Author: Dan Spinelli

The DOJ’s China Initiative Dragnet Is Over. But the Aftereffects Will Be Felt for Years.

Nearly three years ago, a University of Kansas chemistry professor named Feng “Franklin” Tao was arrested and accused of concealing his work for a Chinese university. His arrest “disrupted the transfer of American intellectual property to China,” then-Assistant US Attorney Tony Mattivi would tell the New Yorker. It also inaugurated a new stage in the China […]

China’s State Media Propagandists are Pushing Putin Talking Points

Since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Chinese leader Xi Jinping has opted for what one scholar calls a “pro-Russia neutrality.” That looks in practice as weird as it sounds. Instead of silence, the Chinese government has emitted a chorus of contradictory messages. Appeals for peace in Ukraine mix with odd affirmations of Russia’s “legitimate” […]

In Major Escalation, Biden to Ban Imports of Russian Oil

President Joe Biden is set to announce a ban on US imports of Russian oil, several news outlets reported Tuesday morning. The move comes as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine enters its thirteenth day and Western nations continue to look for ways to pressure Russian leader Vladimir Putin economically.  Since Putin first ordered the invasion, the United […]

One More Thing to Worry About: Putin May Be Paving the Way to Use Chemical Weapons in Ukraine

It is difficult to imagine ways for the Russian invasion of Ukraine to get worse, but Vladimir Putin is giving us new reasons to try. After putting Russian nuclear forces on “special alert” last week, Putin’s government has repeatedly accused the United States of storing biological weapons in Ukraine, part of a disinformation campaign that could […]

So Apparently Steve Bannon Loved the Piece I Wrote About His Absolute Obsession With China

A weird thing happened in the hours after I published a story about Steve Bannon’s podcast and its relentless anti-China crusade. He seemed to…really like it? On Gettr, the social media platform bankrolled by Bannon’s patron, Guo Wengui, he wrote, “Mother Jones Magazine assessment is WarRoom: Pandemic is the gathering place for anti-Communist, anti-CCP fighters […]

The World Is Less Unified in its Support of Ukraine Than You Might Think

If you went looking for evidence of international unity in the days following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, there was plenty to find. Switzerland dispensed with its traditional position of neutrality to freeze Russian assets. Germany, reliant on Russian natural gas and reluctant to arm overseas combatants, halted certification of a major natural gas pipeline and […]

Steve Bannon’s Podcast Is the New Red Scare

Peter Navarro is hopelessly devoted to Donald Trump, easily goaded into extended and semi-coherent monologues, and obsessed with the Chinese Communist Party. That makes the former Trump administration trade czar the perfect regular guest for War Room, the daily podcast hosted by onetime Trump adviser and right-wing agitator Steve Bannon. A typical Navarro appearance goes […]