Quick Iran Takes
2.) I remain skeptical that there are Lebanese Hizbullah working with the government in Iran. As you can see from this handy chart, the regime has plenty of foot soldiers at its disposal. Arabic speech, which I saw mentioned on a couple of tweets, isn't that important, as there are Arabic-speaking Iranians, and perhaps Iraqis in Iran for IRGC training.
3.) Juan Cole is right about the potential for protests connected to the mourning cycle for those slain. Such protests formed an organizational backbone in the 1979 Iranian Revolution.
4.) The offer by the Council of Guardians for a recount, as well as the expulsion of foreign media, both fit the pattern I suggested yesterday, in which the government is not so much backing down as trying to control it's image while offering minor concessions they hope will sap the protests of some of their energy. In this light, however, the recount offer, while it will undoubtedly lead to nothing, is a step beyond simply offering to hear complaints, and may keep protesters emboldened.
(Crossposted to American Footprints)