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COMMON SENSE ECONOMICS TRANSLATED INTO NEPALI

September 21, 2018

In Nepal, translations of authoritarian, socialist works by Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Mao Zedong, and others are widely available, but books that promote liberty and free markets are virtually non-existent. The Nepal Prosperity Institute (NPI) is working to fix this by translating pro-market books into the local Nepali language — starting with James Gwartney’s Common Sense Economics. Translating Common Sense Economics into Nepali means that arguments for lower taxes, less government regulations, and freer trade will be more accessible to the average Nepali citizen. The ideas expressed in Common Sense Economics offer a needed alternative to the prevailing dogma around centralization in Nepal.

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CARDINAL INSTITUTE IN WEST VIRGINIA EXPLAINS HOW TO ACTUALLY HELP WV FAMILIES

September 20, 2018

The Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy was recently featured by the Exponent Telegram, a prominent West Virginia paper, in an article responding to a new report proposed by the liberal think tank West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy (WVCBP). The WVCBP report claims that the best way to increase employment, wages, and quality of life for West Virginia families is by implementing substantial regulations.

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THE STORY OF SWEDEN IS ABOUT MARKETS, NOT SOCIALISM

September 17, 2018

For years, Free to Choose Network has brought the importance of individual, economic, and political freedom to a mainstream audience through film. The renowned Swedish economist Johan Norberg's most recent film is Sweden: Lessons for America: A Personal Exploration by Johan Norberg, which debuted on public television a few weeks ago and takes viewers on a journey through Sweden’s economic past and present; learning how freedom of the press, a free market, innovation, and reduced taxation helped repair the nation one step at a time.

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FIRST VIDEO IN EGYPTIAN ‘FREE MARKET SERIES’ FEATURES ATLAS NETWORK’S TOM PALMER

September 13, 2018

The Egyptian Center for Public Policy Studies (ECPPS) has released the first in a series of engaging videos designed to inform and persuade Egyptian citizens and viewers from all over the world about the power of free markets. The video displays beautiful cinematography and explains the practical and moral value of market-based economies built on private property.

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NEW BOOK BY FIRE PRESIDENT TAKES ON 'CATASTROPHIZING' AND 'CODDLING' OF AMERICAN MINDS

September 12, 2018

In the past few years, the atmosphere of college campuses in the U.S. has become increasingly hostile to free speech. A recent Gallup poll found that 61% of college students in the U.S. feel that the climate on their campus prevents people from speaking freely. Speakers are shouted down, threatened, and attacked on campuses across the country. Students and professors tread carefully as countless claims of “microaggression” gag even well-meaning people from speaking their mind. Despite efforts to protect students from being offended, rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide continue to rise.

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ARGENTINIAN THINK TANK TO PARTICIPATE IN THINK20 SUMMIT

September 11, 2018

Fundación Instituto David Hume (FIDH) seeks to convince global leaders of the benefits of technology for developing economies. The Argentinian think tank has been selected to present its new policy brief, “Providing a Broader Framework to Social and Labour Relations,” at the Think20 (T20) Summit, September 16–18, 2019. In the brief, FIDH argues that the ongoing and rapid innovation in technology provides opportunities for developing countries and could lessen the number of people in poverty through the creation of jobs in new markets.

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LAUNCH OF THE BALKAN LIBERTY NETWORK SIGNALS NEW CHAPTER FOR REGION

September 11, 2018

The movement to advance liberty in the Balkans is evolving into a well-consolidated network. Liberalni Forum in Bosnia & Herzegovina and Lucha Institute in Montenegro have partnered to establish the Balkan Liberty Network to reinforce the work of several independent classical liberal institutions in the region. The Balkan Liberty Network will even be hosting a three-day conference on entrepreneurship and freedom in November 2018 in Sarajevo, where academic papers will be presented in addition to marking the founding of the regional network dedicated to the promotion of a scientific approach to free market research and capacity building of relevant nonprofits.

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TAJIKISTAN FREE MARKET CENTER HOSTS LECTURE SERIES

September 6, 2018

On August 9 the Tajikistan Free Market Center (TFMC) hosted their latest in a series of lectures on economics and liberty in the Central Asian country. This lecture, titled “Property and Prosperity,” was hosted in the city of Kulob and provided information about the correlation between free market policies, political freedoms, and societal advancements as well as opportunity for discussion between the lecturer and those in attendance.

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NAVIGATING THE POST-JANUS LANDSCAPE IN WASHINGTON AND OHIO

September 6, 2018

Public unions throughout the country have been in upheaval since the June 27th decision in the Supreme Court case, Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. Public union eligible employees now have the ability to opt out of union membership without fear of retaliation and are no longer required to pay “agency fees.” While several states had existing “right-to-work laws”prior to Janus, this overarching national policy gives the power back to the 5 million government employees in the 22 states without them.

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NORTH KOREAN HUMAN RIGHTS: THE CRISIS THAT REMAINS

September 5, 2018

Last night Atlas Network hosted Yeonmi Park at our September Global Policy Perspectives event in New York City. Park is a well-known human rights activist and North Korean refugee. After escaping the country and adjusting to life in the West, she began delivering speeches to the international public, including several talks for Atlas Network in the Fall of 2014. Also in late 2014, the video of her deeply personal speech at One Young World went viral, with millions of views to-date. Park released her searing memoir "In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom" in 2015 with Penguin Publishers. More recently, she became the president of Freedom for North Korea, which connects philanthropists who want to help the people of North Korea with local NGOs that help refugees (which are often unprepared to market their work to English-speaking audiences).

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ORGANIZATIONS FROM ARGENTINA, CROATIA, EGYPT, US, NAMED FINALISTS FOR 2018 TEMPLETON FREEDOM AWARD

September 4, 2018

Awarded since 2004 the Templeton Freedom Award is named for the late investor and philanthropist Sir John Templeton. The award annually honors his legacy by identifying and recognizing the most exceptional and innovative contributions to the understanding of free enterprise, and the public policies that encourage prosperity, innovation, and human fulfillment via free competition. The winning organization receives a one hundred thousand dollar prize and the runners-up each receive twenty-five thousand dollars. The award is generously supported by Templeton Religion Trust, and is presented during Atlas Network’s Liberty Forum and Freedom Dinner in New York City.

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TALE OF TWO OIL-RICH COUNTRIES: VENEZUELA VS. NORWAY

September 3, 2018

Venezuela has one of the largest repositories of oil in the world, so why is its economy collapsing? Two new research papers produced by Venezuelan think-tank Centro de Divulgacion del Conocimiento Economico para la Libertad (CEDICE Libertad) provide unique insights into this question. By examining the way Venezuela's oil industry operates while comparing and contrasting that with the oil industries of Norway and various Middle Eastern countries, these papers isolate a few basic causes of the dissonance — a lack of stable, democratic, and market-oriented institutions.

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INDONESIAN THINK TANK PARTNERS WITH YOUTUBE CELEBRITY ON FOOD SECURITY

August 30, 2018

The Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS) has partnered with Indonesian YouTube celebrity Vincent Ricardo to publish the first in a series of videos aiming to educate the public about the reasons for high food prices in Indonesia and to encourage public action. This video calls for President Joko Widodo to lessen trade restrictions so that the price of food will be lowered in Indonesia. The video includes the petition “Makan Murah adalah Hak Kita!” which asks the Indonesian President to implement real changes that will promote competition and lower food prices. The video was posted on August 13 and has already been viewed over 53,000 times.

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SMITH FELLOW SPOTLIGHT: NATALIA MACYRA

August 28, 2018

The Smith Fellowship, one of the many programs of Atlas Network’s Leadership Academy, brings up-and-coming leaders from around the world to Washington D.C., where they receive varied training in marketing, fundraising, management, and other relevant skills. A recent alumna of the Smith Fellowship, Natalia Macyra, is general manager of European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE), a partner organization based in Brussels, Belgium. She was one of the Cornerstone Talks presenters at Europe Liberty Forum 2018, and she completed Atlas Network’s Smith Fellowship in July 2018.

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THINK TANK ESSENTIALS TRAINS THE LATEST CHEETAH GENERATION IN LAGOS, NIGERIA

August 22, 2018

Clearly defining and articulating an organization’s vision for the future is a common challenge among many organizations in Africa. In order to tackle this hurdle, 23 think tank professionals from across the continent gathered for a specialized Think Tank Essentials Training prior to the start of this year’s Africa Liberty Forum in Lagos, Nigeria. This training was hosted by Atlas Network’s Leadership Academy and facilitated by Atlas Network staff members, Dr. Lyall Swim and Tarun Vats, joined by independent facilitator Manali Shah. The training included sessions on charting an organization’s course, project management, marketing, communications, and public policy.

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CHANGE IN BURUNDI & BEYOND: 'IT'S POSSIBLE" — CDE WINS 2018 AFRICA LIBERTY AWARD

August 22, 2018

Centre For Development and Enterprises Great Lakes has won Atlas Network’s 2018 Africa Liberty Award for its Birashoboka project. The term “birashoboka” is a local Kirundi word from Burundi that means “it’s possible.” The goal of the campaign is to make it possible for Burundian, Rwandan, and Congolese entrepreneurs to thrive within their communities.

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FIFTH ANNUAL FREEDOM CONFERENCE IN TEL AVIV DRAWS ATTENDEES FROM 25 ORGANIZATIONS

August 21, 2018

In March 2018, The Israeli Freedom Movement and the Ayn Rand Center Israel presented the Fifth Annual Freedom Conference in Tel Aviv. This conference is hosted every year as a way to bring together all of the parts of the liberty movement in Israel and to communicate and educate one another on the best ways to advance free-market solutions in their country. This year’s conference featured 290 participants from twenty-five organizations.

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PRIVATE PROPERTY HOLDS THE KEY TO UNLOCKING ZIMBABWE’S POTENTIAL

August 20, 2018

The Coalition for Market and Liberal Solutions (COMALISO) is seeking to educate Zimbabwe on the importance of private property. Its project, “Happy Hut Million,” will use the successful case study of the tribe Fengu Xhosa, as an example that highlights the benefits of, as well as provides a blueprint for, the protection of private property.

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