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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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Documentary: Sex Scandals in Religion

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Respected documentary producers Cogent/Benger Production produced the VisonTV documentary series, Sex Scandals In Religion. The series looks at alleged sexual abuses committed in various world religions – Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity.

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Freedom House: A Review of Censorship Circumvention Tools in Iran

Censorship-Circumvention-Tools-in-Iran-filter-software-iThis report is intended for internet users from Iran. In Iran, access to websites and services may be blocked and monitored by the Iranian government. This report summarizes the characteristics of a number of tools you can easily use to circumvent the blocking and monitoring system in Iran, and will help you to choose the right tool for your situation.

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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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Iran-born Hanif Bali elected to Swedish Parliament

Hanif-Bali-iThe new MP for Stockholm’s Solna constituency.

Hanif Bali’s family fled from political persecution in Iran, but the protection in neighbouring Iraq was short-lived.

When the second Gulf War broke out, Hanif’s parents sent him to safety in Sweden with human smugglers. He landed in Stockholm, exposed and alone.

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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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2011 Sundance Film Festival Presents Circumstance by Maryam Keshavarz

Circumstance-iJan 22-29 2011 Salt Lake City
Categories: U.S. Dramatic Competition

Synopsis – A wealthy Iranian family struggles to contain a teenager’s growing sexual rebellion and her brother’s dangerous obsession.

Maryam Keshavarz (born in New York, United States) is an Iranian-American filmmaker.

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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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Graphs: Iran in UNAIDS Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic 2010

global-aids-2010-iThe Islamic Republic of Iran is believed to have the largest number of people who inject drugs in the region, and its HIV epidemic is centred mainly within this population group.

An estimated 14% of people who inject drugs countrywide were living with HIV in 2007.

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Video: Interview with Faezeh Rafsanjani

Faezeh-Hashemi-RafsanjaniAlAan TV Exclusive

AlAan TV exclusively interviewed Faezeh Hashemi who said that the Iranian authorities fabricated lies against her brother Mehdi and pressured prisoners to confess against him.

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Photos: FEMEN, Ukraine activist group, stage nude protest against Iranian woman's death sentence - PG13

FEMEN_logoFEMEN protested the death sentence given to Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani at the opening ceremony for an event promoting Iranian culture on Thursday Nov. 11 2010 in Kyiv.

FEMEN said the Iranian ambassador did not come to us at the embassy we had to come to him and tore off the opening week of Iranian culture in Ukraine.

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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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Prosperity Index 2010 - Islamic Republic of Iran ranks 92 out of 110

Prosperity-Index-2010-iran-iThe Legatum Prosperity Index is the world’s only global assessment of wealth and wellbeing.

Unlike other studies that rank countries by actual levels of wealth, life satisfaction or development, the Prosperity Index produces rankings based upon the very foundations of prosperity those factors that will help drive economic growth and produce happy citizens over the long term.

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Corruption Perceptions Index 2010 – Iran ranks 146 out of 178

Corruption-Perceptions-Index-2010-iran-iTransparency International(TI) defines corruption as the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. This definition encompasses corrupt practices in both the public and private sectors. The Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) ranks countries according to the perception of corruption in the public sector. The CPI is an aggregate indicator that combines different sources of information about corruption, making it possible to compare countries.

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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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