Turmoil in Tehran

Iran Arrests British Embassy Staff

Has the trouble in Iran just become an international crisis? The Iran government has reportedly imprisoned eight local workers from the British Embassy in Tehran. The government accuses them of playing a “significant role” in fomenting protest. On a more encouraging note, The Guardian reports, “The power struggle inside Iran appears to be moving from the streets into the heart of the regime itself this weekend amid reports that Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani is plotting to undermine the power of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.” Tensions are also rising between Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the speaker of the parliament, Ali Larijani, who has pledged to investigate the violence.