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 lick 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

Gabriel Levy: Darkness in May. A socialist eye-witness in Odessa

Tragedy came to Odessa on Friday 2 May, when clashes between Ukrainian nationalists and pro-Russian separatists led to the deaths of at least 38 people. This report by Sergei from Odessa was published in Russian by the Ukrainian socialist web site “Left Opposition” on Sunday 4 May, and in English on People & Nature. I Read more…

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The Polemicist: Good for the Gander: Ukraine’s Demise Accelerates

Go to source A further look at the Ukraine debacle, in seven pieces.   Montagueski and Capuletovitch (Cool Photo. Remember what happened to Romeo and Juliet.) Ukraine, Interrupted “Ukraine” means “borderland,” and if there were ever a country suffering a borderline personality disorder—barely “keeping itself together,” as we say—it is Ukraine. Suddenly, it’s been deprived of its Read more…

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Bob Simpson: School turnarounds in Chicago: Turning against racial justice

The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) leadership is doing exactly the opposite of what both community activists and researchers have shown to be the most effective ways of improving public schools. School “turnarounds” are a racist privatization scheme damaging to quality education. Tears welled up in the eyes of Angela Gordon, Local School Council President of Read more…

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Joel Chaffee: May Day 2014 – NYC

Free University in Madison Square Park. Five or six classes going on at the same time in various locations on various benches marked with a flag labeled ‘A’ or ‘B’ and so on. We attend ‘Student Activism at CCNY in the 1930s: Lessons for Today’ with former student activist Carol from the Professional Staff Congress Read more…

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Kevin Young: GM’s New CEO Is Not a Feminist

-by Kevin Young and Diana Sierra Becerra General Motors CEO Mary Barra will give the University of Michigan’s commencement address on May 3 and will also be awarded an honorary doctorate. Explaining this decision, the UM administration depicts Barra as a pioneering leader and a role model for young women. According to the UM website, Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Exchange Between Keane Bhatt, Stephen Zunes and others re. Human Rights Watch

Others chime in at various points as well *** Stephen Zunes I’m losing patience with people who attack the credibility of Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and other reputable human rights organizations who have no background in international humanitarian law, have no empirical data to counter these groups’ findings, and have never even been to Read more…

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Ira Woodward: Personal Confessions, Political Confessions, and an Open Letter to Donald Sterling

So I often listen to sports radio to wake me up and keep me company during my morning routine. It stimulates my mind, anchors me to the world outside my mind, and frankly often riles me up and shakes me out of my sleepy complacency. Relevant to my topic today– Donald Sterling, bigoted, crooked, misanthropic–sociopathic. Read more…

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Suki Venkat: Indian Caste System (ICS): A Status Report

The Caucasians, Meditterians, Africans, Native Munda Tribes of India interminagled to produce the complex human genetic landscape of India. Early Caucasian racists mingled their ideas with Jain and Buddhist traders to produce the sophisticated ICS we see today. The ICS has been constantly been challenged from within and has evolved by making constant adjustments up Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Keane Bhatt asks Human Rights Watch to correct Venezuela Error

Email below was sent by Keane Bhatt on April 15, 2014  to Daniel Wilkinson, Miguel Vivanco and Ken Roth  – all are Human Rights Watch officials. Email addresses: [email protected] [email protected], [email protected] The NYRB editor’s email is [email protected] Dear Mr. Wilkinson, I have yet to hear from you regarding the false statement I highlighted in your April 9 Read more…

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Tom McNama: An Open Letter to Graydon Carter

  Graydon Carter, Editor of Vanity Fair 4 Times Square 1472 Broadway, New York City, New York 10036 Dear Mr. Carter, This letter is in regards to your Editor’s Letter appearing in the May 2014 issue of Vanity Fair. In it, you talk about the Edward Snowden affair and the dubious actions of the NSA. Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Media Lens VS Owen Jones – a Sterile Debate

Periodically, the Media Lens editors debate UK Guardian (formerly UK Independent) columnist Owen Jones on Twitter.  The Media Lens editors challenge Jones to mention the horrid editorial practices of his employer. Their exchanges go something like this: JONES: I’m reaching a large audience with socialist ideas they would not otherwise hear. ML: But what are Read more…

Gabriel Levy: Return of the Gendarme

In this post republished from People & Nature, KIRILL BUKETOV of the Global Labour Institute in Geneva comments on the nature of Russian imperialism. (Note: a gendarmerie is a military force that carries out police duties among civilian populations.) Stalinists of all hues and colours are falling over themselves to praise Russia’s course of action Read more…

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Sriram Ananth: Bal Narendra and Captain Israel: when fascism turns into (even more dangerous) farce

A couple of weeks back, my cousin forwarded me a link that had me rolling on the ground laughing, while simultaneously injecting my soul with a chilling fear. The source of this scatter-brained experience was a link to this children’s picture book entitled Bal Narendra. You see, “Bal” means “boy” in Hindi, while “Narendra” is the Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Your Doctors Are Worried

Your doctors are worried about your health―in fact, about your very survival. No, they’re not necessarily your own personal physicians, but, rather, medical doctors around the world, represented by groups like International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW).  As you might recall, that organization, composed of many thousands of medical professionals from all Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Robert Musil’s “Rachel Carson and Her Sisters”

Despite the central role of women in environmental activism, surprisingly little is known about them.  Furthermore, what is known is usually limited to the work of Rachel Carson, whose powerful call to action, Silent Spring (1962), is widely credited with jump-starting the modern environmental movement.  Fortunately, Robert Musil’s new book, Rachel Carson and Her Sisters Read more…

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Aaron Leonard: The Horrible Secrets of Operation Paperclip

The Horrible Secrets of Operation Paperclip: An Interview with Annie Jacobsen About Her Stunning Account by Aaron Leonard History New Network (hnn.us) 4/14/2014 Aaron Leonard is a writer and journalist currently completing, “Heavy Radicals – The FBI’s Secret War Against America’s Maoists: The Revolutionary Union/Revolutionary Communist Party 1968-1980,” with Conor Gallagher, to be published in Read more…

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Don Fitz: Assaults on the Environment in Missouri and the World

Green Time TV Assaults on the Environment in Missouri and the World  by Don Fitz May 2014 welcomes the first shows produced by the Sierra Club for Green Time TV.  This month’s series include Sierra shows on dangers of coal ash and problems facing the Missouri River along with episodes on environmental threats of genetically Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: America’s Peace Ship: The Golden Rule

Is there an emotional connection between the oceans and the pursuit of peace?  For whatever reason, peace ships have been increasing in number over the past century. Probably the first of these maritime vessels was the notorious Ford Peace Ship of 1915, which stirred up more ridicule than peace during World War I. Almost forty Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Human Rights Watch Keeps the Distortions Coming about Venezuela UPDATED

In a blog post for the New York Review of Books, Daniel Wilkenson of Human Rights Watch (HRW) wrote “Supporters of Chávez and Maduro often seek to downplay concerns about press freedoms in Venezuela by pointing to reporting critical of the government in the country’s newspapers. It is true that the government has not targeted Read more…

David Dobereiner: Organicity

CORE PRINCIPLES OF ORGANICITY Nature is all there is, was, or ever will be. A fundamental attribute of nature is life. A fundamental attribute of life is self optimization. The distinction between animate and inanimate is a false one. Life pervades all of nature in varying degrees of potentiality. The distinction between humans and animals Read more…

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Sriram Ananth: The Indian elections and religious fascism in South Asia: troubling times ahead

The Indian elections are around the corner, and with it comes the high (and blood-curdling) likelihood of a dyed-in-the-wool religious fascist, Narendra Modi, leader of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, becoming the Prime Minister of India. It’s not a certainty – the Indian electorate has surprised us with remarkable independence of thought on numerous Read more…

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Bob Simpson: High Stakes Testing: The New Child Labor

“Exploited without regard to their tender years, countless youngsters were working under conditions constantly fraught with danger to life and limb…The blight of child labor was widely prevalent, in dust-laden textile mills and pitch-black coal mines, in sweltering glass factories and fetid sweat-shop lofts, in filthy canneries and blazing hot tobacco fields. No industry, no Read more…

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Michael Albert: The First Z Poll – and Z Forums

The first poll posted on the new site has now garnered somewhat over 400 replies. Each person could click any number of “labels” to indicate ways they are happy to be identified. The results are sort of interesting, in a few ways. First, there should be many more respondents. Suppose the polling system would routinely Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: On Respect for Facts about Venezuela in the UK Guardian and Elsewhere

It took a lot of prodding but I finally got the UK Guardian to correct an error in an article about Venezuela by Virginia Lopez. She had written that anti-government protesters were venting their rage at, among other things, “hyperinflation”. To most economists, “hyperinflation” has a very specific meaning:  inflation rates of over 30% per Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Email to Washington Post editors re Venezuela

Dear Editors: The Washington Post editors claim regarding recent violent protests in Venezuela that “at least 34 people have been killed, most of them opposition supporters gunned down by security forces or government-backed gangs.” None of the sources the editors cited support this claim. As Peter Hart, of the media watchdog FAIR, recently wrote “Jake Read more…

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robert schmidt: The Reality for Labor

Perspectives The recent events at the Boeing and Volkswagen plants are tragic examples of the challenges facing labor and the left, more generally. The reasons for the concessions, in the case of Boeing, and the organizing defeat, in the case of Volkswagen, are not political or social factors unique to the individual states, but long Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Exchange with CBC re. Venezuela article by Mark Cadiz UPDATED

I wrote to Mark Cadiz of the CBC (exchange below) about an article of his that claimed Venezuelan “activists” were turning to social media because the Venezuelan government censors news about the protests.  I provided numerous examples that demonstrate how outrageously false it is to claim, as his article did, that Venezuela’s media is “censored”. Read more…

Gabriel Levy: Take sides with people, not Putin

From People and Nature Russia has annexed Crimea. Thousands of Russian troops are gathered near the Ukrainian border. While the two countries’ foreign ministers have met, and tension seems to have eased slightly this week, the threat of war remains.  Opposition to military adventures such as Russian president Vladimir Putin’s should be the ABC of Read more…

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Rolf Auer: A Polemic Against Corporatist Dehumanization

A Polemic Against Corporatist Dehumanization Rolf Auer, 1 December 2013 Believe it or not, avarice—the extreme striving for accumulation of wealth and/or property—is not a virtue. This is not a new idea. The essence of 1 Timothy 6:10 is, in part: “For the love of money is the root of all evil…” And at its Read more…

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Sriram Ananth: A love letter to the subcontinent (also known as South Asia)

I very recently returned from a mind-blowing trip to India and Kashmir. It was a trip that took me to Srinagar in Jammu & Kashmir to witness gorgeous beauty, awe-inspiring human rights activism, and rage-inducing stories of brutal oppression meted out by the Indian state. It was a trip which further affirmed to me that Read more…

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Sarah Owens: “Community Rights” as an Organizing Strategy

The following was co-authored with Sara Cromwelland Michael Livingston, members of the IOPS Oregon Chapter, and was originally postedto the page of the International Organization for a Participatory Society (IOPS).  Its intended audience was primarily those members of the U.S. chapters who might be considering strategic alliances with so-called “community rights” organizations.  It is written Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: An Extremely Newsworthy op-ed in Venezuela, or So One would Think

An op-ed in Ultimas Noticias, Venezuela’s largest circulating newspaper, stated that “One can’t keep playing around with Maduro’s assassin government and its insincere calls for peace” It goes on to state that Maduro’s government will go down in history as one of the most murderous and dictatorial ever, and makes a thinly veiled call for Read more…

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The Polemicist: Charge of the Right Brigade: Ukraine and the Dynamics of Capitalist Insurrection

Go to source A treatise on the upheaval in Ukraine, in eight takes.   The money shot: As tensions rose on the streets of the Russian-speaking eastern portion of Ukraine, the response of the new government in the capital on Sunday was not to send troops, but to send rich people. The interim government, worried Read more…

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Rolf Auer: Corruption: Escalating Habit of Neoliberal Savagery

Corruption: Escalating Habit of Neoliberal Savagery Rolf Auer, 28 January 2014 In Brazil, police have been going into poor neighbourhoods and murdering people. From 2003 to 2008, in Brazil’s two largest cities—Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro—more than 11,000 citizens were killed by police. Brazil’s leading cause of death for people aged 15 to 44 Read more…

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Don Fitz: Green Time TV: Looking to Tomorrow

Green Time TV Looking to Tomorrow  by Don Fitz April 2014 welcomes shows on Harambee 101, created by the Junior Black Chamber of Commerce (JBCC), to Green Time TV.  This month’s series include JBCC shows on environmental issues which are facing young black people in the St. Louis area, preserving bee populations and multi-platform programs Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Key Facts about Venezuela Protests Difficult to Learn from International Corporate Media

There are two key facts about violent protests in Venezuela that the international corporate press effectively hides from readers. One fact is that more people have died at the hands of “protesters” than as a result of police brutality or the because of attacks by government supporters.  The other key fact is that USA has Read more…

Gabriel Levy: Crimea: a divisive, dangerous assault

From People & Nature The Russian military action in Crimea is dividing working people, socialists in Ukraine are warning. The threat of war will exacerbate Ukraine’s economic crisis – which is already driving the new neo-liberal government in Kyiv to attack living standards. Struggles over social issues could be the starting-point for countering the poisonous Read more…

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Peter Bohmer: Venezuela: What is going on

What is Going on in Venezuela? by PETER BOHMER Text from a talk March 5th, 2014 at Forum on Venezuela and the Ukraine at the Evergreen State College. Olympia, WA One year ago today on March 5th, 2013, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez died of cancer. It is wrong to attribute all of the changes in Read more…

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David Peterson: Rwanda’s 1991 Census

When the U.S.-based researchers Christian Davenport and Allan Stam had concluded their last assessment of mortality rates in Rwanda during the period of extreme violence from April through July, 1994, Davenport, who is a professor of Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, released a statement which raised questions that the advocates for the standard account of the “Rwandan Read more…

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Bob Simpson: Stop the abuse of women workers at 
McDonalds and Whole Foods: Fight for 15!

“Unlike nations which have rational labor policies like sick leave, paid parental leave, affordable childcare, vacation time, generous retirement and which protect the right to organize a union, the USA  has chosen the opposite course.  This has led to some of the worst inequality in the developed world, which because of our rampant gender and Read more…

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David Peterson: U.S. Media Non-Coverage of the Urmas Paet – Catherine Ashton Sniper Revelation (Update)

I just ran a search of the NewsBank database for what the database purports to be 3,253 U.S.-based media sources for the period March 3 – 10, 2014. My search parameters were: sniper* and (Ashton or Paet or Estonia*). Obviously, I’m interested in learning which U.S.-based media (though I’m sure that blogs and alternative radio Read more…

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E. Wayne Ross: Teach for India (Canada, America, …) and marketizing public education

“Hallelujah The Saviors are Here” Rachel Smith (2012) [We] only see them for two years, because we are a stepping stone to their prep schools, where they can share their experience about the inner city blues. All their stories start out with, ‘Oh, in the ghetto…’ As their colleagues prepare to hear about the students Read more…

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E. Wayne Ross: Support Chicago teachers refusing to give the ISAT standardized test

[via Pauline Lipman] Colleagues, Please sign attached letter of support for Chicago teachers refusing to give the ISAT standardized test. Teachers at Saucedo elementary school in Little Village (serving mainly Mexican children) took the courageous stand to support parents who are opting out of the test by refusing to administer it. CEO Barbara Byrd Bennet Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Inequality on Campus

As the United States begins to grapple with the issue of growing economic inequality, it should not ignore the widening income gap on American college campuses. Some of the nation’s poorest people work at higher educational institutions, and many of them are members of the faculty.  Oh, yes, there are still faculty members who receive Read more…

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David Peterson: Rwanda 1994: The Lies Continue

  To the Editor of Rabble.ca: In “Inflammatory falsehood poor homage to twentieth anniversary of Rwanda genocide” (Rabble.ca, February 24, 2014), the head of the Paul Kagame Fan Club of Canada, Gerald Caplan, writes:   Not least among [United States Holocaust Memorial] Museum priorities has been combating the despicable phenomenon of Holocaust denial. Imagine the Read more…

Gabriel Levy: Ukrainians, Russians and Europeans against Putin’s war

Ukrainians, Russians and Europeans were on the streets today protesting against the Putin regime’s attack on Ukraine. It’s the only shaft of light I can see in a dark sky overshadowed by the danger of war, with 6000 Russian troops reportedly on Ukrainian territory in Crimea, some of them surrounding Ukrainian bases. Russia In Moscow, Read more…

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Bob Simpson: Chicagoans join together to ice the ISAT standardized test

“Standardized testing encourages rigid scripted teach-to-the-test curricula devoid of educational exploration. The human element that makes great teaching and engaged learning is ruthlessly crushed like so much scrap metal in a junkyard compactor. No student was ever motivated to become an eager life-long learner by taking a mind numbing battery of tests. Now they are even Read more…

george patterson: Paul Street’s Astute remarks on the Vast Monopoly Concentration of Wealth, Capital, and Power in America

            Paul Street has made very astute remarks in his excellent article – “John Edward’s Forgotten Sin” – June 5, 2012, about the vast monopoly of deeply entrenched wealth, capital, and power in America by pointing out that it can only be challenged by a vast grassroots organized movement  of people Read more…

george patterson: Jenny Brown’s touching article about labor , organizing the unemployed

     Source:  Labor Notes      This is a deeply touching article –  “Can Labor Organize the Unemployed?” – by Jenny Brown, ZNet, February 16, 2012,about  Brown’s touching and inspiring account of labor’s effort to organize the unemployed.  It is filled with the spirit of solidarity and hope that demonstrates   the triumph of Read more…

george patterson: His astute remarks about Obama and Venezuela

                Source:  Black Commentator       In his ZNet article, – “Obama’s Hostility towards Venezuela” – May 5, 2013, Bill Fletcher is absolutely correct in saying how Obama has continued the hostility towards Venezuela, including Honduras.  Ii is just the continuation of the same old destructive foreign policy of domination, manipulation, oppression, Read more…

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