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

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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Jon Doe: The top 10 reasons 2014 is the year for IOPS’s 21st century intergalactic enquentro

 (or why my New Years resolution is avoiding a 300 year strategic plan:) 1. If best selling science fiction writers have their way, the next intergalactic might not happen until 2312!  2312, a recent New York times best selling science fiction novel, has articulated what the Los Angeles Times calls “a masterful moving vision” of an Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Public Ignorance about Iraq War deaths is Imposed by the Corporate Media

The following brief letter was sent in to the UK Guardian on November 24: In May 2013 the reputable polling company ComRes asked a representative sample of the British public the following question: “How many Iraqis, both combatants and civilians, do you think have died as a consequence of the war that began in Iraq Read more…

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The Polemicist: Who’s the Boss? The Obamacare Deception

 Go to source     “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhuman.” attributed to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   Is it not painfully obvious to everyone now that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a complicated failure of a contraption, from a healthcare and a Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: AP and the Myth of Voiceless Opposition in Venezuela

One of the lies most relentlessly peddled about Venezuela by the international press is that the opposition is voiceless. It is certainly true that the government, since the 2002 coup that briefly deposed it, has aggressively worked to alter the media landscape. It has gone from one where an oligarch owned media had so much Read more…

Aaron Cynic: “Roza is a leader: that’s why they jailed her”

On 16 December, worker activists across the former Soviet Union and western Europe will mark the second anniversary of the police massacre of oil workers at Zhanaozen, western Kazakhstan, with protests.  The massacre put an end to a seven-month strike movement demanding better pay and conditions and the right to organise independent unions. (Details about Read more…

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John Andrews: Nelson Mandela and Fidel Castro

The British Press has had a field day in remembering Nelson Mandela. Many of the papers have issued glossy, colour memorial brochures celebrating the life of the great man. Given the speed in which the brochures have appeared, I can only asume that they were printed some time back and stored. Upon his release from Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Dissenting views on Nelson Mandela

Here are two excellent dissenting pieces on Nelson Mandela by John PIlger and Jonathan Cook. I have a quibble with Cook’s piece. Cook wrote “It is an indication of what Mandela was up against that the man who fought so hard and long against a brutal apartheid regime was so completely defeated when he took power Read more…

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David Peterson: Michael Andrew Hourigan

Michael Hourigan has died.  Michael Hourigan, you may recall, was an Australian national who in 1996-1997 served as an investigator for the Office of the Prosecution at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.  Established in late 1994 by UN Security Council Resolution 955, the ICTR was charged with “prosecuting persons responsible for genocide and other Read more…

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Bob Simpson: A Child’s Paradise Lost

“Every tree has its enemy, few have an advocate. In all my works I take the part of trees against all their enemies”.—- J.R.R. Tolkien It was the largest tree my seven year old eyes had ever seen. Stately thick limbs spreading out into a huge leaf canopy that seemed to reach skywards forever. Beneath Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Note to Sharmine Narwani re Amnesty official bad-mouthing Mother Agnes on Twitter

An Amnesty official had supplied a question to Mother Agnes which Narwani relayed to her in this piece "Mother Agnes Mariam: In her own words"  The question this Amnesty official asked was "What does she think should happen to those in command positions in the regime who have committed or commissioned war crimes and crimes Read more…

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Bob Simpson: The Chicago Neighborhood Schools Fair: Colorful balloons and courageous resistance

"I'm proud that this Neighborhood Schools Fair came from neighborhood parents— from neighborhood moms. And that they invited people from all over the city to be involved."— Kim Bowsky, Chicago Public Schools teacher You might not associate colorful balloons and a room full of school displays with a bold act of resistance, but that is Read more…

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robert schmidt: Chekhov was an Anarchist

Chekhov was an Anarchist   I like Anton Chekhov. I believe he is the most humanist of short story writers, and like most serious writers of literature, his stories are premeditated to convey his philosophical commitments. If it were a crime he would surely be guilty in the first degree. His concern with human nature Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: AP lies about Venezuela But So Does the Rest of the International Press

Is there anything as futile as asking the AP to correct a grossly dishonest claim made in an article about Venezuela? I wrote to them about this article which says the Venezuelan opposition has ““virtually no access to televised media”. I explained why this was a straightforward lie and a rather easy one to expose. Read more…

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David Peterson: Israel’s Nuclear Weapons Program

On November 25, Micah Zenko wrote in one of the Foreign Policy blogs (“The Real Nuclear Option”):   “[A]ccording to LexisNexis, since Jan. 1, 2000, ‘Iran’ and ‘nuclear’ appear in New York Times headlines 603 times; ‘Israel’ and ‘nuclear’ appear 21 times.” I checked this claim as it pertains to Israel.  I used the Nexis Read more…

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Mitchell S: 10 Problems with Markets

In a time when supposedly nothing is taboo and anything goes and everything is up for re-evaluation, it's as close to an untouchable taboo catechism as there is in current times:  Markets (by which I refer to the formal economic institution of markets) are awesome.  Markets are efficient.  Markets can do no wrong.  Markets are Read more…

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Roger Bybee: Retailers’ Xmas strategy reflects iinequality

Income inequality colors retailers’ expectations The imposition of mandatory work on Thanksgiving for low-wage workers at Wal-Mart and other big-box retailers has attracted extensive media coverage, spotlighting how the holiday season is less than merry for many low-paid workers. But another effect of America’s inequality is becoming visible in retailers’ plans for sales during the Read more…

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Ira Woodward: AC/DC is sexist, dude

AC/DC– not really current anymore, you'd think, yet like an unexpected turn of phrase, they might just surprise you. Forces aligned to make their 1980 album "Back in Black" the second best-selling album of all time after MJ's "Thriller." They still sell out arenas around the world despite being as old as cliched jokes about Read more…

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Alavari Jeevathol: Gatekeeping is in the Eye of the Beholder – A Critique of James Corbett’s podcast entitled “Meet Noam Chomsky, Academic Gatekeeper”

SUMMARY In his podcast on the 27th of October 2013,[1] online blogger and current affairs analyst James Corbett aims to show that Noam Chomsky,[2] the influential linguistics professor and political dissident, is an “academic gatekeeper” that is stifling or diverting dissent or critical engagement in three specific areas of public discourse: attitudes towards the Federal Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Note to Jeremy Scahill re Mother Agnes, Syria

This note was sent to Scahill through his website     Dear Jeremy,    I read your book "Dirty Wars" and admired it greatly. It led to me to obtain a great deal of respect for your courage and poltical judgement.    You tweeted that you "informed organizers of @STWuk that I will not participate Read more…

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: Russell Brand and Revolution

Russell Brand is little known outside Britain and the USA. Nevertheless, since he was invited to guest edit an issue of the British soft left weekly magazine The New Statesman at the end of October 2013 his thoughts about politics and the world have, as they say on the internet, gone viral. Tens of thousands Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Raise the Minimum Wage

First established under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, the nationwide minimum wage was designed to lift millions of American workers out of poverty and to stimulate the economy.  Unfortunately, however, it was not indexed to inflation, and big businesses – hostile from the start – fought, often successfully, to prevent congressional action to Read more…

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