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RENOWNED LAWYER WINS 2018 BRUNO LEONI PRIZE

December 11, 2018

The Istituto Bruno Leoni awarded the 2018 Bruno Leoni Prize to Canan Arin at their annual dinner in Milan. She won for her work fighting against the practice of child brides in Turkey. The Bruno Leoni Prize honors one person each year whose work has advanced the cause of individual liberty and free markets.

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ECONOMIC FREEDOM AUDIT CASE STUDIES: VENEZUELA

December 11, 2018

Venezuela was once the most prosperous country in Latin America. Much of this was due to economic freedom. In fact, in 1970 Venezuela had the highest level of economic freedom in Latin America, and 10th in the world, as ranked by the Fraser Institute’s Economic Freedom of the World (EFW) Index. The prosperity, however, led to ill-advised social and economic policies. The combination of shifting commodity prices, rapidly expanding public employment, and restrictive economic policies resulted in stagnation and then decline, exacerbated by populist political leaders who continued to expand unsustainable social programs.

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PAL-THINK’S WORK TO FOSTER NONVIOLENT CULTURE WINS 2018 MENA LIBERTY AWARD

December 11, 2018

Pal-Think for Strategic Studies has been named the 2018 MENA Liberty Award winner for its work in advancing a culture of non-violence in the Gaza Strip. An independent Palestinian organization that aims to cultivate a healthy dialogue among political figures in order to overcome the challenges in Palestine, Pal-Think has implemented a number of creative and educational initiatives that foster a nonviolent culture and community harmony. Its initiatives have focused on different segments of the Palestinian population including children, mothers, writers, community activists, and young people.

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MOST HELPS FACILITATE OPPORTUNITY IN KAZAKHSTAN

December 10, 2018

MOST Business Incubator has positively impacted economic growth through its efforts to create a market-driven venture capital system and to foster a positive business climate in the Republic of Kazakhstan. This work has been filled with challenges due to regulations in Kazakhstan’s tax code. Thanks to MOST, in December 2017 Kazakhstan’s tax code was changed. Now, there’s an improved environment where individuals can thrive together.

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WIN $2,000 IN THE INSTITUTO OMG'S RESEARCH CONTEST

December 10, 2018

The Instituto OMG, based in the Dominican Republic, is offering $2,000 to the first prize winner of its research contest on law and development in January of 2019. Instituto OMG was founded in 2008 to add value to society through education, specialization of human resources, and scientific research, all for the purpose of creating a wealth of innovative legal knowledge. This research contest fulfills the first part of that vision by encouraging other people to contribute new ideas through their research.

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ESSAY CONTEST SHOWS THE IMPORTANCE OF LIBERTY FOR EVERYONE

December 10, 2018

Frédéric Bastiat was a French economist and author during the 1800s. Bastiat spent his life promoting the ideas of individual rights, and limited government. His work continues to impact the liberty movement around the world, most recently through the Bastiat Essay Contest — sponsored by Libre Afrique. Libre Afrique works in the French-speaking Senegal and Benin to promote the ideas of liberty — especially to younger generations.

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CELEBRATING LIVES CHANGED THROUGH CRIMINAL JUSTICE

December 10, 2018

On Dec. 4, Atlas Network hosted Robert Alt, president, and chief executive officer of the Buckeye Institute, for a Global Policy Perspectives event and Holiday Party in New York City. The Buckeye Institute has done great work on criminal justice reform in Ohio. This work made it the winner of Atlas Network’s 2018 North American Liberty Award and a finalist for this year’s Templeton Freedom Award.

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PUTTING A FACE TO PROPERTY TAXES IN ILLINOIS

December 6, 2018

Property taxes, unfunded pensions, corruption, and poverty, the question for residents of Harvey, Ill., isn’t about which one to address, rather which one to address first. The Illinois Policy Institute is putting a human face to this problem through the project: Forgotten Illinois Property Taxes.

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LAUNCH OF LECTURE SERIES ON DR. TOM PALMER’S 'WHY LIBERTY' PROVIDES HOPE FOR THE FUTURE IN VENEZUELA

December 6, 2018

As a result of large government programs and state takeovers of major industries, Venezuela’s economy has continued to decline. This is causing large-scale unemployment, massive starvation, and rising crime as social order deteriorates. Breakdowns like this occur when liberty fails to be protected and understood by those in power or by the majority of citizens of a country. To inform and persuade the people of Venezuela towards the case for liberty, Econintech hosted the first in a series of presentations on Why Liberty — a collection of essays edited by Dr. Tom Palmer and published as a book. The event was held in the library of Universidad Centroccidental Lisandro Alvarado in the city of Barquisimeto on Nov. 9.

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ENDING PRICE FIXING OF RICE IN COSTA RICA

December 5, 2018

La Asociación de Consumidores Libres de Costa Rica (Association of Free Consumers, or ACL) was created to defend the right of consumers to free choice and the right to trade. As part of its work, ACL works to deliver low prices to consumers — prices that in the past have been subject to the whims of rent-seeking and policymakers. One such consumer good that has been subjected to trade barriers in Costa Rica has been rice.

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CARDINAL INSTITUTE LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE TO PROMOTE FREEDOM IN EDUCATION FOR WEST VIRGINIA

December 4, 2018

A central part of the American dream is the belief that, in the United States, there are no barriers holding one back from the pursuit of his/her full potential. But, there’s a caveat to that dream when one is a student. Unless a family can afford to pay public school taxes and the additional costs of an alternative education, kids K–12 are condemned to the public school they’re zoned for, regardless of its quality.

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FORGING NEW SOLUTIONS WITH BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY

December 4, 2018

In Honduras, Atlas Network partner Fundación Eléutera hosted an international gathering of technology experts, scholars, and other innovators working on a variety of blockchain solutions designed to integrate large portions of the informal economy into the formal sector.

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NEW EFFORTS IN BRAZIL TO EXPOSE REGULATORY PLIGHT OF FARMERS, EVERYDAY PEOPLE

December 3, 2018

Brazilian farmers are looking at increased burdensome regulations that will make it harder for them to continue producing the food that many rely on. New regulations proposed by several members of the Brazilian Congress call for “plain packaging,” which would ban the use of advertisement in product packaging. In response, Consumer Choice Center (CCC) recently opened a new branch in Brazil to fight these detrimental policies.

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ECONOMIC FREEDOM AUDIT SERIES CASE STUDY: EGYPT

November 30, 2018

The tumultuous social environment in Egypt presents an opportunity for change, but it also creates a lot of noise to filter through. Seeing that a problem exists is a cursory first step; grasping the nuance of reality in a way that translates to affecting progress is the real key. While ECPPS’ broad goal is to improve society, to accomplish that end they decided to investigate the core drivers that restrict economic liberties and target them for reform.

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SINGAPOREANS IMAGINE THE FUTURE AT INAUGURAL CONFERENCE

November 30, 2018

The Adam Smith Center in Singapore held its first Imagine Conference, celebrating the ideas of free markets in a country where free expression is often endangered. This year’s theme was the “Future of Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Progress.” The conference explored “the big ideas that will shape our future” including the important positive impact of entrepreneurs on a society and an economy. Students for Liberty Singapore (SFLSG) also supported the conference “in its planning and execution process,” but SFLSG President, Wesley Goh, stresses that “most of the heavy work” was done by the Adam Smith Center.

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PRINCIPLES OF LIBERTY GAIN SPOTLIGHT IN ZIMBABWE WITH THE HELP OF ATLAS NETWORK TRAINING

November 29, 2018

The coup d’état in Zimbabwe in November 2017 dealt a considerable blow to the prospects of developing classical liberal principles in the country. Today, Zimbabwe exists as an oligarchy; with the elites controlling virtually all levers of power, inflation rates frequently exceeding 50 percent a month, and the frequent arrest of journalists that dare to question the government narrative. In the face of these monumental challenges, the newly founded organization Advocates for Progress (AFP) is working to educate and advocate for a free society, most recently through a series of op-eds which published in News Day — the largest independent daily newspaper in the country.

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PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES…

November 29, 2018

Thank you for making this year’s Liberty Forum and Freedom Dinner Atlas Network’s largest ever! In total, over 480 partners, sponsors, and allies representing 55 countries participated in Liberty Forum, which brings together worldwide freedom champions to exchange ideas and share strategies. Additionally, over 700 individuals attended the Freedom Dinner celebration aboard the Intrepid Air & Space Museum. Participants ventured from across the globe—from Belarus to Venezuela; Australia to Egypt; Lithuania to Zimbabwe—as well as the United States, to be a part of this meaningful event. While many experienced long and arduous travels, they left with the knowledge, relationships, and inspiration necessary to carry out and expand upon their organizations’ work within their home countries.

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GIBBS FELLOWS SHINE AT THINK TANK MBA

November 29, 2018

Prior to Liberty Forum and Freedom Dinner 2018, 21 individuals from 18 countries gathered together for Think Tank MBA (TTMBA). Participants learned valuable skills in strategic planning, sharpened leadership skills, and honed fundraising abilities. Among these 21 individuals were three Gibbs Fellows, whose attendance was sponsored by the Gibbs Foundation and who were chosen due to their potential as future leaders in the worldwide freedom movement.

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CASE INVOLVING ‘PEACE CROSS’ HONORING LIVES LOST IN WWI HEADS TO SUPREME COURT

November 28, 2018

Nov. 11, 2018 marked the hundredth anniversary of the end of the First World War. Millions were killed in the conflict, including over 100,000 Americans, and several memorials across the United States honor their sacrifice. One such cross-shaped memorial, privately built and subsquently acquired by the government, was ruled by the 4th Circuit of Appeals to violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. First Liberty Institute has taken up the cause to defend the monument, and it announced earlier this month that the Supreme Court has accepted the appeal of The American Legion et al. v. American Humanist Association et al. First Liberty and Jones Day will be representing The American Legion in their fight to keep the Bladensburg Peace Cross.

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ECONOMIC FREEDOM AUDIT SERIES CASE STUDY: ARGENTINA

November 27, 2018

Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, is the most visited city in South America. Tourists enjoy Argentina’s quaint streets, the old European feel, and the rich culture. Little do many know that the country is in crisis.

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RAINBOW@ATLAS FUND ANNOUNCED

November 27, 2018

Atlas Network is proud to announce the creation of Rainbow@Atlas, a special fund dedicated to the principles of inclusivity, tolerance, and diversity. We believe that no one should ever be excluded from participating in the benefits of liberty on the basis of gender, race, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. Rainbow@Atlas will assist our partners around the world with grants and awards that recognize and encourage the growing multiculturalism and variety that exists in the global liberty movement.

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CLASSICAL LIBERAL ANTHOLOGY OF 17 TEXTS PUBLISHED INTO FRENCH

November 26, 2018

Students for Liberty France has recently published an anthology of classical liberalism that compiles 17 texts, each of them with an accompanying foreword by a scholar. All the texts are in French and most of them are written by French writers such as Benjamin Constant, Frédéric Bastiat, and Émile-Auguste Chartier (commonly known as Alain). The book is called "Vous Avez Dit Liberté? 17 Textes D’anthologie Pour Découvrir Le Libéralisme" (Did You Say Freedom? 17 Anthology Texts To Discover Liberalism).

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ARCHBRIDGE INSTITUTE ADDS RENOWNED SCHOLARS TO TEAM IN MISSION TO LIFT BARRIERS TO SOCIAL MOBILITY

November 20, 2018

The D.C.-based think tank Archbridge Institute works to remove the barriers that keep people from thriving through cutting-edge research and publications that champion the ideas of liberty. In service of this mission, Archbridge has added two new senior fellows: Nobel laureate Dr. James Heckman and Dr. Steven Durlauf — the Steans Professor in Educational Policy at the Harris School, University of Chicago. These new fellows are just the latest examples of Archbridge’s campaign to empower individuals by telling the truth about the causes of social immobility.

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