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2018 THINK TANK SHARK TANK CONTESTANTS ANNOUNCED FROM LEBANON, SERBIA, UNITED STATES

October 18, 2018

Atlas Network is excited to announce the finalists of this year’s Think Tank Shark Tank competition, which is sponsored by the Smith Family Foundation and will be held during Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner on Nov. 7–8 in New York City. In Atlas Network’s Think Tank Shark Tank competition, three participants of Atlas Network’s training program, Atlas Leadership Academy, compete in a showcase of the worldwide freedom movement's most exciting new projects. The winner, chosen by a panel of judges comprised of thought leaders in the industry, will receive a $25,000 prize in project seed-funding. This year’s finalists are Marianna Brashear (United States), Petar Čekerevac (Serbia), and Patrick Mardini (Lebanon).

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REASONTV AND GLORIA ÁLVAREZ EXPLORE 'HOW SOCIALISM FAILS EVERY TIME'

October 18, 2018

Former news anchor John Stossel has partnered with ReasonTV (a project of Atlas Network partner Reason Foundation) and renowned Guatemalan libertarian radio host and author Gloria Álvarez to create a new video explaining democratic socialism and separating truth from fiction. With clever graphics, well-placed interviews, and high quality visuals, Álvarez, Stossel, and his team convey their message in an informative and compelling way. Throughout the video Álvarez explains that — contrary to the popular opinion among many Americans today — socialist policies always reduce human dignity and prosperity wherever they’re implemented and that doesn’t change when the word “democratic” is put in front of it.

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VICTORY DEFENDING TERM LIMITS IN SANTA FE, ARGENTINA

October 17, 2018

Constitutions that hold governments accountable to their people are vital to the defense of liberty in society. The constitution of the Argentinian province of Sante Fe maintains this accountability through rigid term limits. These are fundamental to the rule of law in Santa Fe because they serve as a stallwork against the centralization of power and expansion of the state. The Socialist Party in Argentina recently sought to change this through a constitutional amendment. However, thanks to the tireless efforts of Fundación Libertad, the Socialist Party’s attempts were thwarted.

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DO YOU KNOW WHY YOUR WORK MATTERS?

October 12, 2018

Why does your work matter? That is the question that 29 professionals sought to answer through the day long training: Three-Stack Approach to Marketing and Messaging Policy Research. This training was part of a pre-session held before the State Policy Network’s annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah from Oct. 8-12. During this training Atlas Network’s Daniel Anthony and Dr. Lyall Swim delved into the importance of focusing on the meaning of your work and not the features of the work — to focus on the emotional appeal of policy work and the ways it impacts the everyday lives of real people.

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ISRAELI FREEDOM MOVEMENT PROJECT RECOGNIZED AT G10 SUMMIT

October 12, 2018

As a result of her leadership in the Freedom Index Project — a tool developed by the Israeli Freedom Movement (IFM) — Knesset (Israeli legislature) Member Sharren Haskel addressed German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other world leaders during the last week of September at the 2018 Group of 10 (G10) conference in Berlin. MK Haskel (the only representative from Israel) was one of ten participants in this highly selective, highly influential conference. As a participant, Haskel was able to argue for greater market solutions around the globe and express her growing concern over the big-government policies of many European countries.

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SPREADING LIBERTY ONE BEER AT A TIME

October 11, 2018

Free the People is using movies and beer communicate the ideas of freedom. The new film, "Beer Is Freedom: When Hops Cross Borders" tells the journey of how two brewers across the globe worked together in order to create a joint microbrew called Flying Dogma.

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MEETING OF OVER A DOZEN CLASSICAL LIBERAL ORGS MARKS IMPORTANT CHAPTER FOR ECUADOR

October 9, 2018

Thirteen organizations representing academia, civil society activism, and the private sector gathered at the first-ever “Liberal Meeting” in Quito, Ecuador, in late August to discuss the condition of classical liberal ideas in the country. The participants also developed a shared strategy so their efforts to advance economic freedom — in concert with one another — will have a greater impact for a country that recently fell 3 places on the Fraser Institute’s Economic Freedom of the World Report.

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REMEMBRANCE OF HOLODOMOR TRAGEDY REMINDS OF THE DANGERS OF TOTALITARIANISM

October 8, 2018

Totalitarian systems unleashed catastrophic proportions of death and destruction in the 20th century. Communism alone has killed an estimated 100 million people since the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917. Fascist regimes also killed tens of millions. In memory of all these victims, the Center for the Opening and Development of Latin America (CADAL)’s Václav Havel Institute recently held its 6th annual Remembrance of the Victims of Totalitarianism conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This year’s conference included a panel that addressed the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor famine in Ukraine.

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