Todd Crawford

Japanese Prime Minister Candidate Calls for Increased Missile-Strike Capabilities to ‘Resist Authoritarianism’s Advance’
One of the top two candidates vying to become Japan’s next Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida, has said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) that Japan should consider expanding its missile-strike capabilities in...
Beijing Eyeing Take Over of Ride Sharing App, Didi; Encourages State-owned Companies to Invest
The Chinese government is encouraging government-run firms to invest in the Chinese ride-hailing company, Didi, as Beijing considers taking over control of the publicly traded Chinese technology giant, Bloomberg News has reported. It appears Beijing...
Authorities Issue Eviction Orders Against Members of the Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu, China
In Chengdu, China, officials and community enforcers have issued eviction notices against members of the now-banned Early Rain Covenant Church — an unofficial Protestant group — amidst a continuing crackdown on religion by Chinese authorities,...
Vietnam: Facebook User Fined for Distributing “Fake News” Critical of Government’s COVID-19 Response
Vietnamese Facebook user, Nguyen Thuy Duong, has been fined by Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City police for posting content critical of the country’s COVID-19 response. Her posts accuse authorities of neglecting residents and letting them...
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China Suspended Operation of a Japanese-themed Complex Just 2 Weeks After It Opened
A Japanese-themed cultural and residential project, that recently opened in the city of Dalian in northeast China, has been shuttered just two weeks after it had opened, apparently related to a sensitive date in history...
Chinese Real Estate Giant Evergrande Teetering on the Brink of Bankruptcy
Evergrande, one of the world’s most indebted real estate developers, is reportedly so crippled with debt that it is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy.  The company, which employs upwards of 200,000 people and claims...
ISIS Sympathizer Stabs Six in Auckland Mall Terror Attack; Was Previously Arrested for Planning ‘Lone Wolf’ Knife Attack
On September 3, a man who was shot dead by Auckland police in a supermarket after stabbing several shoppers is said to have been well known to police and had previously been arrested for allegedly...
Amidst Plummeting Approval Ratings, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to Step Down
Japanese Prime Minister, Yoshihide Suga announced on Friday, Aug. 3 that he will not be running in his party’s leadership race beginning on Sept. 29, effectively ending his tenure as Japanese prime minister after less...
In Myanmar, Civil War Looms as a Dozen Militias Form Alliance to Overthrow Junta
Militia from a dozen different regions of Myanmar have formed an alliance in an attempt to take on the country’s junta, heightening the threat of civil war in the embattled nation, Radio Free Asia (RFA)...
China’s Pop-Culture Purge Continues; Authorities Call for Boycott of ‘Sissy Idols’
China’s crackdown on its entertainment industry continues to intensify with China’s media regulator calling for a boycott of entertainers that it considers “sissy” and who promotes an incorrect beauty standard.  The Chinese government has implemented...
Man on the Run; New Zealand Police Go All Out To Capture Man Who Escaped From Quarantine
A New Zealand man, who had tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and was subsequently placed in quarantine, escaped his confines prompting New Zealand police to track him down in full protective equipment.  Officers swarmed...
In North Korea, Desperate and Hungry Citizens Kidnap Two Children of Well-off Families, Demand Ransom
Worsening economic conditions in the isolated country of North Korea has inspired some desperate citizens to kidnap at least two children, in separate incidents, in an attempt to extract ransom money from families who are...