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Maoist Strike Fails, Nepal’s Future Hangs in the Balance

Maoist Strike Fails, Nepal’s Future Hangs in the Balance

The following is an update from an ally of Atlas in Nepal on the situation unfolding in Kathmandu. It is anonymous for safety concerns. Dear Friends of Liberty, I am writing to update you on the situation in Nepal. Politically, this must be the worst situation in the last three years. In 2006, radical revolutionary [...]


A Cultural Awakening in Eastern Europe

A Cultural Awakening in Eastern Europe

“For hundreds of years Slovakians were told that God would take care of them. And then for dozens of years they were told that the State would take care of them,” Martin Chren told the Atlas Freedom Dinner audience in November 2009. Chren explained that since the fall of the Iron Curtain, Slovakia has succeeded [...]


Atlas vs. The Volcano

Atlas vs. The Volcano

On April 18-22 Atlas’s Russian program InLiberty.ru held a seminar in the beautiful city of Odessa, Ukraine despite major travel restraints due to the volcano in Iceland. Several participants and speakers were unable to attend (including Professor of Russian Literature and Cultural History at Oxford University, Andrei Zorin). But as they say, “the show must [...]


Ideas First in Southeast Asia

Ideas First in Southeast Asia

The idea was hatched in London when three Malaysian natives, at the time working for British political consultancies, found out they had one unique thing in common – they were libertarians. In Malaysia, a country that is divided by fierce ethnic and religious loyalty, people stick to their clan, vote for their own and expect [...]


Crisis & Opportunity

Crisis & Opportunity

Mirsulzhan Namazaliev awoke to the sound of gunfire in his downtown Bishkek apartment on a Tuesday night in early April. By Friday, a new government was in power and he was sharing his opinions of the transition on CNN International. In this edition of Atlas Highlights, we feature the story of the Central Asia Free [...]


Braving the Storm – Students for Limited Government

Braving the Storm – Students for Limited Government

The first week of February 2010 will be long-remembered by residents of the Washington D.C. area. It was the week of “Snowpocalypse,” when forty inches of snow brought the District to a halt. It also was the week of the Students for Liberty’s(SFL) third annual conference, which – despite the weather-related obstacles – attracted more [...]


A 21st Century Challenge

A 21st Century Challenge

Many of Atlas’s partners were inspired by meeting Sir Antony Fisher in the course of their professional lives, or by reading about Fisher’s impact as one of the think-tank movement’s founding “intellectual entrepreneurs.” But Rod Richardson encountered Fisher differently, as a visitor to his parents’ Manhattan apartment in the 1970s when Rod was just a [...]


Transforming the Americas – The Chilean Experience

Transforming the Americas – The Chilean Experience

In 1972, Chile had the second worst economy in Latin America. Inflation reached 500%. Production lagged due to frequent worker strikes. Nationalization, price controls and high tariffs were the order of the day. The state controlled more than 70% of all economic output. Today Chile is an economic powerhouse. The first “Latin Tiger” has the [...]


The Poor Empowering Themselves

The Poor Empowering Themselves

We rarely hear positive, inspiring stories from the poorest slums on the planet – which is why the work of Professor James Tooley is extraordinary and heart-warming. Tooley, an education expert at the University of Newcastle and director of the E.G. West Centre (UK), has done extensive research showing that in the most impoverished places, [...]


A Free Man

A Free Man

The small central European country of Slovenia, a former member of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, is transitioning from its failed Marxist ideology to freer markets and a more limited state. Many Atlas partners in the region are working to introduce their fellow countrymen and former comrades to the ideas of the free society [...]