National Security

Edward Snowden Warns of AI-Driven Tyranny

Whistle-blower Edward Snowden, who revealed the mass surveillance of Americans in his 2013 leaks about the National Security Agency (NSA), has issued a warning about the rise of AI-driven policing in the near future.

Edward Snowden

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

China Compares Hong Kong Protesters to Islamic State

China’s Global Times state newspaper ran a column Thursday urging a ban on wearing masks at protests, comparing the Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters’ preference for wearing black and carrying gas masks to protect from tear gas to the aesthetic of the Islamic State.

Protesters stand on improvised barricades after a march against a controversial extradition bill in Hong Kong on July 21, 2019. - Masked protesters threw eggs at China's office in Hong Kong on July 21 following another massive rally, focusing anger towards the embodiment of Beijing's rule with no end in …

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)