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    Death of Chavez Could Resurrect Economic Freedom in Venezuela

    Although Hugo Chavez just died last week in Caracas, economic freedom predeceased him in Venezuela by at least a decade. When Chavez took power in 1999, the Venezuelan economy was rated at 54 points out of 100, according to The Heritage Foundation/Wall Street Journal’s annual Index of Economic Freedom. This … More

    Kosovo’s Independence Welcome, but Work Still to Be Done

    Republic of Kosovo’s Prime Minister Hashim Thaci, in his February 17 speech commemorating the 5th anniversary of the country’s independence, expressed pride in his country’s visible accomplishments, but noted appropriately his awareness that “we need to do much more.” Indeed. Despite notable reforms since independence, the foundations of economic freedom … More

    Corruption Victimizes the Poor in the Americas

    The recently launched “Americas Barometer,” by Vanderbilt University’s Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP), includes important insights about day-to-day corruption burdening citizens in every country in the Western Hemisphere, including the U.S. and Canada. According to a LAPOP poll, one in five people report that they had to pay at … More

    U.S. Policy for Cuba: Libertad

    Speaking in Miami in May 2008, then-presidential candidate Barack Obama outlined his proposed Cuba policy: “My policy toward Cuba will be guided by one word: Libertad [Liberty]. And the road to freedom for all Cubans must begin with justice for Cuba’s political prisoners, the rights of free speech, a free … More

    Union Corruption 2012: Big Labor's Federal Rap Sheet

    America’s labor unions have amassed quite a federal rap sheet in 2012. According to the Justice Department, union officials nationwide have been arrested for or convicted of embezzlement, extortion, bribery, racketeering, money laundering, fraud, and witness tampering so far this year. Below are summaries of criminal actions taken against union … More

    Magnitsky Act Promises to Punish Human Rights Abuse, Open Trade

    Last Thursday, the House of Representatives passed a bill that included language—called the Magnitsky Act—that for the first time punishes Russian officials implicated in serious human rights abuses. The bill was passed by an overwhelming majority—365 to 43—demonstrating strong bipartisan support. The Senate will vote on the Magnitsky Act and … More

    Argentina: Massive Protests Against Statism and Corruption

    Dubbed by organizers as “the Protest of 8N” (for November 8), thousands—perhaps hundreds of thousands—of Argentines jammed the streets of Buenos Aires last night to protest against President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner in Argentina’s biggest anti-government demonstration in years. A spokesman for Buenos Aires’s Justice and Security Ministry estimated the … More

    Bigger Government, More Cronyism, Less Economic Freedom

    Recent news about the Obama Administration’s divestitures from AIG and GM—in some cases at a loss of billions of dollars—stands as a reminder of the privilege and cronyism that permeates our economy. As favoritism grows with the size of the government, economic freedom continues to be eroded by policies like … More

    Stimulus Dollars Disproportionately Went to States Represented by Dems

    According to a new report on President Obama’s stimulus package and its effect on the economy, the amount of stimulus money that went to each state was correlated with the number of Democrats in each state’s congressional delegation. The data is revealed in a new book by Grover Norquist, president … More

    Illegally Appointed NLRB Official Helped Block Reform at Corrupt Union

    One of the officials President Obama illegally appointed to the National Labor Relations Board advanced policies in his position at a major labor union that hindered efforts to reform corrupt union locals. Incoming NLRB member Richard Griffin, formerly the general counsel for the International Union of Operating Engineers, pushed a … More