John Hayward

John Hayward

Sri Lankan Islamist Group Claims Bombing Mastermind Expelled for Preaching Hate

The Daily Mirror of Sri Lanka produced a deep dive into the background of suspected Easter Sunday bombing mastermind Mohamed Zaharan Hashim that includes assertions by the Islamist group National Towheeth Jamaath (NTJ) that Hashim was long ago expelled for preaching hatred and violent extremism.

Islamic State/Amaq News Agency

Study: North Korea Using Bitcoin to Finance Nuclear Weapons Development

A study from the U.K. Royal United Services Institute for Defense and Security Studies (RUSI) found North Korea using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to circumvent international sanctions. The authors warned Pyongyang’s cybercrime network could “become a sustained security challenge” as it seeks more untraceable methods of laundering money and keeping its business secret from international regulators.

Cryptocurrencies tumble after S. Korea hack

Egyptian Referendum to Extend Sisi’s Term Passes with 88% Support

The referendum to approve constitutional amendments that extended Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s term, granted permission for him to run for another six years in 2024, and increased the powers of his office has passed with over 88% of votes cast in favor, according to the Egyptian election commission.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

New Zealand: ‘No Evidence’ for Sri Lanka Claim Jihad Was Revenge for Christchurch

Officials from other nations are disputing, or at least declining to support, Sri Lankan Defense Minister Ruwan Wijewardene’s contention that the Easter Sunday terrorist bombings in his country, which killed 359 people as of the latest count, were intended as retaliation for the shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March.

Baby Joseph Gomes prays standing next to coffins of his family members killed in the Easter Sunday bombings in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, April 23, 2019. Gomes lost five members of his family. The six near-simultaneous attacks on three churches and three luxury hotels and three related blasts later Sunday …

Sri Lanka Blocks Access to Social Media After Easter Sunday Bombings

The government of Sri Lanka responded to the horrific Easter Sunday bombings by restricting access to social media sites such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat. Officials said they would keep the sites blocked until the counter-terrorism investigation concludes.

A Sri Lankan man mobile phone user shows an image on Twitter showing that the Facebook site had been blocked in Colombo on March 7, 2018. - Telecommunication service providers said they have blocked access to facebook and several other social media platforms on the directive of the government which …

Chinese State Media Blasts ‘Sexually Suggestive’ Condom Ads

China’s state-run Global Times was in high dudgeon on Sunday over “sexually suggestive marketing posts” from condom maker Durex, which previously enjoyed a “high reputation among Chinese netizens for its witty posters that track trending topics.” 

Emerging market money-maker. RUBBER MEETS THE ROAD Durex condoms are selling like hot cakes in Latin America and China By Roberto A. FerdmanOctober 22, 2013

Chinese Businessmen Protest Belt and Road Profits for Foreigners

The South China Morning Post reported Monday on Chinese businessmen complaining that Beijing’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is generating too many profits for foreign firms and subjecting Chinese companies to increased competition.

The Associated Press

Sri Lanka Identifies Radical Imam Suspected of Masterminding Easter Bombings

No individual or group has made a formal claim of responsibility as of Monday morning for the horrific Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, which killed almost 300 people at the latest count, but the Sri Lankan government considers a radical Islamist group called National Towheeth Jamath (NTJ) and its leader, imam Moulvi Zahran Hashim, the prime suspects.

Moulvi Zahran Hashim or Moulavi Zahran Hashim was a radical islamist Imam and preacher who was identified as the suicide bomber at the Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo during the 2019 Sri Lanka Easter Bombings.

Chinese Foreign Minister: We Hope to See Belt and Road Projects in America

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi previewed the third annual Belt and Road Forum by defending China’s infrastructure plan as a constructive program, rather than the string of debt traps depicted in U.S. criticism. He prodded the U.S. to stop interfering with Belt and Road by persuading prospective members to back away from the project.

China urges India, Pakistan against 'expansion' of tensions

Chinese City Offers Cash Reward for Reporting ‘Illegal’ Christian Practices

The city of Guangzhou in southern China is offering a substantial cash reward, worth about $1,500 in U.S. dollars, to citizens who report “illegal religious activities” and help the authorities crack down on underground churches. Warm approval for the program by Chinese media suggests the practice will spread to other cities as the Communist Party works to “Sinicize” – in other words, subdue and control – all religions.

In this photo taken Monday, June 4, 2018, Chinese calligraphy which reads "All nations belong to the Lord arising to shine" at left and "Jesus's salvation spreads to the whole world" at right are displayed below a crucifix in a house church shut down by authorities near the city of …

U.S. Chipmaker Qualcomm Terminates Joint Venture with China

Qualcomm Inc., the U.S. company that makes the chips used in many popular smartphone models, has decided to terminate a joint venture with the government of China’s Guizhou province. The company established by this venture in 2016, Huaxintong Semiconductor Technologies (HXT), will reportedly cease operations by April 30.

China court 'bans sales' of chips from US firm Micron

FCC Chairman Wants China Mobile Banned as Risk to National Security

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai recommended on Wednesday that China Mobile should not be allowed to operate in the United States because the Chinese telecom giant poses “substantial and serious national security and law enforcement risks.”

US sues California over 'net neutrality'

North Korea Tests ‘Tactical Guided Weapon’ with ‘Powerful Warhead’

North Korean state media on Wednesday announced the test of a “new tactical guided weapon” with a “powerful warhead,” personally supervised by dictator Kim Jong-un. It was North Korea’s first weapons test since the second summit between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump.

A woman walks past a television screen showing file footage of North Korea's missile launch at a railway station in Seoul on February 12, 2017. North Korea fired a ballistic missile on February 12 in an apparent provocation to test the response from new US President Donald Trump, the South …

Another Headache for Trudeau as Conservatives Take Oil-Rich Alberta

United Conservative Party (UCP) candidate Jason Kenney defeated Rachel Notley and the left-wing New Democratic Party (NDP) in Alberta on Tuesday, ending four years of NDP rule in the conservative-leaning province and moving oil-rich Alberta into the coalition lined up against scandal-plagued Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the upcoming national election.

NAFTA talks likely to continue on sidelines of UN meeting: Trudeau

Indonesia Holds Largest One-Day Election in History

Indonesia’s presidential election on Wednesday – the largest single-day election in history, with almost 193 million eligible voters casting ballots for 245,000 candidates spread across 17,000 islands – appears to have returned incumbent President Joko Widodo to office. The race was strongly influenced by Indonesia’s slide into hardline Islamism.

The Associated Press

Satellites Reveal Possible Nuclear Bomb Fuel Production in North Korea

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) released a report on Tuesday that said satellite photos have uncovered possible uranium reprocessing at North Korea’s Yongbyon reactor. If such activity is indeed underway, it would suggest North Korea is preparing to create more nuclear warheads.

North Korea first revealed the existence of a gas centrifuge enrichment programme at its Yongbyon nuclear complex in 2010

Instagram Shutters Accounts of Ayatollah, IRGC Commanders

Facebook-owned social media platform Instagram announced on Tuesday it blocked the accounts of numerous Iranian officials, including commanders in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in compliance with U.S. sanctions.

A pro-government Iranian female demonstrator, makes her way as she holds a poster showing pictures of the late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, right, and supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, at the conclusion of an annual demonstration in front of the former US Embassy in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009, …

Taiwanese Students Form Coalition to Combat Chinese Fake News

A coalition of Taiwanese student groups announced the creation of the “Youth Front for Boycotting Fake News” over the weekend. The organization intends to challenge Chinese efforts to influence Taiwanese culture and politics with propaganda.

Hong Kong pro-democracy student leader Joshua Wong, center, listens to speakers during a democracy forum in Taipei, Taiwan, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. Taiwan will hold its presidential elections on Jan. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

Hackers Steal 23,000 Names, Addresses from FBI-Affiliated Group

A nonprofit organization called FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA) confirmed on Sunday that hackers breached its servers and stole several databases containing personal information, including names and email addresses, for 23,000 people.

VALENCIA, SPAIN - JULY 18: A keyboard is seen during the DreamHack Valencia 2014 on July 18, 2014 in Valencia, Spain. Dreamhack Valencia is one of the European stops from the Dreamhack World Tour, the world's largest LAN party and computer festival. This year 3,000 devices will be connected to …