John Hayward

National Security Deputy Editor

John Hayward

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I'm a conservative because there is so much about the American tradition that is worth conserving. I worry that people aren't as frightened of authoritarians and totalitarians as they should be. Freedom and capitalism are inseparable, because without capitalism, freedom just means shouting your opinion and hoping somebody important is listening.

National security, technology, global political and economic strategy

Associate in Arts, Edison Community College, 1986

Hayward has been a writer for Breitbart News Network since 2013. Prior to that, he worked for two decades in computers and business consulting before becoming an amateur blogger under the pseudonym "Doctor Zero" for Hot Air. As he developed a large following, he also received criticism for being an anonymous voice, so he decided to reveal his full name and go public. Shortly thereafter, he began doing radio interviews across the country for his writing and was contacted by Human Events in Washington, D.C. to become a full-time professional columnist.

Management at Breitbart News noticed his work and invited him to join Breitbart.com. Hayward jumped at the opportunity to "join a platform with so much reach, to be a part of something so huge."

Hayward's work has been cited by radio and television outlets from Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin to Fox News. His essays have been incorporated into several high school and college textbooks, and he gives occasional lectures on media analysis and writing online. He frequently guest-hosts Breitbart News Tonight on SiriusXM channel 125, the Patriot Channel.

Articles by John Hayward

Myanmar Junta Snubbed by ASEAN, Political Prisoners Freed

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) announced over the weekend that General Min Aung Hlaing, leader of the military junta in Myanmar, will not be invited to the association’s October 26-28 summit. The unprecedented snub of Gen. Hlaing was welcomed by the Burmese opposition, which asked ASEAN to go even further and invite a representative from the civilian shadow government.

TOPSHOT - Myanmar's Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of the Myanmar armed forces, arrives to pay his respects to Myanmar independence hero General Aung San and eight others assassinated in 1947, during a ceremony to mark the 71th anniversary of Martyrs' Day in Yangon on July 19, 2018. …

Chinese Film About Defeating America in Korean War Tops Global Box Office

According to box-office data compiled by a Chinese-owned tracking service, the Number One movie worldwide this week is The Battle at Lake Changjin, a three-hour-long epic about Chinese forces defeating American troops in the Korean War that was partly funded by the Chinese Communist government.

A woman walks past a movie promotion poster or "The Battle of Lake Changjin" at a mall in Beijing on October 11, 2021. (Photo by Noel Celis / AFP) (Photo by NOEL CELIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Ethiopian Airstrikes Hit Capital of Tigray Province

Mekelle, capital city of Ethiopia’s rebellious Tigray province, was reportedly hit by airstrikes on Monday while ground forces from the central government moved against Tigrayan fighters in the neighboring province of Amhara.

Soldiers from the Ethiopian National Defence Forces pictured during training in Amhara on September 14, 2021

Thailand to Discontinue Chinese Coronavirus Vaccines

A senior Thai health official said Monday that Thailand will discontinue use of China’s Sinovac coronavirus vaccine after the current supply of the medication is exhausted this week.

BEIJING, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 24: Syringes of the potential COVID-19 vaccine CoronaVac are seen on a table at Sinovac Biotech where the company is producing their potential COVID-19 vaccine CoronaVac during a media tour on September 24, 2020 in Beijing, China. Sinovacs inactivated vaccine candidate, called CoronaVac, is among a …

Venezuela Cuts Off Negotiations After Maduro Ally Extradited to U.S.

The Venezuelan government on Saturday cut off negotiations with both the United States and the Venezuelan opposition after businessman Alex Saab, a close ally of socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro, was extradited to the U.S. to face money laundering charges.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a ceremony marking the start of the judicial year at the Supreme Court in Caracas, Venezuela, January 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

China Stuns U.S. Intelligence with Hypersonic Missile Test

The Financial Times reported on Saturday that U.S. intelligence agencies were caught by surprise when China secretly tested a nuclear-capable low-orbit hypersonic missile in August. The weapon circled the globe before descending upon its target, missing by about two dozen miles.

A US unarmed prototype hypersonic missile launches from Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, Hawaii

Indian Retailers Demand Investigation of Amazon Market-Rigging Scandal

A group representing millions of Indian retailers on Thursday demanded a government investigation of Amazon.com following a Reuters report that accused the online retail behemoth of manipulating search results to privilege its own knockoff brands over Indian retail merchandise.

ROMEOVILLE, IL - AUGUST 01: Workers pack and ship customer orders at the 750,000-square-foot Amazon fulfillment center on August 1, 2017 in Romeoville, Illinois. On August 2, Amazon will be holding job fairs at several fulfillment centers around the country, including the Romeoville facility, in an attempt to hire more …

Nigeria Claims Local Islamic State Leader Killed

The Nigerian military on Thursday announced that Abu Musab al-Barnawi, leader of the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP), has been killed. No details of Barawi’s death were provided, and there was no immediate confirmation from ISWAP.

NIGERIA, UNKNOWN : A screen grab made on January 20, 2015 from a video of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram obtained by AFP shows the leader of the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram Abubakar Shekau holding up a flag as he delivers a message. Boko Haram has claimed a …

Taliban Boasts China Is Ready to Invest Billions in Afghanistan

Zabihullah Mujahid, Taliban deputy minister of Information and Culture, boasted in an interview with Voice of America News (VOA) on Thursday that China is ready to pour billions of dollars into Afghanistan, even as the rest of the world attempts to isolate the extremist regime.

China's special envoy to Afghanistan, Yue Xiaoying, left, arrives for talks to see how to restart Afghan-Taliban talks and halt the Taliban onslaught, in Doha, Qatar, Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021. On Tuesday, Zalmay Khalilzad, a U.S. peace envoy brought a warning to the Taliban that any government that comes to …

Beirut Blast Probe Halted Again, Suspects Threaten All-Out Political War

The investigation into the August 2020 explosion at the Port of Beirut halted again Tuesday, a week after the families of the thousands killed and injured in the blast celebrated Judge Tarek Bitar surviving the second attempt to remove him by targets of the investigation.

TOPSHOT - A helicopter puts out a fire at the scene of an explosion at the port of Lebanon's capital Beirut on August 4, 2020. (Photo by STR / AFP) (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images)

G20 Leaders Say Taliban Will Be Involved in Humanitarian Efforts

The Group of 20 (G20) held a video conference on Tuesday at which they agreed the Taliban must be actively involved in distributing humanitarian aid to the people of Afghanistan. The group insisted this concession should not be construed as formal recognition of the Taliban’s legitimacy.

Taliban fighters stand guard near the venue of an open-air rally in a field on the outskirts of Kabul on October 3, 2021, as the Taliban supporters and senior figures held their first mass rally in a show of strength as they consolidate their rule of Afghanistan. (Hoshang Hashimi/AFP via …

Taliban Quietly Allows Some Girls to Return to Provincial Schools

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) on Tuesday reported the Taliban has quietly permitted teenage girls to return to school in four of Afghanistan’s northern provinces, ostensibly because Taliban 2.0 is willing to “shape policy around cultural differences across Afghanistan, unlike in the 1990s, when they imposed harsh social rules on everyone under their rule.”

TOPSHOT - Afghan girls attend a class in a school in Kandahar on September 26, 2021. (Photo by BULENT KILIC / AFP) (Photo by BULENT KILIC/AFP via Getty Images)

Yellen: No Need to Replace IMF Director over China Data-Rigging Scandal

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen conceded on Monday that “legitimate issues and concerns” have been raised by a report that found World Bank data was rigged to make China looked better, but added she saw no reason to replace International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva for her alleged role in the scandal.

The IMF says it will reach a decision on the fate of Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva 'very soon'

China’s Xi Jinping Cracks Down on Banks to Purge Capitalist Influence

Fresh from beating the stuffing out of China’s high-tech billionaires to teach them who’s boss, dictator Xi Jinping is launching a regulatory crackdown on his banking industry to purge it of capitalist influences and tighten the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) grip on every coin.

Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the commemoration of the 110th anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution which overthrew the Qing Dynasty and led to the founding of the Republic of China, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 9, 2021. (Noel Celis/AFP via Getty Images)

Pakistan Eulogizes Nuclear Proliferator AQ Khan as ‘National Icon’

Nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan died in a Pakistani military hospital on Sunday at the age of 85, apparently a victim of the Wuhan coronavirus or one of its comorbidities. He was celebrated by Prime Minister Imran Khan as a “national hero” for turning Pakistan into a “nuclear weapon state.” Left unmentioned in the PM’s eulogy was AQ Khan’s role as a dangerous proliferator who sold nuclear secrets to Iran, North Korea, and Libya.

Supporters and officials gather around an ambulance carrying the coffin of the late Pakistan's nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan for his funeral outside the Faisal Mosque following his death in Islamabad on October 10, 2021. (Photo by Aamir QURESHI / AFP) (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI/AFP via Getty Images)

Six Killed in Car Bomb Attack Targeting Senior Officials in Yemen

Two senior ministers of the internationally-recognized government of Yemen were targeted by a car bomb attack in the port city of Aden on Sunday. The ministers escaped, but at least seven people traveling in their convoy were killed, and eleven others were seriously injured.

Yemeni security forces gather at the scene of a car-bomb explosion in the heart of Yemen's southern port city of Aden, on October 10, 2021. (Saleh Al-Obeidi/AFP via Getty Images)