Iran Linkage

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on July 24, 2009

Not much appears to have happened in Iran over the past day. Nevertheless, two items are worth noting.

1. The brother of Zahra Rahnavard–wife of opposition candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi–has been put in prison, for having supposedly helped organize and encourage the demonstrations against the regime. This is, of course, an effort to get at Mousavi and his family in order to intimidate them into silence. I don’t suspect that it will work, but once again, the regime has managed to show its wanton cruelty.

2. Despite efforts to keep the holy city of Qom free of unrest, dissent palpably transmits itself through the words and phrases of this Economist article on happenings in the city. I imagine that Ahmadinejad’s level of support is greater in Qom than it is in cities like Tehran. But if unrest is developing in Qom–and it appears that it is–the regime has even more trouble on its hands.

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