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

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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…

george patterson: Splendid Rebuttal

       With respect to the ZNet article – “Fantasies” – by Noam Chomsky, July 21, 2013, that’s an excellent clear and logical defense by Noam Chomsky against the flawed reasoning of Slavoj Zisek on the post: “Slavoj Žižek Responds to Noam Chomsky: ‘I Don’t Know a Guy Who Was So Often Empirically Wrong’” Read more…

george patterson: Thanks so much for Giving Us a Vision

        Regarding the ZNet article – “Get to Work:  Reflections on Class, Capitalism, and Purposeful Activity” – by Paul Street, August 9, 2013, this is one of the most brilliant, eloquent, poetic, and charismatic articles of modern times that makes me recall my  undergraduate religion course – “Radical Christianity and Contemporary Marxism” Read more…

george patterson: The Tragedy of the Egyptian military crackdown

   Source – Russia Today   Concerning the article – ” ‘Bloodbath that is not a Bloodbath': Why Egypt is Doomed” – by Pepe Escobar,  ZNet,  August 15, 2013,  the tragedy of the Egyptian military  crackdown has created a dreadful, polarizing  political and social situation that could lead to all-out civil war and massive bloodshed Read more…

george patterson: Hypocrisy of Barack Obama

      With respect to the article – “Let F-16s Ring” – by Paul Street , ZNet, August 27, 2013, as Obama hypocritically invokes the spirit of the true peacemaker, Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. who spoke in 1963 at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, he plans to strike Syria with Read more…

george patterson: What else could have happened and the danger of the GOP-Tea Party Alliance for a New New Deal

   source -Truthout   Alluding to the article – “GOP-Tea Party Risks with Block of New Deal” – by Richard T. Wolff, ZNet, October 16, 2013, yes, the New Deal saved capitalism in America from not only a socialist revolution but also from a socialist and social democratic reform movement..  What it could have done Read more…

george patterson: The Global Struggle for Radical Economic Justice

      Corporate Elites Are Witnessing a Growing Wave of Resistance to the ‘Walmartization’ of Our Economy     Source: Alternet     Concerning the article – “Corporate Elites Are Witnessing a Growing Wave of Resistance to the ‘Walmartization’ of Our Economy” – by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, ZNet, December 1, 2013, the Read more…

george patterson: What We Can Do about Words, Deeds, and Inequality

    Concerning Paul Street’s  ZNet article – “Words, Deeds,and Inequality” – December 13 , 2013, we can no longer stand idly by  to the growing gap between words & inequality &the axctual necessary deeds that must be implemented to address the growing problem of savage inequality of increasing, even astronomical growth of 95% of Read more…

george patterson: Hopes and Prospects for Afghan Street Children Yearning for Change

  Concerning Kathy Kelly’s, ZNet article – “Afghan Street Children Beg for Change”-  December 30, 2013, it is so tragic that there are hundreds of thousands of Kabul, Afghan children who have no home and that many of them live in squalid refugee camps displaced by war and violence with barely any viable alternatives.  They Read more…

george patterson: The Need for an Intelligent Civilization on Earth

This is an absolutely brilliant ZNet article –  “For Intelligent Civilization – on Earth” – November 11, 2013 by Paul Street that offers ever so lucidly a solution to the survival of our planet, including us, homo sapiens, and all other forms of life by rejecting fossil fuels and the mad human use of nuclear Read more…

george patterson: Yes, pity the Palestinians, people without a country

    Yes,  we must really pity the Palestinians, a people without a country and with very little hope, illustrated by the refugee camp in Yarmouk on the outskirts of Damascus, Syria, according to Robert Fisk’s January 17 ZNet article/essay –  “Yarmouk: A Camp Without Hope For A People Without A Land” .  Yes, they Read more…

george patterson: IDF’s Refusal to Allow Activists to Enter West Bank

 Concerning Amira Hass’s December 22, 2013 Haaretz & ZNet article – “ IDF Barred Activists from West Bank” – apparently, the IDF, has failed to realize that by barring Israeli activists, who come to protect Palestinian shepherds and farmers, from the West Bank,from entering the West Bank,  they are just mobilizing world opinion against their Read more…

george patterson: The Need for Truth to Challenge Power

 In this interview – “Truth to Power” – by Noam Chomsky & David Mcneill, February 23 , 2014, ZNet & Japan Times, Noam Chomsky’s responses, concerning hegemony, imperialism, militarism, racism, the historical background to conflicts, the environment and the pressing need for safe and clean alternative renewable energy, the urgent need for political accommodation, dialogue, Read more…

george patterson: Syria What to Do Now Further

Yes, concerning Richard Falk’s February 27, 2014 ZNet article – “Syria What to Do Now” – there is definitely “a new mood of moral desperation associated with the ongoing strife in Syria that has resulted in at least 135,000 deaths, 9.3 million Syrians displaced, countless atrocities, Palestinian refugee communities attacked, blockaded, and dispersed, and urban Read more…

Mike Marqusee: The Times They Are A-Changin’ – fifty years on

by Mike Marqusee   The Guardian, 22 February, 2014 Fifty years ago this month, the 22 year old Bob Dylan released his third album, The Times They Are A-Changin, the acme and as it turned out the end of his “protest” period. Dylan renounced this genre so quickly, and took his fans on such a Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: To Globe and Mail re Grace Jaramillo’s op-ed about Venezuela

One could go at a length about all the grotesque distortions in in Grace Jaramillo’s op-ed of February 27 (“How Chavez Planted the Seeds of Violence”) but the following quote really stands out: “Venezuela’s political disenchantment had to be expressed on the streets – it was the only avenue, literally, after more than 14 years Read more…

george patterson: Response to ZCommunications Daily Commentary – “Mike Marqusee: Fifty Years Ago, Cassius Clay ,Shook Up The World’ “

  Long live Muhammad Ali!  Democracy! Democracy!  Ho!  Ho!  Ho!  Ho!  Sting like bee!  Float like a butterfly! Concerning the wonderful, recent ZCommunications Daily Commentary   –  “Mike Marqusee: Fifty Years Ago, Cassius Clay ‘Shook Up The World,’ “-  I was 16 years old fifty years ago, living and studying at an exclusive, elite co-ed boarding Read more…

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Kevin Young: Venezuela and the Global Left: What We Might Learn from Our Venezuelan Counterparts

Venezuela has recently seen a series of protests against the country’s elected government of President Nicolás Maduro, the successor of the late Hugo Chávez. The protests have been organized by right-wing opposition leaders and have been comprised largely of middle- and upper-class youth (and, of course, supported by the Obama administration). While the protesters cite Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: The Committee to Protect Journalists has No Integrity

The CPJ made such a blatantly false claim about Venezuela recently that the only conclusion one can draw is that the CPJ is run by people with no integrity. Ignorance is not a plausible explanation for the CPJ to have said that “Nearly all TV stations in Venezuela are either controlled or allied with the government of Nicolás Read more…

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Aaron Leonard: America’s Secret Police

America’s Secret Police Tuesday, 25 February 2014 09:31 By Aaron Leonard, Truthout | Op-Ed Oval Office meeting on the Detriot riots, July 24, 1967. President Lyndon B. Johnson (seated, foreground) working with (background L-R): Marvin Watson, J. Edgar Hoover, Sec. Robert McNamara, Gen. Harold Johnson, Joe Califano, Sec. Of the Army Stanley Resor. (Photo: LBJ Read more…

george patterson: Intellectual Solution & Environmental Salvation

Intellectual Solution & Environmental Salvation By patterson, george at Feb 02, 2014 15:23 PM Referring to Paul Street’s ZNet article – “Missing the Marx, More or Less:  On Intellectual Failure and Environmental Catastrophe”, January 24, 2014 –   in order to achieve an intellectual solution to the global economic, political, cultural, & ecological crisis and Read more…

Mike Marqusee: Fifty years ago, Cassius Clay ‘shook up the world’ by winning the heavyweight title – and embracing the Nation of Islam

Mike Marqusee remembers the victory of the underdog who became Muhammad Ali…   On the night of February 25, 1964, the 22 year old Cassius Clay defeated the supposedly undefeatable Sonny Liston to become the Heavyweight Champion of the World. It was an upset of historic proportions – Liston had been an eight-to-one favourite – Read more…

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Bob Simpson: The Revolution at the End of the Rainbow

A talk given at the Third Unitarian Church of Chicago on February 23 2014. I was asked to discuss my involvement in the freedom movements of the 1960’s and 1970’s. Parts of this story have been told elsewhere. In addition, this is based on imperfect human memory. If you remember any of it differently, please Read more…

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robert schmidt: Art and Culture

Art and Culture: I would like to preface by stating a truism that can provide a good framework for the discussion. Art and culture are going to be in many ways reflections of the dominant institutions in a society. I do not think this is controversial. The dominant institution in our society, the one that Read more…

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Bob Simpson: Of Nightmares and Watersheds

“If gold has been prized because it is the most inert element, changeless and incorruptible, water is prized for the opposite reason — its fluidity, mobility, changeability that make it a necessity and a metaphor for life itself. To value gold over water is to value economy over ecology, that which can be locked up Read more…

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Aaron Leonard: Profiting Without Producing: How Finance Exploits Us All

Profiting Without Producing: How Finance Exploits Us All Interview with Aaron Leonard by Costas Lapavitsas (Verso Books, 2014; $34.95) Economics professor Costas Lapavitsas’ new book Profiting Without Producing: How Finance Exploits Us All, delving into the elusive world of finance, that place where fortunes are made seemingly out of nothing, but with such dramatic impact Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Most Venezuelans have a blind spot on their own country according to James Bloodworth

James Bloodworth, when he isn’t applauding Obama’s murderous drone attacks on Pakistan, occasionally takes time out to complain about leftists supporting the Venezuelan government. He claims that Venezuela has become a “nightmare” and that, despite elections that he appears to acknowledge are clean and transparent, Venezuelans are, nevertheless, “living under tyranny” because of the government’s Read more…

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Joshua Sperber: John Stossel Visits a Middle-Class Worker’s Home

John Stossel explains that, yes, capitalism does benefit workers! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vp1V1vwT4IY  

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Joe Emersberger: Email to CNN re. Venezuela

  Dear Radina Gigova This article stated “Maduro was elected in April after President Hugo Chavez’s death from cancer. He has presided over a sharp decline in living standards and has failed to stem rising violent crime.” This remark doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. The economy has not gone into recession since Maduro was elected Read more…

george patterson: Response to Fisk

Response to Robert Fisk’s December 2, 1913  ZNet article: “Nearly A Century After The Armenian Genocide, These People Are Still Being Slaughtered In Syria” It is a terrible tragedy that after almost a century in which a million-and-a-half Armenian Christians slaughtered in the first Holocaust of the 20th century, the deliberate, planned mass destruction of Read more…

george patterson: Response to Hass

Both Noam Chomsky and Robert Fisk are really on the mark in praising the courageous journalism of Israeli journalist, Amira Hass, of Haaretz, in exposing IDF and Israeli settler violence against Palestinians, including the destruction of their homes by bulldozing, and the denial of building permits in Area C, as illustrated by her wonderful Feb. Read more…

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Michael Albert: The Personal Implications of Participatory Economics

Consider participatory economics. What are its key features? What would be their main implications for the overall situation we find ourselves in? What would be their additional implications for who we can be?   Parecon’s Key Features Participatory economics has a few central defining institutions. It has collective social control of workplaces instead of private Read more…

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Bob Simpson: Education Apartheid: A West Side Chicago Story

  “The massive school closings that have been part of CPS’s  broader strategy dating back to the 1990s have drastic consequences: they tear apart school communities, disrupt deep and strong relationships between students, parents, and teachers, and dismantle organizations which are often students’ only centers of stability and safety.”—The Black and White of Education in Read more…

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robert schmidt: The Minimum Wage

The Minimum Wage: A Cautionary Tale The recent public engagement in the campaign to raise the minimum wage is a good thing. Wages have stagnated since the seventies, while labor productivity has risen threefold. When further taking into account inflation, it’s farcical that the federal minimum wage lies at a dismal seven dollars and twenty Read more…

Preeti Kaur: British India’s Colonial Ghosts

New revelations show British advised India months prior to 1984 massacre at Golden Temple The reason why the sun never sets on The British Empire is because God doesn’t trust the British in the dark. – Anon Punjab; the “land of five rivers”; three of the rivers are now in Pakistan, and two in the Read more…

Meistra Budiasa: The Illusion of Freedom on The Internet

Julian Assange and Edward Snowden is a person who is now hunted by the security of the United States because of him disseminate data and confidential information in the internet world. Both of these people want to show to the public that the cyber world or the internet that we use everyday is not safe Read more…

Mike Marqusee: Past Visions, Future Dreams

Contending for the Living Red Pepper, February-March 2014 Last spring, I made the steep climb to the mountainside entrance to the Cuevas de Covalanas, one of several caves in the Cantabrian region of northern Spain decorated with pre-historic paintings. I had seen reproductions of this type of art in books, but nothing prepared me for Read more…

Mike Marqusee: “If not now, when?” On BDS and ‘singling out’ Israel

[This is an edited version of a letter I've sent to a relative in the US who's been trying to figure out the BDS issue in the wake of the recent onslaught against the American Studies Association's decision to support the academic boycott.] The “singling out” objection seems to me quite perverse. It’s not possible Read more…

Mike Marqusee: In the grip of Big Pharma, a personal experience

By Mike Marqusee In recent months, I’ve been taking a medication called Revlimid, given as a ‘late therapy’ for multiple myeloma. Since it looks like I may be Revlimid-dependent for a while, I decided to educate myself about the drug. As the chemistry is beyond me, I focussed my attention elsewhere. The first thing I Read more…

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The Polemicist: Keep on Truckling: Mayor of New York’s Job “is to be a defender of Israel”

Go to source Really?  “Part of my job description is to be a defender of Israel”   Bill de Blasio & Avigdor Lieberman/Bill de Blasio via Wikimedia Commons   Keep on Truckling. “When you need me to stand by you in Washington or anywhere, I will answer the call and I will answer it happily, Read more…

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The Polemicist: Dipsy Doodle: What “Globalization” Has Wrought

  Why the rise of right-wing populism in America and Europe? by Branko Milanovic, lead economist of the World Bank’s research department,  via Derek Thompson in The Atlantic This graph requires some explanation. You’ve got, first of all, to resist the impulse to see the x-axis (horizontal) as a time line. This chart is a snapshot of Read more…

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