The odds of Egypt becoming a democracy anytime soon went from 'maybe' to 'almost certainly not' today.
At least 40 people were killed Monday at a street demonstration, prompting one of the main religious parties to withdraw support for the military-led transitional government.
The military takes charge in Egypt again. At least temporarily.
Spot the difference.
Warnings of a coup and the death of democracy come from senior Muslim Brotherhood members and advisers of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.
In a letter posted to Facebook, top Egyptian official Essam el Haddad warns that an overthrow would send the world the message that 'democracy is not for Muslims.'
The Obama administration fell into familiar patterns with Hosni Mubarak's successor.
It's hard to see a way for Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi to salvage his position from the current situation. Obama's folks seem to agree.
Hard to say anything certain about Egypt now. But the military has thrust itself to the center of politics again as the democratic transition falters.
Despite having Egyptian citizenship, family ties, and more than six job offers in his field, the Monitor's correspondent in Gaza explains why he has decided against moving back.
Usually apolitical Al Azhar University encouraged dialogue as major anti-Morsi protests loom. The military is also watching closely.