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Payvand's top 20 News stories of 2011

My-Tehran-for-Sale--movie-poster-iWith millions of article impressions and thousands of articles on Payvand.com every year, here are the top 20 news stories most viewed, in case you missed any.

These viral articles are a reflection of what captured our attention the most in 2011.

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Payvand’s top 10 popular books for 2011

1-shah-iPayvand.com organizes hundreds of titles in more than 40 categories in its Iranbooks section.

Here is a list of top 10 sellers in 2011, reflecting our state of mind.

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Photos: Protests in Egypt

Protests-Egypt-2011-iOn 25 January 2011 extensive civil unrest and rioting began in Egypt. Despite violence, the situation seemed more controlled chiefly through the moderating effects of the army’s presence on the street.

The protesters appeared to have a clear objective — the removal of Mubarak’s regime.

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Report: 2011 Index of Economic Freedom ranks Iran's economy as repressed - 171 out of 179 countries

2011-index-of-economic-freedom-iIran’s score has decreased from last year, driven by lower scores in freedom from corruption, trade freedom, and labor freedom.

Heavy state interference in many aspects of private economic activity has resulted in economic stagnation in Iran’s non-oil sector and a serious lack of overall economic dynamism. A restrictive business and investment environment continues to hamper private-sector development. More than 500 companies remain state-owned, and privatization has been negligible in the past year.

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Iranian Public Opinion Survey by International Peace Institute

International-Peace-InstituteNational telephone survey of 702 Iranians between Aug 30 and Sept. 7, 2010

The poll was conducted by telephone in Farsi, from a phone bank in Istanbul, among a representative national sample of Iranians. More than 85 percent of Iranians have telephones. The margin of sampling error was 3.7 percent.

You can vote on some of the IPI poll questions.

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Pew Report: Is marriage becoming obsolete in the USA? Near 40% agree

MarriageThe Decline of Marriage and Rise of New Families

Social institutions that have been around for thousands of years generally change slowly, when they change at all. But that’s not the way things have been playing out with marriage and family since the middle of the 20th Century.

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UN's Human Development Report 2010 - Iran Ranks 70 out of 169

human-development-report-2010-iran-iPeople are the real wealth of a nation.

It is now almost universally accepted that a country’s success or an individual’s well-being cannot be evaluated by money alone. Income is of course crucial: without resources, any progress is difficult. Yet we must also gauge whether people can lead long and healthy lives, whether they have the opportunity to be educated and whether they are free to use their knowledge and talents to shape their own destinies.

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Global Gender Gap Index 2010 - Iran ranks 123 out of 134

global-gender-gap-2010-iWe are at a unique turning point in history. Never before has there been such momentum around the issue of gender parity on the global stage. Numerous multinational companies have aligned core elements of their businesses and products to support and provide opportunities for women in the communities in which they are active.

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Iran ranks 69th out of 139 in global competitiveness - World Economic Forum

The global-competetiveness-report-2010-iThis year’s Global Competitiveness Report is being published amid uncertainty in the global economy and a continuing shift in the balance of economic activity away from advanced economies and toward developing ones.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicts growth of 6.25 percent for emerging markets, compared with 2.25 percent for advanced economies in 2010.

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