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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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IDEAS LABS WINS 2020 LATIN AMERICA LIBERTY AWARD

May 28, 2020

Costa Rican think tank IDEAS Labs has won the 2020 Latin America Liberty Award for their #TicosConCorona” initiative, which has successfully slashed luxury pensions in the Central American nation. Luis Loria, founding president of IDEAS Labs, accepted the award during Latin America Liberty Forum on May 28.

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"EL MOVIMIENTO POR LA LIBERTAD" ("THE FREEDOM MOVEMENT") NOW AVAILABLE IN SPANISH

May 27, 2020

"The Freedom Movement: Its Past, Present, and Future", a monograph authored by Atlas Network CEO Brad Lips that examines the evolution of global institutions that have developed to advance the classical liberal principles of individual liberty and free markets, has been translated into Spanish by Atlas Network’s Center for Latin America in conjunction with the Fundación para el Progreso, an Atlas Network partner in Santiago, Chile.

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THINK TANKS IN MEXICO, COSTA RICA, AND BRAZIL NAMED FINALISTS FOR 2020 LATIN AMERICA LIBERTY AWARD

May 26, 2020

Atlas Network is excited to announce the finalists for the 2020 Latin America Liberty Award: México Evalúa in Mexico City, Mexico for the Transparency Index of Corporate Governance, IDEAS Labs in San José, Costa Rica for the #TicosConCoronas campaign, The Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies (IEE) in Porto Alegre Brazil for their work to turn the annual publication of Libertarian Thoughts into practical policy solutions in the state of Rio Grande do Sul.The Latin America Liberty Award celebrates think tanks throughout the region whose work most successfully encourages prosperity and human flourishing. The winner will receive a $7,000 award, and each runner-up will receive $1,500.

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ISLAM & LIBERTY NETWORK HOSTS 7TH CONFERENCE DEDICATED TO ISLAM AND RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

May 20, 2020

Scholars, students, and civil society leaders came together last November to make the Muslim case for religious freedom at the 7th International Islam & Liberty conference, hosted by Islam & Liberty Network, an Atlas Network partner based in Malaysia. With lectures on religious intolerance, classical Islamic jurisprudence, religious freedom in a Muslim democracy, and the connection between religious liberty and economic development, the conference brought together 120 participants and four different civil society organizations dedicated to showing the connection between Islam and a free society.

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WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT: A NECESSITY FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH IN SOUTH SUDAN

May 19, 2020

Almost half of the 195 countries in the world do not allow women to purchase or own private land. As we have seen throughout the last several centuries, land ownership is necessary for economic growth and is a strong catalyst for a strong economy, national equality, and personal independence.

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GEARING UP FOR A POST-COVID WORLD: DAY 2 OF EUROPE LIBERTY FORUM ONLINE!

May 13, 2020

On the second day of Atlas Network’s 2020 Europe Liberty Forum Online, a full complement of speakers looked to the post-pandemic challenges of nationalism, growing government control, and building an audience of liberty champions who can attract new interest in prosperity and freedom. The four panels were capped by a keynote presentation featuring Johan Norberg, whose books and documentaries on entrepreneurship, markets, and economic history have been enjoyed by millions around the world; and the presentation of the 2020 Europe Liberty Award, which went to Spain’s Fundación para el Avance de la Libertad for their work to create economic reform at the municipal level.

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FUNDALIB WINS 2020 EUROPE LIBERTY AWARD

May 13, 2020

The Spanish think tank Fundación para el Avance de la Libertad (Fundalib) has won the 2020 Europe Liberty Award for Índice de Libertad Económica de las Ciudades Españolas (Index on the Economic Freedom of Spain’s Cities), which examines municipal data that impacts the economic freedom of cities throughout Spain and makes recommendations that will strengthen local economies.

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2020 EUROPE LIBERTY FORUM: DAY 1 RECAP!

May 12, 2020

The diversity of Europe’s experience during COVID-19 set the agenda for discussions at the 2020 Europe Liberty Forum Online, as questions of authoritarian government, freedom of the press, and public health have created new context for action. More than 125 advocates of liberty signed on to Atlas Network’s Zoom platform to share ideas and talk about the ways they are responding to the challenges of the lockdown. With a digitally rendered pastoral scene behind her, Atlas Network Board Chair Linda Whetstone warmly welcomed attendees and reminded the group of the advances that technology and freedom have made possible.

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BIKALPA, AN ALTERNATIVE HOSTS A SERIES OF FILM SCHOOLS FOR APSIRING FILMMAKERS IN NEPAL

May 8, 2020

Bikalpa, an Alternative, an Atlas Network partner based in Nepal, has expanded the reach and appeal of the liberty movement throughout the country by hosting a series of film schools that will help aspiring filmmakers produce and screen pro-liberty short films. These four 2-week workshops were held across the country and attracted more than 100 participants. Bikalpa hosted movie premieres after each training for a total of 660 attendees that included journalists, politicians, and other prominent leaders of each community.

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ATLAS NETWORK’S NEW PODCAST “ATLAS NEXUS” WILL SHOWCASE FREEDOM CHAMPIONS

May 5, 2020

Atlas Network has launched a new podcast, Atlas Nexus, to showcase the work of incredible freedom champions in the global liberty movement. This short interview series will share global perspectives from extraordinary people who are changing lives around the world by strengthening their communities, empowering individuals, and championing the cause of liberty.

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