Iranian Recount Underway

The Iranian authorities are moving full speed ahead with damage control. In an attempt to placate protesters, the Associated Press reports that on Monday, Iranian officials began a recount of 10 percent of the ballots from the disputed presidential election—odd considering that supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the Guardian Council have already said the vote was free from major fraud. In addition, Iran released five of the nine British Embassy employees it detained on Sunday. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also asked a top judge to investigate the death of Neda Agha Soltan, the woman whose gruesome death made world headlines as footage of it was released on YouTube.