John Hayward

John Hayward

Iran FM says Tehran wants to rebuild Iraq after IS fight

Zarif: U.S. Hungry for ‘Suicidal’ War with Iran

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told NBC News on Friday he thinks the “same gang” that provoked the 2003 invasion of Iraq is trying to set up a “suicidal” war between the United States and Iran.

China seems to be preparing to scrap its curbs on family size

China Freezes Couple’s Bank Account as Punishment for Illegal Third Child

China’s authoritarian government has been sending mixed signals about population control to the populace. On one hand, the government admits it faces a demographic crisis that can only be solved by increased fertility rates and large families, sending signals to the public that having two or three children is now their patriotic duty. On the other hand, a couple from the eastern province of Shandong is suffering steep fines and persecution for the crime of birthing a third child.

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Congo Adds Measles Outbreak to Ebola and Cholera Epidemics

The United Nations reported on Wednesday that a measles outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has killed at least a hundred children since the beginning of the year, adding to a medical and security crisis that already included Ebola, cholera, and factional violence that makes it difficult for doctors to treat any of the deadly diseases.

Australia bans politically connected Chinese billionaire

Chinese Billionaire Protests Expulsion, Calls Australia a ‘Giant Baby’

In an interview with China’s state-run Global Times on Monday, billionaire developer Huang Xiangmo decried Australia’s cancellation of his residency papers and dismissed allegations of influencing Australian politics on behalf of Beijing as “prejudiced and groundless.”

US delays UN approval of aid for North Korea

Study: North Korea Produced Fuel for Seven More Nuclear Bombs

A study published Monday by Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) estimated that North Korea produced enough fissile material last year to construct seven more nuclear bombs, even as it was negotiating denuclearization with the United States.

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Trump Orders Increased Emphasis on Artificial Intelligence Research

President Donald Trump issued an executive order on Monday instructing the U.S. government to increase its emphasis on artificial intelligence research (AI), which the president identified as a major driver of economic growth and a vital component of national security strategy.

Abdurehim Heyit

China Denies Report of Uighur Poet’s Death in Re-Education Camp

China on Sunday responded to reports of noted Uighur poet and musician Abdurehim Heyit’s death in prison by posting a video of a man who claimed to be Heyit declaring himself to be in “good health.” The man was also suspiciously enthusiastic about being under investigation by Chinese authorities.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 30: U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks as other House Democrats listen during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol January 30, 2019 in Washington, DC. House Democrats held a news conference to introduce the 'Paycheck Fairness Act.' (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Hayward: Ocasio-Cortez Disavows the Green New Deal’s FAQ After It Becomes a Mockery

The Green New Deal (GND) quickly became the subject of such mockery that its godmother, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, attempted to scrub the talking points from her website and pretend they never existed at all. The effort to erase this political disaster is one of the biggest political gaslighting operations in recent memory. It happened so fast that half of the online Left is still touting the GND as the irresistible wave of the future, while the other half thinks it’s a trick concocted by right-wing pranksters.

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Arab League Debates Allowing Syria to Return

The Arab League announced on Monday that they have not yet reached a consensus on reinstating membership for Syria, which they froze out of the League in 2011 at the dawn of its brutal civil war. Discussions about reinstating Syria will evidently continue.

Texas councilman in crossfire for calling Democratic star a 'bimbo'

Hayward: ‘Moderate’ Democrats Put On a Green New Deal Kabuki Show

Conventional wisdom holds that relatively moderate, or at least politically savvy, leaders in the Democrat Party are horrified by the rollout of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal” and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi put AOC in her place when she “threw shade” at the program (as CNN put it) by sniffing disdainfully that “nobody knows what it is.” Do not believe this kabuki theater for an instant.

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Report: North Koreans Give Each Other Crystal Meth for Lunar New Year

The Chinese holiday of Lunar New Year is widely observed in both Koreas, albeit in very different ways. For example, North Koreans are reportedly giving each other crystal meth and other controlled substances as gifts to ring in the Year of the Pig.

'Missed opportunity' if summits ignore N. Koreans' rights: UN official

North Korea Quiet on Second Trump-Kim Summit

North Korean media remain almost completely silent about the second summit between dictator Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump, even though the meeting is less than three weeks away.

Chinese President Xi Jinping stands by national flags at the Schloss Bellevue presidential residency in Berlin on March 28, 2014. Chinese President Xi Jinping begins a landmark visit to fellow export powerhouse Germany Friday, the third leg of his European tour, expected to cement flourishing trade ties and focus on …

Chinese Media Gives Thumbs Down to State of the Union 2019

China’s state-run Global Times on Wednesday offered a lukewarm review of President Donald Trump’s 2019 State of the Union Address, applauding his effort to build political unity in the United States but insisting the U.S. is too “deeply divided” to accomplish anything worthwhile.