John Hayward

John Hayward

Pro-Democracy Lawmakers Chase Hong Kong Chief Out of Legislature

Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam attempted to deliver a policy address to the legislature, known as LegCo, on Wednesday, but pro-democracy lawmakers heckled her so aggressively that the meeting was adjourned and Lam was literally chased out of the building.

Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam walks into the chamber to give her annual policy address at the Legislative Council on October 16, 2019 in Hong Kong, China. Anti-government demonstrations in Hong Kong stretched into its fifth month after the Chinese territory's government invoked emergency powers earlier this month to …

Hayward: Democrat Debate Filled with Illusions, Obfuscations, and Lies on Syria

War-torn Syria is one of the murkiest and bloodiest places on Earth. Little clarity could be found on the subject during Tuesday night’s Democrat presidential debate, during which the candidates energetically criticized President Donald Trump, but grew vague and evasive when asked to describe the situation in Syria or explain how they would handle it.

Democratic presidential hopefuls (from L) Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, former US Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and Mayor of South Bend, Indiana Pete Buttigieg participate during the fourth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season co-hosted by The New York Times and CNN at Otterbein …

Hong Kong Protesters Don NBA Jerseys for Anti-LeBron Basketball Game

In the wake of basketball star LeBron James bowing to Communist China and criticizing Houston Rockets Manager Daryl Morey for speaking up on behalf of Hong Kong, protesters there decided to stage a cheeky demonstration on Tuesday night in which they will put on NBA jerseys and play street basketball.

SHENZHEN, CHINA - OCTOBER 12: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts during the match against the Brooklyn Nets during a preseason game as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Shenzhen Universiade Center on October 12, 2019 in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. (Photo by Zhong Zhi/Getty Images)

Syrian Media Reports Protests Against ‘Turkish Aggression’ and ‘U.S. Presence’

The state-run Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on Sunday reported large demonstrations in western Syria against both “Turkish aggression” and the continuing presence of U.S. troops on Syrian soil, a somewhat ironic set of positions given that the U.S. presence was supposedly the only thing preventing Turkish aggression until now.

Turkish forces gather in Syria's al-Bab town on Oct. 11. Photo: Zein Al Rifai via Getty Images

Kurdish WWII Vets to Trump: ‘Kurds Participated in the War’

Kurdish news service Rudaw on Sunday quoted Kurdish veterans of World War II responding angrily to President Donald Trump’s comment last Wednesday that the Kurds “didn’t help us in the Second World War – they didn’t help us with Normandy, as an example.”

Macron sparks Turkish anger by meeting Syrian Kurds

Hayward: The Case for Kurdish Statehood

Turkey is a legitimate nation-state with long-standing memberships in major international organizations like the U.N. and NATO. The Kurds are stateless actors, a large ethnic group broken into many factions and spread across several different countries. This is a very important factor in the conflict between Turkey and the Kurds. The world should address it by doing something that should have been done long ago: give the Kurds a state of their own.

Members of the Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga stand holding flags of Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region a training session by German military officers during the German Defence Minister's visit at a facility on the outskirts of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous region, on August 21, 2019. (Photo by SAFIN HAMED / …

Turkish Invasion Brings Syrian and Iraqi Kurds Together

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), the semi-autonomous Kurdish provincial leadership in Iraq, expressed solidarity with the Syrian Kurds on Thursday, denounced Turkey’s invasion of northeastern Syria, and criticized the United States for failing to prevent the Turkish operation.

Turkey lifts shutdown order on Bianet news site: lawyer

Hong Kong Student Protester Accuses Police of Sexual Assault

A female student at Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) on Thursday spoke out at a public forum on campus, removing her mask and revealing her name to accuse Hong Kong police officers of sexually molesting her during an arrest.

People attend a flash mob rally to show support for pro-democracy protesters in the Central district in Hong Kong on October 11, 2019. - Semi-autonomous Hong Kong has been battered by four months of increasingly violent pro-democracy protests sparked by opposition to a now-scrapped bill allowing extraditions to China. (Photo …

Five Things You Should Know About the Kurds

Turkey’s invasion of northeastern Syria to drive the Kurds away from the Turkish border is bringing more Western attention to the Kurds than they received during the long and bloody Syrian civil war, where they played a key role in defeating the Islamic State. Here are some important things to know about the Kurds.

Kurds take part in a demonstration in Arbil, the capital of the northern Iraqi Kurdish autonomous region, on October 10, 2019 against the Turkish offensive in northeastern Syria. - Syria's Kurds battled to hold off a Turkish invasion on October 9 after air strikes and shelling launched a long-threatened operation …

Hong Kong Protesters Fly Taiwan’s Flag on Its National Day

Thursday marked Taiwan’s National Day, the 108th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of China (ROC). Hong Kong protesters expressed their fellowship with the Taiwanese by raising the ROC flag, a gesture that will prove enormously irritating to the Communist government, the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

A woman holds a Taiwanese flag as she joins others at a rally to mark Taiwan's National Day, in the Tsim Sha Tsui district in Hong Kong on October 10, 2019. - Taiwan's National Day, also called called Double-Ten in a reference to the nationalist Republic of China set up …

Hong Kong Police Officer Caught Disguised as Belligerent Protester

The acrimonious relationship between Hong Kong protesters and police took a turn for the worse on Tuesday night when an undercover police officer disguised as a protester was caught on video behaving in a highly belligerent manner toward bystanders.

TOPSHOT - Police stand in front of a fire at the entrance to a building after clashes in the Wanchai district following an unsanctioned protest march through Hong Kong on September 29, 2019. - Thousands of Hong Kongers defied police tear gas rounds on September 29 to hold an unsanctioned …

Carrie Lam Teases Chinese Takeover of Hong Kong Protests

Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam said on Tuesday that she will not rule out asking the mainland Chinese government for help if “limitless and lawless” violence continues in her semi-autonomous city.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam takes part in her weekly press conference in Hong Kong on October 8, 2019. - Semi-autonomous Hong Kong has been battered by four months of increasingly violent pro-democracy protests sparked by opposition to a now-scrapped bill allowing extraditions to China. (Photo by Nicolas ASFOURI …