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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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AELSO MAKES INROADS IN AFGHANISTAN

November 1, 2019

Afghanistan Economic and Legal Studies Organization (AELSO), an Atlas Network partner, is winning the battle of ideas in a very difficult part of the world. “Whenever someone participates in one of our events for the first time, we get a lot of criticism,” explained Khalid Ramizy, Executive Director of AELSO. “They say, ‘these values do not exist in our religion and culture.’ That is why our work is so important—to educate participants about the commonality between liberty and Islam.” AELSO has been working to draw that line since the organization was founded in 2009, and has since become one of the most influential think tanks in Afghanistan.

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VLADIMIR KONSTANTINOVICH BUKOVSKY: 1942 – 2019

October 28, 2019

A single name was enough to enrage powerful dictators: Bukovsky. Vladimir Bukovsky was a tower of strength, with the integrity never to buckle and the courage to endure. The word dissident barely suffices to describe him. He was interrogated and then expelled from university at 19 for attending illegal poetry readings and for criticizing Komsomol, the Young Communist League. In 1963 he was arrested for making two copies of Milovan Djilas’s work The New Class, which argued that communist states, far from eliminating class oppression, merely cemented the rule of a new class of party bureaucrats.

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ONLINE COURSE ON RULE OF LAW IS EDUCATING STUDENTS IN TURKEY AND AROUND THE WORLD

October 28, 2019

Freedom Research Association (FRA), an Atlas Network partner in Ankara, Turkey, has successfully operated a massive open online course about the rule of law and its importance. Known as ROLA MOOC, or Rule of Law Massive Online Open Course, the digital program is helping students deepen their understanding of the law and the importance of justice, and is also connecting young academics with the legal experts who helped FRA create and structure the course.

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CDE GREAT LAKES CHANGES ECONOMIC LANDSCAPE IN BURUNDI

October 18, 2019

Centre for Development and Entrepreneurship Great Lakes (CDE), an Atlas Network partner based in Burundi, recently launched two new programs: Great Lakes Academy, which seeks to influence the climate of ideas in Burundi, and the Great Lakes Entrepreneurship Academy, which is designed to educate the next generation of entrepreneurs. CDE hopes to use these new programs to change both public opinion and public policy.

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INDONESIAN FORUM SPARKS DISCUSSION ON MOBILE TRANSPORTATION REGULATIONS

October 17, 2019

The Indonesian Institute, Center for Public Policy Research (TII) an Atlas Network partner working out of Jakarta, Indonesia, held a public discussion on August 6th, 2019 as part of “The Indonesian Forum” (TIF). TIF was designed as a way for TII to contribute to the policy process by creating an avenue for safe and honest discussion between both sides of various issues while simultaneously creating an opportunity to talk about individual freedom and human flourishing. To that end, the forums are opened by a discussion between government officials, who tend to favor regulations, and TII’s own pro-market experts.

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INAUGURAL EXECUTIVE ACCELERATOR GATHERS 22 THINK TANK LEADERS FROM 12 COUNTRIES

October 16, 2019

The think tank industry has plenty of researchers, academics, fundraisers, and communicators, but a business perspective is often missing. To address this gap in the market, Atlas Network recently launched Executive Accelerator, an intensive leadership and strategic planning workshop that helps prepare think tank professionals for the challenges of management. The inaugural six-day workshop, which replaces the Think Tank MBA program, hosted 22 think tank leaders representing 12 countries.

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ATLAS NETWORK LAUNCHES CENTER FOR U.S. AND CANADA

October 15, 2019

[ARLINGTON, VA – October 15, 2019] Atlas Network is delighted to announce the Center for U.S. and Canada, a new opportunity to focus on the role that free markets, property rights, and the rule of law have in creating the conditions for people to thrive in the region.

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2019 THINK TANK SHARK TANK FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

October 14, 2019

Atlas Network is delighted to announce that Connor Boyack of Libertas Institute in the United States, Dhananath Fernando of Sri Lanka’s Advocata Institute, and Adriana Pineda of Venezuela’s CEDICE Futuro have been named finalists in the 2019 Think Tank Shark Tank competition. The winner, who will be chosen by a panel of judges comprised of thought leaders in the freedom movement, will receive a $25,000 prize in project seed funding. Think Tank Shark Tank is sponsored by the Smith Family Foundation and will be held during Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner on Nov. 6–7 in New York City.

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2019 LIGHTS, CAMERA, LIBERTY FILM FESTIVAL HONOREES ANNOUNCED

October 14, 2019

Education, free markets, and the origins of success are at the core of three films that will be recognized at this year’s Lights, Camera, Liberty Film Festival. The three finalists for 2019 are The Success Sequence, by U.S.-based Georgia Center for Opportunity; Freedom Vlogs, by Hungary’s Market Foundation/ Paradigm Institute; and Quota, by U.S.-based Pacific Legal Foundation.

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THE FEMALE EXILE SPOTLIGHTS THE BRUTALITY OF LIFE IN SOCIALIST VENEZUELA

October 4, 2019

“The struggle of a few is worth the future of all,” said Neomar Lander, shortly before he was shot to death by government soldiers on a Caracas corner. The unarmed 17-year-old was protesting against the repressive Maduro government, joining thousands who were calling for general elections and freedom for jailed opposition activists. Fearing reprisals from the government, his mother, Zugeimar Armas, fled Venezuela in 2019, two years after her son’s death.

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SIXTH ANNUAL FREEDOM CONFERENCE IN JAFFA PORT DRAWS OVER 500 ATTENDEES

October 3, 2019

“Do we have any capitalists in the audience?” asked Jonathan Hoenig, the keynote speaker at the sixth annual FreedomCon Israel, which was hosted in April by Israeli Freedom Movement and the Ayn Rand Center Israel. The conference has become a staple for the liberty movement in Israel, bringing together ministers, MKs of the Israeli government, academics, and students for a celebration of individual rights and free markets. This year’s conference, which was held in Jaffa, attracted 530 Israelis from 23 organizations, making it the largest FreedomCon Israel yet.

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GLOBAL COMMUNICATION NETWORK SEEKS TO CHANGE THE PERCEPTION OF LIBERTY IN MONTENEGRO

October 3, 2019

The Global Communication Network in Montenegro (formerly known as Lucha Institute) just launched the Herald of Freedom Media Outlet, the first liberty-oriented magazine in the country. With both online and print versions, the Global Communication Network hopes to increase its reach to a broader segment of the population and specifically target younger readers with the message of liberty.

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INESS WORKS TO REVIVE ECONOMIC EDUCATION IN SLOVAKIA

September 30, 2019

Institute of Economics and Social Studies (INESS), an Atlas Network partner based in Bratislava, Slovakia recently wrapped up their second Economics Olympiad. Since 2017, INESS has been running this tournament, which tests the economic knowledge of high school students. At the end of the academic year, contestants from all over the country gather to meet, share and compete with one another over their mastery of the subject.

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EASYBUSINESS CASE STUDY: OVERCOMING GOVERNMENTAL INACTION AND BAD LAND POLICY

September 27, 2019

When the Ukrainian government decided to ignore calls for property reform, innovative leaders formed EasyBusiness, a free-market think tank, that created an infrastructure of researchers, litigators, and everyday citizens to open up the market for property owners to be able to freely buy and sell farmland that had previously been restricted.

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BULGARIAN LIBERTARIAN SOCIETY VIDEO CELEBRATES TAX FREEDOM DAY

September 23, 2019

Tax Freedom Day is celebrated annually by the Bulgarian Libertarian Society and the Institute for Market Economics—two Bulgarian-based Atlas Network partners. Since 2017, they organize a public festival that popularizes the day when Bulgarians stop working for the government and begin working for themselves—this year, it landed on May 18. On the day of the celebration, BLS ventured to the busiest pedestrian street in central Sofia to educate passersby about their status as taxpayers.

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