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Egypt Removes Police Boss Who Helped Quell Islamist Protests

Egypt has replaced the interior minister who worked to quell Islamists protests after the ousting of former President Mohamed Morsi. The move comes a week before a conference with the goal of boosting the Egyptian economy is scheduled to be held. TCF senior fellow Michael Hanna commented on the decision, calling it an attempt by the Egyptian government to exercise "damage control."

The cabinet changes are “an exercise in damage control,” said Michael Hanna, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation, a New York-based research center.

Under Ibrahim, “the indiscriminate use of police force and arbitrary arrests created unnecessary controversy and headaches for the presidency,” Hanna said by phone. The overhaul “shows the government is willing to take steps to burnish its image before the conference, but we shouldn’t assume this is indicative of a broader course correction.”

Read more on this story in Bloomberg Business.

Tags: police, mohamed morsi, michael wahid hanna, islamists, egyptian protests, cairo, bloomberg

How National-Security Reporter Barton Gellman Protects His Sources

TCF fellow Barton Gellman has been using encryption and anonymity tools for over a decade now. In an interview with The Daily Dot, Gellman talks the free and open source tools that he is currently turning to for his own security needs.

Barton Gellman’s security tools
  • Peerio
  • PGP
  • Pond
  • SecureDrop
  • Signal, TextSecure
  • Tails
  • Tor

Read Gellman's recommendations discussed in the interview here.

Tags: surveillance, snowden nsa, snowden, security, privacy, nsa, encryption, barton gellman, bart gellman

More Security Fears Surround Clinton’s ‘Homebrew’ Email Server

March 4, 2015 BY: Barton Gellman TOPICS: Foreign Policy, National Security

As reports have emerged that Hillary Clinton relied on a "homebrew" computer server to send and receive messages during her time at the State Department, many have called Clinton's actions inexcusable. TCF fellow Barton Gellman provided commentary on the news:

Others were less convinced that Clinton's decision afforded her more security and that it was motivated by anything more than an attempt to dodge transparency. Barton Gellman, a reporter for The Washington Post who has access to the Snowden files, tweeted Wednesday that "it is not possible for a high-value target to secure a home-managed email server."

See coverage of this story in The National Journal.

Tags: hillary clinton, computer hacking, barton gellman, bart gellman

Netanyahu on Capitol Hill: Israeli PM calls for Deal Breaker with Iran

March 4, 2015 BY: victoria_smith TOPICS: Foreign Policy

Following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to Congress on Tuesday, TCF fellow Michael Cohen joined France 24 to discuss the implications of the speech. Watch the interview below:

Tags: netanyahu, michael cohen, israel, iran, congress, benjamin netanyahu

Clinton’s E-Mail Server Was Never Safe

Over the past few days, experts have continued to weigh-in on the Hillary Clinton email controversy. Many agree with TCF fellow Barton Gellman that a secure home-managed email server would have been impossible to achieve.

The same goes for the actual e-mail messages that passed through the server apparently located in the Clinton home. I agree with Barton Gellman, The Washington Post's point man on the Snowden revelations, who tweeted today:

Read the newest opinion piece on the issue in Bloomberg View.

Tags: surveillance, privacy, hillary clinton, hacking, bloomberg, barton gellman, bart gellman

Combat the Climate Trolls

March 4, 2015 BY: Neil Bhatiya TOPICS: Foreign Policy, Climate Change

Americans let out a collective groan last week when Sen. James Inhofe, chair of the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee, threw a snowball onto the Senate floor in an attempt to dismiss the existence of climate change. TCF policy associate Neil Bhatiya discusses the incident and explains why the stunt is not the worst thing that Inhofe has said about climate change.

While Inhofe’s recent ice-based outburst seems the more egregious insult to the intelligence of the American people, it is in fact the latter sentiment – that we are powerless when it comes to changing course – that is much more worrisome. As I wrote previously, while debates about accepting scientific evidence of climate change are important, it is the debate about solutions that will be the real test, and it is that latter debate which Inhofe’s statements seek to undermine.

Read Bhatiya's full piece in U.S. News & World Report.

Tags: senate, republicans, republican party, neil bhatiya, global warming, environment, climate denial, climate debate, climate change deniers, climate change

 

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