- For the latest, just follow the #Egypt hashtag on Twitter.
- 'Reconciliation now seems hopeless; Egypt is shattered'. The US is complicit, says Ali Gharib, so it's time to cut Egypt loose. Marc Lynch agrees.
- Tarek Radwan: 'Unfortunately, too many parties in the standoff had too much to gain in failed negotiations'.
- 'For the Egyptian military, this was a catastrophe of choice', says Joshua Hersh in the New Yorker.
- For a contrary view (that the Muslim Brotherhood forced the government and military into this action), listen to Fran Kelly's interview this morning with Dr Mohammed Abul-Ghar, leader of Egypt's Social Democratic Party.
- The Muslim Brotherhood has been openly attacking Christian churches.
- The Big Pharoah hasn't posted on the latest violence, but the blog is well worth following. So is the Twitter feed.
- It's Egypt's Tiananmen Square, says The Guardian.
- The Arabist:
In their strategy against the July 3 coup, the Brothers and their allies have relied on an implicit threat of violence or social breakdown (and the riling of their camp through sectarian discourse pitting the coup as a war on Islam, conveniently absolving themselves for their responsibility for a disastrous year) , combined with the notion of democratic legitimacy, i.e. that they were after all elected and that, even if popular, it was still a coup. On the latter argument, they may have gained some ground over time both at home and abroad. But on the former, they got things very, very wrong: their opponents will welcome their camp's rhetorical and actual violence, and use it to whitewash their own.