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: “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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Justin Podur: The disappeared mayor

The initial communique from the Northern Cauca indigenous councils on the kidnapping of Arquimedes Vitonas, the mayor of Toribio and activist in the indigenous movement, has been translated. I include it below. I will try to put something together soon on the kidnapping for the ZNet site this weekend. Below the communque are emails and Read more…

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Justin Podur: The disappeared mayor

The initial communique from the Northern Cauca indigenous councils on the kidnapping of Arquimedes Vitonas, the mayor of Toribio and activist in the indigenous movement, has been translated. I include it below. I will try to put something together soon on the kidnapping for the ZNet site this weekend. Below the communque are emails and Read more…

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Chris Spannos: RNC Radio Reports

Well things have been busy on the ground here in NYC. Currently having sporadic computer access, but I will be giving report backs for radio this Saturday and Monday. Folks can tune in on-line if you want. The first interview will be on for Redeye, on Vancouver’s Cooperative Radio, this Saturday, 11:00 am(PST). You can Read more…

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David Peterson: “Ne’er a Villain Dwelling in All Denmark”

The last four digits on the Cost Of Iraq War webpage keep flying past at an astonishing rate. When last I glanced at the site, just moments ago, it read: $134,733,079,_ _ _. (Those blanks are meant to represent the last three digits, or sums of money in the hundreds of dollars. But they turned Read more…

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Justin Podur: A kidnapping in Cauca

I am writing to apologize for taking so long to write back. Readers were writing me asking about my safety. You are too kind. In fact it is not my safety that I am writing about right now. Nor the safety of the Palestinian political prisoners on hunger strike, which I should have been writing Read more…

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Justin Podur: A kidnapping in Cauca

I am writing to apologize for taking so long to write back. Readers were writing me asking about my safety. You are too kind. In fact it is not my safety that I am writing about right now. Nor the safety of the Palestinian political prisoners on hunger strike, which I should have been writing Read more…

Andy Dunn: EvilDoers & DoGoodgers 3: Historic Origins

Well, on another tangent concerning duality, an interesting tidbit may be the history and mythology surrounding the subject. I’ll start with what I know of the history of absolutist moral dualism in this blog, mythology in the next. (Then I’ll get back to tying this rambling pedantry back into contemporary politics, which is our real Read more…

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David Peterson: Torture and “Intelligence” in 2004

By my count (and please correct me, if I’m mistaken), through this Wednesday in August, 2004, the public realm has been blessed with four official U.S. Government (whether directly or so-called independently, on behalf of an official request) investigations into the practice of torture and other forms of detainee abuse at the American-run Abu Ghraib Read more…

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Brian Dominick: Mediocrity on the Left

Perhaps the only thing more disappointing than watching liberals sell themselves short and shoot themselves in the proverbial feet is watching self-proclaimed leftists do the same thing. The once-promising United for Peace and Justice organization, headed by an organizer I have admired for the past 10 years but whose decision on recent matters I just Read more…

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

With the military assault on the most resolute faction of the resistance to the American occupation of Iraq approaching some kind of final climax in and around the Imam Ali Mosque in the Old City of Najaf, where the “smell of burnt flesh filled the air and blood smeared the deserted streets,” as Agence France Read more…

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Brian Dominick: Liberals and Mediocrity (or, “Anybody But Kerry”)

It’s sort of amazing, if you think about it. One could hardly dream up an incumbent president who would be easier to defeat than George W. Bush, and yet the Democratic Party is getting a run for it’s money because it chose one of the least inspiring, mediocre candidates imaginable. With liberals like the Democrats, Read more…

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

To quote an important UN document from 1993, From Madness to Hope:…Report of the Commission on the Truth for El Salvador (S/25500, April 1, 1993—though released a couple weeks earlier): On Monday, 24 March 1980, the Archbishop of San Salvador, Monsignor Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez, was celebrating mass in the Chapel of the Hospital Read more…

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David Peterson: “Buried Secrets, Brutal Truths”—and the Presidential Campaign

Back in April, the Toledo Blade received the Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism for its lengthy series of reports “uncovering the atrocities of an elite U.S. Army fighting unit in the Vietnam War that killed unarmed civilians and children during a seven-month rampage,” to quote a Blade report on itself (“Blade wins Pulitzer: Series exposing Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Civilizing Aristide

My own judgment, for what it is worth, is that [Aristide] came into office committed to the kind of significant social and economic reform that was called for by his popular constituency in the hills and slums, desperately needed in Haiti. His few months in power seemed to be a considerable success, and were praised Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Attack on Democracy

The standard doctrine — preached by Alan Greenspan, any number of economists, and commentators commonly — that the marvellous “new economy” is a tribute to “entrepreneurial initiative,” “consumer choice,” and other free market wonders does not stand up to even a casual look, let alone careful analysis. … And furthermore, business leaders understand very well Read more…

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Chris Spannos: LAC, Day Three

Today was the closing day of the Life After Capitalism conference. Hundreds of people excited, stimulated and inspired, exhausted came together and are now going their separate ways again. It almost seems sad except I know that this opportunity to meet face to face has resulted in an exchange of ideas, experiences, strategies, tactics and Read more…

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David Peterson: Not on the Dong Cung River

One feature of the whole Swift Boat Veterans For Truth-slash-Kerry Edwards-slash-Bush Cheney contest over the Democratic Party presidential nominee’s distant records of military and anti-war service that I’ve been enjoying the most has been how little, how terribly and tragically little, any of it has touched on the nature of the American wars over Indochina—aside Read more…

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Chris Spannos: LAC, Day Two

Well, it’s hard to convey all that happened today. It wasn’t like lastnights event, "Beyond Bush", where all four speakers were under the sameroof spanning a three hour period. Workshops today had at least three, andup to five, speakers, mostly in two hour sessions from 11:00 am to 6:00pm. An extra difficulty in providing adequate Read more…

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Brian Dominick: Bringing the ‘Vietnam Syndrome’ Back Home

Back in 1990, during the lead-up to the First Gulf War, George H.W. Bush talked about the need for his impending war not to suffer from what pundits called “the Vietnam syndrome.” As the fable went, the media and antiwar movement, in cahoots against the our nation’s noble efforts to exterminate most of the Vietnamese Read more…

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David Peterson: The Right to Kill

In a very short period of time (really, inside just the past week or so), one issue of great importance has irrupted on the American political scene: Much less a contest about the Vietnam War-era record of the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee John Kerry, than a contest about his post-Vietnam, anti-war record and beliefs. This Read more…

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