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INSTITUTO ACTON’S POVERTY UNIVERSITY SHOWS CONNECTION BETWEEN ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY AND HUMAN DIGNITY

December 6, 2019

On November 9th, Instituto Acton’s Poverty University brought scholars, think tank leaders, and other friends of liberty to a day-long forum in Tucumán, Argentina. The program, which focused on ways to alleviate poverty through free enterprise and investment, featured screenings of the PovertyCure lecture series, lectures from high-profile speakers, and discussions on international development.

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GUIDING THE DISCUSSION FOR THE ECONOMIC FUTURE OF LEBANON

December 5, 2019

Government spending, taxation, and the size of government-controlled enterprises in Lebanon are large enough to have a measurable impact on the country’s economic freedom rankings, according to the latest Economic Freedom Audit conducted by Canada’s Fraser Institute in partnership with the Lebanese Institute for Market Studies (LIMS) and Atlas Network.

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LITHUANIAN FREE MARKET INSTITUTE LEADS LITHUANIA’S RISE ON THE DOING BUSINESS INDEX

December 4, 2019

Free-market energy reforms facilitated by the Lithuanian Free Market Institute (LFMI), an Atlas Network partner in Vilnius, have helped Lithuania attain the 11th spot on the World Bank’s 2020 Doing Business Index. This year’s ranking bumps Lithuania from 14th place primarily because of significantly improved access to electricity, with reduced costs and reduction in delivery time as principal indicators.

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AN INTRODUCTION TO ATLAS NETWORK

December 4, 2019

Atlas Network increases global prosperity by strengthening a network of independent partner organizations that promote individual freedom and are committed to identifying and removing barriers to human flourishing. Our vision is of a peaceful and prosperous world in which everyone is free to live, associate, and exchange, and in which individual rights are secured by the rule of law.

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ECONOMIC FREEDOM INDEX REVEALS PATH TO PROSPERITY FOR SPAIN’S CITIES

December 3, 2019

Thirty-one cities in Spain have achieved “acceptable” scores in Economic Freedom, according to a new index by the Madrid-based Fundación para el Avance de la Libertad, also known as Fundalib (Foundation for the Advancement of Liberty). The Municipal Index of Economic Freedom for Spain’s Cities evaluates Spain’s major cities and combines weighted indices to determine their overall economic freedom. The index has revealed areas where economic reforms are desperately needed and has paved the way for policy changes that are opening up new opportunities for individuals and businesses in Spain.

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AMLO AND THE “FOURTH TRANSFORMATION” IN MEXICO

December 3, 2019 | by Dr. Roberto Salinas León

According to Enrique Krauze, Mexico's prominent classical-liberal intellectual, new "winds of authoritarianism" are sweeping across Latin America, characterized by all-mighty caudillos who ascend to political power via democratic means, but who then seek to concentrate control over a tightly knit polity of order and moral virtue. At Cato.org, Roberto Salinas León looks at unique brand of authoritarianism ushered in by AMLO.

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YOUNG VOICES LAUNCHES NEW PODCAST ACCELERATOR PROGRAM

December 2, 2019

The explosion of podcasting in recent years has been unprecedented for media in terms of both audience growth and profitability. Podcasts have become a main source of news and opinion, with roughly 26 percent of Americans tuning in regularly. Still, with most listeners being between the ages of 12 and 25, the podcast boom has only just begun.

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SPREADING THE LIBERTY MESSAGE AT AIDEX

November 20, 2019

In November, Atlas Network's Matt Warner, Casey Pifer, and Vale Sloane joined hundreds of aid organizations in Brussels for the annual AidEx event. Billed as the global humanitarian and development event of the year, the conference attracts more than 2,500 visitors and a large presence from most of the major foreign aid agencies including USAID, GIS (Germany), and DFID (UK). All conference goers received a copy of Atlas Network's new book, "Poverty and Freedom: Case Studies in Global Economic Development," in their welcome bags prompting hundreds of visitors to Atlas Network's booth.

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2019 GLOBAL INFLUENCER SUMMIT KICKS OFF IN HISTORIC PENNSYLVANIA

November 15, 2019

Last weekend, a new cohort of think tank leaders gathered at Atlas Network’s first Global Influencer Summit in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania—a historic town in the suburbs of Philadelphia. The summit centered around key management and leadership topics for senior leaders of think tanks. Thirty participants, representing twenty different countries, had the opportunity to network, learn from each other, and brainstorm new strategic ideas.

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LIBERTY CHAMPIONS FROM AROUND THE WORLD ATTEND LIBERTY FORUM & FREEDOM DINNER 2019

November 11, 2019

Sharing the message of liberty was a key theme of Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner 2019, which brought together more than 800 liberty champions from six continents for two days of conference sessions, networking, and building new opportunities for change around the world. The Foundation for Economic Freedom, located in Quezon City, Philippines, was awarded the $100,000 Templeton Freedom Award for their work in land reform.

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ATLAS NETWORK’S U.S. INVESTORS SUMMIT FOR LIBERTY AWARDS $500,000 TO FREE-MARKET THINK TANKS

November 11, 2019

The Property and Environment Research Center and the Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy were both awarded grants of $75,000 at Atlas Network’s inaugural U.S. Investors Summit for Liberty, which gave ten pre-selected, U.S.-based organizations a platform to compete for a total of $500,000 in general support funding. The ten organizations, dubbed “2020 Smart Bets,” because of their potential for success, pitched a small group of possible supporters on Friday, November 8 in New York City.

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FOUNDATION FOR ECONOMIC FREEDOM IN THE PHILIPPINES WINS 2019 TEMPLETON FREEDOM AWARD

November 7, 2019

The Foundation for Economic Freedom, an Atlas Network partner in Quezon City, Philippines, has won Atlas Network’s 2019 Templeton Freedom Award for their work to end restrictions on agricultural land patents, liberating billions of dollars in land values and potentially transforming the country’s entire agricultural sector. The award, which carries a cash prize of $100,000, was presented at Atlas Network’s gala Freedom Dinner on November 7.

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STUDENTS FOR LIBERTY BRAZIL WINS 2019 SMITH STUDENT OUTREACH AWARD

November 7, 2019

Students for Liberty Brazil has been named the winner of Atlas Network’s 2019 Smith Student Outreach Award for their Market Revolution project. “This is the boldest move our organization has ever made,” explained Andre Migliore Freo of SFL Brazil. The campaign was a multi-pronged strategy aimed at changing the public’s opinion of entrepreneurship, as well as educating policymakers on the benefits of legislation that supports business growth and free markets.

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CONNOR BOYACK WINS 2019 THINK TANK SHARK TANK COMPETITION

November 6, 2019

Atlas Network congratulates Connor Boyack for winning the 2019 Think Tank Shark Tank competition with their project blank. The ceremony was held during Atlas Network’s annual Liberty Forum and Freedom Dinner. Think Tank Shark Tank offers three think tank leaders the opportunity to pitch exciting new projects to a panel of judges to win $25,000 in seed-funding for their project proposal. The 2019 Think Tank Shark Tank competition was held at the Crowne Plaza Times Square in Manhattan.

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