Jonathan Walker

Jonathan loves talking politics, economics and philosophy. He carries unique perspectives on everything making him a rather odd mix of liberal-conservative with a streak of independent Austrian thought.
Weibo Fined for not Carrying Out Enough Censorship
China’s Twitter equivalent microblogging platform Weibo has been fined by the Chinese regime. The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) imposed a three-million yuan (US$471,165) fine on the social media network for posting “information forbidden by...
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Press Freedoms Under Attack in China, Dozens of Journalists Jailed in 2021
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), a nonprofit that promotes press freedoms across the world, recently published its annual prison census report for 2021. China was once again found to be the world’s worst jailer...
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Yanjun Xu: A Case Study in how China Uses Espionage for Tech
In November, a federal jury convicted a Chinese spy for attempting economic espionage and theft of trade secrets. The 41-year-old spy, Yanjun Xu, was working as the Deputy Division Director of the Sixth Bureau of...
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Amtrak Suspends COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Employees Citing High Vaccination Rate
Passenger railroad company Amtrak has decided to suspend its COVID-19 vaccine mandate targeting its employees. The decision follows a recent warning issued by company president Stephen Gardner who said Amtrak’s services would be disrupted next...
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TikTok Empoyees: China Controls Company’s US Operations
In June this year, U.S. President, Joe Biden, signed an executive order revoking former President Donald Trump’s order that sought to ban TikTok. Trump’s order was based on the consideration that TikTok posed a threat...
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Facebook Says Fact Checks Might Not Actually Be Factual
Facebook has long been accused of censoring content through third-party fact-checkers. Such fact-checkers go through the controversial content and give a judgment on whether such content is based on facts or not.  Many people have...
Beijing Allows Real Estate Firms to Issue Debts
Regulators in China have decided to allow real estate companies to issue debts in a move aimed to help the country’s struggling property firms. The money raised via such debts can be used to fund...
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China Carries Out Live-Fire Bombing Drills in South China Sea
The Chinese regime recently carried out a live-fire bombing in the contentious waters of the South China Sea. According to Chinese state-backed media outlet Global Times, the H-6J bomber took part in the live-fire exercise...
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Marriage License Applications Fall to 13-Year Low in China
China has the most intrusive government in the world when it comes to family planning. Over the past several decades, Beijing has introduced several laws to curb population growth, including limiting how many children a...
This picture taken on March 1, 2021 shows a view of the U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81), part of Destroyer Squadron 2, arriving in Port Sudan. Commander Lucian Kins has been relieved of duty. While an official spokesperson said Kins lost the confidence of superior officers for refusing a “lawful order,” anonymous officials told Associated Press it was because his COVID-19 vaccine religious exemption was denied, yet he still refused injection.
Fired Navy Destroyer Commander Allegedly Refused COVID-19 Vaccine
A commanding officer for a U.S. Navy destroyer has been removed from his position, allegedly a result of refusing to comply with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine mandates. Commander Lucian Kins, second in command of...
A shopper walks by a sign displaying $1.25 price, posted on the shelves of a Dollar Tree store in Alhambra, California, December 10, 2021. Results of a new Associated Press poll found Americans reporting they’re paying more for household expenses.
In a New Poll, Americans Say They Face Higher Household Expenses
Prices of essential goods and services have been increasing unabated over the past several months, and many Americans now report they are feeling the pressure to make ends meet.  According to the results of a...
The U.S. has been experiencing its highest rates of inflation in decades, with differing opinions about its major drivers.
Consumer Price Inflation Growth Fastest in Four Decades
The U.S. Labor Department recently released inflation statistics for last month, painting a grim picture of the economy. The Consumer Price Index (CPI), which measures how much customers pay for goods and services, jumped by...