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

Hong Kong’s Tiananmen Square Vigil to Be Suppressed for Third Year Running

Hong Kong media reported on Wednesday that the Leisure and Cultural Service Department (LCSD) has suspended any bookings at Victoria Park for June 4, effectively shutting down the famous vigil for the Tiananmen Square massacre for the third year running. 2022 marks the 33rd anniversary of the savage Communist slaughter of dissident students.

In this June 4, 2015 file photo, people attend a candlelight vigil at Victoria Park in Hong Kong. The group, Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, that had organized annual vigils in remembrance of victims of the Chinese military’s crushing of the 1989 Tiananmen Square …

U.N. Nuclear Disarmament Forum Welcomes North Korea to Chairmanship

The rotating chairmanship of the United Nations Conference on Disarmament, the body that produced the landmark Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty of 1968, will pass on May 30 to the most dangerous and intransigent nuclear rogue nation in the world, North Korea. 

An ICBM launch by North Korea is "imminent," South Korean security officials said Wednesday, as U.S. President Joe Biden prepares to visit Seoul this week. Photo by KCNA/UPI | License Photo

John Kerry Hobnobs with Chinese Officials at Davos

Chinese state media on Thursday was delighted to report the Biden administration’s “climate envoy,” John Kerry, met with Chinese representatives at the World Economic Forum (WEF) to discuss “room for cooperation on climate change amid bilateral tensions.”

US climate envoy John Kerry (L) attends next to China's special climate envoy Xie Zhenhua during a session at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos on May 24, 2022. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP) (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)

Chinese Regime Conspiracy Theory: U.S. Creating Insect ‘Bio-Weapons’ to Cause Famines

China’s state-run Global Times took a stab on Tuesday at blaming the impending global food crisis not on the invasion of Ukraine by China’s ally Russia, or the worldwide shipping disruptions caused by China’s brutal coronavirus lockdowns, but on super-insects weaponized by the U.S. military and dispatched to cause deliberate famines in “rival countries.”

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Zelensky Defends China’s Inaction on Russian Invasion at Davos

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Wednesday that he is “satisfied” with China’s policy of non-interference against the invasion launched by its ally Russia. Zelensky said he desires closer relations with China even though it has done nothing to protect his country from the devastating Russian assault.

In this image from video provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks from Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, May 10, 2022. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)

Massive Data Hack Reveals Thousands of Photos from China’s Uyghur Concentration Camps

A huge trove of documents and photographs from police in Xinjiang province, obtained by hackers and released in an extensively vetted report on Tuesday, offers further documentation of the Chinese Communist Party’s horrific human rights abuses. The files include photographic evidence of mass detention and abuse, including very young children from the oppressed Uyghur Muslim minority.

Turkey China Uyghurs Uyghur Turks who say they haven't heard any news our families and relatives in Eastern Turkistan attend a protest near the Chinese embassy, in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, May 24, 2022. A small group of Uyghurs staged a protest in Ankara on Tuesday, denouncing UN High Commissioner for …

Power Outages Could Hit Much of the Globe This Summer

The summer of 2022 is poised to deliver a dangerous challenge to overstressed power grids around the world, at a time of soaring energy prices and reduced fuel inventories thanks to the coronavirus pandemic aftermath and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

A workers quenches his thirst next to power lines as a heatwave continues to lashes the capital, in New Delhi, India, Monday, May 2, 2022. An unusually early and brutal heat wave is scorching parts of India, where acute power shortages are affecting millions as demand for electricity surges to …

Report: World Health Assembly Unlikely to Pass Pandemic Treaty, but Biden Amendments Are on the Table

According to a flustered report at the Washington Post on Sunday, the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) might not be able to muster the support it needs for a sweeping “global pandemic treaty” at the World Health Assembly currently in progress, but amendments proposed by the Biden administration to reduce the influence of member state governments over W.H.O.’s disease outbreak declarations are still on the table.

Delegates gather on the opening day of 75th World Health Assembly of the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) in Geneva on May 22, 2022.

Report: Biden Invites Former Colonial Ruler Spain to Summit of the Americas

The Biden administration has reportedly invited Spain to attend the Summit of the Americas, scheduled next month in Los Angeles. The summit was already controversial in Latin America because the authoritarian regimes of Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua were not invited to attend. The invitation to former regional colonial power Spain could become a further irritation.

The flags of Spain and the U.S. are seen on the table during a meeting of Spanish Defense Minister Margarita Robles and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin at the Pentagon, Thursday, May 19, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Genocidal China Laments No One Believes That It Respects Human Rights

China’s state-run Global Times on Thursday complained that the free world does not understand the genocidal, oppressive, slave-taking Chinese Communist Party’s unique “concept” of human rights – a failure of understanding that might be corrected with more propaganda to “promote mutual learning between China and the West.”

A protester from the Uyghur community living in Turkey, holds an anti-China placard during a protest in Istanbul, Thursday, March 25, against against the visit of China's FM Wang Yi to Turkey. Hundreds of Uyghurs staged protests in Istanbul and the capital Ankara, denouncing Wang Yi's visit to Turkey and …

Taliban Orders Female TV Anchors to Cover Their Faces

The Taliban regime on Thursday ordered all female television presenters to cover their faces while on the air. The order was the latest example of the Islamist regime failing to live up to the absurdly optimistic “reform” expectations of the United Nations.

An internally displaced Afghan woman waits to receive food relief aid from the World Food Programme (WFP) in Kabul on January 13, 2015. The UN says about 782,000 people have been displaced by decades of conflict in Afghanistan.More than 130,000 individuals were recorded as newly displaced in 2014, the last …

Chinese Premier Sounds Alarm on Tanking Economy

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday told regional governors to take faster, stronger measures to stabilize the economy – a significant deviation from Beijing’s previous assurances that coronavirus lockdowns were not interfering with economic growth.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang gives a speech at the Round Table of the German-Chinese Advised Economic Committee organized by BMWi and MOFCOM as part of the meeting with Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel at The Great Hall Of The People, in Beijing, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. (Andrea Verdelli/Pool Photo via …

Afghanistan Watchdog: U.S. Exit Led to Swift National Army Collapse Against Taliban

The latest report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), the federal government’s designated watchdog on America’s role in the country, blamed President Joe Biden’s extension of the Afghan war — then abrupt withdrawal from the country — for crushing the morale of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), paving the way for the Taliban’s swift takeover.

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Taiwan Asks U.S. Reps to Help Secure Its Citizens After Chinese Nationalist Church Shooting

The government of Taiwan on Monday extended condolences to the families of Dr. John Cheng, who was killed in Sunday’s attack on a Taiwanese church in California by a Chinese nationalist gunman, and the five others wounded in the shooting. Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen asked her government’s representatives in the United States to “help ensure the safety of local Taiwanese nationals.”

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during a visit to the Penghu Magong military air base in outlying Penghu Island, Taiwan Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. Tsai visited the military base on one of Taiwan’s outlying islands Tuesday in a display of resolve following a recent show of force by rival China. …

Two Decades After Iraq War Began, China Colonizes Iraq’s Oilfields

Twenty years after the United States invested blood and treasure in liberating Iraq from the rule of Saddam Hussein, China is attempting to lock up control of Iraq’s oilfields. The Western intervention in Iraq was denounced by critics as a “war for oil,” but in the end, the great authoritarian menace of the 21st Century is close to taking control of Iraq’s energy resources.

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2004 file photo, fires flare off the gas from crude oil at Iraq's oldest oil processing plant in the northern Iraqi town of Baba Gurgur, outside of Kirkuk, Iraq's Oil Ministry says Iraq has resumed exports from its oil fields around Kirkuk, one year …

Xi Jinping’s Attack Dog Yang Jiechi Claims Chinese Economy ‘Steady’ as Lockdowns Destroy Growth

High-ranking Chinese Politburo official Yang Jiechi – the hardline attack dog China unleashed against a stunned Biden administration back in March 2021 – penned an op-ed for Chinese state media on Monday in which he insisted, despite copious evidence to the contrary, that China’s economy is doing just fine despite the grueling coronavirus lockdowns imposed on Shanghai and other cities.

Yang Jiechi (Frederic J. Brown / Pool / AFP / Getty)

China Declares America ‘the Source of White Terrorism’

Chinese state media jumped on the weekend’s mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, with gusto, touting it as evidence that America is the “source of white terrorism,” a world-threatening problem the U.S. government is supposedly covering up by “focusing instead on marshalling allies” against friendly nations like Russia and China.

People have their dinner at a restaurant as a screen broadcasts Chinese President Xi Jinping delivering his New Year speech in Beijing on December 31, 2021. (Photo by JADE GAO / AFP) (Photo by JADE GAO/AFP via Getty Images)

China Claims Widespread Lockdowns Will Help Global Economy

China’s state-run Global Times on Thursday claimed outsiders misunderstand Beijing’s increasingly bizarre “dynamic zero-Covid” strategy, and fail to appreciate how China is somehow saving the global economy tomorrow by brutally locking down cities, shuttering factories, and snarling supply chains today.

A woman crosses a nearly empty road in the Central Business District days after the local government issued a work from home directive in an effort to contain a COVID-19 outbreak on May 12, 2022 in Beijing, China. China is trying to contain a spike in coronavirus cases in the …

China Imposes Coronavirus Travel Ban on Citizens

China’s grim coronavirus lockdown expanded on Thursday with a warning from the National Immigration Administration (NIA) that movement across China’s borders will be more tightly restricted. Chinese social media is buzzing with citizens who say their passports were seized without justification by border police.

BEIJING, CHINA - MAY 01: Chinese paramilitary police wear protective masks as they guard the entrance to the Forbidden City as it re-opened to limited visitors for the May holiday, on May 1, 2020 in Beijing, China. Beijing lowered its risk level after more than three months Thursday in advance …

Costa Rica Declares State of Emergency After Crippling Ransomware Attack

The government of Costa Rica declared a state of emergency this week after a massive ransomware attack locked down computer networks across multiple government agencies, paralyzing tax collection and leaving the private information of Costa Rican citizens vulnerable.

Costa Rica's new President Rodrigo Chaves delivers a speech during his inauguration ceremony in San Jose, on May 8, 2022. - Economist and former finance minister Rodrigo Chaves was sworn in Sunday as Costa Rica's president for a four-year mandate focused on reinvigorating one of Latin America's most stable economies. …