December 30, 2009
The readers have spoken. Here is your ranking for the top stories of 2009.
1. Iran’s protests
2. Global economic crisis
3. Obama’s first year in office
4. Swine flu
5. Michael Jackson’s death
But to drill a little deeper and really capture the zeitgeist, here is a selection of popular search terms that users typed into Google and then ended up on rferl.org. Some reflect the spirit of the time, while a few are just plain bizarre.