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PBS: THE IRANIAN AMERICANS premieres December 18, 2012

pbs1THE IRANIAN AMERICANS chronicles the underreported history of a group of immigrants finding refuge, overcoming adversity and ultimately creating new lives in the United States. Even though Iran is in the news virtually every day, many Americans have little knowledge of the story of the hundreds of thousands of Iranians who live in the U.S. The special is presented by the network’s flagship station in Greater Los Angeles and Southern California, PBS SoCaL.

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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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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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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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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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American Global View 2010 and Iran - The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

global-view-2010-iThe American people want to play an active part in world affairs but their internationalism is increasingly constrained by economic troubles at home and diminished influence overseas, according to The Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ 2010 survey of public opinion on U.S. foreign policy .

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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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A 19 Question Poll on the Iranian Green Movement’s Charter

hands-hope-iran-green-iParticipate on polls on leadership, secularism, top issues, transparency, arts, freedom, women and more.

Imagine that you are part of the Green Movement. Do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

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2010 Arab Public Opinion Poll, Views on United States, Israel and Iran

2010 Arab-Public-Opinion-Poll-views-Iran-iSurvey conducted June 29 -July 20, 2010 in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and UAE by the University of Maryland in conjunction with Zogby International.

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Islamic Republic of Iran in red-alert category of Failed States Index 2010

Failed_States_Index_2010_iThe FSI focuses on the indicators of risk and is based on thousands of articles and reports.

Its encouraged to utilize the Failed States Index to develop ideas for promoting greater stability worldwide. We hope the Index will spur conversations, encourage debate, and most of all help guide strategies for sustainable security.

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Iran ranks 69 out of 70 in digital economy 2010 report

digital-economy-rankings-2010-iSince 2000, the Economist Intelligence Unit has assessed the world’s largest economies on their ability to absorb information and communications technology (ICT) and use it for economic and social benefit.

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United Nations World Drug Report 2010 and Iran

world-drug-report-2010-iran-iIn 2009, the UN Member States decided to make further and decisive progress, within a decade, in controlling illicit drug supply and demand.

Many illicit drug markets have reached global dimensions and require control strategies on a comparable scale. In that context, there is a need to better understand these transnational markets and the manner in which they operate.

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