the country’s Office of Company Registrar (OCR), reducing the time it takes to register a new domestic business from several days down to a maximum of 30 hours. Businesses funded by foreign investments have also had their registration time reduced from weeks down to seven days. Samriddhi consulted with the government throughout the reform process.

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SEASTEADING INSTITUTE PITCHES FLOATING FREE TRADE ZONES IN DUBAI

April 13, 2017

More than 4,000 special economic zones (SEZs) have proliferated across the globe, proving so successful that they are replicated again and again. Joe Quirk, author and “aquapreneur” with Atlas Network partner the Seasteading Institute, recently spoke at a conference organized by the Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority to explain why new floating free trade zones off the coast of Dubai would allow for “maximum wealth creation on innovative, sustainable floating islands on the sea,” applying the best practices learned from the proliferation of SEZs now in operation.

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HOW ECONOMIC FREEDOM PROPELS COUNTRIES FROM POVERTY TO PROSPERITY

April 13, 2017

The “tiger” economies of Asia were once poor, but today Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, and South Korea are among the world’s most prosperous. What allows some countries to escape poverty and build new wealth? In a new video from the Center for Freedom and Prosperity (CF&P) Foundation, economist Abir Doumit, a George Mason University professor from Lebanon, explains how economic freedom brings developing nations into the first world.

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AFGHANISTAN FREEDOM MOVEMENT EXPANDS THROUGH SILK ROAD STATION

April 13, 2017

Afghanistan has suffered under a continual state of war for several decades, and although conflict continues, parts of the country have begun to experience relative stability. There may be no better time than the present for the ideas of liberty to flourish in Afghanistan. The Kabul-based Afghanistan Economic and Legal Studies Organization (AELSO) debuted its Silk Road Station online TV and radio platform in late 2015, with the support of Atlas Network and Network for a Free Society, to help demonstrate how the values of a free society can coexist with Islamic rule in the long-troubled republic.

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