About Z Blogs

Hello,

Blogs are a familiar feature on the internet - where users post content in an accumulating manner, with comments beneath and search options, etc. Blogs facilitate expression and exploration, and via attached comments, also debate and synthesis.

 

Creating Blog Posts

You can click here to create a new post.

Or, here is the whole procedure...

  1. Log into ZNet. Use your email and password. The system can send you a new password if you need one. If you haven't logged in at all, as yet, to start you need to request a new password.
  2. After loging in, on the left side of the admin bar at the very top of the page, you will see a plus symbol with the word New next to it, that looks like "+ New". Role your mouse over the symbol and click "ZBlog". This will take you to the admin page to upload a new blog. This is the most convenient access, as you can do it from anywhere on the site, anytime. You can also click this link: add a blog post.
  3. Add a blog title, fill the body content area (you can edit the source code/html by clicking the Text option on the Visual/Text tab in the editor). You can choose from among many formatting options, and embedding media.
  4. Once done editing your blog, in the top right "Publish" box, you can choose to save your blog as a draft or you can publish it immediately.
  5. After saving your blog as either Published or Draft, you can choose to view your post by selecting the "View post" link above the title or "Preview Changes" in the "Publish" box.
  6. You can edit your published blog either from your admin dashboard by clicking "ZBlogs" in the left side menu, or by viewing your blog and clicking the "Edit ZBlog" from the top admin bar.

Navigating and Using Blogs

Each Z author can post. Z Sustainers can also post. All Blogs appear in the blog system, and sometimes also in content boxes the top page of ZNet and can be found via searches, etc.

Comments on blogs follow the blogs, attached at the bottom, and blog comments, like all others, are also visible in many places that show comments. In addition, the entire blog system gathers content from everyone - but one can look at the accumulating content in many ways.

For example one can look at one writer's efforts - so one is seeing what is effectively a blog system for that one writer, or Sustainer.

One can also look at the content by topic, seeing blogs that are tagged as being about a certain topic - or place. When doing that, it is a blog system about a topic, or a place, with many contributors.

One can look at only writer blogs, or only sustainer blogs, as well.

Searches allow even more variables and refinements.

Recent Blogs

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Mark Evans: What About Classism? The Basic Plan…

Below is a presentation of the basic plan, in three stages, for our new pressure group called What About Classism?  The idea in presenting this here is to give people a general feel for the overall direction we hope to move in and how we intend to get there.   Stage One: In 2015 we Read more…

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Nasir Khan: The Palestinians and their Struggle for Freedom

Nasir Khan, February 8, 2016 To murder any person, Israeli or Palestinian, is not just because of ‘human nature’! In normal circumstances, any act of premeditated homicide is a crime in any state where the rule of law prevails. There are also ‘abnormal’ political circumstances when a people occupy another people’s country and keep their Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Sweden and the UK unmasked. Only the UK corporate media could miss it.

Below are what I regard as the key excerpts from the UN working group ruling in favor of Julian Assange. The following excerpt from the ruling sums up the “argument” that Sweden made for its prosecutors refusing for years to move the “preliminary investigation” forward by coming to London to interview Assange: In the case Read more…

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Allan Lichtenstein: Housing Desegregation, Diversity and Social Interaction

Writing in The New Yorker, Malcolm Gladwell asks what can be learned from the residents of New Orleans who left for good after Hurricane Katrina struck. Quoting research that compared a group of evacuees who relocated to Houston with residents who returned to New Orleans, Gladwell writes that the residents who preferred New Orleans “put Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Can NYT reporters read Venezuelan newspapers?

The latest NYT reporter to be parachuted into Venezuela writes “Press freedom throughout Latin America is under threat, though the Committee to Protect Journalists ranks Venezuela as a better place for reporters than Colombia or Mexico in terms of the number of journalists killed. But deaths are not the only way to measure attacks on Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: “Modernizing” the Opportunities for Nuclear War

A fight now underway over newly-designed U.S. nuclear weapons highlights how far the Obama administration has strayed from its commitment to build a nuclear-free world. The fight, as a recent New York Times article indicates, concerns a variety of nuclear weapons that the U.S. military is currently in the process of developing or, as the Read more…

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Don Fitz: Green Time TV: Safety for People and the Environment

Green Time TV Safety for People and the Environment by Don Fitz Protecting people and the environment can be two sides of the same coin. February Green Time episodes present efforts to integrate the two. Fission reactors produce very expensive energy, require a huge amount of water, and have risks that are seriously understated. In Read more…

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Corporate Watch: Rebuilding Kobanê

Tom Anderson and Eliza Egret report from the war-torn city of Kobanê and meet those trying to rebuild what Daesh and US bombs have destroyed January 2016 Kobanê city ‘We have cleared 1.5 million tonnes of rubble,’ Abdo Rrahman Hemo (known as Heval Dostar), head of the Kobanê Reconstruction Board, tells us humbly as we sit Read more…

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Corporate Watch: What to make of COP21?

Tom Anderson and Pete Smith 14 January 2016 Reflections on the Paris climate talks from members of the Corporate Watch collective.   The Agreement We won’t spend too much time discussing the agreement itself as plenty of others have done that already (see this excellent summary from ROAR magazine and this from climate scientist, Kevin Read more…

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Steve Montgomery: A short history of refined carbs

Looking at high energy carbohydrates from an evolutionary, political, disease, sports and science perspective. “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” Hippocrates Ancestral Health Global cooling around the last modern ice age, 2.5 million years ago, meant early humans found fruits and vegetables scarcer to find and helped bring about the adaption Read more…

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Bob Simpson: The Chicago City Colleges: Why close child development programs when the need is so great?

Expanding access to high quality early childhood education is among the smartest investments that we can make. Research has shown that the early years in a child’s life—when the human brain is forming—represent a critically important window of opportunity to develop a child’s full potential and shape key academic, social, and cognitive skills that determine Read more…

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Nasir Khan: A true warrior works for the good of others

Nasir Khan, January 9, 2015 This message of Chief Sitting Bull can stir the conscience of every human being. In any case, this is a hope and wish I have for the for common men and women in the world. But the situation is not so simple. There are people who are immune to what Read more…

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Nasir Khan: Remarks on old gods and One God

 Nasir Khan, December 27, 2015 I assure the followers of one Supreme God who belong to different religions, both monotheistic (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) and others (Zoroastrianism, Hinduism, etc.) that old gods and goddesses were not ‘real’. They were only man-made and existed in the imagination of their believers. However, it is important to point out Read more…

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Nasir Khan: Killing of innocent people by individuals and by states through wars

Nasir Khan, January 7, 2016 President Obamas shedding tears for the US children killed in gun violence   Oh, what a sad sight! The kind-hearted and benevolent US president Obama has shed tears for the US children who were victims of gun violence! But he didn’t shed any tears on the cold-blooded killings of men, Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: American Casualties of the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Program

When Americans think about nuclear weapons, they comfort themselves with the thought that these weapons’ vast destruction of human life has not taken place since 1945—at least not yet.  But, in reality, it has taken place, with shocking levels of U.S. casualties. This point is borne out by a recently-published study by a team of Read more…

Dimitris Fasfalis: A womens’ petition against “debtocracy” in Lyons September 1792

January 25th last year has been a tremendous victory for hope in Europe: Alexis Tsipras and Syriza won elections in Greece. Their program was clearly socialist and democratic, against the rule of the troika experts and global finance institutions. The close relationship between the struggle for democracy and the struggle against “debtocracy” has nothing new Read more…

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Nasir Khan: How we get religions and politics

Nasir Khan, December 24, 2015 “In religion and politics people’s beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing.” ― Read more…

Ken Bank: Jeb Bush helped free a known terrorist

On October 6, 1976 a Cuban Airlines flight carrying 73 passengers and crew from Barbados to Jamaica was blown out of the sky by two time bombs. Everybody on board was killed including 24 members of the Cuban National Fencing Team, many of them teenagers. The subsequent investigation revealed several CIA-linked anti-Castro exiles were involved. Read more…

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Don Fitz: Green Time TV: Environmental Justice – Social Action

Green Time TV Environmental Justice – Social Action by Don Fitz Environmental and social racism are parts of an interconnected whole. January Green Time episodes explore how environmental and social justice activists are working to overcome them. The first January Green Time features Sylvester Brown reminiscing about the idea for the Sweet Potato Project, which Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Has the Time Come for Democratization of the Economy?

A study released at the beginning of December by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) reported that America’s 20 wealthiest individuals own more wealth than roughly half the American population combined—152 million people.  The startling level of economic inequality in the United States  is also highlighted by Forbes, which recently observed that the richest 400 Read more…

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Corporate Watch: Capitalism or the World

Mon, 07/12/2015 – 18:27   Throughout 2015 Corporate Watch has been organising a series of workshops on capitalism and climate change. The workshops have generated some fascinating, thoughtful discussions exploring the overlaps and interactions between climate change and capitalism, and what it means to have agency in tackling these enormous issues. Informed by these conversations, Read more…

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Corporate Watch: Mexico: Ecocide of mangrove swamps bringing catastrophes ashore

Sat, 12/12/2015 – 11:03 Mangroves are among the most powerful natural defences against global warming. But their decline, due to the spread of polluting agents and clearances to make way for big business, is putting countries like Mexico at risk of catastrophic natural disasters. Almudena Serpis writes for Corporate Watch from Cancun, about the importance Read more…

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Corporate Watch: The Foster Care Business in the UK

Tue, 15/12/2015 – 18:32 Almost 86,000 children were in foster care in the UK last year. The support they receive from their foster carers can make a huge difference to their lives. Foster care placements are still paid for publicly but they are increasingly organised by private companies, for a profit.* The number of children Read more…

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Corporate Watch: Turkish military brutality in Diyarbakır

Barricades on the streets of Diyarbakır The Kurdish city of Amed (Diyarbakır in Turkish), is currently under attack by Turkish state forces. Amed is situated within the borders of Turkey and its residents are locked in a decades long struggle for self determination. In November, people erected barricades in the neighbourhood of Sur, part of Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: The Daily Beast Explains How Venezuela’s Military Saved Democracy

Some key definitions you’ll need to know in order to understand this Daily Beast article by Itxu Diaz: Democracy – a political system in which people supported by the United States government always win elections. It’s preferable, but not essential, that at least two US-backed groups will compete for political power. Evidence – any claim Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: An open letter to Reuters about US prosecutors

RE: Exclusive: U.S. to charge Venezuela’s National Guard chief with drug trafficking Dear Julia Harte and Nate Raymond How would this article be any different if it were a press release written by US prosecutors? Why not seek comment from US attorneys Brain Concannon or Ira Kurzban? They can both tell you how US prosecutors Read more…

Dimitris Fasfalis: The dialectic between nationalism and commodity

The latest French regional elections have been another episode in the everlasting rise of the National Front. Political  anthropologists such as Marc Abélès have already underlined that one of the effects of capitalist globalisation upon contemporary society is a double process of fragmentation: vertically, i.e. between classes, and horizontally, between communities, cultures and identities. Its Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: The joy of reading NYT editorials

“I can’t wait to read this bullshit” is what I immediately thought before reading the NYT’s editorial on the opposition’s big win in Venezuela’s National Assembly elections. The editorial board has been repeatedly maligning Venezuelan democracy – most recently in a November 18 editorial entitled “Venezuela’s Threatened Elections”. How would they spin the fact that the side they support Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Media Spin on Venezuela’s National Assembly Election Results -UPDATED

The international media seemed to have struggled a bit to spin the results of Venezuela’s National assembly elections in which the opposition has won a 2/3 majority of the seats. These elections did not have any US-approved “international observers” like the OAS – and Venezuela’s government has been depicted as a dictatorship, or very close Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: The Guardian does self-satire over a Labour byelection win

No exaggeration to say that this excerpt below from the UK Guardian’s Andrew Sparrow reads like it comes out of the Onion.  Corporate journalists are often at their funniest when they do not intend to be. What does the Oldham result really tells us Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership? A Q&A Almost all the media reporting from Read more…

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Corporate Watch: UK: Court hears detainee death only costs £10,000 fine

The Information Tribunal heard an appeal today by the Home Office against an Information Commissioner decision requiring it to release data regarding failures by commercial contractors at the Harmondsworth and Colnbrook immigration detention centres. In a freedom of information request, Corporate Watch asked the Home Office for internal audits of the two detention centres written Read more…

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Corporate Watch: The struggle for autonomy in North Kurdistan: Voices from Cizre

People in cities across North Kurdistan (the part of Kurdistan within Turkey’s borders) are fighting for their autonomy from the Turkish state. Several cities made declarations of self-rule in Summer 2015 in response to attacks by the police and army. Barricades have been erected in city centres and people have taken up arms to prevent Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Remarks on Hilary Benn’s “extraordinary” pro-war speech

The UK’s establishment press (i.e. the pro-war press) has been raving about a speech that Labour MP Hilary Benn made in support of joining the US, France and Russia in bombing Syria. The Spectator published the text of the speech with the headline “Full text of Hilary Benn’s extraordinary speech in favour of Syria airstrikes” Read more…

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Nasir Khan: Separation of Religion and State and Islamists

Nasir Khan, November 26, 2015 “The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe in blood for centuries. [Letter objecting to the use of government land for churches, 1803]” ― James Madison (1751-1836). He was one of the Founding Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Reuters article on Syria nicely illustrates media bias in aftermath of Paris attacks – UPDATED

Note how blandly the following is reported by Reuters in this article: Russia’s military involvement in Syria has brought losses, including the downed jet and the bombing by militants of a Russian passenger jet over Egypt. But there is no sign yet that public opinion is turning against the operation in Syria and the Kremlin Read more…

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Nasir Khan: Karl Marx on Religion

 Nasir Khan, November 24, 2015 Note: I am reproducing one section of Chapter 4 (pp. 146-153) from my book, Development of the Concept and Theory of Alienation in Marx’s Writings (1995). My aim is to present Marx’s ideas on religion in the context of his theory of alienation for a wider audience. For all abbreviations Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Almost a Century Ago, another Democratic Socialist Ran for President of the United States—from His Prison Cell

In the early twentieth century, roughly a century before Bernie Sanders’s long-shot run for the White House, another prominent democratic socialist, Eugene V. Debs, waged his own campaigns for the presidency. Debs began his political career as a labor leader.  Growing up in Terre Haute, Indiana, he dropped out of school at the age of Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Does anybody but Nicolas Maduro question the motives of US prosecutors?

Nobody in the world, aside from Venezuelan government officials, thinks that U.S. prosecutors are engaged in politically motivated targeting of Venezuela’s government. At least that’s the message conveyed in this lengthy New York Times article that ran with the headline “Drug Charges for Nephews of Venezuela’s First Lady Could Add to Public Distrust”. The only Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Dear Reuters: Keep up the great work on Venezuela

RE Venezuela leader condemns ‘imperialist’ attacks after drug arrests Dear Reuters: I am so relieved you guys included a few statements like this in your report “Maduro and other senior officials have long said accusations of drug trafficking were part of an international campaign to discredit socialism in the South American nation.” The article would Read more…

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Don Fitz: Green Time TV: Protecting Natural Missouri

Green Time TV: Protecting Natural Missouri   by Don Fitz   Missouri’s forests, rivers, public lands, aquifers and communities all need protection. December Green Time episodes explore ways citizens have been coming together to work for preservation.   The first December Green Time remembers Leo A. Drey (January 19, 1917–May 26, 2015) Missouri’s most effective Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Human Rights Watch and its latest attack Rafael Correa’s government  

HRW just put out a report entitled “Ecuador: Crackdown on Protesters” about violent protests that took place in August. HRW interviewed various protest leaders including “Salvador Quispe, the indigenous prefect of Zamora Chinchipe province” and reported that “All said that they had not been engaging in violent acts”. But Salvador Quispe was caught on film Read more…

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Bob Simpson: Fight for $15: Breaking the silence about suburban poverty

“As a 44-year-old man, making $8.25, living paycheck to paycheck and barely being able to survive just isn’t right. I love to cook. I love what I do for a living. That’s why we’re calling for fair wages for fast food workers in Chicago’s suburbs. From Oak Park to Cicero, to Sauk Village to Barrington Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Democratic Socialism Has Deep Roots in American Life

The shock and disbelief with which many political pundits have responded to Bernie Sanders’ description of himself as a “democratic socialist”—a supporter of democratic control of the economy—provide a clear indication of how little they know about the popularity and influence of democratic socialism over the course of American history. How else could they miss Read more…

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Huzaifa Zoomkawala: A Visual Comparison of the Human Development and Social Progress Indexes

The Human Development Index (HDI) developed in 1990 by Mahbub-ul-Haq added two dimensions, life expectancy and education, to income to come up with a country indicator which was not completely hung up on economic growth. UNDP has been publishing the index regularly since. In 2014, the Social Progress Imperative went further by completely excluding economic Read more…

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Bob Simpson: No more daydreaming…

A reflection on Daydream Sunset: The Sixties Counterculture in the Seventies by Ron Jacobs: Counterpunch Press 2015 Jefferson Airplane circa 1970   “Look what’s happening out in the streets Got a revolution! Got to revolution! Hey I’m dancing down the streets Got a revolution! Got to revolution!” The lyrics to the Jefferson Airplane’s “Volunteers” boomed out of Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Why Tuition-Free College Makes Sense

The issue of making college tuition-free has recently come to the fore in American politics, largely because the two leading contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, have each championed it.  Sanders has called for free undergraduate tuition at public colleges and universities, to be financed by a tax on Wall Read more…

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Bob Simpson: Increase the Harvest is feeding hungry children in Chicago’s Austin community

It was an unseasonably warm late October afternoon in the  Austin neighborhood of West Side Chicago. A steady stream of school children and their parents stepped into the office of Increase the Harvest at 221 S. Central Ave to pick up their box lunches. It was the first day of the organization’s after school food Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: A Guardian editor defends a “gentle” smear of Seumas Milne – UPDATED

The exchange I had with Chris Elliott (below) illustrates how the liberal end of the establishment media reinforces what comes out of the far right media. Seumas Milne, on leave from the Guardian where he was a columnist (one of the very few worth reading) to become Jeremy Corbyn’s Executive Director of Strategy and Communications, Read more…

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Alice Dubiel: 2015 Seattle and Washington state election recommendations

Here’s some stuff about the ballot. Most of it comes from my own and Jim’s knowledge of these people. Fortunately the primary cleared out the worst, but some good folks lost then too. I looked at a couple of other progressive recommendations and read the arts community papers. I put a * by the people Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Trade deficit – not budget deficit – is what public should urgently want to reduce

In the corporate media the fiscal deficit (or budget deficit) is talked of like a cancer that must annihilated at just about any cost. Trade deficits, in contrast, are barely mentioned and when they are certainly not discussed with any urgency. This is totally irrational for a few reasons. One is because the two are intimately linked. Read more…

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