Russian officials are in Cairo today, reportedly to negotiate an arms deal. The US suspended some of its annual military aid to Egypt last month.
The Middle East is becoming a hotbed of online entrepreneurs. E-commerce sales grew 70 percent in 2011, outpacing all other regions.
Meanwhile, the Gulf states have pledged billions to the country's new government in a bid to bring back 'trusted friends' in the region.
The EU pledged $6.7 billion to Egypt to help along its democratic transition, but it was conditional on reforms that have largely not happened.
Some Muslim Brotherhood supporters have taken up weapons, and the Egyptian military and police are heavily armed. But now, it seems, they have company.
Comparisons of Egypt to regional nations that have witnessed ruinous civil wars are premature – but worth noting.