Hello

flags

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

avatar
David Edwards: Blair’s Betrayal: Part 3

Introduction – Passionately ‘Sincere’ Truth Reversal In Parts 1 and 2 of this three-part Media Alert, we showed the dramatic extent to which Tony Blair has attempted to deceive the British public on Iraq. In an earlier Media Alert (February 3, 2003), we described how Blair had changed his stated justification for waging war on Read more…

avatar
Amira Hass: One arrested, 3 dead, 23 wounded

This is already the kind of news that gets buried in the inside pages: Three Palestinians were killed last Sunday when a trop of IDF soldiers in Nablus arrested one of the leaders of the tiny Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Taisar Khaled. Another routine operation, and nobody argues over its necessity or Read more…

Subcomandante Marcos: August

[Translated by irlandesa](The Indian Peoples Teach Governance and Govern Themselves) From rebel and dignified Italy, the cloud makes a complicated detour in order to return. For reasons of wind and current history, she is trapped by an eddy of stones and Indian airs.  At times they are the skies of Chihuahua and Durango, then the lands Read more…

avatar
George Monbiot: Too Much of a Good Thing

We are a biological weapon. On Saturday the anti-war movement released some 70,000 tonnes of organic material onto the streets of London, and similar quantities in locations all over the world. This weapon of mass disruption was intended as a major threat to the security of western governments.   Our marches were unprecedented, but they Read more…

avatar
Patrick Cockburn: Kurdish leaders enraged by ‘undemocratic’ American plan to occupy Iraq

Arbil, northern Iraq. The US is abandoning plans to introduce democracy in Iraq after a war to overthrow Saddam Hussein, according to Kurdish leaders who recently met American officials. The Kurds say the decision resulted from pressure from US allies in the Middle East who fear a war will lead to radical political change in Read more…

avatar
Mark Weisbrot: Bush Unites the World

“I’m a uniter, not a divider,” said George W. Bush during his presidential campaign. He got that one right. He has managed to unite the whole world against him and the war he proposes to wage against Iraq. From New York to Johannesburg, millions of people hit the streets last weekend in the largest collection Read more…

avatar
Jonathan Steele: Iraqi Refugees

Nearly 1.5 million refugees and asylum seekers are likely to try to flee from Iraq, and 30% of the country’s children under five “would be at risk of death from malnutrition” in the case of war on Iraq, according to a secret United Nations planning document. The estimates were made by all the top UN Read more…

avatar
Edward Herman: War-makers, Bribees, And Poodles Versus Democracy

One of the most dramatic features of the Bush-Blair drive to war–actually, "massacre" given the imbalance of forces– has been the split and struggle between governments and their citizenry. It might be argued that this ongoing struggle demonstrates that democracy works. But such struggles occur even in authoritarian systems, where there are frequent protests and Read more…

avatar
Judy Rebick: A People’s Led Globalization Emerges

It was the largest protest in human history. It was not only a protest against George W. Bush and his sidekick Tony Blair but also a cry from the heart of the peoples of the world that we will never accept a war of civilizations provoked by our leaders. The millions that took the streets Read more…

: US to punish German ‘treachery’

America is to punish Germany for leading international opposition to a war against Iraq. The US will withdraw all its troops and bases from there and end military and industrial co-operation between the two countries – moves that could cost the Germans billions of euros. The plan – discussed by Pentagon officials and military chiefs Read more…

avatar
John Pilger: The Blood

As the world protests against war, we hear again the lies of old. “A painful decision,” say the supporters of an invasion. But it is not they who will feel the pain: it will be the Iraqi infants writhing in the dust when the cluster bombs fall   In “Dulce et decorum est”, his classic Read more…

avatar
Robert Jensen: Putting The Public Back In Public Policy

On Saturday (Feb. 15), we stood on the Capitol steps in Austin, Texas — across the street from the governor’s mansion where George W. Bush once lived — and spoke to 10,000 Texans who had gathered to reject Bush’s mad rush to war in Iraq. The next morning we watched National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice Read more…

avatar
William Blum: What Do the Imperial Mafia Really Want?

Which is the more remarkable — that the United States can openly announce to the world its determination to invade a sovereign nation and overthrow its government in the absence of any attack or threat of attack from the intended target? Or that for an entire year the world has been striving to figure out Read more…

avatar
Robert Fisk: A Nation Divided, With No Bridges Left To Build

The show was over, recorded for one of those nice liberal local American TV cable channels ­ this time in Texas ­ where everyone agrees that war is wrong, that George Bush is in the hands of right-wing Christian fundamentalists and pro-Israeli neo- conservatives. Don Darling, the TV host, had just turned to thank me Read more…

avatar
Michael Albert: Interview About Parecon

Can you tell ZNet, please, what your new book, Parecon: Life After Capitalism, is about? What is it trying to communicate? Parecon: Life After Capitalism is about an economic system called Participatory Economics that seeks to accomplish production, consumption, and allocation to efficiently meet needs consistent with the guiding values: equity, diversity, solidarity, and self-management. Read more…

avatar
Michael Albert: Showdown

Even the New York Times was forced to admit it, after the mammoth Feb. 15-16 demonstrations: “there may still be two superpowers on the planet: the United States and world public opinion.”  But as all activists and indeed all people of good will justifiably celebrate this weekend’s tumultuous successes, we must also begin the next Read more…

avatar
Site Administrator: The Friendly French Resistance

Only George W. Bush can match Jean-Marie Le Pen when it comes to bringing protesters into the streets of Paris. The estimated 250,000 people who demonstrated in the French capital on February 15 were clearly a cross section of the whole population, united in a rare consensus against U.S. plans to make war against Iraq. Read more…

Luke Harding: Bush Dumping Democracy for Iraq

Sulaymaniyah, northern Iraq. A leading figure in Iraq’s opposition last night rounded on American plans to install a US military governor in Baghdad to rule post-war Iraq, describing the plans as an ‘unmitigated disaster’, ‘deeply stupid’ and a ‘mess’. In an interview with The Observer, Kanan Makiya, an adviser to Iraq’s main opposition group, the Read more…

avatar
Cynthia Peters: On Funnels and Pens

As dissent grows and diversifies, the tactics and strategies for containing it must grow and diversify right along with it. Today, in New York City, hundreds of thousands of demonstrators united in a cry of outrage against war in Iraq and their protests were met by police tactics meant to separate, dissipate, or at least Read more…

Monthly Review: Weapons of Mass Destruction

On December 19, 2002 U.S.Secretary of State Colin Powell declared that the 12,000 page document that Iraq delivered to the United Nations on December 7, listing its secret weapons programs together with any dual use agents that could be used in proscribed weapons systems, contained significant omissions. It thus constituted, in the view of the Read more…

avatar
Noam Chomsky: No to war

[Communiqué from the EZLN which was read during the demonstration in Rome, Italy, on February 15, 2003.  It was read by Heidi Giuliani, the mother of activist Carlo, who was assassinated by the Italian police in Genoa in July of 2001.  Translated by irlandesa]Brothers and Sisters of Rebel Italy: Greetings from the men, women, children Read more…

avatar
Justin Podur: Instead of War

Inspections, not war? The world is saying no to war. But demanding inspections as an alternative might not be enough to derail the war. This must be the most unpopular war in history. Anti-war marches on February 15 brought out a million each in Madrid and Barcelona, a million in London, 800,000 in Paris, over Read more…

avatar
Starhawk: Choose Peace

Somewhere tonight in Iraq, a small girl lies sleeping who in a few weeks may be a lump of scorched flesh buried under concrete. On a basketball court somewhere in the United States a young man lands a jump shot, who in a few weeks may have no legs, or eyes, or have tumors already Read more…

avatar
Robert Fisk: Tired of Being Lied to

In the end, I think we are just tired of being lied to. Tired of being talked down to, of being bombarded with Second World War jingoism and scare stories and false information and student essays dressed up as “intelligence”. We are sick of being insulted by little men, by Tony Blair and Jack Straw Read more…

Subcomandante Marcos: June

[translated by irlandesa] (The PAN and the Mexico of Change.  Part 1:  Yes, my dear, here the term “an imbecile of the right” is redundant, and “a corrupt person of the right” is national policy) In order to reach the middle of the calendar, hand and eyes are joined.  Together they contemplate a month, JUNE, Read more…

Subcomandante Marcos: July

[translated by irlandesa] JULY:   GUANAJUATO, THE SEVENTH STELE (The PAN and the Mexico of Change, Part II): The problem with privatizing the Nation’s History is that it’s being done by absolute “heretics” – which is what the right-made-government calls the rebels. If you want to be picked by a “headhunter,” you have to be Read more…

avatar
Anthony Arnove: The Case Against Powell’s Case For War

  GEORGE W. BUSH said that Colin Powell would present the definitive case against Iraq at the UN. Did he do that? Anthony: All that Powell did was to rehash a series of unproven, speculative and at times ridiculous accusations that did nothing to prove the case. The French newspaper Le Monde put it very Read more…

Sebastian Hacher: Gringo Go Home

[translated by Justin Podur] At this time the count is 21 dead in the past two days and hundreds of wounded and arrested all over the country.  All day, workers, campesinos, and youth mobilized in La Paz, Cochabamba, and Santa Cruz.  In Potosi, workers in the mine that is owned by the president blocked roads.  Read more…

Alexandros Pagidas: Blair Witch Project

I couldn’t resist using this title although it would be more appropriate to name it “The Blair/Bush Witch Project”. The title is perfect, because in reality, there is no Witch. Witches exist only in films and the mass media. The case for war, is pretty much the same with witch hunts: “witches” burnt on stakes Read more…

avatar
David Cromwell: Day of Global Action for Peace

On Saturday 15 February, anti-war demonstrations will be taking place around the world. The Media Lens co-editors will be joining upwards of half-a-million peace activists in London. This promises to be the biggest public protest in British history. We await the mainstream coverage of this day with interest: not only to see the extent and Read more…

Emrah Goker: Turkey at war

Wholeheartedly or not, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP by its Turkish acronym) of Turkey is playing a very dangerous game. Squeezed between two pro-war minorities, the militarist elite – led by the Army and its faithful underdogs in corporate media and political circles – and the big bourgeoisie – the “White Turks” of Read more…

Mitchell Plitnick: Reclaiming Anti-Semitism

Those of us who are involved in activism around Israel/Palestine, and take a position critical of the standard American and Israeli views of the conflict are constantly peppered with accusations of anti-Semitism; or, in the case of Jews, we are told we are “self-hating”. Indeed, for Jews active on this issue, it becomes incumbent upon Read more…

avatar
Edward Said: A monument to hypocrisy

It has finally become intolerable to listen to or look at news in this country. I’ve told myself over and over again that one ought to leaf through the daily papers and turn on the TV for the national news every evening, just to find out what “the country” is thinking and planning, but patience Read more…

avatar
John Pilger: Begin to make it happen

TOMORROW one of the most important public events in memory will take place in central London. It is not possible to overstate the significance and urgency of the march and demonstration against an unprovoked British and American attack on Iraq, a nation with whom we have no quarrel and who offer us no threat. The Read more…

Kristen Ess: Thousands of Palestinians Rendered Homeless

Last night 30 invading Israeli soliders tore through a house on the edge of a Bethlehem refugee camp. Arriving in 12 heavily armoured jeeps with blue lights flashing at midnight, they took measurements of the house, home to several units of the same extended family, and the house next door. That house is small, someones Read more…

Ben Granby: Report from Iraq

I am a public health physician and a human rights advocate. I have just returned from a 10-day emergency mission to Iraq with other public health experts to assess the vulnerability of the civilian population to another war. I’m also a distinguished graduate of the USAF Academy and a Vietnam veteran, so I have some Read more…

avatar
Norman Solomon: Playing The

These days, it’s a crucial ace up Uncle Sam’s sleeve. “Terrorism” is George W. Bush’s magic card. For 17 months now, the word has worked like a political charm for the Bush administration. Ever since the terrible crime against humanity known as 9/11, the White House has exploited the specter of terrorism to move the Read more…

avatar
Mandisi Majavu: Behind the scenes at the cricket world cup

Much has been said about the exposure and economic benefits this Cricket World Cup is going to bring South Africa. However little is said about the people who are exploited in the process of making these benefits materialise. I’m talking, for instance, about the 5 000 people who supposedly volunteered to make the R30 million Read more…

Hisao Maeda: The 2002 Defense Ministry White Paper

Former Defense Ministry analyst Maeda Hisao warns of the emergence of a national warfare state and the further decimation of the provisions of Japan’s peace constitution. He targets for criticism two Koizumi administration documents: The Defense White Paper of summer 2002 and the War Contingency Bills currently tabled for debate in the legislature. Maeda critiques Read more…

Tetsuo Maeda: Japan’s War Readiness

From virtually the moment the ink dried on Japan’s no-war Constitution of 1947, the United States and Japan’s ruling party have sought to undermine the principle that the activities of Japan’s Self-Defense Forces would be limited strictly to Japan’s own defense. Maeda Tetsuo, a specialist on Japanese security, offers a detailed analysis of the threats Read more…

Dan Forbes: Ruling Guarentees Chaos

With Monday’s ruling against an orderly, nonviolent protest march anywhere on the streets of Manhattan this Saturday, U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones has steered the City of New York towards chaos. Though event organizer United for Peace and Justice states its willingness to follow any route the New York Police Department designates, the only Read more…

avatar
Neve Gordon: Arabs And Jews Unite Against War

Jerusalem: About a week ago, ten Israelis from different grassroots organizations crossed the Qalandia checkpoint and entered besieged Ramallah, a city located in ”Area A” of the Palestinian territories and therefore legally out of bounds for Israeli citizens. They were met by a number of representatives of civil society, including Raja Shechada the founder of Read more…

Mickey Z: Missile Envy

“Every government is run by liars and nothing they say should be believed.” –I.F. Stone Two leads from February 12, 2003: “International missile experts found that an Iraqi missile exceeded the maximum 93-mile range allowed under U.N. resolutions, U.S. Ambassador John Negroponte said Wednesday.” (Guardian Unlimited) “North Korea has an untested ballistic missile capable of Read more…

Forrest Hylton: Working-Class Revolt In Bolivia

Dual power has come to Bolivia most suddenly: not, as expected, in the form of a coordinated uprising of coca growers, highland Aymara peasants, and Quechua speaking peasants under the direction of Evo Morales, Felipe Quispe, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the People; instead, high school students and the working class of La Read more…

Dennis Hans: Lying Us Into War

President George W. Bush and his foreign-policy team have systematically and knowingly deceived the American people in order to gain support for an unprovoked attack on Iraq. Before I catalog the Bush administration’s “Techniques of Deceit,” let me acknowledge that no U.N. resolution requires the president to be honest with the American people. The fine Read more…

avatar
Amira Hass: The myth of the state and the reality of the annexation

The conventional wisdom in Israel is that in 2000, the Palestinians rejected the “generous” Israeli offer for a permanent solution and its readiness for a Palestinian state, and then the Palestinians initiated the outbreak of the bloody conflict. According to that same belief, many Israelis continue to support the establishment of a Palestinian state, even Read more…

Mahir Ali: Blessed Are The Peacemakers

BY the end of this week the world will have a better idea of how soon hostilities are likely to erupt on the Iraqi front. Hans Blix’s statement to the UN Security Council on Saturday is widely construed as crucial. Even the mildest hint of Iraqi procrastination amid a welter of evidence of Baghdad’s compliance Read more…

Darren Ell: State Of Seige In Palestine

The road to Rafah, Gaza’s southernmost city, is a dangerous one.  As we stop at the Gush Katif Junction, my Palestinian driver becomes nervous. “They often shoot here,” he says.  A group of 10-year-old Palestinian boys approach our car.  My driver opens the door and lets one in.  He then speeds past the armed Israeli Read more…

avatar
Carola Reintjes: Letter from Cordoba: Civil Disobedience

[Translated by Francisco González] Dear friends, I don’t want to fill your mailboxes with more arguments against this war. Everything has already been said and there is no need for more arguments. Maybe Aznar should “vote for another people,” as Brecht suggested in cases like this, because everything indicates that this “preemptive” attack is not Read more…

Kristen Ess: Israeli Goverment Talks About “The Solution”

Kids are gathered round a burned out car in Manger Square. There is no school today, their town under curfew. A Palestinian ambulance is stopped and searched in the rain. It’s another day under Israeli military occupation. For weeks Israeli soldiers have been invading and reinvading the Bethlehem area, holding the residents captive in their Read more…

WP-Backgrounds by InoPlugs Web Design and Juwelier Schönmann