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: 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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Chris Spannos: Security Scholars for a War on Terror

Last week an antiwar news wire sent me “An Open Letter to the American People”, by the Security Scholars for a Sensible Foreign Policy. After reading it I immediately wondered why this document was being circulated on antiwar lists, because, as it occurred to me, this was in essence a pro-war document. I soon discovered Read more…

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David Peterson: A Hall of Mirrors

I’ve always felt that a hall of mirrors is a wonderful metaphor for life in a hyper-reflected—if nowhere near as reflective—media age. Not because of some silly metaphysical-slash-ontological predicament the alleged affliction with which serves only to spin dissertations, Ph.D.s, and similar parlor games, like cobwebs in a dirty attic. But, because in American history, Read more…

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David Peterson: Srebrenica and the Neocolonial Community

There have been three good reasons over the course of the past seven or eight days for the small city in eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina named Srebrenica to have been reported in the world’s news. (Leaving aside whatever other good reasons there may have been for stories about Srebrenica to turn up inside Bosnia and Read more…

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David Peterson: If Only the World Had a Vote….

Writing on behalf of the Israeli newspaper Haaretz and its contribution to this Friday’s important ten-country survey, “What the World Thinks of America,” Shmuel Rosner defined the two essential conditions behind the Israeli public’s support for the current regime in the White House: “Israel loves every U.S. president not perceived as being demonstratively hostile towards Read more…

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Justin Podur: A Referendum on the Iraq Occupation

(from killingtrain.com) C. P. Pandya mentioned in the blog today about how mercenary companies are still making massive profits in Iraq. Bombings and massacres continue to happen on a daily basis in Iraq: today’s by insurgents killed 4 American DynCorp mercenaries and 6 Iraqis inside the famed “Green Zone”. Massacres by US are reported by Read more…

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Justin Podur: A Referendum on the Iraq Occupation

(from killingtrain.com) C. P. Pandya mentioned in the blog today about how mercenary companies are still making massive profits in Iraq. Bombings and massacres continue to happen on a daily basis in Iraq: today’s by insurgents killed 4 American DynCorp mercenaries and 6 Iraqis inside the famed “Green Zone”. Massacres by US are reported by Read more…

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David Peterson: Beyond Demonstration Elections III

Just as there is a “standard set of cliches and patriotic symbols that are mobilized to justify U.S. intervention,” Edward Herman and Frank Brodhead wrote 20 years ago in Demonstration Elections, so, too, there is a standard set of cliches and—if not quite patriotic symbols, in the strict sense of the word—humanitarian and otherwise benevolent Read more…

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David Peterson: Beyond Demonstration Elections II

Are there any doubts that, some time around the end of this month (maybe a little later), after all of the ballots are transported to one of the eight counting centers around the country, and the final ballot tabulated—or, whether they are all sealed in lead-weighted sacks and dumped somewhere in the Florida Everglades, the Read more…

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Michael Albert: Another Trip Abroad and a Major Talk Transcript: Life After Capitalism – And Now Too

Friday I take off to Italy and then to Greece. The former trip is for a conference and, very oddly, an award. The latter trip is for introducing the Greek edition of Parecon: Life After Capitalism, giving talks, etc. I will try to write about both experiences, either from there, or when I return. The Read more…

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David Peterson: Nader/Camejo 2004

According to Nader 2000 Leaders Organize To Defeat Bush, an Open Letter addressed to “progressives” of all sizes, shapes, and colors: This year, we urge support for Kerry/Edwards in all swing states, even while we strongly disagree with Kerry’s policies on Iraq and other issues. For people seeking progressive social change in the United States, Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Replying to Nader

[Nader wrote a response to a letter many, including Chomsky, signed. Noam was asked his reactions to Nader’s criticisms of the letter and its authors.] The letter [Nader 2000 Leaders Organize To Defeat Bush](http://www.vote2stopbush.com) very briefly repeated the same position that I (and probably other signers) took in 2000: that it’s important to keep the Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Optimism since The Fateful Triangle?

What’s happened since 1982 (when I wrote The Fateful Triangle) is a mixed story. Some of it is reviewed in the extended updated edition. In some respects, there has been some progress. Official Israeli policy in 1989 (a coalition government, Labor-Likud) was that there can be no “additional Palestinian state” between Jordan and Israel (the Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Systems of Power and their Human Costs

In dealing with enemies (say, Pol Pot, or Maoist China), we properly attribute to them deaths caused by starvation, disease, overwork, etc., insofar as these result from institutional structures and political choices. That’s quite independent of intention. Thus in the Black Book of Communism, compiled to demonstrate the evil of our enemies and very highly Read more…

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Chris Spannos: Silence On Israeli Terrorism

Below is a letter from Hanna Kawas, Chairperson of Canada Palestine Association, to Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin regarding threats from the Canadian Foreign Minister against the UN Relief and Works Agency for employing Hamas members. Hanna points to the number of Palestinians killed over the last week and a half, while below his letter Read more…

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David Peterson: Beyond Demonstration Elections I

At last some good news from the colonies! The solidarity of the 15 presidential candidates who joined the document that came out of the meeting at the Kabul residence of Abdul Satar Sirat, protesting Saturday’s national election in Afghanistan, “began to unravel Sunday,” Knight Ridder reports this morning, “when one of the 15 candidates [Mohammad Read more…

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Chris Spannos: Anatomy of a Canadian Behemoth: pt. 1

SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. is a Canadian corporation that is involved in violations of the UN charter, international law, workers rights, consumers rights, privatization and profit making. Here I am going to do a series of blog entries on the SNC-Lavalin Group which will hopefully illuminate their extensive involvement in each of these areas and provide Read more…

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David Peterson: John Winston Howard

Worse than I first thought—that’s how the outcome of the Australian national elections now looks. A “stunning election result which will let [Prime Minister John Howard] put his conservative stamp on Australia,” was how AAP Newsfeed described it, Howard’s coalition the first to also take control of the Senate in nearly 30 years, having received Read more…

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David Peterson: Duelferland

Among the hottest questions circulating between people who have dared to venture into Duelferland, and managed to find their way back out again, are two: Did the official Report of the Knight Errant to the Director of Central Intelligence on Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction assign a role to Lee Harvey Oswald in this psycho-historical Read more…

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David Peterson: One Down. Three To Go.

It’s not the end of the year yet, so a retrospective may be out of place. Premature. Untimely even. Still. I do not believe that it is too early to recall my favorite magazine cover of the year, one unlikely to be surpassed in the remaining 12 weeks: The Economist‘s “One down, three to go?” Read more…

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David Peterson: Principals of World Order II

When two Palestinian bombers, one right after the other, blew up both themselves and at least 16 Israelis on two separate buses in the Israeli city of Beersheva on August 31—at the time, the bloodiest attack of its kind since October, 2003—the UN Secretary-General rightly and “strongly condemn[ed] the double terrorist attack,” and sent his Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: People of Afghanistan

In mid-September, the NYT reported that the US was ordering Pakistan to restrict food shipments, at a time when they also reported that about 5 million were facing a grave threat of starvation (the NYT reported a month later that the number had risen by 2.5 million, after aid agencies withdrew under the threat, then Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Bush or Kerry?

We should not be caught up in the massive propaganda campaign to focus attention, laser-like, on quadrennial personalized extravaganzas as if that constitutes democratic politics. As I wrote in my one comment about this, a web post at Znet many months ago in response to repeated inquiries, we can’t ignore the extravaganzas, any more than Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Revenge in Fallujah

A few weeks ago there was a well-reported incident in which a Marine commander who opposed both the attack and the later withdrawal from Fallujah described it with the words “revenge” operation (he didn’t call it a massacre). I didn’t clip it, but it shouldn’t be hard to find. It was well-reported and elicited editorial Read more…

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Chris Spannos: Vader says, “Keep Star Wars in the movies!”

On Friday, October 1st, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. members of the Vancouver Stop War Coalition converged at the Lion’s Gate Bridge and hung a large banner from an over pass which read “MISSILE DEFENSE = WEAPONS IN SPACE: SAY NO!” The purpose of the action was to bring attention to the soon to Read more…

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David Peterson: Contemporary Barbarism

Well. It is now Monday morning, October 4. Today’s Chicago Tribune—like pretty much the rest (and perhaps all) of the mainstream American print dailies on this first Monday of October—began with a total of six different reports on its front page. Including these two: * “Raid’s success lifts vote hopes,” Colin McMahon, sect. 1, pp. Read more…

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David Peterson: “Killing in the Name of God”?

When the Chicago Tribune first unveiled Struggle for the Soul of Islam on February 8 of this year, “A note from the editors” introduced this series of occasional articles as follows: Many Muslims see America’s war on terror as a war against Islam. And many Americans see Muslims as suicide bombers who murder innocents and Read more…

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Justin Podur: Crisis in Darfur (too)

I have appreciated David Peterson’s blogging about the ‘humanitarians’ and their ‘interventions’ about Sudan. So when I read his latest, referring to my own recent piece on the subject (a piece which made good use of his own previous blogging), I thought it a good time to blog on the topic myself. I think David, Read more…

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Justin Podur: Crisis in Darfur (too)

I have appreciated David Peterson’s blogging about the ‘humanitarians’ and their ‘interventions’ about Sudan. So when I read his latest, referring to my own recent piece on the subject (a piece which made good use of his own previous blogging), I thought it a good time to blog on the topic myself. I think David, Read more…

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