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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Justin Podur: Iraqi Elections Delay

So the US and the Iraqi political parties it is sponsoring want to delay elections. Readers who follow this link will be impressed by the hypocrisy. Every story you read about Iraq now seems to have an obligatory feature about how many bodies the United States is finding as it turns a place like Fallujah Read more…

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Justin Podur: Punishing politicians for pointing out the obvious

Canadian politicians are showing their moral fiber by denouncing one of their own, Carolyn Parrish, who went on a comedy show and stomped on a Bush doll. The wide range of views on Parrish’s act goes from people who think she shouldn’t have done it because it might harm Canadian businesses, to those left-wing extremists Read more…

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Justin Podur: Punishing politicians for pointing out the obvious

Canadian politicians are showing their moral fiber by denouncing one of their own, Carolyn Parrish, who went on a comedy show and stomped on a Bush doll. The wide range of views on Parrish’s act goes from people who think she shouldn’t have done it because it might harm Canadian businesses, to those left-wing extremists Read more…

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David Peterson: The Price of Indifference III

Amazing, isn’t it, how much free publicity a news conference can win you, when what you say runs in near-perfect parallel with what the world’s most powerful state wants to hear, and you save its official spokespeople the trouble of having to say it themselves? But especially when what you say happens to fit what Read more…

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David Peterson: The Price of Indifference II

At a news conference in Vienna today, the National Council for Resistance in Iran—a.k.a. the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization, for the past seven years among the State Department’s officially “Designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations,” a group which until the recent past derived its “primary support” from the “former Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein,” in the State Department’s Read more…

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Justin Podur: Bush is coming to Canada November 30

The Globe and Mail story sets the date for November 30. It will “mark a thaw in bilateral relations, though his policies remain highly unpopular with Canadians.” He may even speak at Parliament, which “raises the spectre of protests. Polls show that many Canadians were against his re-election, oppose his invasion of Iraq and disapprove Read more…

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Justin Podur: Bush is coming to Canada November 30

The Globe and Mail story sets the date for November 30. It will “mark a thaw in bilateral relations, though his policies remain highly unpopular with Canadians.” He may even speak at Parliament, which “raises the spectre of protests. Polls show that many Canadians were against his re-election, oppose his invasion of Iraq and disapprove Read more…

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Justin Podur: Sudan and Hypocrisy

The fabulous magazine Left Turn invited me to update my September essay on Sudan, so I totally revamped it in light of the recent peace accords. Below is an early draft. For the final version, get Left Turn! The crisis in Sudan provides an extraordinary study in hypocrisy. On November 16, 2004, for example, a Read more…

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Justin Podur: Sudan and Hypocrisy

The fabulous magazine Left Turn invited me to update my September essay on Sudan, so I totally revamped it in light of the recent peace accords. Below is an early draft. For the final version, get Left Turn! The crisis in Sudan provides an extraordinary study in hypocrisy. On November 16, 2004, for example, a Read more…

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Chris Spannos: Looking Backward, Looking Forward: One Year of Parecon Organizing

By the Vancouver Parecon Collective: Jamie Campbell, Dave Collins, Bryan Berndt, Matt Grinder, Daniel Palmer, Chris Spannos, David Pehota It’s been just over one year since the Vancouver Parecon Collective came into existence. It was sometime in September 2003 that a few of us Vancouver Pareconistas stumbled upon one another. Since then we have created Read more…

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David Peterson: The Price of Indifference I

If ever the U.S.-Israeli Axis of Good had reason to bomb nuclear-related sites within Iran—though an errant strike upon an orphanage or a hospital, “collaterally” damaging them, wouldn’t hurt, either—now is the time. After a Letter of Agreement to suspend all uranium-enrichment activities was signed between the Government of Iran and the E3/EU (Britain, France, Read more…

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David Peterson: Impeach ‘Em All

Among the most important questions the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee can ask Alberto Gonzales, the White House’s chief legal counsel and nominee to succeed John Ashcroft at the Department of Justice—the “least accountable Justice Department in my lifetime,” Patrick Leahy, the Committee’s ranking Democrat, calls it—when his confirmation hearings begin, probably right after Read more…

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David Peterson: “New Paradigm”

I think the titles of these two articles—but especially when juxtaposed—tell us a lot about what’s going on in the United States of America: “Terror lawyer Bush’s new legal chief“ “A more moderate voice as AG” But then, so do these two: “Bush selects evangelical for attorney general post“ “Nominee for Attorney General Rides an Read more…

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Marie Trigona: Bienvenidos

Bienvenidos to the Grupo Alavio blog. This is new and we are learning. But soon more is to come about actions, videos and our recent projects.

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Justin Podur: Arafat

Palestine’s leader, Yasser Arafat, has died. I expect that in the coming days there will be a lot of stupid things written about him on all sides. I have already read some of it. As when he was living, the point will not be to shower contempt on him and his legacy. It will be Read more…

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Justin Podur: Arafat

Palestine’s leader, Yasser Arafat, has died. I expect that in the coming days there will be a lot of stupid things written about him on all sides. I have already read some of it. As when he was living, the point will not be to shower contempt on him and his legacy. It will be Read more…

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Michael Albert: Engaging the State – Today and Tomorrow

I was recently asked to do a short essay on “Engaging the State” for the innovative new Left Turn Magazine. My submission appears below… Engaging the State – Today and Tomorrow By Michael Albert To engage the state one must answer two key questions. What do we want now? What do we want later? Regarding Read more…

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Michael Albert: Pareconish Intellectual Agendas

In another DRAFT chapter in a book I am working on, some of which I have entered here in DRAFT form, I have tried to briefly suggest a range of intellectual concerns and explorations that advocacy of parecon implies. The material follows below, in this blog post… Pareconish Intellectual Agendas New ideas have intellectual value Read more…

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David Peterson: Please Do Not Disturb

Let’s say the American assault on the Iraqi city of Fallujah officially began over the past weekend, November 6-7, 2004. (Though feel free to date the start of the whole ongoing campaign any time you think most faithful to the facts. For example, early April, 2004, after those four Blackwater USA mercenaries were roasted. Or Read more…

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David Peterson: High Crimes and Misdemeanors

“We vigorously disagree with the court’s decision, and will seek an emergency stay of the ruling and immediately appeal,” a spokesman for the Department of Justice complained. He was reacting to Monday’s U.S. District Court ruling that one Salim Ahmed Hamdan, a prisoner at the notorious American-run Camp Delta in Guantanamo Bay, must be granted Read more…

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Justin Podur: Missile Defense

An article in this month’s Scientific American by Richard Garwin, who “has worked with the US government since 1950” and was on the “Rumsfeld Commission to Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat to the United States” is a combination of interesting information about the uselessness and wastefulness of this technology and a complete lack of perspective Read more…

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Justin Podur: Missile Defense

An article in this month’s Scientific American by Richard Garwin, who “has worked with the US government since 1950” and was on the “Rumsfeld Commission to Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat to the United States” is a combination of interesting information about the uselessness and wastefulness of this technology and a complete lack of perspective Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Some election comments…

We have a fairly clear idea of what [Bush’s] planners want, but what we can expect depends on circumstances, including those we create. That’s what should concern us, not speculating about what we cannot know. The outcome was a disappointment, but there have been disappointments before. Take 1984, when essentially the same gang of thugs Read more…

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David Peterson: False Dawn

To say that I am impressed by how impressed the Americans are, not only with their ability to kill Iraqis, but their ability to get away with it, too, would be an understatement. At this art—two arts, really—two distinct but nonetheless inseparable arts—the Americans are second to none. Take Monday’s New York Times. Right there Read more…

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Brian Dominick: What to do with the Democratic Party?

Jessica Azulay and I received a fairly substantial response to our recent essay, which was mostly a strategic presentation of what the hell progressives and radicals should do to make a difference in the coming years, starting with a major dose of facing reality. At least one of us responded to pretty much everyone who Read more…

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David Peterson: Like Flies to Wanton Boys

I can’t tell you the precise content of the UN Secretary-General’s October 31 letter to the American President, the British Prime Minister, and the Iraqi Interim Prime Minister, addressing the American-led assault on the besieged city of Fallujah. (Though in the ideological literature, this assault is being carried out not by American, but by “multinational” Read more…

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David Peterson: The Question of Palestine, November 13, 1974

* “Question of Palestine,” Yasser Arafat, UN General Assembly Plenary, November 13, 1974 (A/PV.2282 and Corr.1) FYA (“For your archives”): For those of you who, for whatever reason, can’t open the document via the weblinks I’ve provided, here is the text of Yasser Arafat’s November 13, 1974 UN General Assembly speech in full. United Nations Read more…

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David Peterson: Holy Rollers

“There are many issues that seriously and sometimes narrowly divide the country, but same sex marriage is not one of them,” one of America’s Holy Rollers said in explanation of Tuesday’s elections. “The upsets in the Senate and House races and the 11 marriage amendments showed that no matter where you lived, people came out Read more…

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Justin Podur: So, um, what now?

I mostly wrote that “morning after” piece of yesterday because I was surfing around the morning after, going to all my usual sites and blogs, and nobody had written anything. So I forced myself to write something, because I thought of all the people like me who would be depressed and wondering if radicals had Read more…

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Justin Podur: So, um, what now?

I mostly wrote that “morning after” piece of yesterday because I was surfing around the morning after, going to all my usual sites and blogs, and nobody had written anything. So I forced myself to write something, because I thought of all the people like me who would be depressed and wondering if radicals had Read more…

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David Peterson: The Great American Genitals Caper

If you happen to live in the State of Ohio—and just to be clear, I mean ‘state’ in the sense of a sovereign political entity, not state in the sense of a condition or mode of being-in-the-world—then come the New Year, you will live in a State wherein: Only a union between one man and Read more…

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Justin Podur: The morning after

Seems like it’s basically over. The last time I spent a late night biting my nails watching an election, I was in Venezuela observing the referendum. Like the US elections of November 2, the outcome was important not only to the people who voted, but to the whole world. There were, however, some differences. In Read more…

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Justin Podur: The morning after

Seems like it’s basically over. The last time I spent a late night biting my nails watching an election, I was in Venezuela observing the referendum. Like the US elections of November 2, the outcome was important not only to the people who voted, but to the whole world. There were, however, some differences. In Read more…

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David Peterson: Strange Logic

Friday’s New York Times devoted all of 92 words to the story. In what other fragmentary U.S. print daily reports I’ve been able to find on the same event, the Orange County Register spent all of 27 words (out of an article 450-words-long). The St. Louis Post-Dispatch gave it 112. The St. Petersburg Times 78. Read more…

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David Peterson: Petition to the U.S. to “Stop the Escalation!”

On behalf of one from among a growing number of open letters invoking the conscience of humanity to call upon the American state to cease immediately its plans to launch a full-scale military assault on the overwhelmingly civilian population trapped within the Iraqi city of Fallujah (and other Iraqi urban centers too), I am posting Read more…

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David Peterson: Doppelgänger

Not sure whether the Democratic challenger was in Ohio that day, and the Republican incumbent in Florida. Or the Republican in Ohio and the Democrat in Florida. But, no matter. When news of the latest videotaped communiqué from Osama bin Laden first began to circulate on Friday, courtesy of Al Jazeera, both candidates reacted. One Read more…

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Chris Spannos: Anatomy of a Canadian Behemoth: pt. 2 (Raising the Social Cost)

On September 8th I published a piece titled “Canadian Bullets, Dead Iraqis”. The peice outlined SNC TEC’s (a subsidiary of SNC-Lavalin) involvement in General Dynamics multinational consortium to produce bullets used by US occupation forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. I will still cover all the areas promised, however recent actions targeting SNC-Lavalin have caused me Read more…

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David Peterson: Iraq, Civilian Fatalities—and American Silence

In one of the handful or two of reports to have appeared on American television, in this instance, the prestigious Cable News Network (CNN), the program’s host, Wolf Blitzer, introduced the item as a part of his “quick check of other stories now in the news.” Said Blitzer (Wolf Blitzer Reports, Oct. 28, 2004): A Read more…

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David Peterson: Iraq, Civilian Fatalities, and American Power III

My goodness! A never-ending stream of bright and shiny news from the neocolonies. U.S.-UN-OSCE-staged elections in Afghanistan. UN-EU-staged elections in Kosovo. And sooner or later, U.S.-UN-Iraqi Interim Administration-staged elections in Iraq, too. Where, despite some pesty problems with the armed resistance, the Americans have enjoyed overwhelming success at killing tens-of-thousands—all lives unworthy of life anyway—and Read more…

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David Peterson: Iraq, Civilian Fatalities, and American Power II

To repeat a couple of questions first asked in these ZNet Blogs back on September 13: Within American-occupied Iraqi territory: 1) How many American deaths are too many? 2) How many Iraqi deaths are too many? I bother with these questions, first, because in my honest opinion, even to ask them is to play God.—What? Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: The U.S., Brazil, & the Security Council

The question why the US has been mildly supportive of Brazil as a new permanent member of the Security Council, despite its left-leaning government, is a good one. We can only speculate, of course. My speculation is along these lines. It is not unlikely that the Security Council will be expanded. There is a lot Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: How to Fight Terrorists

In the case of crimes, the first steps are (1) determining who was probably guilty, apprehending them, and bringing them to a fair trial; and (2) attending to the background circumstances, and where there are legitimate grievances in the background, addressing them, as should be done quite apart from the crimes. It’s the same whether Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Myth of the Liberal Media

The media delight in being portrayed as “adversarial,” sometimes even going overboard in their efforts to subvert power. There are some remarkable examples, e.g., the Freedom House study of how the liberal crusading press lost the Vietnam war by lying about the Tet offensive in its adversarial enthusiasm. It was a collection of the most Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: The Oil for Food Scandal

Long-time New York Times and Wall St Journal Middle East correspondent Youssef Ibrahim, who is quite knowledgeable, recently wrote that a large part of current revenues from oil are being siphoned off by the Allawi government and other Iraqi officials and traders. In addition there is almost nothing known about huge amounts of funding that Read more…

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David Peterson: Turning Point?

Can anyone recall when the first time was that, after the Americans bombed and invaded a foreign country—even if, as we just saw with the case of Iraq in early June, they install a puppet regime which, in turn, invites them to stay on as the leaders of what both the United Nations and the Read more…

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David Peterson: Governments of Confrontation

According to an Agence France Press report last week, the morning after Lebanon’s long-serving Prime Minister Rafik Al-Hariri resigned his post—under an “ultimatum,” AFP added, “from the speaker of parliament, Nabih Berri, either to accept [President] Lahoud’s demands to form a new government or leave office”—Beirut’s “leading leftist daily” newspaper, As-Safir, carried a headline that Read more…

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David Peterson: Beyond Demonstration Elections IV

Well. The “preliminary” results are in. And it’s getting pretty close to official. With 22,413 polling stations reporting and 95.1 percent of the votes counted, “Afghan President Hamid Karzai is sure of victory in his country’s historic presidential poll,” Reuters is reporting. All in all, a great day for Karzai. And a great day “for Read more…

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Chris Spannos: Six arrests made at CSIS…

Six people were arrested five days ago (Oct. 20) as the result of an important action / sit-in at the Toronto CSIS offices, officially titled the “Center for Strategic and International Studies”, but also known as “Canada’s national spy agency”. Sponsored by the Campaign to Stop Secret Trials in Canada, the group had been attempting Read more…

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David Peterson: This Masquerade

On Wednesday, October 20, the long-serving Prime Minister of Lebanon, Rafik Al-Hariri—one of the richest people in the world, and widely acclaimed as the man most responsible for lining up the capital to rebuild the central area of Beirut, devastated by the civil wars of the 1970s and 1980s—but also a man “blamed for saddling Read more…

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David Peterson: Patterns in the Rubble

According to Razing Rafah: Mass Home Demolitions in the Gaza Strip (October, 2004), a new Human Rights Watch report, the Israeli military demolished the single greatest number of Palestinian houses in the Rafah region in the southern Gaza Strip, just inside the border with Egypt, in May of this year—298 houses, in fact, a "level Read more…

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