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August 17, 2017

Cannabis Legalization Mural Unveiled in Vilnius

August 15 is the day Lithuanians traditionally celebrate a bountiful harvest. The national holiday is known as “Žolinė” – literally, “Grass Day“. A group of Vilnius street artists decided it would be the perfect day to use their talents to advocate for cannabis legalization. Their mural was unveiled in the self-proclaimed autonomous district of artists and anarchists known as Užupis to the applause of hundreds of local residents. The mural reinterprets the famous French painting “Liberty Leading the People”, showing people following Liberty in a fight for the right to cannabis. Part of the wall includes key facts about cannabis legalization and space for the signatures of those who support it. Hundreds of signatures were placed there the day the mural was unveiled. The unveiling […]
August 15, 2017

ESFL 2017 Internship Program

Job Opening: Student Programs Intern, Events & Communications Intern  European Students For Liberty (ESFL) is looking for talented pro-liberty students to join the ESFL 2017 Internship Program. If you’re ready for a challenge and want to do innovative work supporting fellow student activists, this is an opportunity for you! Student Programs Intern European Students For Liberty has an open position for one enthusiastic intern to join our team and support all aspects of our Local Coordinator Program. Assisting the Local Coordinator Program Manager, you will have the rewarding opportunity to work with volunteers throughout our network helping them to spread the ideas of liberty and achieve great things in their home countries and across the continent. Role: As our Student Programs Intern you will work closely with our […]
August 7, 2017

Do Patients a Favor and Legalize Kidney Sales

Spain is one of the leading countries in kidney transplants. In 2016, near 3,000 transplants were carried out in Spanish hospitals, of which 11% came from living donors. Yet the number of chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients awaiting a kidney still amounts to 4,300 or around 140% of the number of transplanted patients last year. Those CKD patients that have not received a transplant yet (80% of them never will due to medical reasons) have no choice but to undergo a time-consuming (4 hours) medical procedure called dialysis (more specifically hemodialysis, the most common type of dialysis) three times a week in order to have their blood filtered from waste and excess water. In addition, although dialysis is painless, patients often feel dizzy and extremely […]
August 7, 2017

Europe:
July 2017 Update

  European Students For Liberty JULY 2017 UPDATE ESFL Eastern Europe Retreat The future of liberty in Eastern Europe is bright. On the 16-19th of July, Ukrainian Students for Liberty hosted the very first European Students for Liberty Eastern European Retreat (EER), which gathered 30 brightest advocates of liberty from 4 countries and 8 biggest Ukrainian regions. The four-day long retreat held in a small village on the outskirts of Kyiv marked the beginning of a close cooperation between the leaders of today and tomorrow and resulted in a number of great ideas about making this world a better place to live in. Read more about the EER. Jerusalem Pride Parade “Voluntary relationships are not a matter of the state” – In order to support the LGBT community in Israel, Students […]
August 5, 2017

Safarisource: The Airbnb for Safaris cuts out the middle-man

As the sharing economy develops, the opportunities for cutting out the middle-man seem endless. After Lyft and Uber revolutionised personal transport, BlaBlaCar challenged public transportation and Airbnb overthrew our concept of monetising our own properties, Safarisource attempts to do the same thing with safaris. Launched at the INDABA tourism trade fair in South Africa on May 16, safarisource.com connects tourists with local African tour operators. The site was founded by PhD anthropologist Jessika Nilsson, who is originally from Sweden, yet who grew up in Tanzania before going back to Europe for her studies. For Nilsson, creating Safarisource had multiple reasons, one of which was the support for local communities, as she saw locals bearing the cost of living with wildlife but not reaping the fruit. In fact, […]
August 3, 2017

In Ukraine, The President is The Law

Ukrainians are two years away from parliamentary and presidential elections. Realising what is at stake, President Petro Poroshenko, whose party holds the parliamentary majority, has started removing his political opponents. On the 26th of July, he deprived the leader of the Movement of New Forces, and former President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili, of Ukrainian citizenship without stated reason. Saakashvili served as the president of Georgia from 2004 to 2007 and from January 2008 to mid-November 2013. In 2014, Georgian authorities accused Saakashvili of the abuse of power. He fled Georgia and in 2015 acquired Ukrainian citizenship, because of this his Georgian Citizenship was terminated. The same year he became the Odesa governor, managing to cut the size of the bureaucratic apparatus, and showing a  zero-tolerance approach […]
August 1, 2017

The NHS’s New Drugs Framework Will Hurt UK Patients

Increased burden on the NHS has led it to introduce new price controls. These initiatives have been reviewed by independent agencies to be potentially harmful to UK patients, and remove significant amounts of drugs needed to combat rare diseases. The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry recently began legal action against new price controls introduced by the NHS. The UK drugs industry has been worried recently about the increasing regulations on their industry, coupled with uncertainty around Brexit. The government has not made clear the relationship they want to have with the European Medicines Agency, the current authority that approves drugs for sale across Europe, which opens up the possibility that British drugs will have to be reproved for sale on the continent, and vice […]
July 29, 2017

Will technology rule our lives? – September 16

On 16th of September, Students For Liberty Paris proudly presents its conference “Will technology rule our lives?” More information soon.    
July 29, 2017

Weekend of Capitalism – November 18-19

On 18-19th November, ESFL Poland proudly presents its Weekend of Capitalism at the Warsaw School of Economics. Capitalism, which mechanisms created vast amount of wealth and brought millions of people out of poverty, is one of the most condemned concept in modern world. People of good will can’t allow such depreciation. During November weekend in Warsaw, we stand proud for defending individual rights and freedom. We’ll show where capitalism comes from, what it actually is and what its result are and might be. More information soon.    
July 29, 2017

Maastricht Students for Liberty’s Peace Conference – November 4th

On Saturday 4th November, Maastricht Students For Liberty proudly presents its Peace Conference. Peace is not an impractical fantasy. And Peace also does not entail downsides for liberty nor prosperity. With our conference, MSFL wants to educate about the importance of Peace, how it can be achieved and maintained, and how Peace increases our personal Liberties. Join us for lectures and panel discussions on the political, economic and social sphere of Peace. More information coming soon.
July 28, 2017

How ‘Unschooling’ Opens New Ways of Education to Children

Remember school? Long and painful hours of disheartening top-down teaching from a professor who knows very well that none of his students have any interest what so ever in the subject at hand. Public schooling leaves an undoubted mark on people, and with drop-out rates at a record high, we need to fundamentally rethink schooling as it is. First, let’s dive into how we got here. The (very summarised) history of public schooling For the longest time, be that the scholars of Ancient Greece, the ludus publicus primary schools in Ancient Rome or the widespread presence of Catholic schools all around the continent, education was reserved for the upper classes. Not only because lower classes were too poor to afford such an education for their children, but […]
July 26, 2017

You Will Go To Jail for This

“Overcriminalization,” which is the use and abuse of the criminal law instead of civil or administrative law to “solve” every societal problem and punish every mistake, is an unfortunate trend. The criminal law should be used to redress only blameworthy conduct, actions that truly deserve the greatest punishment and moral sanction. In many African societies, police are neither respected nor appreciated. They are feared and avoided and looked upon with scorn. Why is this so? They are supposed to serve and protect the people. The absence of the rule of law helps to create a space for police brutalities to go unpunished. Governments are fond of enacting criminal laws to score political points with an electorate that has been led to believe that outlawing more and […]