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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David Peterson: The Non-Aligneds Have Gotten the Message

Has anyone ever checked out the website of the International Atomic Energy Agency? But especially during weeks like the present one, when so many of the brightest stars of the nuclear firmament streak across the IAEA’s Vienna heavens? While there, have you ever detected so much as a trace of awareness that, when it comes Read more…

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David Peterson: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

Several hours ago, the UN Secretary-General engaged in the annual ringing of the Peace Bell on the Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, outside the UN General-Secretariat Building in New York City—a “special occasion,” he remarked, the 21st being International Peace Day, and 2004 the 50th Anniversary of the Bell’s gift to the UN by the Government of Read more…

Cp Pandya: Bush Leaves Rhetoric On Poverty Behind

As heads of state from around the world gather here in New York for the 59th UN General Assembly, where they will exchange mostly empty promises and hollow cries of despair for human suffering and injustice, one George W. Bush, has decided to rise above the rhetoric by opting not even to take part in Read more…

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David Peterson: Iranian Nukes? Check Their Beards

One subtle indicator of the relative dominance of a state in the world is the number of successes it enjoys at imposing its agenda upon other states, peoples, and assorted collections thereof—the so-called international community, to risk using a dangerous phrase. Presuming that its use ever can be more than just another indicator of a Read more…

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Michael Albert: Parecon & Marxism – 4

[This concludes the draft chapter on parecon and marxism…] Parecon Insults Marxists? Suppose we were to envision a humongous stadium filled with all the people in all past and current history who called (or who now call) themselves Marxists. (This is not your average size ball park, of course, as it contains millions of people.) Read more…

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Michael Albert: Parecon & Marxism – 3

[This continues the draft chapter on parecon and marxism…] Marxism Is For Coordinators? When I argue that coordinatorism is celebrated as the goal of struggle in every Marxist text that offers a serious economic vision, many Marxists are likely to reply that “that is utterly false–for Marx and for every genuine Marxist who followed him. Read more…

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Michael Albert: Parecon & Marxism – 2

[This is a continuation of the long draft chapter regarding parecon and marxism…] Marxism and Class But the above is not the problem of Marxism that I wish to feature here, partly because it is straightforward to correct and a great many Marxists have worked hard on doing so, and partly because it isn’t as Read more…

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Michael Albert: Parecon and Marxism – 1

I am working on a book about Parecon and the rest of a good society — and have placed drafts of some chapters in this blog system. Near the end of the book I am thinking about including two chapters, one on parecon and marxism, the other on parecon and anarchism. The first of these Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Bombing Cambodia

The US was bombing South Vietnam very intensively from the early 60s, and many people, and South Vietnamese resistance forces, fled to border areas, sometimes spilling over to border areas of Cambodia. So in that sense there were “VC installations” there.  If one takes for granted that the US has the right to attack and Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Fascism

The term “fascism,” like terms of political discourse generally, is used in a great variety of ways and has no clear and explicit meaning. Mussolini’s Fascism, the first explicit one, was a kind of state-corporatism, which crushed labor and destroyed the parliamentary system, but was very supportive of business, one of the reasons it was Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Bush & Kerry Differences

The most uncontroversial differences have to do with the large majority of the population of the United States. For example, those who will have to bear the burdens of essentially freeing the rich from taxes and other social responsibilities. Or of destruction of Social Security and the limited health care system. Or workers who will Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Global Perception of the US Election:

I doubt that most people abroad care whether Bush is an idiot, a trained actor, or a genius who is pulling all the strings. They care about the policies of his administration. That is what has led to the astonishing increase in fear and dislike of the US government around most of the world. What Read more…

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David Peterson: “Countries Where al Qaeda Has Operated”

A friend just called to my attention “The Kafka Files #172,” a semi-regular series of email dispatches by a friend of his named Eileen Sutton, wherein the contemporary world’s race to catch up with—if never quite outpace—the work of their namesake is duly noted, one case after another. (Quick aside. Rumors to the contrary, it Read more…

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Michael Albert: My Turkey Trip

From Sept 10th to very early on the 15th, I was in turkey sponsored by Aram Publishing (about which more next post). As in the immediately prior trip to Italy, I spoke in diverse venues in two cities – Istanbul and Dijarbaker. The former is a huge city, very beautiful in many ways, and rather Read more…

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Michael Albert: Medal of the President of the Italian Republic

Continuing the saga of international notice for Parecon alongside U.S. silence, we have an award in Italy to be presented in mid October. The citation with the award is, to use a favorite word of mine, mind boggling — all the more so in light of the signature… Medal of the President of the Italian Read more…

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Michael Albert: My Italian Trip

From Sept 3 to very early on Sept 10 I was in Italy on a book tour for the Italian Edition of Parecon: Life After Capitalism. I spoke in five cities, the largest being Rome and Milan, and at many venues – both alone and in panels. I also did many interviews for print newspapers Read more…

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David Peterson: Three Headless Corpses

Closing out his weekly radio address Saturday during a campaign stop in North Carolina, the American President announced that “At the United Nations this week, I will make some additional proposals to expand prosperity and accelerate the march of freedom in our world. Never in the history of the United Nations have we faced so Read more…

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David Peterson: Not in Conformity with American Power

Might anyone care to hazard a guess why the Secretary-General today (though only in the voice of his spokesman, Fred Eckhard) felt impelled to reiterate that the “United Nations remains committed to assist the Iraqi people hold free, fair and credible elections by the end of next January” (Sept. 17), as called for both by Read more…

Cp Pandya: Direct Action in Peru

Residents of the Cajamarca region of Peru proved the power of protest this week when they successfully blocked U.S. mining giant Newmont from exploring for gold at the Cerro Quilish deposit – a move, they say, that could have severely polluted the region’s water supply. Last month, Newmont got the go-ahead from the Peruvian government Read more…

Cp Pandya: Taser: Back By Popular Demand

A couple of months back I reported on stun-gun maker Taser International’s deal with electronics retailer The Sharper Image to sell the weapons in stores across North America. I’m happy to report The Sharper Image backed out of the deal thanks to reports out of the mainstream media about the potentially lethal “nonlethal” weapons. That’s Read more…

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David Peterson: “How America Gets Away with Murder” III

If the American war over Iraq in the spring of 2003 truly was “illegal,” as the UN Secretary-General asserted yesterday during an interview with BBC World Service radio—“it was not in conformity with the UN Charter,” were his exact words, and “From our point of view and from the Charter point of view it was Read more…

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David Peterson: The United Nations According to New York Time

Officially, the 58th Regular Session of the United Nations General Assembly closed its doors and put away its gavel in New York City on Monday, the 13th. The 59th edition of the same opened its on Tuesday, the 14th—“at 3:00 P.M. (New York Time),” as the silly rolling message on the Welcome to the United Read more…

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David Peterson: Great White Warrior

“We will not return to our homes until the white people come and make us safe.” Although the weblink I’ve just provided takes you to the article wherein this quote appears—Samantha Power’s “Dying in Darfur: Can the ethnic cleansing in Sudan be stopped?” (New Yorker, Aug. 30, 2004)—it won’t take you directly to the paragraph Read more…

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David Peterson: How Many Deaths Are Too Many?

‘Milestone‘ was a frequently used word last week. (So was ‘anniversary‘. Though let’s not go there. At least not for now. Some other time. Perhaps.) Pick your favorite purple modifier (‘grim’ and ‘tragic’ were often in use), or your favorite slice of Pentagonese (“four-digit,” in the American Secretary of Defense’s words), or your favorite stab Read more…

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David Peterson: The War on Genocide

“[W]e have concluded that genocide has taken place in Darfur,” a statement issued by the White House Office of the Press Secretary on behalf of the American President affirmed September 9. “We urge the international community to work with us to prevent and suppress acts of genocide. We call on the United Nations to undertake Read more…

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David Peterson: The Milosevic Trial V

Today, Presiding Judge Patrick Robinson issued an Order on Request for Certification To Appeal the Decision of the Trial Chamber on Court Assigned Counsel—he gave the court’s okay to the recently-imposed and wholly non-autonomous defense counsels for Slobodan Milosevic to appeal their imposition upon him by the same court just one week earlier (CC/ P.I.S./889-e, Read more…

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Justin Podur: The RESCUED MAYOR!

A truly heartfelt thank you to everyone who wrote letters and otherwise helped with the kidnapping of the indigenous commission in Cauca, including my friend Arquimedes Vitonas, the mayor of Toribio. The indigenous community mobilized massively to send 400 people to the area to search for the commission. And they succeeded in Arquimedes and all Read more…

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Justin Podur: The RESCUED MAYOR!

A truly heartfelt thank you to everyone who wrote letters and otherwise helped with the kidnapping of the indigenous commission in Cauca, including my friend Arquimedes Vitonas, the mayor of Toribio. The indigenous community mobilized massively to send 400 people to the area to search for the commission. And they succeeded in Arquimedes and all Read more…

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David Peterson: The Milosevic Trial IV

Get this! In the latest twist to the Milosevic saga, the defendant’s newly-imposed (Oops! I mean newly “assigned“) counsels, Steven Kay and Gillian Higgins—who, until September 3, used to work as two-thirds of the trial’s “friends of the court,” the other-third, Timothy McCormack, still working at his—“have filed a request with the judges to be Read more…

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David Peterson: The Milosevic Trial III

Tiphaine Dickson, the eloquent Canadian lawyer and the woman who drafted the Open Letter of July 29 on behalf of more than 90 legal-types protesting the Yugoslavia Tribunal’s then-impending plans—made a reality on September 3 (CC/ P.I.S./890-e)—to impose defense counsel upon Slobodan Milosevic, has been physically present at The Hague since the resumption of the Read more…

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Chris Spannos: Canadian Bullets, Dead Iraqis

With up to 13,802 Iraqi civilian deaths to date, Canadians will now be providing one of the most basic necessities for the US occupation forces in Iraq: bullets. The Canadian company SNC Technologies Inc. (SNC TEC) is now part of a multinational consortium of small-caliber ammunition producers whose purpose is to supply between 300 million Read more…

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David Peterson: The Milosevic Trial II

NOTING the confidential “Prosecution’s Submissions in Response to the Trial Chamber’s 19 July 2004 Further Order on Future Conduct of the Trial,” filed on 26 July 2004…. Notice that I could provide a weblink to one of these two documents (the one dated July 19, embedded within the document with the longer title), but not Read more…

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David Peterson: “All These Things Happened Among Us” II

Last Friday (Sept. 3), in an U.S. District Court in Fresno, California, Judge Oliver Wanger ruled that a retired captain in the Salvadoran Air Force, Alvaro Rafael Saravia, was “liable” (though by no means solely responsible) for the assassination of the Archbishop of San Salvador, Oscar Arnulfo Romero, in March, 1980. And so the case Read more…

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David Peterson: UNSC 1559: The Resolution Out of Nowhere

Have been trying to figure out exactly where Thursday’s (Sept. 2) UN Security Council Resolution 1559 came from. All of a sudden. In a flash. Seemingly out of nowhere. Any clues? You’ve all heard of Res. 1559, I presume. Sponsored by the U.S. Government (though news accounts claim that the French Government played a supporting Read more…

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David Peterson: “Israeli Nuclear Capabilities and Threat” I

The 48th Annual Regular Session of the General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is scheduled to open in Vienna later this month, Monday through Friday, the 20th through the 24th. As you all know, the IAEA is tasked with accelerating and enlarging the “contribution of atomic energy to peace, health and prosperity Read more…

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David Peterson: The Song Remains the Same

This one, pretty much, is the pits. The U.K.-based Oxfam—a vital nongovernmental organization in its own right, no doubt about it—announced today that a new musical collection titled Songs for Sudan “has been released to raise money for the work Oxfam is doing to help the victims of the conflict” in the Darfur states of Read more…

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David Peterson: “Power Harnessed to Legitimacy”

Below you’ll find links to 100 percent of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s statements, in his official capacity as the UNSG, pertaining to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq for the 13-day period from the launching of the invasion on Wednesday, March 19, 2003 (U.S. dateline), through March 31, 2003. There were five in all: SECRETARY-GENERAL EXPRESSES Read more…

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David Peterson: “How America Gets Away With Murder” II

Mind if I ask you to rack your brains for a few moments? Okay. Here goes.—To the best of your knowledge, has the UN Secretary-General ever used terminology comparable to “strongly condemns” when referring to actions taken by the U.S. Government, as he just did yesterday in strongly condemning the “double terrorist attack…in the Israeli Read more…

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Chris Spannos: Violence, Media & the RNC

As I write today, there are reports and photos of direct actions, and rallies in New York. In particular, today’s A31: A Day of Non-violent Civil Disobedience and Direct Action. Yesterday I did a series of 10 radio interviews for the CBC’s "Afternoon Show", across Canada, focusing on the Republican convention protests. If my experience Read more…

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David Peterson: The Milosevic Trial I

The trial of Slobodan Milosevic resumes Tuesday, August 31, after a six-month recess, with various failed attempts to resume the proceedings along the way. Most notably on July 6, when Presiding Judge Patrick Robinson decided instead that “it is now necessary to carry out a radical review of the future conduct of the trial,” the Read more…

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Justin Podur: Palestinian Prisoners on Hunger Strike

There is a hunger strike on in Palestine. It is very significant, and the prisoners are in a very precarious position. One woman has already died. Please check Sumoud, a Toronto-based solidarity group, for constant updates on the hunger strike.

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Justin Podur: Palestinian Prisoners on Hunger Strike

There is a hunger strike on in Palestine. It is very significant, and the prisoners are in a very precarious position. One woman has already died. Please check Sumoud, a Toronto-based solidarity group, for constant updates on the hunger strike.

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Justin Podur: More on Arquimedes Vitonas

I wrote a piece on the disappearance of my friend Arquimedes Vitonas. It is here, please read it. I will continue to update this story as I hear more. I apologize for not blogging as frequently as I had before the blog system changed. I will try to get back to it more frequently in Read more…

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Justin Podur: More on Arquimedes Vitonas

I wrote a piece on the disappearance of my friend Arquimedes Vitonas. It is here, please read it. I will continue to update this story as I hear more. I apologize for not blogging as frequently as I had before the blog system changed. I will try to get back to it more frequently in Read more…

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David Peterson: The Franklin Affair

Spying for Israel seems such a silly way of putting it. So does passing secrets. Espionage. And the like. As if, in real world terms, there were a wall or barrier of some kind categorically separating these two states and historical projects. As if, moreover, we ever could refer to an American national interest as Read more…

Andy Dunn: EvilDoers & DoGooders: An Old Polemic

The following is an old essay I got published in an Oregon alternative paper (Soapbox) just after 9-11. It’s related to the hypocrisy of the terms "good and evil" as employed by Dubya at the outset of the war on terror. Since the paper was published out of southern oregon university, I’d always hoped it Read more…

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David Peterson: Homo Ludens

Yesterday, one of the “feel-good stories” of the Athens Olympic Games, indeed, one of the “games’ most captivating stories,” drew to its uneventful conclusion, when the Iraqi national soccer team (“football,” as the sport is known in the more civilized parts of the world) lost in the bronze medal round of the tournament to the Read more…

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Chris Spannos: Fear and Loathing in New York

I gotta tell ya, recent events leading up to the Republican National Convention in New York make me feel like I am in an altered state of consciousness. I first came to New York with the clearest of intentions, to attend the Life After Capitalism Conference, to participate and document as much as I could Read more…

Andy Dunn: EvilDoers & DoGooders 4: The Big Myth

As regards the mythology of moral dualism, I just wanted to touch on the obvious, the garden of eden. Here it was the forbidden tree of knowledge that would allow us to differentiate between good and evil. This relationship of knowledge to moral duality is the idea I tried to develop that abstract thinking is Read more…

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David Peterson: The “Oops!” Theory of American History

The last morning I myself happened upon a commentary by the presidential historian Stanley I. Kutler, he noted that “Principled resignations have not been prominent in American history,” while adding that “Resigning on principle, in the firm belief you behaved correctly, is a rare act.” Kutler then proceeded to urge the American Secretary of State Read more…

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