John Hayward

John Hayward

China Arrests Dissident for Sharing Hong Kong Video

Chinese democracy activists are demanding the release of Lai Rifu, a dissident living in Guangzhou who was snatched off the street on Monday in a bizarre arrest and incarcerated for “picking quarrels and provoking trouble” by posting a video that used the unofficial anthem of the Hong Kong protest movement, “Glory to Hong Kong.”

A pro-democracy demonstrator sings an anthem as others form a human chain on Victoria Peak in Hong Kong on September 13, 2019. - Thousands of Hong Kong pro-democracy activists used torches, lanterns and laser pens to light up two of the city's best-known hillsides on September 13 night in an …

China Lashes out at George Soros for Criticism of Huawei

China’s state-run Global Times gave a big thumbs-down on Tuesday to the September 9 Wall Street Journal editorial penned by left-wing billionaire political activist George Soros, in which Soros praised President Donald Trump for adopting the right trade strategy toward China and urged Trump to stay the course against Chinese telecom giant Huawei.

Hungarian-born US investor and philanthropist George Soros talks to the audience after receiving the Schumpeter Award 2019 in Vienna, Austria on June 21, 2019. (Photo by GEORG HOCHMUTH / APA / AFP) / Austria OUT (Photo credit should read GEORG HOCHMUTH/AFP/Getty Images)

Hundreds Swarm Hong Kong Court to Support Protesters Accused of Rioting

A Hong Kong courtroom on Tuesday was packed with hundreds of supporters of three young protesters accused of rioting and assaulting police officers. The crowd outside the courtroom chanted “Fight for freedom” and “Stand with Hong Kong, while many seated in the public gallery wore the type of face masks favored by protesters.

Riot police stand guard inside a train station in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong on September 15, 2019. - Hong Kong riot police fired tear gas and water cannons on September 15 at hardcore pro-democracy protesters hurling rocks and petrol bombs, in a return to the political chaos …

Chinese Media: American Democracy Is an ‘Outdated Fantasy’

China’s state-run Global Times on Monday took the occasion of the International Day of Democracy to scoff at the image of the United States as a “beacon of democracy” and argue the American concept of democracy is an “outdated fantasy” idolized only by misguided souls such as the “rioters” in Hong Kong.

A US and a Chinese flag wave outside a commercial building in Beijing, 09 July 2007. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice 06 July 2007 accused China of flouting the rules of global trade in its headlong economic expansion as the US administration "has not been hesitant" to deploy trade …

Iran Seizes Another Ship, Accuses Crew of Fuel Smuggling

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) announced through state media on Monday that it has seized another ship near the strategically vital Strait of Hormuz. The IRGC accused the crew of smuggling diesel fuel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Iran says to stick to nuclear deal for $15 bn oil credit

Report: Russia Penetrated FBI Communications Throughout the Obama Years

A report published by Yahoo News on Monday described a “brazen Russian counterintelligence operation that stretched from the Bay Area to the heart of the nation’s capital” during the presidency of Barack Obama. The operation penetrated FBI communications to a “stunning” degree, according to officials quoted in the story, but was misunderstood and downplayed by the intelligence community and the Obama administration, which was ostentatiously attempting to “reset” relations with Russia when the operation began.

The Associated Press

Saudis Back up U.S. Assessment of Iranian Weapons Used in Oil Field Attack

The military coalition assembled by Saudi Arabia to intervene in Yemen’s civil war said on Monday that the weekend attack on Saudi oil facilities was conducted with Iranian weapons, and those weapons were not launched from Yemen, despite claims to the contrary by the Iran-backed Houthi insurgency.

Iran

International Response to Attack on Saudi Oil Urges Caution

The international response to an apparent Iranian attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil fields urged caution and a careful investigation before assigning blame for the strike or taking retaliatory action. Many of these responses suggested the world’s oil supply is robust enough to absorb the loss of Saudi production without major economic disruptions.

A picture taken on September 15, 2019 shows the entrance of an Aramco oil facility near al-Khurj area, just south of the Saudi capital Riyadh. - Saudi Arabia raced today to restart operations at oil plants hit by drone attacks which slashed its production by half, as Iran dismissed US …

Chinese Media: U.S. Sanctions Are ‘Human Rights Violations’

An op-ed at China’s state-run China Daily on Thursday denounced American sanctions against nations like Iran and North Korea as “human rights violations” on the grounds that they cause ordinary civilians to suffer much more than the leadership of rogue regimes.

This picture taken on November 6, 2018 shows a Chinese and US flag at a booth during the first China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai. - There is a notable absentee among the dozens of national pavilions at a massive Chinese import fair -- the United States -- a …

China Wants State-Owned Firms to Take More Control over Hong Kong

Chinese business executives revealed to Reuters on Thursday they were summoned earlier in the week to a meeting in Shenzhen, the city closest to Hong Kong, and urged to invest more heavily in Hong Kong so they could help the Chinese Communist Party exert more control over the city.

HONG KONG, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 12: Protesters sing songs and shout slogans after gathering at the IFC Mall on September 12, 2019 in Hong Kong, China. Pro-democracy protesters have continued demonstrations across Hong Kong despite the withdrawal of a controversial extradition bill as demonstrators call for the city's Chief Executive …

Student Leader Flees Hong Kong After Bus Station Attack

University of Hong Kong student union leader Davin Kenneth Wong resigned from his position on Thursday and left the city after he reported being attacked by a man wearing a white T-shirt. Hong Kong protesters favor black clothing, while counter-demonstrators — notoriously including gang-linked thugs hired to assault and intimidate pro-democracy activists — often wear white shirts.

Davin Kenneth Wong

Yazidi Former Sex Slave to Face German Islamic State Jihadi in Court

A 28-year-old Yazidi former sex slave named Shatha Salim Bashar is scheduled to testify in German court next month against one of the fourteen Islamic State jihadis who allegedly enslaved and raped her, used her as a human shield, and forced her to watch her best friend die.

Yazidi survivor won't return to Iraq for fear of new 'genocide'

Report: Chinese Communists Fear Xi Jinping Preparing Mao-Style Purge

Chinese Communist Party chief Xi Jinping has long faced dissent from Communists who think he is insufficiently loyal to Marxist dogma, but he is increasingly provoking unease among Chinese Communist Party (CCP) elders who fear he might be a little too Communist in his outlook – or, more specifically, Maoist.

China's President Xi Jinping walks along the red carpet during a welcoming ceremony for the Kazakhstan president at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on September 11, 2019. (Photo by Mark Schiefelbein / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARK SCHIEFELBEIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Hong Kong Police Ban Weekend Protests

Hong Kong police on Thursday announced that a protest scheduled for Sunday will be banned on the grounds that it might endanger “public safety.”

Riot police push back the press as they isolate and search protesters in Causeway Bay in Hong Kong on September 8, 2019. - Riot police on September 8 chased groups of hardcore protesters who blocked roads, vandalised nearby subway stations and set makeshift barricades on fire as the evening set …

National Security Advisor John Bolton’s Departure Celebrated by Iran

Iranian officials and state media expressed great pleasure at the termination of U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton, a trenchant critic of the Iranian regime long derided by Tehran as a “warmonger.” The Iranians appeared confident a softening in U.S. policy would accompany Bolton’s departure.

The U.S. will  "squeeze" Iran "until the pips squeak" through the tough new round of trade sanctions now in force, National Security Advisor John Bolton promised Tuesday.