17 Mar 2020

African countries shut doors against Europe, America to combat coronavirus

Compared to the rest of the world, Africa has recorded relatively few cases of the novel coronavirus. However, even mostly unaffected countries have taken measures to prevent the virus from spreading within their countries before it is too late. Several African countries have announced new precautions, including Sudan, who has

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26 Feb 2020

Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian strongman undone by the Arab Spring, dead at 91

Hosni Mubarak, ruler of Egypt for nearly three decades, has passed away at the age of 91. Mubarak died last night according to his son. Over his 29 years in power, Mubarak crushed a rising Islamist radical movement and maintained the peace pact with Israel that got his predecessor killed.

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14 Nov 2019

Rockets fired at Israel after Gaza ceasefire starts

A ceasefire brokered by Egypt was broken just hours later when militants in the Gaza Strip fired rockets towards Israel. The truce initially ended two days of intense conflict after senior commander of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) Baha Abu al-Ata and his wife were killed by Israeli forces. On

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04 Oct 2019

New Android Cyberwarfare Attack Exposed—And It’s Hiding A Devious Twist

Earlier this week, the New York Times covered what it referred to as an “attack on Egyptian journalists, academics, lawyers, opposition politicians and human rights activists.” The report was based on recent research by Check Point, which in turn followed a report by Amnesty from March of this year. Check

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01 May 2019

Trump weighs labeling Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group

US President Donald Trump plans to designate the Muslim Brotherhood a foreign terrorist organization. The decision is a response to a recent request by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a military commander who came to power after organizing a coup against the Muslim Brotherhood’s rule of Egypt under President Mohamed

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08 Mar 2019

Egypt government used Gmail third-party apps to phish activists

Over the past few years, a series of privacy scandals including the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal have spurred an international push for better privacy laws. In some parts of the world, policymakers have responded to this movement by introducing new data protection bills, such as the EU General Data Protection Regulation

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31 Dec 2018

Egypt Kills 40 Suspected Militants After Deadly Bombing of Tour Bus

“Egyptian security forces killed at least 40 people suspected of being militants in North Sinai and Giza, officials said on Saturday, a day after an explosion hit a tour bus, leaving four people dead and 10 others wounded. The Ministry of Interior did not explicitly link the killing of the

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04 Dec 2018

Reuters Special Report: How Iran spreads disinformation around the world

Media website Nile Net Online portrays itself as the purveyor of “true news”…to expand the scope of freedom of expression in the Arab World” from supposed offices in Cairo. With over 115,000 followers between Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, it had a significant reach. The contact and geographical information listed on

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20 Nov 2018

Dozens of human rights activists, lawyers arrested by Egypt: HRW

In the past 30 days, more than 40 lawyers, human rights advocates, and political activists have been arrested and held by Egyptian authorities, according to NGO Human Rights Watch. According to HRW statements and spokespersons, “Many of those arrested were people who provided humanitarian and legal support to families of

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25 Sep 2018

Muslim Brotherhood chief, 65 others get life for Egypt attack

The political fallout from the 2013 coup d’état in Egypt continues as different courts continue to mete out and overturn sentences. Most recently, 66 people connected to the the previous government and an attack on a police station, including Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie, have been re-sentenced to life in

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