Welcome to ZCommunications. The site has ZNet and ZMag content, topic and place pages under the Focuses link in the top menu - reading lists and whole books, debates, interviews, multimedia, Blogs, Forums, comments, a Store, Sustainer program, and more.

For discussion, debate, to report problems or ask questions, try ZForums. For information about current endeavors, visit our Site Notices Page.

To participate more deeply and generally, please become a Sustainer. Sustainers who log in will see "+ New" in the black band at the top. Use that to add a blog post. Sustainers can comment on all content! Sustainers, please also upload a photo, using options in the left menu for "Your Account." There you can also change your settings, etc.

You can Help Z in many ways, one time donations, becoming a Sustainer, using our Store, etc. Just click Help Z to see the options.

If you have ideas or problems please send them to [email protected]

Our most recent addition is a mobile version of the system. Just access ZCom with a tablet or phone and you will see it. There is a menu at the top with options for links that are visible. At the bottom you can opt to see the full site, if you want.

Recent ZNet

Golnaz Esfandiari: Iranian Woman wins Math Genius Prize, Iranian officials Obsess about her Hair

Mirzakhani’s achievement appears to have created a challenge for Iranian newspapers forced to follow stringent written and unwritten censorship guidelines concerning images exposed female skin and hair

Marwan Bishara: On the UN and War in Gaza

How and why the UN has been sidelined in Palestine

Haiti Action Committee: Stop The Attacks On Former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and the Lavalas Movement

An Urgent Call from Haiti Action Committee

David Wearing: Israel proves that British arms export safeguards are worthless

For years, anti-arms trade campaigners have been told by government ministers of all political parties that Britain has a tough and rigorous arms control regime

Kathy Kelly: Borderfree

Over the past several years, as I’ve watched this inter-ethnic community grow, acts of kindness have been a reliable bulwark against war

Ilan Lior: Pro-Peace Rally Held In Tel Aviv Amid Gaza Truce Talks

Thousands of demonstrators gathered Saturday evening for a pro-peace rally in Tel Aviv under the slogan, “Changing direction: toward peace, away from war”

Moti Bassok: U.S. Military Aid to Israel Exceeds $100 billion

Does suspension of missile deal mean trouble in relations with U.S., or is it just a tap on the wing?

Eduardo Galeano: Century of Disaster

The following passages are excerpted from Eduardo Galeano’s history of humanity, Mirrors

Rafael Taylor: The New PKK: Unleashing a Social Revolution in Kurdistan

In the mountains above Erbil, in the ancient heartland of Kurdistan winding across the borders of Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria, a social revolution has been born

Carl Finamore: Missing in Action

AFL-CIO Should Be in Ferguson

Jelani Cobb: A Movement Grows in Ferguson

What began as an impromptu vigil evolved into a sustained protest; it is now beginning to look like a movement

Jérôme Roos: The Islamic State

A Monster Empire Created

Paul Street: Really Bad Media

The core institutional purposes of that media is clear as day: to keep people in a state of fragmented powerlessness

Seth Sandronsky: Public Figures’ “Hubris”?: Capitalism’s Overbuilding Trend

Capitalist ideology prefers to ignore its overbuilding trend. To do otherwise might de-legitimate a system that places profits before people

Vijay Prashad: A Moral Foundation for Foreign Policy

Turmoil in Greater Arabia has made the clocks move faster

Hassan Hassan: Isis: a portrait of the menace that is sweeping my homeland

The factors that led to the rise of Isis are still unaddressed

Bill Quigley: New Orleans’ New Civil Rights Leaders

This is the shape of New Orleans’ new civil rights crisis

Rebecca Bowe: Israeli ship remains at sea as thousands of protesters gather in Oakland

Blockade delayed as word spreads that ship is off the coast of California, closer to Santa Cruz, and won’t be docking that day

Paul Street: Posse Comitatus, Ferguson, Missouri, and Racialized Military Policing

Besides being overrated on its own terms, the Posse Comitatus Act is somewhat beside the point in this Brave New World of militarized policing

Ben Dangl: Washington Should Follow Latin America’s Lead in Condemning Israel’s War on Palestine

Time will tell how far Latin American leaders will go in fully breaking ties with Israel in the face of its aggression

Lauren Carasik: The second tragedy of the Michael Brown shooting

The shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug. 9 prompted an outpouring of community anger that has inflamed long-simmering racial tensions in that town. Residents of Ferguson gathered for a vigil near Brown’s body as it lay sprawled in the street where he was killed, left uncovered for hours. The peaceful protests Read more…

Jane Shallice: The Yes Campaign speaks in the House of Commons

A report from an event hosted by Red Pepper and openDemocracy, where many London radicals became inspired to support the Yes campaign

Joe Emersberger: Who Elected the Media?

We Should, But We Don’t

Danny Schechter: WARNING

I am now officially the REASON, in the eyes and through the slogan-limited mentality of a prominent defender of Israel, that Hamas is winning

Ralph Nader: Hillary-The-Hawk Flies Again

The vaunted military-industrial complex, which President Eisenhower warned about, got the message. Hillary Clinton was one of them

Hilary Wainwright: Independence without Borders?

Having been told for years that they did not want freedom and could not handle it if they had it, they have learned that they are willing and able

Ewan Robertson: “Communal Governance” in Venezuela

Activists & National Authorities Create Regional Councils

Dean Baker: The Entitlement of the Very Rich

The very rich don’t think very highly of the rest of us

Renee Lewis: Activists plan port shutdowns to block Israeli ship in US and Canada

In solidarity with Palestinians, activists in Oakland, Seattle and Vancouver aim to prevent vessel from docking

Sarah Posner: The Collapse of the American Jewish Center

Supporting the state has superseded supporting liberal values, and, more crucially, Jewish values

Laurie Penny: A century of royals looking sad and the horror of WWI

The truth is like any casualty of war: it dies on the direct orders of military leaders

Danny Schechter: Israel Is Bad for The Jews, Part 2

Dissent, however mild or reasonable, is not permitted

Steve Early: Last Minute Left-Liberal Unity?

Richmond Line-Up Reshuffled for Fall Contest With Chevron

Patrick Bond: Obama, Zuma and the Washington-Pretoria-Tel Aviv Relay

What, ultimately, was the importance of the Africa-US leadership summit at the White House last week?

David Swanson: In Ferguson and Beyond, Militarism Is a Public Safety Crisis

Peace and justice organizations in St. Louis, Mo. and across the country are calling for collective action this Saturday, August 16, 2014

Horace Campbell: US, NATO and the Destruction of Libya

NATO claimed that its intervention in Libya was a historic success. But three years later, Libya is in complete chaos

Ramzy Baroud: Why Gaza Fought Back

For Palestinians in Gaza, this is not about mere resistance strategies, but their very survival

Rania Khalek: Israel-Trained Police “Occupy” Missouri After Killing Of Black Youth

The culture of racism and impunity that has long plagued American policing is deadly enough as it is. Adding Israeli-style repression to an already dangerous mix guarantees disaster

Jim Bamford: The Most Wanted Man in the World

Another concern for Snowden is what he calls NSA fatigue—the public becoming numb to disclosures of mass surveillance

Tom Hayden: September Climate Protests & 350.Org

Hundreds of thousands will march at the United Nations September 21 when the UN opens its general assembly with a focus on averting catastrophic climate change

Jon Swaine: ‘This is a war and we are soldiers on the frontline’

Raw fury over Brown’s killing may slowly fade, but the underlying resentment among Ferguson’s young black residents about their treatment by a white police force will likely continue to simmer

Owen Jones: Egypt is in the Grip of a Violent Tyranny

Just as western countries are complicit in Israel’s attack on Gaza, so they are in just watching while Egypt is ruled by bloodshed

Preeti Kaur: Memory and Partition: You Can’t be Neutral on a Moving Train

This June marked the 30th anniversary of “Operation Blue Star”

Phyllis Bennis: Hiroshima, Palestine, Iraq

Even before the most recent attacks, the UN had reported 90% of the water in Gaza – and there is very little available – is not fit for human consumption

Matthew Harwood: To Terrify and Occupy

Jason Westcott was afraid. One night last fall, he discovered via Facebook that a friend of a friend was planning with some co-conspirators to break in to his home. They were intent on stealing Wescott’s handgun and a couple of TV sets. According to the Facebook message, the suspect was planning on “burning” Westcott, who Read more…

Medea Benjamin: One Year After Egypt’s Rab’a Massacre

US still funding repression

Justin Podur: Small Genocides

Hitler saw the expansion of the United States and the destruction of the indigenous populations of the Americas as a model

Gar Alperovitz: Is Worker Ownership a Way Forward for Market Basket?

There can be no doubt that in the long term, an employee-owned company would provide a much better solution for the workers and larger community than the current mess

Robert Parry: Ignoring Ukraine’s Neo-Nazi Storm Troopers

The U.S.-backed Ukrainian government is knowingly sending neo-Nazi paramilitaries into eastern Ukrainian neighborhoods to attack ethnic Russians

Glenn Greenwald: Quiz: Who Said This? Hillary Clinton or Benjamin Netanyahu?

“Israel did what it had to do to respond to the rockets.”

WP-Backgrounds by InoPlugs Web Design and Juwelier Schönmann