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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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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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SF Common Wealth Club Event: The Shah, the Ayatollah and Iran's nuclear program, Double-talk or Double-standards?

Abbas MilaniJanuary 19 2011

The Commonwealth Club will be hosting Abbas Milani in San Francisco.

Abbas Milani, Co-Director of the Iran Democracy Project and author of The Shah, will reveal the complex and sweeping road that has brought the U.S. and Iran to where they are today.

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Payvand's top 10 News stories of 2010

Fatima-Islamic-doll-Iran-iWith millions of article impressions on Payvand.com every year, here are the top 10 news stories most viewed, in case you missed them.

These are a relfection of what went viral and captured our attention the most in 2010.

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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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