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 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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Chris Spannos: LAC, Day One: Beyond Bush

Last night Life After Capitalism 2004 kicked off it’s three day series with "Beyond Bush", an evening of visionary resistance. This event brought activists and organisers from throughout the US, and world, to begin the week of events protesting the Republican National Convention.Keynote speakers for the evening were Michael Albert, Robin D.G.Kelly, Naomi Klein and Read more…

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David Peterson: The Crap that Fills Americans’ Minds

Once again, and for the countless time, Wednesday’s release of (what was billed as, anyway) a major survey of American public opinion by the The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press was far more interesting for what it betrayed about the kinds of ideas and images circulating within the mainstream U.S. political Read more…

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Chris Spannos: Architecture of the New Society

Here is an essay I recently wrote about how cities, architecture and spacial design may evolve within a participatory economy. It was published on ZNet but I wanted to put it here hoping to get feed back. So please feel free to comment….Architecture of the New Society by Chris Spannos Every city is a deeply Read more…

Andy Dunn: EvilDoers & DoGooders 2: The Concrete & Abstract

Much thanks for the response Peeperkorn. I’m afraid I’m only getting a glimpse of what you’re conveying about values, though; I’d need the specific example. My academic knowledge on the moral dualism subject is limited–I’ve read about it sporadically and thought about it more than a bit. Now, I’m going to jump in over my Read more…

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David Peterson: “No Freedom from Fear”

Gee. I wonder whether it’s purely an accident of history that Washington “feels more and more like a fortress these days”? And in what, exactly, this “whole terrorist atmosphere” has its origins? In the “armed guerrillas” of Baghdad and Najaf, perhaps? Not to mention the “gangs of roving nihilist terrorists” (Christopher Hitchens’ phrase) who slip Read more…

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David Peterson: The Captive British Mind

Question: Do you possess, or have your ever possessed, information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing to commit an act of terrorism, including (though by no means limited to) a “plot to commit murder and to cause mayhem with chemicals, radioactive materials, toxic gases or explosives” (here lifting a line from Read more…

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Chris Spannos: Political Vision for the Good Society

For those interested in developing vision and strategy, exploring where we want to go as social movements, and how to get there, I thought you may be interested in an interview the Vancouver Parecon Collective did with Z commentator Stephen Shalom.We spoke to Stephen about his political vision “ParPolity: Political Vision for the Good Society”, Read more…

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David Peterson: Initiatives to Make America Safer

“Worldwide, more than 3,000 operatives have been incapacitated.” —-“Waging the War on Terror,” U.S. Department of Justice

Andy Dunn: EvilDoers & DoGooders 1: Star Wars

This foreword is a warning… My second blog is longer and less topical than a blog ought be, but at least I deal neatly with the entire concept of Good & Evil 😉 Years ago, I mentioned Star Wars to my young nephews and niece and was shocked that they’d never heard of the most Read more…

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David Peterson: Swift Boat Veterans For Truth

Tuesday’s Los Angeles Times (Aug. 17) published a very long (around 3500 words), page-one analysis of the television ad that has been running in at least three “key battleground states” this election cycle, “calling into question [the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate John F. Kerry’s] character, credibility and a central tenet of his campaign—that his combat Read more…

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Brian Dominick: More Make-Believe Terrorism

The federal government is either astonishingly incompetent when it comes to prosecuting terror cases in the US, or it the Ashcroft Justice Department simply doesn’t care because it’s always the allegation headlines that make the front pages while the retractions are relegated to the depths of Section A, if that… On August 6th, the New Read more…

Andy Dunn: Intro… & bio

My first blog… I feel all bloggy inside. Actually, I once spent a full six months of unemployment ranting on various forums so regularly it seemed like blogging. Pre-historic blogging I guess. I mostly inhabited the listener forum at NPR (National Petroleum Radio), where I flamed the hawks and so-called moderates and put forth my Read more…

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David Peterson: The Captive New York Times

The New York Times published a bona fide gem today: “Rounding Up Qaeda Suspects: New Cooperation, New Tensions, New Questions,” it was called. (For a copy, see below.) Unfortunately for the Times, this lengthy article (upwards of 2500 words) glistens for all the wrong reasons. For those of you who followed the Times‘s much-celebrated “mea Read more…

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Chris Spannos: Life After Capitalism Conference

Well, four more days to go before the Life After Capitalism conference being held in New York City, beginning this Friday and continuing throughout Saturday and Sunday. Myself and fellow Vancouver Parecon Collective member Matt Grinder will be attending the conference as participants and as media. The conference is attempting to transcend the Republican/Democrat party Read more…

Cp Pandya: Herd Mentality And the Market

In response to fellow bloggers Brian and Jessica, here is my take on what happened today. Hugo Chavez’s victory eased the rising price of oil for two reasons. First, oil traders were worried that the referendum would result in widespread violence, which would then lead to disruptions in the supply of oil. This collective fear Read more…

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Justin Podur: Carter and Gaviria find find “NO EVIDENCE OF FRAUD”

Now it seems that it really is all over, save for some possibly tragic and desperate acts by the opposition. At a 1:30pm press conference at the Gran Melia hotel, Carter and Gaviria both affirmed that their analysis and results confirmed the preliminary results of the National Electoral Council. No Evidence, No Evidence, No Evidence Read more…

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Justin Podur: Carter and Gaviria find find “NO EVIDENCE OF FRAUD”

Now it seems that it really is all over, save for some possibly tragic and desperate acts by the opposition. At a 1:30pm press conference at the Gran Melia hotel, Carter and Gaviria both affirmed that their analysis and results confirmed the preliminary results of the National Electoral Council. No Evidence, No Evidence, No Evidence Read more…

Cp Pandya: The Irony of Venezuela’s Victory

The irony of Sunday-into-Monday’s victory of the “NOs” in Venezuela should not escape us. As President Hugo Chavez proclaims the (rightful) triumph of democracy over imperialism, and of economic justice over financial oligarchy, participants in U.S. stock markets (for whom Chavez is a sworn enemy) are laughing all the way to the bank. News of Read more…

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Michael Albert: Parecon and Society: Pareconish Intellectual Agendas

Here is still another draft chapter for a new book about participatory economics and the rest of society that I am working on — this one is for near the end of the book…and shorter than most. + New ideas have intellectual value largely revealed by their impact on further new ideas beyond themselves. Does Read more…

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