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Those Fishy-Looking Russian Economic Stats Look A Lot Like Those Fishy -Looking Soviet Economic Stats

When Russia's state statistics agency released its initial estimates of 2018 economic growth on February 4, it caught economists, investment bankers, financial analysts, and many others off-guard.

It wasn't because the reported gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 2.3 percent was earth-shattering, or even that it was the country's strongest showing in six years. It was that Rosstat's figure bettered even the most optimistic forecasts, with experts having predicted something in the range of 1.8 to 2.1 percent.

Kremlin Puppet Master Surkov Distracts Public with Putin Panegyric (Op-ed)

Vladislav Surkov’s job has always been to get people talking about everything except what’s real.

On Feb. 11, the ill-reputed Vladislav Surkov, now personal advisor to President Vladimir Putin on Ukraine, published another magnum opus that will almost surely have the pundits hopping. In the spirit of public service, then, here’s a preemptive debunking: Surkov’s a shill.

Ukraine: Russian Aggression and Western Ignorance

Three years after the Maidan Revolution Freedom Today Network visited Ukraine to learn about the current situation, speak to Ukrainians and experts about the future of the country on the black sea.

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Johan Norberg: "Look Forward to the Future"

Johan Norberg is a Swedish author and historian, devoted to promoting economic globalization and classical liberal positions. He is arguably most known as the author of In Defense of Global Capitalism (2001) and Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future (2016). He is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, an the executive editor at Free To Choose Media.

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Maduro Consolidates His Dictatorship in Venezuela

The dictator has shown no pretense of relinquishing control.

On January 10, Nicolás Maduro took another step in perpetuating and expanding his power, carrying out a masquerade in the form of a presidential investiture that will initiate a new mandate, a move that has been regarded as illegitimate by a large part of the international community. It would keep him in charge of Venezuela (supposedly) until 2025.

What happened to Iceland?

A team of Freedom Today Network editors and producers traveled to Iceland in October 2016 to attend the European Students for Liberty Conference in Rejkavik, the third Conference of this kind in Iceland.

Of course, they shot a short documentary about Icelands recent crisis, recovery and the way forward. Our team spoke to top managers, academics, politicians, and entrepreneurs.

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Russian ships attacked Ukrainian Navy boats

Early in the morning on 25th of November two Ukrainian Navy armored artillery boats and a tugboat set off from the Black Sea in Odessa via the Kerch Strait to Mariupol in the Azov Sea.  The Ukrainian navy assert that they had informed in advance of the boats’ planned movements “in accordance with international norms”.

Three Ways to Boost Liberty in the World

Defending liberty in the world is important, but so is also advancing liberty. There are two types of arguments for this:

It is a worthy goal in and of itself. I hope this goes without saying. Everybody can be free and that is good, and that’s why it should be so.

However, advancing liberty in the world is not only an end, but also a means:

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