Egypt Begins Surveillance of Facebook, Twitter, and Skype on Unprecedented Scale

 “We are looking at any conversation, any interaction, we might find worrying or would want to keep a closer eye on.”

Egyptians’ online communications are now being monitored by the sister company of an American cybersecurity firm, giving the Egyptian government an unprecedented ability to comb through data from Skype, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, among others.

See Egypt, the sister company of the U.S.-based Blue Coat, won the contract over the summer, beating out the British Gamma System, and the Israeli-founded Narus System. See Egypt has begun monitoring Egyptians’ online communications, according to several Egyptian government officials who spoke to BuzzFeed News.

Read more: Egypt Begins Surveillance of Facebook, Twitter, and Skype on Unprecedented Scale

Kerry Claims U.S. Has Found a Moderate Syrian Rebel: Homor!

In what Secretary of State John Kerry described as a significant foreign-policy coup, the U.S. claimed, on Tuesday, that it had successfully located a moderate Syrian rebel.

Though Kerry did not elaborate on how the U.S. did so, he said that locating the rebel was “the culmination of a months-long effort.”

The Secretary of State said that the Syrian had been appropriately vetted and was deemed “moderately rebellious.”

Read more: Kerry Claims U.S. Has Found a Moderate Syrian Rebel: Homor!

The Islamic State of Sexual Violence

The jihadists' rape campaign in Iraq and Syria is not a women's issue. It is a terror tactic and a crime against humanity. So why won't anyone in Washington talk about it?

Of the many terrifying stories emerging from Islamic State-occupied Iraq and Syria, the violence directed toward women is perhaps the most difficult to contemplate.

Read more: The Islamic State of Sexual Violence

ISIS Orders All Christian, Shiite Business Assets to Be Delivered to the Islamic State

The Arabic language Alsumaria News is reporting that ISIS has ordered all Sunni businesses with Christian and Shiite partners to deliver the non-Sunni share of the business to the Islamic State. ISIS gave a two day deadline to comply with the order, else all assets would be confiscated.

According to the report, ISIS has a complete list of of businesses with Christian and Shiite partners.

ISIS is now charging tariffs on all goods entering the Nineveh Province. Goods deemed offensive to Islam are seized and destroyed.

Read more: ISIS Orders All Christian, Shiite Business Assets to Be Delivered to the Islamic State

Security Forces Attack Village Copts Protesting a Woman’s ‘Disappearance’

At least 22 Copts and three policemen were injured in clashes between security forces and Copts in Gabal el-Tair village in Samalout, Minya (Upper Egypt), on Monday evening.

Thirty-five other Copts were arrested and three police cars, including a fire engine destroyed in the conflict.

Raafat Mounir, a Coptic resident of the village, told MCN that Minya’s security forces were deployed to the village of a missing Coptic woman to crack down on a sit-in demanding her return. Some of those arrested were members of the woman’s family.

Read more: Security Forces Attack Village Copts Protesting a Woman’s ‘Disappearance’

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