John Hayward

National Security Deputy Editor

John Hayward

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I'm a conservative because there is so much about the American tradition that is worth conserving. I worry that people aren't as frightened of authoritarians and totalitarians as they should be. Freedom and capitalism are inseparable, because without capitalism, freedom just means shouting your opinion and hoping somebody important is listening.

National security, technology, global political and economic strategy

Associate in Arts, Edison Community College, 1986

Hayward has been a writer for Breitbart News Network since 2013. Prior to that, he worked for two decades in computers and business consulting before becoming an amateur blogger under the pseudonym "Doctor Zero" for Hot Air. As he developed a large following, he also received criticism for being an anonymous voice, so he decided to reveal his full name and go public. Shortly thereafter, he began doing radio interviews across the country for his writing and was contacted by Human Events in Washington, D.C. to become a full-time professional columnist.

Management at Breitbart News noticed his work and invited him to join Breitbart.com. Hayward jumped at the opportunity to "join a platform with so much reach, to be a part of something so huge."

Hayward's work has been cited by radio and television outlets from Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin to Fox News. His essays have been incorporated into several high school and college textbooks, and he gives occasional lectures on media analysis and writing online. He frequently guest-hosts Breitbart News Tonight on SiriusXM channel 125, the Patriot Channel.

Articles by John Hayward

Erdogan: Biden Has ‘Bloody Hands’ on Israel

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday accused Israel of being a “terror state” and said U.S. President Joe Biden is “writing history with blood on his hands” for signing a recent arms deal with the Israelis.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pictured during a visit to Hungary earlier in November 2019

Turkey Proposes International Palestinian ‘Protection Force’

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told a meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Sunday that an international Muslim “protection force,” supported by “military and financial contributions from willing countries,” should be deployed in Gaza.

Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu gives a press conference following his meeting with his German counterpart in Ankara, on January 18, 2021. (Photo by Adem ALTAN / AFP) (Photo by ADEM ALTAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Hayward: China Seeks to Fill Joe Biden-Shaped Leadership Void on Israel

Chinese state media on Sunday and Monday unleashed a blizzard of editorials portraying Beijing as the most important world power in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, stepping forward to fill the leadership vacuum created by President Joe Biden at the United Nations.

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Poll: 42 Percent of Russians Refuse Coronavirus Vaccine Under Any Circumstances

SuperJob.ru, a Russian jobs portal similar to LinkedIn, published a survey on Sunday that found 42 percent of Russians are unwilling to be vaccinated against the Wuhan coronavirus under any circumstances, while another 20 percent said they found it difficult to decide if they should be inoculated.

A healthcare worker gives a check-up to a woman before she received a dose of Russia's Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine, at a vaccination centre in Moscow on April 26, 2021. (Photo by Natalia KOLESNIKOVA / AFP) (Photo by NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA/AFP via Getty Images)

Japanese Investigation Finds 700 Chinese Land Purchases Near Military Bases

The government of Japan completed an investigation Thursday that found a disturbing number of Chinese-funded land purchases near Japanese defense facilities, including the Japanese Self-Defense Force (SDF), coast guard, and space research laboratories, as well as bases used by the American military.

A Japanese Self-Defence Force Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile launcher is seen at its position in the Defence Ministry headquarters in Tokyo on September 15, 2017. North Korea launched a ballistic missile over Japan on September 15, which seems to have fallen on the Pacific Ocean, the Japanese government said …

ISIS-Linked Jihadists Massacre Christian Farmers in Indonesia

The remote Indonesian village of Kalemago held a mass funeral Wednesday for four coffee farmers murdered by Islamist militants the previous day. The primarily Christian residents of the village demanded “firm action” against the killers and seemed skeptical they would get it.

Relatives carry the coffin of Daniel Agung, who died in a blast at the Surabaya Centre Pentecostal Church, during his funeral in Surabaya on May 15, 2018. - Indonesia's elite anti-terror force Densus 88 conducted raids nationwide in the wake of a deadly wave of suicide bombings as calls grow …

Sexual Abuse Scandal Rocks World Health Organization

The Associated Press reported on Friday that donors to the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) and diplomats from member nations are voicing “serious concerns” about sexual abuse allegations emanating from W.H.O.’s mission to fight the 2018-2019 Ebola epidemic in the Congo.

A girl receives a vaccine against Ebola from a nurse in Goma on August 7, 2019. - Three cases of the deadly virus was detected in the border city of Goma, the Congolese presidency said on August 1, 2019. (Photo by Augustin WAMENYA / AFP) (Photo by AUGUSTIN WAMENYA/AFP via …

U.S. Backs U.N. Security Council Emergency Meeting on Israel

After initially blocking a U.N. Security Council meeting on Friday to discuss “the situation in Israel and Gaza,” the Biden administration agreed to participate in such a meeting on Sunday. Secretary of State Antony Blinken hoped the delay would “give time for diplomacy.”

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10: Members of the U.N. Security Council vote on the third draft resolution to create a new inquiry to find blame for the chemical weapons attack last week in Douma, Syria during a United Nations Security Council meeting regarding the situation in Syria, April 10, …

China Prepares to Take Leading Role in Afghanistan

Chinese state media on Wednesday anticipated greater influence for Beijing in Afghanistan after U.S. and NATO withdrawal, suggesting China’s firm hand could restore order to bloody chaos after the “failure” of America’s twenty-year intervention.

TOPSHOT - Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers stand to attention during a ceremony at the military base in Herat on July 3, 2016. Around 1000 soldiers trained for 10 weeks during the ANA training progam, after which they are sent on assignments throughout the restive country. / AFP / AREF …

Scientists Question ‘Very Peculiar’ Data on Russia’s Coronavirus Vaccine

A group of scientists from the United States, France, Italy, the Netherlands, and even from Russia wrote a stern letter to top medical journal The Lancet on Thursday blasting the developers of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine for “data discrepancies,” “problematic” information, “numerical inconsistencies,” and “substandard reporting” of results from clinical trials.

A nurse prepares to administer the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine at a drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination centre in Hyde on December 17, 2020 in Manchester, England. The coronavirus drive-through vaccine centre is believed to be the first in the world. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Morgan Wright: Pipeline Attack Shows Criminal Gangs Can ‘Bring a Nation to Its Knees’

Morgan Wright, chief security officer for the SentinelOne cybersecurity corporation and former senior adviser to the U.S. State Department Antiterrorism Assistance Program, joined SiriusXM host Alex Marlow on Wednesday’s edition of Breitbart News Daily to discuss the cyberattack that crippled the Colonial pipeline and caused fuel shortages across the eastern United States.

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China: ‘No Need to Panic’ About Population Collapse

Chinese state media on Tuesday labored to downplay the results of the seventh national census, which found birth rates plummeting to the lowest levels in half a century, putting the enormous Chinese population on course for a devastating demographic crisis.

Police attempt to stop journalists from recording footage outside the Shanghai Pudong New District People's Court, where Chinese citizen journalist Zhang Zhan - who reported on Wuhan's Covid-19 outbreak and placed under detention since May - is set for trial in Shanghai on December 28, 2020. (Photo by Leo RAMIREZ …

W.H.O.-Commissioned Report Concludes Coronavirus Pandemic Was Preventable

An independent expert panel commissioned by the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) issued a report on Wednesday that concluded the worldwide coronavirus pandemic could have been prevented with a swifter and more decisive response in early 2020. The report was only tepidly critical of the Chinese government or W.H.O. itself, arguing that “global political leadership was absent” from all quarters.

HONG KONG, CHINA - JANUARY 22: A patient is transferred by an ambulance to the Infectious Disease Centre of Princess Margaret Hospital on January 22, 2020 in Hong Kong, China. Hong Kong reported its first two cases of Wuhan coronavirus infections as the number of those who have died from …

Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Files to Run Again

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of Iran from 2005 to 2013, registered on Wednesday to run once again in the June 18 presidential election. Ahmadinejad’s last comeback attempt in 2017 was scuttled by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, but this time Khamenei appears content to let him run. The extremist hardliner’s candidacy is not welcome news for an unstable Middle East roiled by violence from Iran’s client insurgencies and terrorist proxies. 

Iran's former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addresses reporters at the Interior Ministry headquarters in the capital Tehran on May 12, 2021 after registering his candidacy to run again for the presidential elections scheduled for June. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP) (Photo by ATTA KENARE/AFP via Getty Images)

Iran: U.S. ‘Terrorist Regime’ Responsible for Afghanistan School Massacre

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a designated terrorist organization, issued a statement on Monday describing the bombing attack on a girls’ school in Kabul, Afghanistan as part of a “plot by Americans” to bring “terrorism, war, and insecurity to Afghanistan.”

Afghan men bury a victim of deadly bombings on Saturday near a school, at a cemetary west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, May 9, 2021. The Interior Ministry said Sunday the death toll in the horrific bombing at the entrance to a girls' school in the Afghan capital has soared to …

Teen Kills at Least Nine Eighth Graders in Russian School Shooting

At least nine fatalities were reported on Tuesday when a gunman attacked a school the southwestern Russian city of Kazan. According to regional governor Rustam Minnikhanov, seven of the dead were eighth-grade students at the school, while the killer is a 19-year-old “terrorist” who is now in custody.

People react at a makeshift memorial for victims of the shooting at School No. 175 in Kazan on May 11, 2021. - At least nine people, most of them children, were killed on May 11, 2021 when a lone teenage gunman opened fire at a school in the central Russian …

China Blames ‘Abrupt’ U.S. Withdrawal for Violence in Afghanistan

The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Sunday blamed the United States for the surge of violence in Afghanistan, including Saturday’s bombing massacre at a girls’ school in Kabul, because the U.S. was supposedly irresponsible to withdraw its forces so “abruptly” from Afghanistan after twenty years of deployment.

In this photograph taken on August 28, 2017, a US Marine looks on as Afghan National Army soldiers raise the Afghan National flag on an armed vehicle during a training exercise to deal with IEDs (improvised explosive devices) at the Shorab Military Camp in Lashkar Gah in Helmand province. Marines …

China: American Panic over Out-of-Control Rocket Was ‘Fussiness’

Chinese state media on Sunday accused the United States of “fussiness,” “hypocrisy,” and “smears” because U.S. officials worried about the potential damage from the rocket China left tumbling out of control in Earth’s orbit last week.

In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, a Long March-5 rocket is seen at the Wenchang Space Launch Center in south China's Hainan Province, Friday, July 17, 2020. China launched its most ambitious Mars mission yet on Thursday, July 23, 2020 in a bold attempt to join the …

China Pressures World to Isolate India During Coronavirus Crisis

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) — which viciously opposed travel bans during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, when its actions ensured the Wuhan coronavirus would infect the rest of the world — on Thursday agitated for isolating its regional rival India from the rest of the world to contain its coronavirus outbreak.

HANGZHOU, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 04: Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the G20 Summit on September 4, 2016 in Hangzhou, China. World leaders are gathering in Hangzhou for the 11th G20 Leaders Summit from September 4 to 5. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty …