National Security

Chinese State Media Calls Pro-Democracy Mogul Jimmy Lai a ‘Force of Evil’

Pro-democracy Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai was arrested on Friday for participating in an “unauthorized assembly” in August. Lai’s arrest was greeted with international outrage and interpreted as a dark omen for the future of freedom in Hong Kong. Chinese state media countered with a tornado of propaganda that portrayed Lai as a monstrous symbol of lawlessness whose arrest was a vital step toward subduing the long-running protest movement.

Founder of Hong Kong's Apple Daily newspaper, Jimmy Lai, walks out from a police station after being bailed out in Hong Kong, Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. Hong Kong's Apple Daily newspaper says the outspoken head of its publishing group, Lai, has been held by police over his participation in a …

Chinese Whistleblowers ‘Retract’ Letter Exposing Coronavirus Chaos in Wuhan

Two medical workers from hospitals in Guangzhou, China, wrote a profoundly disturbing letter to famed British medical journal the Lancet this week, detailing hideous working conditions in coronavirus wards, dire shortages of medical supplies, and an atmosphere of anxiety and despair among nursing staff. The letter was suddenly retracted on Wednesday at the request of the authors, raising suspicions they were pressured to discredit themselves by the Chinese Communist Party.

This photo taken on February 22, 2020 shows a nurse adjusting his goggles in an intensive care unit treating COVID-19 coronavirus patients at a hospital in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province. - China on February 26 reported 52 new coronavirus deaths, the lowest figure in more than three weeks, …

Syrian/Russian Airstrikes Kill 33 Turkish Troops in Idlib

An airstrike in Syria’s Idlib province on Thursday killed at least 33 Turkish soldiers and wounded numerous others. The attack was a serious escalation of hostilities and the worst loss of life for Turkish forces during their invasion of Syria. Both Syrian and Russian air forces were blamed for the attack, with Moscow on Friday claiming that Syrian planes carried out the bombing.

FILE - In this March 24, 2018 file photo, Turkish soldiers atop an armored personnel carrier secure the streets of the northwestern city of Afrin, Syria, during a Turkish government-organized media tour into northern Syria. Turkey is growing long-term roots in its northern Syrian enclave, nearly two years after its …

Iranian Vice President Tests Positive for Coronavirus

According to Iranian state media, the rapidly-spreading coronavirus epidemic claimed Vice President for Women and Family Affairs Masoumeh Ebtekar as a new patient on Thursday, the first member of President Hassan Rouhani’s cabinet to test positive for the disease.

Vice President of Iran for Women and Family Affairs, Massoumeh Ebtekar, speaks to reporters during a press conference in Tehran on January 29, 2019. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP) (Photo credit should read ATTA KENARE/AFP via Getty Images)