As compared to the earlier of the week, events in Egypt have slowed down providing time for reflection and analysis.
1. As symbolic confessions and limited reform have failed to mollify the protestsers, the Arabist discusses the end game for the current protests. I agree with his conclusion: Tomorrow really, really matters. Without the Muslim Brotherhood participating, how many people will this collection of liberal parties be able to gather in Tahrir Square this Friday? Also, how long can the myriad of groups gathered in Tahrir Square maintain the unity necessary to achieve additional reform?
2. In the above vein, more than 200,000 signatures have been gathered (arabic) in support of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF). The protestors have started a signature campaign calling for the removal of SCAF, but its numbers remain low. I cannot stress enough that those gathered in Tahrir Square are in the minority. They face opposition from not alone SCAF and the Islamists (Muslim Brotherhood, Salafists, etc) but also from many political unaligned Egyptians who have grown frustrated with the determintal effect of the revolution on the Egyptian economy.
3. In the Interior Ministry, details are emerging about the specifics of the reform. The purge includes 669 highly-ranked officers among them 505 generals and 82 colonels. Protestors remained unsatisfied, however, feeling that this will not set a sufficient deterrent against police brutality – especially among those on the bottom end of the totem poll.
4. Although the political results of the revolution remain uncertain, the revolution has broken the state’s near monopoly on broadcast media generating an explosion in independent media broadcasting networks.