Egypt: New ministers were sworn in today after the ceremony had been postponed for several days due to controversy over the cabinet reshuffle. The ministers were sworn in by Field Marshall Hussein Tantawi, head of the Supreme Council for the Armed Forces. However, demonstrators remain unsatisfied with the reshuffle as they continue to rally in Tahrir Square and prepare for the "Friday of Stability." Their top demand is to accelerate the trials of former regime officials. This Friday will reflect the people's persistence in protecting their revolution but also the increasing divide among the public and among Islamic movements about what is best for Egypt in this new phase.
Syria: The government has initiated a broad security and military campaign in Homs province under the pretext of easing conflicts initiated by "armed terrorist groups." Managing Editor of Levant News, Mohamed Fatouh, however, says that the government purposefully incites sectarian strife in areas, "in order to be able to say that the regime is the only hope and solution.”
Yemen: Deputy Information Minister Abdo al-Janadi said the US recently offered logistic support to forces allied to President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Al-Janadi clarified that Washington brought the forces food when they were besieged in the city of Zinjibar. He added that US forces are also supporting Saleh's regime financially in southern Yemen.