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Jim Lobe discusses public backing for the Iran deal.

Jesse Schatz discusses likely U.S. policy towards the GCC countries under Trump.

Nick Turse discusses special ops and the gray zone.

Jeremy Scahill discusses the real alleged target of a drone strike that killed a 16 year old teenager still being at large.

Robert Mackay discusses that most Israelis want a soldier recently convicted pardoned.

Zaid Jilani discusses the politics of embassies and moving the U.S. one in Israel to Jersualem.

Melvin Goodman discusses the dark side of the Obama legacy.

Robert Fisk discusses a journalist’s ordeal in an Egytpian prison.

Jim Lobe discusses an open letter to Trump from Iranian-Americans on upholding the Iran deal.

Uri Avnery discusses the Israeli settlements in the ooccupied territories.

David Swanson discusses torture and the Obama admin.

Robert Fantina discusses Kerry, the settlements, and Bibi.

Vijay Prashad discusses Algeria.

Neve Gordon discusses the recent conviction of an IDF soldier.

Laurence M. Vance discusses killing in war.

Laurence M. Vance discusses sanctions on Iran.

Sam Biddle discusses the weak nature of the declassified version of an intelligence report alleging Russia was behind the hacking of the DNC this past election season.

Jacob G. Hornberger discusses ditching the CIA, NSA, and Pentagon.

Medea Benjamin discusses the hawkish foreign policy of Obama.

Patrick Cockburn discusses how the Saudi regime’s bid to dominate the Middle East has failed.

David R. Henderson discusses Q and A with Robert Gates.

Richard M. Ebeling discusses William Godwin and Thomas Malthus.

Jacob G. Hornberger discusses the CIA being above the law.

Matthew Cole discusses the atrocities of Seal Team Six.

Abigail R. Hall Blanco discusses Obama as the drone president.

Michael Brendan Dougherty discusses the hypocrisy of Democratic Party folks on foreign policy and war.

Robert Fisk discusses time spent with a fellow journalist.

Kenneth Surin discusses the MLA and BDS.

David Swanson discusses the lack of evidence for the allegations against Russia.

Daily Molotov: January 24, 2017

Welcome back to the Daily Molotov, all the news that’s fit to make you hate the state. Here’s today’s headlines.

From the New York Times

Donald Trump told lawmakers that the reason he lost the popular vote was because of “illegal immigrants.” It’s not true.

Also from the New York Times: Trump gathered the CEOs of major corporations to the White House to threaten them with a “border tax” if they took jobs out of the country. The UK Supreme Court has ruled that Brexit needs Parliament to give it the go-ahead. El Chapo is being held at a prison that former inmates call “tougher than Guantánamo Bay.” The US has abandoned the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal. Sean Spicer had another press briefing; this time it wasn’t as confrontational.

From the Washington Post

Senate Democrats, in a ridiculous (and kind of hilarious) move, are mulling over a $1 trillion infrastructure plan.

Also from the Washington Post: A former mayor of Hiroshima has urged Trump to meet the remaining survivors of the bomb in an effort to make the President take nuclear weapons seriously. And yet, this is a man who named his own inauguration day the “National Day of Patriotic Devotion,” so I don’t know how serious he’s going to take survivors of a nuclear weapon strike. Julia Hahn is going to advise Steve Bannon. Hahn was a writer at Breitbart. And the CDC abruptly canceled a panel on climate change and its effect on public health, and no one knows why.

From Politico

Republicans are having a hard time keeping things together over the Affordable Care Act repeal.

Also from Politico: Donald Trump is assembling a shadow cabinet in order to keep the actual cabinet he appointed in line. Kellyanne Conway has a Secret Service detail because she’s afraid of the media. That’s super weird. Sean Spicer was bothered by being called a liar. In related news, the CEO of Dippin’ Dots tried to mend fences with Spicer. Spicer has continued to give the confectionery the cold shoulder. I’ll see myself out.


As Trump signed an anti-abortion executive order yesterday, West Virginia became the newest state in the union to only have one abortion provider within its borders.

Also from Trump’s nominee for labor secretary called Carls Jr. employees “the best of the worst.” Not quite sure how to take that from a man whose last name can be modified to read “putz,” but whatever.

From Infoshop News

Here is a running global tally of the Women’s March.

From It’s Going Down

What Counts as Violence? Why The Right Can Shoot Us Now.” Also, here’s an interview with Alexander Reid Ross.

From Jacobin

Kenzo Shibata has an article on the Women’s March up. Also, “We Can Make the Nazis Back Down.”

From The Nation

Dave Zirin was at the inauguration. It was tiny.

From the Intercept

Lawmakers in eight states now have proposed laws that would criminalize peaceful protest.

From Antiwar News

The United States has vowed to keep China from claiming islands built by China.

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Daily Molotov: January 23, 2017

Welcome back to the Daily Molotov! It’s been… an interesting weekend, but it’s time to get back to the daily grind. Here are today’s top headlines from across the media landscape.

From the New York Times

President Trump’s first weekend was… fairly goofy. And not in any sort of endearing way. Against a backdrop of protest demonstrations taking place on literally every continent, Trump’s (and his administration’s) gaffes looked more like the mad scramblings of a tinpot dictator than a peaceful transition of power. From a press secretary who spent his first press briefing yelling at the press about crowd sizes, to a counselor who peddles “alternative facts” on political talk shows and who announced Sunday that Trump unequivocally will not release his tax returns, this weekend was wild.

Also from the New York Times: Foreign payments to Trump businesses violate the constitution, according to a new lawsuit. The Women’s March protests around the country (and world) gathered nearly 2.5 million people into the streets of major cities and small towns. Now people want to know: what happens next? Cervical cancer is killing a larger number of people in the US than originally thought. And tornadoes ripped through the Southeast US.

From the Washington Post

Margaret Sullivan comes in with the sharpest hot take, of course. Sean Spicer has ended the old way of reporting on the president. From Sullivan: “White House press briefings are ‘access journalism,’ in which official statements — achieved by closeness to the source — are taken at face value and breathlessly reported as news. And that is over. Dead.” Good!

Also from the Washington Post: An historic concrete ship was smashed to bits by California storm waves. Marco Rubio might not approve Rex Tillerson. But he probably will. Gambia’s former president took off with literally all of the country’s wealth. France is moving to the right, politically. The field failure analysis has come back from Samsung over why its Note 7 blew up last fall: “the battery components in the Galaxy Note 7 did not properly fit in the battery’s casing,” and “several manufacturing issues, including inadequate welding at the battery manufacturer, as the company raced to produce those new phones” in the second batch. So that’s unfortunate.

From PoliticoFederal workers are upset by Trump’s hiring freeze. Trump gives FBI Director James Comey a pat on the back for being “more famous than me.” And Wikileaks has called Trump out for not releasing his tax returns.

From Antiwar NewsThe cost of the air war between us and ISIS has reached $11 billion.

From The InterceptThe new CIA director-nominee is into torture. ALSO: Jeremy Scahill is starting a new podcast, first episode out on Wednesday!

From The NationScott Pruitt is not super great on the environment, which is a thing you know if you live in Oklahoma.

From It’s Going DownTexas prisoners are being punished for revealing horrid conditions. Also, IGD has a whole slew of protest reportbacks from this past weekend. Check them out here.

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Daily Molotov: Places to find ongoing coverage of anti-Trump protests

Donald J. Trump has been sworn in as the 45th President of the United States amidst a backdrop of citywide protest actions from various groups.

Check out Infoshop News and It’s Going Down for ongoing coverage of the action, and if you’re on Twitter, make sure you’re following #disruptJ20.

Infoshop News

It’s Going Down

Some thoughts in the final hours before life under Trump


Well, here it is. The final hours before Donald Trump takes his place at the head of the United States. Starting at 12:00 pm Friday, Trump will control the military, influence domestic and foreign policy, and lay the groundwork for future generations.

We’re all fucking doomed, but I’ve come to terms with this.

I’m not ready for tomorrow. Nobody I know is. The future has never been as uncertain in my memory as it is right now, and maybe it never has been. What I do know for sure, however, is that we have to fight.

What am I fighting for? I’ve been thinking about that question a lot over the past 70+ days since the election. Who am I fighting for, and more importantly, with?

I look at my friends and loved ones who are going to be hit hardest by Trump’s policies. I’m fighting for them. I look at the people the last president unfairly imprisoned for a variety of reasons – whose lives are about to get that much worse under Trump. I’m fighting for them. I’m looking at a door that is steadily closing on a free world for everyone. I’m fighting to keep that door open.

Part of me is motivated by fear, but underneath that thin peel of fear is a thick core of love. I fight for the people in my life who are set to be destroyed by the incoming administration because I love them. I can’t fucking explain to you how much I love them. I love everyone I work with here at the Center, I love my friends, my partner, my parents… I want them to come out of the next potentially horrendous four years and be okay.

I am determined to make sure they are okay on the other side of this nightmare.

Let’s begin.


Burn Them Prisons

It’s just kinda weird how there’s one person who somehow has the ability to sign off on Chelsea Manning being continuously imprisoned in, or released from, a monitored, regimented, surveilled life in a cage. I don’t know what it feels like to have another adult human’s very existence as a free individual in the palm of my hands and I don’t really want to. Feels sort of unnatural to me.

All the appreciation towards the person who held the key to her cage, to her life and happiness, for seven years, but didn’t do anything, is even stranger. I have no idea what magic can give someone the right to hold not only Chelsea’s key, but the key to millions of others locked away, rotting in cages, the domestic collateral damage to Democracy and Progress.

I don’t have much anger or disappointment directed at the man who happened to hold her key the past seven years, though. He is ultimately a cog in the machine, twisted into the evil scum that he is because of his role as the Leader of the Free World. This dastardly role will soon be handed over to someone else. Someone much scarier.

But it’s vital that we not confuse an institutional problem for a personality problem. Neither of these men would hold those keys if not for their role. It is not the existence of either of them that is evil, but the fact they are handed the keys to others’ freedom.

The prison guard and prisoner have the potential to be cooperative, joyful people, interacting for mutual benefit. But we will never see if that world is possible as long as we take for granted the absolutely bizarre notion of one person deciding who remains caged and who goes free. There’s no time to wait for the prison guards to decide. Let’s burn the prisons down instead.

Daily Molotov: January 18, 2017

Welcome to the Daily Molotov, all the news that’s fit to hate the state. We’re finally back on schedule and at our regular posting level again after a tumultuous – yet exciting – couple of days. Let’s check out some of our latest headlines from across the media.

From the New York Times

The biggest story right now is still that Barack Obama has granted Chelsea Manning clemency, reducing her sentence to end on May 17, 2017. The fact that Manning will be a free woman almost seems like a dream. With Billionaire Freddy Krueger about to take office, my fear is that he’s going to make Manning’s remaining few months in prison a living nightmare. There’s still work to do.

There’s definitely more news, though. Edward Snowden’s asylum in Russia has been extended. The Trump transition team has barely communicated at all with the National Security Council. Eighteen million people could lose their health insurance with the repeal of the ACA. Gambia’s current president has dug in, refusing to accept the results of a recent election. Israeli security forces fatally wounded a Palestinian teenager on Monday and it was caught on video, sparking outrage.

From the Washington Post

Secretary of Education pick Betsy DeVos has been in hearings to see if congress will confirm her for the job. So far, that road is looking kind of rocky. Yesterday, the hearing devolved into a full-on shouting match.

Thirty members of the House of Representatives are boycotting the inauguration, but no senators are following suit. They’re chasing power. Apparently one of Donald Trump’s heroes is… uh… well, read this. A buildup of hydrogen sulfide and methane gas under a manhole in Key Largo, Fla. killed three workers and severely injured several more.

From Politico

Trump claimed he would “drain the swamp” under the Beltway by removing lobbyist influence. He didn’t. Also, he will be entering the White House without much of his cabinet, and apparently he “doesn’t like tweeting.” Finally, the transition team is looking at “retooling” the State Department to focus primarily on terrorism. You know, like the other four departments that do that.

From Slate

Rex Tillerson’s confirmation may be in jeopardy. Also, Tom Friedman doesn’t know anything – but you knew that. Betsy DeVos says guns are necessary in schools to fend off grizzlies, which, I mean. Finally, student data  security at public schools is unsurprisingly bad.

From The Nation

Symbolic protest is not enough. We need to “throw sand in the gears of everything.”

From Jacobin

Joe Soss responds to a terrible New York Times article on food stamps.

From Anarchist News

Here’s a letter from a French anarchist in prison about justice.

From It’s Going Down

Denver Anarchist Black Cross has called for support of a political prisoner in Colorado, Coyote Acabo.

From CrimethInc.

“Five Principles of Direct Action,” an analysis of the 2001 anti-inauguration protests.

From the Libertarian Institute

Erik Prince’s mercenaries are bombing Libya.

From Antiwar News

Douchebags think Chelsea Manning’s freedom is a national security risk.

From the Intercept

Erik Prince has been covertly advising Trump.

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Daily Molotov: January 17, 2017

Welcome to the Daily Molotov, all the news that’s fit to hate the state with. 

Chelsea Manning, the whistleblower who was arrested in 2010 for leaking documents about the Iraq and Afghan Wars to Wikileaks, will be released in May after outgoing president Barack Obama commuted the remainder of her sentence.

Excuse us while we celebrate instead of post a normal blog post. Congratulations to all of the activists and supporters who pushed for Manning’s release. We’ll see you tomorrow.

From the New York TimesObama commutes the bulk of Chelsea Manning’s sentence.

Daily Molotov: January 16, 2017

Welcome to the Daily Molotov, all the news that’s fit to hit the state with. Here are some of today’s important headlines.

From the New York TimesHey, listen, we’re all screwed.

Also from the New York Times: One of the Samsung heirs might be going to jail. And Trump’s connections to Russia go back three decades.

From the Washington PostSome members of the Deep State were “NeverTrump” folks, and they’re probably gonna be ignored.

Also from the Washington Post: Monica Crowley won’t take the National Security Council job because she plagiarized from a foot doctor. Over 30 Democrats will be skipping the inauguration.

From PoliticoDonald Trump is by no means a uniter. Also, Gene Cernan, the last person to walk on the Moon, has died at 82.

From SlateThat whole overtime raise thing didn’t happen. Also, Trump at one point called Russia “our biggest problem” before running for president.

From Infoshop NewsDisruptJ20 was filmed by some nerds called “Project Veritas,” and have released a statement accordingly.

From Anarchist NewsHere are some resources for #DisruptJ2o.

From Antiwar NewsShockingly, Iran doesn’t want to renegotiate its nuclear deal.

From CrimethInc.A history of counter-inauguration protests.

From LibcomA look back on Obama’s deportation regime.

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Media Coordinator Weekly Update: January 9-15, 2017

Howdy, folks! It’s Sunday, which means it’s time for me to share with you all sorts of fun stuff related to the work we do here at C4SS.


In addition to the Weekly Libertarian Leftist Review, last week we launched the Daily Molotov. Here’s what we’re doing with that. For now, what you see is what you get: a daily digest of “All the News That’s Fit to Hate the State With,” but we plan on adding other stuff, including podcasts, original reporting and more. This is part of our ongoing efforts to expand what the Center does and how it functions.

The Week in Commentary

Kevin Carson’s “No Right to Free Water – Except for Nestlé” got picked up by Counterpunch, the Augusta Free Press, Dinâmicas Sul-sur,,, and Logan Glitterbomb’s “Combating hate: A Radical Leftist guide to Gun Control,” got picked up at the Augusta Free Press.

This has so far been a really good month for commentaries, but I’m already late as is SO I’m going to wrap this up. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that relies on your tax-deductible donations to keep rolling along, putting anarchy into the hands of folks all over the world. Come say hi at ISFLC 2017, be like the generous individuals who have already donated this month, or follow us on Twitter at @c4ssdotorg.

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Robert Parry discusses bad news for neocons and liberal interventionists.

Luis Gómez Romero immigration policy.

Binoy Kampmark discusses the U.N. vote on Israeli settlements.

Cesar Chelala discusses the recent absention of the U.S. from a vote on Israeli settlements.

Marjorie Cohn discusses U.S. foreign policy developments in the year 2016.

Medea Benjamin discusses the U.S. support for the Saudi war in Yemen.

Gwynne Dyer discusses the U.N., Bibi, and Obama.

Glenn Greenwald discusses a false story in the Washington Post about alleged Russian hacking of the electrical grid.

Vijay Prashad discusses what the Israeli govt fears about the recent U.N. condemnation.

Uri Avnery discusses Trump’s cabinet and anti-semitism

Glenn Greenwald discusses false claims made about Wikileaks by a Guardian reporter.

Doug Bandow discusses why Russia today is not the USSR. I disagree with some of it, but it is useful for showing how the alleged present day Russian threat is inflated.

James Risen discusses how Obama’s war on press freedom laid the groundwork for a potential Trump admin war on press liberty.

David Swanson discusses how war erodes civil liberties.

Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man discusses the possibility of annexation of the West Bank.

Grant Smith discusses how military aid to Israel leads to incentives for war.

Ray McGovern discusses the Afghan quagmire and Obama’s lack of political courage.

Jacob G. Hornberger discusses foreign policy interventionism and blowback.

Laruence M. Vance discusses Taiwan, China, and the U.S.

Norman Solomon discusses the Democratic Party and the latest controvsery over Russia.

Lucy Steigerwald discusses Trump and the war on privacy.

Ramzy Baroud discusses the Israel-Palestine conflict and the Trump admin.

The New York Times editorial board discusses where secret arrests were stand procedure.

A. Barton Hinkle discusses big government.

Laurence M. Vance discusses the Small Business Adminstration. I am not a fan of his angle on minimum wage laws or anti-discrimination laws, but I appreciate the anti-corporate welfare push of this article.

Owen Jones discusses U.S. interference in foreign elections.

Phillip Smith discusses deaths from the War on Drugs.

Jacob G. Hornberger discusses charity vs the welfare state.

Jacob G. Hornberger discusses the only solution to the healthcare crisis in the U.S.

Michael Rieger discusses early Japanese liberalism.

Daily Molotov Weekend Overview: January 13-15, 2017

Welcome to C4SS’s Daily Molotov, formerly News Bits, All The News That’s Fit to Hate the State With. This is a recap of the top news from this weekend as well as a look back at last week’s top stories. Podcast version here to come.

From the New York TimesScott Pruitt, outgoing Oklahoma Attorney General and buddy of the oil and gas industry, is shockingly antipathetic to attempts to regulate on environmental grounds. Related: here are 14 examples of this.

Also from the New York Times: SpaceX launched its first rocket since that launchpad explosion back in September 2016. Also, we’re not doing super great on that whole “police reform” bit. Here’s a really good series on the challenges and rewards facing Canadians as they accept refugees from Syria. This is how Chelsea Manning has been living since her conviction in 2013. Both Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circuses are closing down for good.

From the Washington PostDonald Trump went after Democratic Rep. John Lewis (who called his presidency illegitimate) toward the end of last week. It did wonders for Lewis’s book sales.

Also from the Washington Post: Protestors at UC Davis disrupted a “debate” between horrible person and pharmaceutical exec Martin Shkreli and horrible person and Nazi Milo Yiannopoulos. Dog poo was allegedly involved. Police in Evanston, Illinois violently arrested a man for stealing a car. The car was his. Mike Pence sure didn’t have any contact with Russia. No sir no ma’am.

From the US edition of the UK GuardianDonald Trump and Vladimir Putin will meet in Reykjavik after the inauguration. So that’s fun.

Also from the US edition of the UK Guardian: Jennifer Holliday canceled her appearance at the inauguration. Protestors in Louisiana are fighting Energy Transfer Partners, the company responsible for the Dakota Access Pipeline, over a new pipeline in the bayou. Immigration activists are making final preparations for Trump.

From PoliticoTrump has been slow to vet candidates he’s chosen that are part of the mega-rich class. CIA director John Brennan (who OU Students for a Stateless Society protested in 2014) called Trump’s “Nazi Germany” comment “outrageous,” which, I mean, true. Peter Thiel is considering running for California governor. Democrats from red states gunned for Jeff Sessions.

From Mic.comProtests against Trump’s inauguration have started, with a march dubbed the “We Shall Not Be Moved” march garnering a gathering of hundreds on Saturday. Donald Trump is not going to visit a black museum after he fought John Lewis. A Republican public official in Greenwich, Connecticut was arrested after grabbing a union worker in the genitals.

From AnarchistNewsWe have some updates on prisoners in Chile and Italy.

From Infoshop NewsA new indigenous and popular resistance group has been formed in Guerrero.

From It’s Going DownA call for militant femmes to march in Washington DC this upcoming Friday has gone out. Also, Mike Peinovich has been outed as the head of The Right Stuff dot biz.

From CrimethInc.Here are ten reasons to go hard in the paint on inauguration day. Also CrimethInc. has a new website and it looks so goooooooood you guys.

From Antiwar NewsTrump will be keeping sanctions against Russia “for now” after the inauguration.

From The InterceptThe Intercept has put out a call for submissions to any public official concerned about working under a Trump presidency.

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News Bits: January 12, 2017

Welcome back to News Bits, All the News That’s Fit to Hate the State With. This is going to be kind of a quick one! Here’s what’s happening. 

From the New York TimesDonald Trump had his first press conference yesterday. It didn’t go too well.

Also from the New York Times: Volkswagen pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and to violate the Clean Air Act, customs violations and obstruction of justice, and six executives are being specifically named. And Eric Holder is leading a partisan redistricting committee designed to fight Republican gerrymandering.

From the Washington PostDonald Trump said during his press conference that he has nothing to do with Russia. But it isn’t true.

Also from the Washington Post: The Senate is coming closer to being able to repeal Obamacare. Ben Carson’s HUD Secretary hearing is set to happen soon. Experts say that Amelia Earhart didn’t die in a plane crash. Which, I guess is good news, but where did she go?

From the Los Angeles TimesTwo LAPD cops who shot and killed a 16-year-old in Boyle Heights, CA last year didn’t have their body cameras on. But hey, they’re great deterrents!

Also from the Los Angeles Times: California is REALLY getting wrecked by storms. And the produce industry has announced plans to eliminate abusive conditions for Mexican farm labor.

From the Chicago TribuneCory Booker went hard after Jeff Sessions, saying he should not be Attorney General.

Also from the Chicago Tribune: The Justice Department is set to announce that it has found major constitutional abuses from Chicago law enforcement. Major cellular providers are set to remove unlimited plans from existence once and for all.

From National Public RadioOffice of Governmental Ethics director Walter Schaub is asking Donald Trump to completely divest from his businesses.

Also from National Public Radio: Elaine Chao is coasting to her nomination as Secretary of Transportation. The Supreme Court is examining how schools deal with students with disabilities. And several states are considering raising gasoline taxes in an effort to fill up budget holes.

From PoliticoChuck Schumer is going to vote against Jeff Sessions’ nomination. Also, Mike Pompeo will be grilled over whether the CIA will remain independent, and Rex Tillerson didn’t have a super great time at his hearing for Secretary of State nomination.

From SlateAlabama representative Mo Brooks calls criticisms of Jeff Sessions’ position on racial issues the result of a “war on whites.” Also, the ex-wife of one of Trump’s cabinet appointees, Andrew Pudzer, has allegedly appeared on Oprah to accuse him of physical abuse. And the law firm that Trump uses was named “Russia’s law firm of the year” in 2016.

From SalonThe Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, called Trump to let him know he condemned yesterday’s leaked report. Kellyanne Conway says Trump was “very happy” to receive that call. Also, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu called a Paris summit “rigged” against Israel.

From Mic.comBlack activists plan a week of actions from MLK day to the inauguration. Also, here’s how Wikileaks went from a government transparency outfit to a mouthpiece for the Trump administration.

From Antiwar News55 people were killed during heavy fighting in Yemen.

From The Anti-MediaThe United States dropped three bombs per hour in 2016.

From The InterceptHomeland Security nominee John Kelly didn’t disclose his links to a lobbying firm.

From It’s Going DownMapuche activists in Chile are still protesting for their freedom.

From The GuardianChelsea Manning is on Pres. Obama’s “shortlist” for commutation. Edward Snowden called on Obama to release her via Twitter, saying “only you can save her life.”

From JacobinWho put Trump in the White House?” asks Kim Moody.

Thanks for reading News Bits, curated for C4SS by Trevor Hultner. You can submit news tips to, tweet at us either at @c4ssdotorg or @trevor_c4ss, or leave a comment below. Your continued support of the Center for a Stateless Society means we can continue to roll out new features like this.

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Farewell Obama

Obama using his farewell address to make a sales pitch for political activism and running for office as the solution to people’s problems pretty much sums up modern liberalism. Snake oil politicians trot out this tired bullshit whenever they see the religious zeal surrounding them and their policy initiatives fading away.

Does Obama really see his remarkable political ascendancy as part of any realistic aspiration for marginalized people? Power doesn’t just corrupt; it blinds you to the reality of your words while building you a throne atop which you can sit, privileged enough to avoid being victimized by the excesses of state capitalism.

While change and diversity were the main themes of Obama’s address, he remains arrogantly intolerant of people who have no interest in the reality show of American politics and repeats the same old conservative pleas for faith in his failed institutions. The fact is that most eligible voters chose nobody for president. The number of people who would rather spend time with their family, read a book, have sex, get high, burn a flag, see a movie, work, or just sit there and stare at a wall rather than cast a meaningless vote for one of two aspiring murderers outweigh the backwards, out of touch, “politically engaged” citizens.

Obama should recognize this trend and use his platform to channel it into true civic virtue and mutual aid, not beg the productive members of society for their time, attention, or, worst of all, moral license while he uses their money to blow up children in the Middle East while paying lip service to “democratic values” from his cozy position.

The more people who take the outgoing president’s advice, the less their voice actually matters on the margin — so goes the systematically under-provided public good of intelligent political activity. But I guess this cruel irony of politics is easy to ignore when your voice actually does matter but you want to deflect blame onto those damn lazy, selfish voters for your legacy of mass deportation, unaccountable drone killings, and bulking up the surveillance state and executive power just in time for a megalomaniac to be elected by your precious democracy. The entire speech was practically one big exercise in absolving himself from any guilt whatsoever and doing the political equivalent of victim blaming.

The pervasiveness of this laughable narrative really is a big reason why Trump won. After all, if your leaders just keep telling you to vote harder and faster, but continually abuse you, then a strong man who bucks this trend and offers instant gratification seems like the only sensible way to play the game of politics. Unfortunately the prospect of moving to alternative ways of organizing society that are more peaceful and horizontal, that don’t so easily reward people who crave power over others, is lost on Obama.

The biggest arms dealer in the world insisting that “citizen” is the most powerful office in the United States as he rides off into the sun on wings of moral superiority and blamelessness for his many war crimes in Yemen and Pakistan is so tone deaf and emblematic of Obama’s self-congratulatory and downright contradictory underdog Americanism that it makes the most fitting end to his presidency. It disgusts me to remember that over the next four years we will be looking back on the Obama years with nostalgia. There’s never been a better argument for burning it down.

News Bits: January 11, 2017

Welcome to News Bits: All the News That’s Fit to Hate the State With. Here’s what’s been happening. 

From the New York Times: Okay listen, before I get into this, I just wanna say that I’m going to refrain from making any horrible pee jokes. None. I promise.

Intelligence officials apparently showered Donald Trump with a series of unsubstantiated reports claiming that Russia had blackmail material on the President-elect. CNN was the first to allude to these reports yesterday, but Buzzfeed News was the first to actually post them. Trump has, naturally, denied the reports’ content, calling them “FAKE NEWS!!!1!” Russia has also denied the claim because did y’all really think they’d be like “Oh, yeah, we have that. Yep.”

State mouthpiece-for-hire Wikileaks took a giant leak on Buzzfeed’s reporting yesterday as well, tweeting, “WikiLeaks has a 100% record of accurate authentication. We do not endorse Buzzfeed’s publication of a document which is clearly bogus.” Buzzfeed News editor Ben Smith defended the decision to publish, saying, “[This] reflects how we see the job of reporters in 2017.” Others, like non-profit multi-time Pulitzer-winning investigative outfit ProPublica president Richard Tofel, also defended Buzzfeed’s move.

Also from the New York Times: Dylann Roof was sentenced to death for killing nine black church parishioners in 2015. Transgender women in immigration detention centers fear a higher risk of abuse. An El Cajon police officer wasn’t charged in the murder of an unarmed black man. Outgoing president Barack Obama made his final address to the nation.

From the Washington Post: Trump has tapped “vaccination skeptic” and all-purpose conspiracy theorist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. to lead a commission on vaccine safety. Just gonna put this out there, vaccines don’t cause autism, the study that claimed they do was discredited in the scientific community, and this is a waste of time. But hey, at least Kennedy is being recognized for something for once. That period in the 2000s where he tried to glom onto Greg Palast’s voter fraud crusade was forgettable and kind of cringey.

Also from the Washington Post: AG Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing was filled with shouting. Rex Tillerson, the pick for Secretary of State, is up next and is probably going to be grilled on his ties to dictators. A Nepalese model will take the stage as the first transgender woman to walk in India’s Lakmé Fashion Week.

From the Los Angeles Times: LA County Supervisors have created an Office of Immigration Affairs that would reportedly help provide services such as legal help to undocumented immigrants. The alt-right is mad about it.

Also from the Los Angeles Times: A painting that depicts police as wild boars is in the middle of a dispute between national lawmakers. Specifically, they’re literally physically fighting over whether the painting, produced by a California high school student, should be hanging up in the Capitol.

From National Public Radio: Contractors working on a Washington, D.C. hotel for President-elect Donald Trump say they’re owed millions of dollars for their work.

Also from National Public Radio: “Blessing boxes,” outdoor food pantries constructed in a similar vein to the Little Free Libraries, are beginning to pop up in communities nationwide. They’ll probably get taken down and their builders arrested for daring to feed the homeless for free, but hey. #MakeAmericaGreatAgain. Also, an Alaskan village is seeking disaster relief dollars to relocate while their shoreline is slowly subsumed into the Ninglick River.

From Politico: We’ve already talked about this but my dudes, Donald Trump actually asked the question, “Are we living in Nazi Germany??” in response to the released intelligence reports detailing his blackmail. My dudes. My dudes. Maybe that Shazaam movie really does exist and this is the universe’s way of self-correcting? I don’t know, I have a headache.

Also from Politico: Cops say that high profile killings make their job harder, according to a new Pew Research paper. Pro tip, maybe knock that whole “killing” thing off. Just, f*ckin don’t. Also, I’m gagging. I’m gagging. I’m going to throw up. I want to die. Just no. No no no no no. Also, “repeal and replace Obamacare” sounds easy, but uh. Well, it’s not. Finally, Trump is holding an internal West Wing competition to see which advisers can win his ear. F*cking christ.

From Salon: Jeff Sessions plans to bring the hammer down on Dream Act folks, so this is a great place to really bring it home that any city that currently calls itself a “sanctuary city” and promises to uphold DACA should probably go ahead and delete their logs. Burn it all.

From Alternet: Charles C. Johnson (no relation to our Radgeek), a hilarious remnant of the proto-alt-right, went on fellow-useless-alt-right-nerd Stefan Molyneux’s show last month to proclaim that he’s been “doing a lot of vetting” of Trump’s nominees.

From Slate: Gen. John Kelly, Trump’s pick for head of Homeland Security, doesn’t seem to be towing Trump’s line on a lot. He doesn’t like torture and said he’d oppose a border wall. Like, what even is the point if the guy you chose to head up a monstrous organization dedicated to worldwide oppression doesn’t even want to do the fun stuff you thought you’d be able to do now that you have all the power? Jeez.

From Google’s search algorithm is still f*cked, with articles that deny the Holocaust ever existed taking top billing.

From Antiwar: The Iraqi Prime Minister has called for Turkey to withdraw from its northernmost sector. Turkey said no.

From The Intercept: “Seal Team Six” was likely a pretty ruthless and terrible group, participating in “revenge ops,” mutilations and other atrocities.

From The Anti-Media: Obama’s “hands-off” policy in Syria pretty simply wasn’t.

From It’s Going Down: The leaders of the Alt-Right got doxxed by… themselves.

From Antifascist News: Why did “LGBTQ Nation” choose Milo Yiannopoulos for “Person of the Year?”

From Jacobin: Feminists call for a national women’s strike during the inauguration.

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News Bits: January 10, 2017

Welcome back to News Bits, C4SS’s look at the day’s news.

From the New York Times: Donald Trump has named his son-in-law Jared Kushner as his Senior Adviser, a move that will likely be challenged under federal anti-nepotism laws. But I mean let’s be honest this will probably stick. Nothing is true, everything is permitted and all that.

Also from the New York Times: At the NY Times Magazine, Patrick Symmes has written about Trump ally and overall horrible person, Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte and his list of drug addicts and dealers. Also, via Reuters, Dylann Roof’s sentencing period is coming to a close. Finally, Yahoo would rename itself “Altaba” if Verizon purchased it.

From the Washington Post: Trump probably won’t shake all of his conflicts of interest. Which, I mean. I don’t know, y’all, is that what matters now? “Oh hey guys, who cares if he’s a fascist – at least he doesn’t have any conflicts of interest!”

Also from the Washington Post: The FBI paid Geek Squad employees at Best Buy to scrape hard drives for child porn. Now privacy advocates are (F*CKIN RIGHTLY) concerned about implications for other situations. Also, Rick Riordan (author of Percy Jackson young adult novels) got an invitation to be honored by the Texas legislature, and he declined it because he opposes recently-introduced anti-transgender bathroom legislation. Nice!

From the Los Angeles Times: has closed its adult section down after pressure from law enforcement and an unfair legal battle against them.

Also from the Los Angeles Times: Someone was arrested in an attempted attack on a police station in Turkey.

From Reuters: The GOP is trying to pressure Trump into softening his pro-Russia rhetoric. It ain’t really working I don’t think.

From the Associated Press: Prospective Attorney General Jeff Sessions will face questioning from senators today.

From National Public Radio: Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos’s confirmation hearing has been delayed for a week. Also, a cop in Texas faces a 10-day suspension for forcibly arresting a woman who had called police because a man was grabbing her son.

From Politico: Monica Crowley, Donald Trump’s pick for senior director of strategic communications for the National Security Council, allegedly plagiarized a good chunk of her Ph.D dissertation from various sources, including “conservative columns, news articles, Wikipedia and in one case a podiatrist’s website.” Amazing. The Trump camp of course calls it a “politically motivated attack that seeks to distract from the real issues facing this country.” But whatever, ya girl copied from a foot doctor’s website for some reason and that’s hilarious.

Also from Politico: Betsy DeVos’s donations to FIRE (the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) apparently mean she’s not committed to stopping sexual assault on college campuses? That’s… a reach, but hey, y’all do you. And finally, last week Trump tweeted (shocker) that he thinks the Senate and House intelligence committees should investigate NBC News over leaked intelligence reports. Which is exactly the opposite of what they should – and are going to – do.

From Infoshop News: Some folks in Bloomington, IN are starting an anarchist news blog and calling for submissions. It’s called Plain Words, check it out here. Also, here’s a list of some actions going down in January.

From It’s Going Down: The Missoula, MT branch of the Industrial Workers of the World is calling for solidarity and assistance in combating a planned armed march of Nazis in Whitefish. The Black Rose Federation has an analysis of the national Fraternal Order of Police’s “first 100 days” document. Spoilers: it’s horrifying. Tampa Food Not Bombs is going to continue feeding people despite repeated arrests. And finally, a memorial fund for Michael Israel, a slain YPG volunteer, has been established.

From the American Civil Liberties Union: “Trump and Sessions: Great for the Private Prison Industry” by Carl Takei and Katie Egan

From The Nation: “Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte is a Wildly Popular Fascist,” by Walden Bello

From Jacobin: “America’s Durable Monstrosity,” by Daniel Denvir

Thanks for reading today’s News Bits. Check back in tomorrow for more crunchy bits.

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Ramzy Baroud discusses the meaning of Zionism to people in Palestine.

Mitchell Plitnick discusses Trump’s appointment to the position of U.S. ambassdaor to Israel.

Ted Galen Carpenter discusses the One China Policy and the Trump admin.

Tom Engelhardt discusses Donald Trump and the dystopian times ahead.

Zaid Jilani discusses Obama’s approach to anti-Israel U.N. resolutions.

Jenna McLaughlin discusses a new House report on Snowden.

Patrick Cockburn discusses the War on Terror and recent events.

Uri Avnery discusses why David Friedman is a bad choice for U.S. ambassador to Israel.

Conor Friedersdorf discusses Obama’s weak defense of his targeted killing program.

James Risen reviews a book by a CIA analyst who debriefed Saddam Hussien.

Sharon Presley discusses charitable giving and political ideology.

Jim Lobe discusses the views of Trump’s pick for national security advisor Michael Flynn

Eli Clifton discusses John Bolton’s right-wing politics on Israel.

Ann Wright discusses the use of denial of Social Security checks as a way of punishing dissenters.

Robert Fisk discusses ISIS and the far right’s assault on multicultural countries.

Douglas Valentine discusses the CIA and his research on it.

Cathy Breen discusses her trip to Iraq.

David Swanson.discusses post-911 abuses and impeachment.

Binoy Kampmark discusses refugee policy in Germany and a recent terror attack.

Robert W. Merry discusses the difference in opinion between the public at large and elites on American foreign policy.

Geoffrey Aronson discusses the recent U.N. resolution attacking Israeli settlement expansion.

John Buell discusses the potential for a new Mcarthyism.

Stephen Zunes discusses Trump’s picks for foreign policy related admin positions.

Mattathias Schwartz discusses the false statistics of a Trump nominee on deaths by nacroterrorism.

Jordan Smith discusses state govts passing abortion restrictions.

Ramzy Baroud discusses why the people of Palestine should look to the rest of the world rather than the U.S. for backing.

Thomas Knapp discusses the dangerous new NDAA.

Bonnie Kristian discusses drone warfare and Obama.

Daniel Larison discusses why the U.S. shouldn’t repudiate the present China policy.

Linda Lewis discusses whistleblowing and the Obama admin.

News Bits: January 9, 2017

Welcome to News Bits, a look at today’s headlines from an anarchist perspective.

From the New York Times: Congress is set to start confirming cabinet nominations this week. Two weeks out from the inauguration, it’s time to start really rubbing it in that the nightmare is, indeed, real and that there’s nothing to wake up from. Eat Arby’s.

Also from the New York Times: The FBI arrested a Volkswagen executive on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States. Prison riots in Brazil leave 100 inmates dead and a lot of angry, mourning families knocking on the doors of politicians across the country.

From the Washington Post: During a Golden Globes ceremony where a movie literally called “La-La-Land” won in the Best Picture category, notorious radical Meryl Streep took Donald Trump to task. He tweeted about it. Nobody wins.

Also from the Washington Post: The global market plans to fight Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions to the death. And Martin Shkreli was booted from Twitter for trying to get a journalist to be his inauguration date and then sending a horde after her when she noped out. Finally, Margaret Sullivan (our bae) calls on everyone to stop with the damn-fool “Fake News” business.

From National Public Radio: In more than a few states, legislators don’t make enough money to work.  Which, I mean, yikes, kind of. We sometimes (quite rightly) like to think of politicians as greedy money-grubbers seeking deals with corporate fat cats, etc. but it’s easy to forget that some folks – regardless of political leanings – run for office with a genuine, if misplaced, sense of duty. Still, they’d probably be more financially stable out of politics. And better people for it, too.

Also from National Public Radio: Orca shows at SeaWorld (specifically in San Diego, not its other sites in Florida and Texas) are about to stop, which is good, but Orca are still being held captive, which is bad. Also, there was a series of suicide bombings in Baghdad this weekend, which is DEFINITELY bad.

From the Los Angeles Times: You’d think that a lot of rain and snow would be good for drought-wracked California, but – listen, I used to live there, if you dry that state out for even a dang minute it becomes susceptible to mudslides the next time the sprinklers go off. So like, this is not a great thing for anyone.

Also from the Los Angeles Times: A US man shot a US diplomat in Mexico. Also they’re using a F*CKING HOWITZER to do avalanche control on Mammoth Mountain. What is this world.

From Politico: Here’s a list of the 30 most-powerful people in Trump’s Washington. I’m just gonna be over here in this corner from now until the nukes get me.

Also from Politico: No but seriously, Trump is creating his own toxic ecosystem right now. He’s planning on giving his advisors a lot of power in the first six months of his presidency. I really don’t have anything to add to that except I hope y’all are ready.

From AnarchistNews: Greek anarchists were arrested and their six-year-old child was taken into state custody last week. Greeks took to the streets in response.

From Infoshop News: Turkish anarchists report that they are being cornered by a combination of the state’s “OHAL” (or post-coup state of emergency) and other regional factors.

From It’s Going Down: Scott Campbell has a great collection of new information from the Mexican #Gasolinazo gas riots. Also, a Neo-Nazi radio show in Georgia was shut down.

From RARE: Lucy Steigerwald has a post up about Donald Trump’s non-relationship to the Fourth Amendment.

From The Nation: John Knefel writes about the rapidly closing window of opportunity to free Guantánamo Bay prisoners.

From Jacobin: Corey Robin writes about the slow death of American institutions and how that factors into Trump’s presidency.

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Media Coordinator Weekly Update: January 2-8, 2017

Howdy folks! It’s the end of the first week of 2017, and that means it’s time, finally, for an update on what we’ve been doing over the past seven days!

No More Hiatus

The last couple of months have been hectic here at C4SS. After the 10th anniversary and the Oklahoma SFL Regional Conference – and then, astonishingly, after the election – life just sort of went into overdrive. A lot of what we’ve been doing since November has been behind-the-scenes, and we’re super excited to reveal what we’ve come up with. And we’re not resting on our laurels from there, either.

That said, you can expect the return of weekly updates, starting now. Life may not come at us any slower but these updates will stand strong, immovable, against the tide of hi- what was I saying? Oh yeah, these will be going up regularly.

The Week in Commentary

Every week, we release new commentaries out to the media on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The following statistics are taken following each distribution.

Kevin Carson swept week one of 2017, pumping out articles on open manufacturing, the manufactured “white genocide” outrage and Nestlé’s outrageous policy of simply taking drinking water from communities whenever and wherever it pleases.

2017 and ‘Killer Apps’ for the Transition” was republished at Counterpunch, the Augusta Free Press and the Gilmer Mirror. It marks Carson’s first article at Counterpunch since September 2016.

Who are the Real ‘Genociders?’” was republished at the Augusta Free Press. “No Right to Free Water – Except for Nestlé” has not received any pickups yet because it was published on Saturday, which means it is scheduled for Monday (1/9) distribution. We’ll update you on this arcticle’s reprint status next week.

The Week in Features

While we don’t normally run or count features in the pickup list, this week we did see the republication of Edmund Berger’s stellar late December 2016 feature, “The Coming State of Fear,” in Counterpunch alongside Kevin’s “Transition.” It also got into the Shillong Times in India. It’s a fantastic piece on the incoming president’s desire to start a second Cold War with Vladimir Putin.

Logan Yershov penned their first new C4SS contribution in nearly two years with their takedown of Jeff Deist, “Anarchism not Nationalism.” The feature examines Deist’s reasoning behind their piece, “Market Borders not Open Borders,” and dismantles their idea that, as Yershov put it, “libertarians should embrace the quick-fix solution of selling privatization through the lens of border security.”

The Week in Book and Film Reviews

We got two new reviews this weekend!

James C. Wilson has a review of “Steal This Film,” a movie by the League of Noble Peers which delves into the history of, narrowly, the Pirate Bay; and broadly, file sharing itself. His verdict:

Both parts of the film provide a thought-provoking exploration of ideas that have only become more relevant since its release. Copyright critics and opponents should not only watch the film but share it, copy it and distribute it too.

C4SS editor Chad Nelson has a review of “Cloak and Jaguar: Following a Cat From Desert to Courtroom,” by Janay Brun. The book details the life – and death – of the second-known male jaguar living in the United States, as well as the events that followed its demise by human hands. Chad’s verdict:

Brun’s book concludes with, among other things, the mention of a newly-spotted male jaguar (might he be Macho B’s son or grandson, she wonders?) who has been seen regularly in Macho B’s old stomping grounds. There is hope that individual actors like Brun, who now know about the vicious assault on these beautiful animals, will be motivated to sabotage the conservationists’ and state wildlife authorities’ inevitable efforts to capture and kill him.

Destroy the traps, cover the animals’ tracks, and let them live in peace with the freedom and anonymity they deserve!


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