1. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) released its first statement since the beginning of the sit-in this morning. After the statement angered rather than mollified the protests, SCAF held a press conference this afternoon. The conference was taped rather than recorded live but Al-Jazeera English’s Middle East correspondent tweeted the event. Neither mollified the protestors who marched to the Cabinet to present their demands. They are now calling for the resignation of Essam El-Sharaf. However, their proposed replacement Mohammad El-Baradei has declined their overtures.
2. Deputy Prime Minister Yehia El-Gamal resigns.
2. Thugs attacked the Tahrir Square sit-in this morning wounding eight.
3. After much deliberation, those in Tahrir Square have decided to reopen the Mugama` (the large government bureaucratic building). Maybe this means I will finally get my student visa?
4. Another day, another bombing of the Egypt-Israel natural gas pipeline. This marks the fourth time since the January 25 Revolution that the pipeline has been sabotaged. The pipeline was just reopened on July 11, 2011 after the July 5, 2011 bombing. Aspects of Egypt’s foreign policy with Israel appear to be changing despite the efforts of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.
5. Islamic groups ranging from Salafists to the Muslim Brotherhood (arabic) to the Gamayia al-Islamiyya (arabic) – have all released statements supporting SCAF and the government of Essam El-Sharaf and condemning chaos caused by sit-ins and other acts of civil disobedience. This serves as a pleasant reminder that those dominating the headlines are a minority representing a specific political slice of Egyptian society that is in constant conflict with SCAF and other political players over the allegiance of the silent and nonaligned Egyptian majority.