About Z Blogs


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

Lawrence Wittner: Are the U.S. and Russian Governments Once Again on the Nuclear Warpath?

A quarter century after the end of the Cold War and decades after the signing of landmark nuclear arms control and disarmament agreements, are the U.S. and Russian governments once more engaged in a potentially disastrous nuclear arms race with one another?  It certainly looks like it. With approximately 15,000 nuclear weapons between them, the Read more…

Joe Emersberger: What does “referred to” mean in Reuters-Speak?

Andrew Cawthorne of Reuters reported that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro “referred several times” to Luis Vicente Leon of Datanalisis, an opposition-aligned polling firm, as “an important opinion-former in Venezuela.” Maduro actually referred to Luis Vicente Leon as an opposition leader – as a person who “defends capitalism” – but who is mature and reasonable enough Read more…

Nasir Khan: On the death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia

Nasir Khan, January 23, 2015 All the devils in Hell were much excited today to welcome a newcomer. Guess who was coming? A great king was coming to join them. When the short worldly sojourn ends here a long and upward journey to a new life starts, I was told as a child. Today was Read more…

Nasir Khan: War criminals exploit the name of God

Nasir Khan, January 23, 2015 Some people like George W Bush, for instance, also believe in a Loving God. But he invaded Iraq and killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and destroyed a great country. Now he continues to assert not only what did was right but also that God had asked him to invade Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Ex-CIA officer advocates Muslim-on-Muslim genocide. Gets a Free Ride from Corporate journalist.

The exchange below took place on the UK’s channel 4 News. Why didn’t Cathy Newman even attempt to respond the way a decent person should to this guy’s savagery? Perhaps she shares so much of his extreme contempt for the lives of “others” that she felt no outrage. Perhaps she was internally outraged but too Read more…

Ed Lytwak: The banality of state terrorism

In a recent column, Ramzy Baroud wrote about the failure of French President Hollande to “learn from W. Bush’s plunders.” One can hardly fault “Le Guimauve Socialiste” for failing to learn anything from the village idiot and war criminal W. Bush.   The lesson Hollande – like all the other leaders of the Western terrorist states Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Will Credit Agency Suspension Impact How Industry’s Pronouncements are Uncritically Reported?

Bloomberg – one of many outfits that uncritically report what big credit ratings agencies say  – especially regarding Venezuela and Argentina lately – reports this news: Credit Rater S&P to Be Banned for a Year From Biggest Part of Commercial-Bond Market The article notes “The CMBS probe is separate from a lawsuit by the Justice Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Reuters Headline: “Standing in Line a New Profession in Venezuela”

This article by Andrew Cawthorne is more balanced and thoughtful than the headline and opening few paragraphs would lead one to believe. The headline could just as easily have been “Government supporters and opponents trade allegations regarding shortages”. The arguments and counter-arguments regarding the oppositions’ role in the shortages and long line-ups are explored. Evidence is Read more…

Nasir Khan: Maulana Azad stood for a united, secular State of India

Nasir Khan, January 21, 2015 Maulana Azad, the Imam-al-Hind, was an outstanding Islamic scholar, a great orator and a prominent political leader of India during the British rule. He opposed the idea of the partition of India on the basis of religion and warned Muslim leaders of the dangers of a separate homeland for Muslims. Read more…

Mina Khanlarzadeh: The Paris murders and the demand to understand

In the Paris tragedy, the murderers offer nothing for us to comprehend; it is an opaque act.It does not matter how hard we try to move beyond the categories of classical logic and take into account the incommensurability of different life-worlds, an imaginary identification with the murderers is not possible.   Today, a considerable part Read more…

Nasir Khan: A Study of the Perceptions and Misperceptions of Islam and the Prophet

  Nasir Khan, January 18, 2015  – In the wake of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo’s publishing of the cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad that many Muslims world-wide regard derogatory and provocative, and the killings of the staff of the weekly and international reactions to these events, I am posting the ‘preface’ to my book Read more…

Don Fitz: Green Time TV: Police Violence and Social Challenges

  Green Time TV Police Violence and Social Challenges   by Don Fitz   Social justice requires attention to environmental racism and environmental protection must incorporate social justice. Though it may not be intuitively obvious, abolishing racist violence means using the world’s resources in a rational way. Conversely, efficient use of energy can only occur Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Golpista article by Reuters conveys “potential for a regime change in Venezuela” – UPDATED

This article is straightforward gutter journalism from Reuters ( Davide Scigliuzzo). Very thinly veiled hopes for a coup in Venezuela are served up to readers as objective political analysis. Look for whiff of skepticism about the motives of outfits like Moody’s and Stratfor. You won’t find it, or any mention of their track record. In the bad Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Dear Reuters: Does Moody’s Have a Track Record?

This article like countless others, cites one of the big credit rating agencies without mentioning their horrible track record. As I’ve said before, and will many times again I’m sure, “Moody’s not only gave AAA ratings to thousands of worthless mortgage-backed securities during the 2000s, it also gave a thumbs up to Enron and Lehman Read more…

Sriram Ananth: #JeSuisCharlie? How about #JeSuisAgainstImperialistGenocide?

  Let’s state one thing outright: everyone on this earth has the right to say, write, draw, and/or otherwise culturally represent whatever the hell they damn well please without the fear of getting gunned down by fanatics…even the clearly racist, Islamophobic cartoons of Charlie Hebdo intended to consistently hurt Muslim sentiments and demonize Muslims as Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Ignoring Evidence, Reuters Pushes Venezuela Default Claims

This Reuters article by Mehrdad Balali suggests that Venezuela’s recession and tumbling oil prices (perhaps both, it isn’t that clear) have driven “concerns” that Venezuela may default to on its foreign bonds. Media hype that Venezuela could default on its foreign bonds started before any dramatic fall in oil prices. On September 5, 2014, an Read more…

Nasir Khan: How bigotry distorts our thinking

Nasir Khan, January 10, 2015 If the Norwegian mass-murderer Anders Behring Breivik (for more on Breivik, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anders_Behring_Breivik) were a Muslim, then all Muslims would have been blamed for his crime and the lives of Muslim population of Norway made a living hell. (I live in Norway and I had seen how the Muslim people Read more…

Nasir Khan: The danger of using the Paris killings against Muslim people

Nasir Khan, January 8, 2015 Any person who commits a premeditated murder is held accountable for culpable homicide under the rules of criminal law. If any such murderer thinks his actions are in the service of some cause or has some other motives then he will still stand accused of the crime of unlawful killing. Read more…

Nasir Khan: The Paris Massacre January 7, 2015

Nasir Khan, January 7, 2015 Today’s cold-blooded massacre of 12 people was a deeply shocking, reprehensible and horrible massacre of journalists and employees of Charlie Weekly. The misguided killers have committed the most despicable crime in the name of a great religious figure. But countless millions of ordinary, peace-loving and hard-working Muslims around the word Read more…

Burkely Hermann: The importance of activism

There are numerous problems and crises plaguing the world today. From an Ebola outbreak in West Africa, US-led bombing in Iraq, drone strikes in Yemen and Somalia, and two major catastrophes looming over the planet, climate catastrophe and nuclear war, as Noam Chomsky puts it, justifiably, people are confused and overwhelmed. Stacy D. VanDeveer and Read more…

Kim Scipes: New article on global labor theory

For folks who are interested in Labor, both domestically and globally, below is an abstract to an article I just published last month, with link to download the article for free. Class, Race and Corporate Power Volume 2, Issue 3, Article 9 2014 Social Movement Unionism or Social Justice Unionism? Disentangling Theoretical Confusion within the Read more…

Nasir Khan: The Kashmir Conflict and India-Pakistan military confrontaions

Nasir Khan, January 6, 2015 There has been no tangible move to resolve the Kashmir issue that had started at the partitioning of India in 1947 when the British raj came to an end there. Soon military hostilities started between the two new neighbours, India and Pakistan, over the princely State of Jammu and Kashmir. Read more…

Nasir Khan: How ‘liberal’ Zionists mislead

Nasir Khan, January 5, 2015 In this article [The Relavance of  Liberal Zionism]  eminent scholar and peace activist Richard Falk shows the delusional side of the liberal Zionism and debunks all the claims made by its vocal advocates. His penetrating analysis cuts across the deception and misleading projections that are tossed around as a way Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Note to Bloomberg about Venezuela Editorial

Mr. Shipley Your editorial on Venezuela asked “Why not cut military spending instead? “ You then cited a paper listing Venezuela as the largest arms importer in South America. However World Bank data shows Venezuela military expenditures as 1.2% GDP. That’s vastly lower than Colombia, which spends 3.4% GDP It is also lower than in Brazil, Chile, Peru, Read more…

Brad Wilson: Biggest Secretly Bigger in ‘Reform’: Rebutting LSP’s White Paper 2

GENERAL INTRODUCTION TO THE SERIES This is a response to part 2 of a 3 part series on Crop (revenue) Insurance in the Farm bill.  It was originally written as an email to someone asking me questions about the paper.  It’s a fairly hurried response, and therefore has the virtue of brevity.  The original is: Read more…

Brad Wilson: Corporations and Crop Insurance: Rebutting LSP’s White Paper 1

INTRODUCTION This is a response to part 1 of a 3 part series on Crop (revenue) Insurance in the Farm bill.  It was originally written as an email to someone asking me questions about the paper.  It’s a fairly hurried response, and therefore has the virtue of brevity.  The original is: Land Stewardship Project, Crop Read more…

Brad Wilson: The Room is Underwater: Rebutting Alan Guebert’s ‘Insuring Elephants’

Here’s the original article, to which this blog responds:  (Alan Guebert, “Insuring Elephants,”  Farm and Food File, 12/23/14,  http://farmandfoodfile.com/2014/12/23/insuring-elephants/). Crop (Revenue) Insurance may be, as Alan Guebert argues, “the elephant in the Farm Bill pantry,” but if so, he then seems not to notice the WHALE in the room, and the fact that the whole Read more…

Nasir Khan: The defeat of US militarism in Afghanistan

Nasir Khan, Dec. 31, 2014 It is not what the Taliban stood for when they held power that any sane person could have sided with them and supported them with regard to their crude views of Islam and forcing it upon a war-weary people. But let’s see things in their political context to judge how Read more…

The Polemicist: Goosebumps: A Scary Sony Story

Go to source Can we bring the discussion of the Sony hack back to earth?   It’s a hack.   Somebody hacked into the Sony Pictures Entertainment computer network in Hollywood, and released to the public a treasure trove of confidential information. Everything from embarrassing emails to forthcoming movie scripts was dumped out in public. This Read more…

Nasir Khan: Has America the right to kill foreign people?

Nasir Khan,  Dec. 30, 2014 In criminal law those who commit a premeditated murder are held accountable of their crimes in places where there is rule of law. The same principle extends in international law to the states that plan and kill people in foreign countries. They can be held accountable for the crimes of Read more…

Nasir Khan: The impact of famous poet Dr Iqbal on Pakistani politics and society

Nasir Khan, Dec. 28, 2014 First and foremost Dr Mohammad Iqbal (1877-1938) was an eminent poet in Urdu and Farsi, a poet whose ideas had a wide range and profound impact upon the educated Muslim masses. (As I have written about his political and social effect a few times earlier in my articles, I will Read more…

Joe Emersberger: A Venezuelan Ice-Cream Store Closes

Yes, this made international headlines. Reuters headline tells us that  “Famous Venezuelan ice-cream store closes over milk shortage” For a long time I’ve privately, not just publicly, urged corporate journalists in Venezuela to say something about hundreds of Chavista peasants who have been murdered since 2001. The privately made excuses I’ve received for ignoring the Read more…

Joe Emersberger: To Reuters: US Republicans state facts. Venezuela’s Maduro government makes claims.

Andrew Cawthorne of Reuters wrote that “Foreign foes of the Maduro government, particularly U.S. Republican politicians, say Venezuela should never have been awarded a U.N. Security Council seat given this year’s repression of opposition-led street protest.” Cawthorne is far from clear if “repression” is a fact or part of what US Republicans “say”. He doesn’t put Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Note to Guardian re. “Acid attack” in West Bank

RE Israeli family suffer burns after West Bank acid attack To: Chris Elliott and Peter Beaumont As explained here the Washington Post and Israeli outlets have updated reports to clarify that the “acid” was vinegar. Why has the Guardian not yet updated this article? Do you think that would happen if an “acid attack” by Read more…

Ted Morgan: 50 Years Ago: A Turning Point in Civil Rights, the 60s, and U.S. Politics

[This blog originally appeared in Truthout.] The year 2014 has been one of highly significant 50-year anniversaries: the introduction of Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty; passage of the Civil Rights Act; the first of the nation’s urban riots; Mississippi Freedom Summer; the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which escalated the US war in Vietnam; and Berkeley’s Read more…

Burkely Hermann: The Sony hack and freedom of information

The hacking of Sony Pictures has been all in the news. Reddit was one of the first places to talk about the hacking, spreading the picture which was on the computer screens of every computer screen worldwide. [1] Numerous media outlets declared that North Korea was behind the attack, citing government sources, “senior government officials,” Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Owen Jones Should Think Harder about Cuba and the UK

Owen Jones lists many of Cuba’s astonishing achievements in this piece but then insists that “opponents of the embargo need to talk a lot more loudly about democracy in Cuba”. He says that the “embargo is disappearing; so, too, must dictatorship”. It is quite an exaggeration, at this point, to describe the embargo as “disappearing”. As Read more…

Lawrence Wittner: The $7 Million University President

In a recent article about Shirley Jackson, the president since 1999 of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)―a private university located in Troy, New York―the Chronicle of Higher Education revealed that, in 2012 (the latest year for which statistics are available), she received over $7 million from that institution.  Like many modern campus administrators, President Jackson was Read more…

Nasir Khan: Education and Indoctrination in Pakistan

Nasir Khan, Dec. 20, 2014 A Facebook friend of mine wrote me about the importance of education in fighting against superstitious beliefs and belief-systems. In a sense, education is seen as a vehicle of change against indoctrination. My brief reply is as follows: Yes, I agree. Apparently education is the way to enlighten people and Read more…

Joe Emersberger: US Support for Terrorism Against Cuba Unexposed & Unnoticed by Reuters

A Reuter’s Caracas based correspondent, Andrew Cawthorne, who was once based in Cuba, wrote a piece entitled “U.S.-Cuba rapprochement exposes Venezuela’s Maduro”. The headline bizarrely suggests a blow was just delivered to Venezuelan president Nicaloas Maduro by Obama’s decision to normalize relations with Cuba. However, contradicting the odd headline, Cawthorne wrote “Though they are unlikely Read more…

Gabriel Levy: The spectre of social unrest is haunting Putin’s Russia

This is from the People & Nature site On Russia’s “Black Tuesday” yesterday (16 December), the Central Bank tried to stop the ruble’s value falling by hiking interest rates. It didn’t work. The bankers and corporations panicked; the ruble kept falling. It has now lost half its value in six months. The main cause is Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Who will be Discredited When Venezuela Doesn’t Default? Nobody.

In this article, Bloomberg (Ye Xie, Katia Porzecanski and Pietro D. Pitts) wonder who will seize Venezuelan assets if the government defaults. A better question would be “How will Bloomberg’s reporting change when Venezuela doesn’t default?” The global economic meltdown that took place a few years ago, and from which we are still recovering, answered Read more…

Nasir Khan: US stands against the Palestinians’ right to independence and state

Nasir Khan, December 16, 201 America cannot go against the wishes and diktat of Israel. That means it will veto any bid to statehood for Palestine in the United Nations Security Council and it may instead use the empty rhetoric of ‘direct negotiations between the parties’ as the only way forward, knowing fully well that Read more…

Nasir Khan: The Pakistan Taliban want to impose Islamic rule and Sharia laws in Pakistan

Nasir Khan, Dec. 16, 2014 The latest attack on young children in Pakistan by the Pakistani Taliban (TTP) has shocked us all. On this sad occasion my condolences to all those who were affected by this large scale massacre of innocent young pupils and the injuring of many. People may hold differing views on this Read more…

Joe Emersberger: USA “Suspicious” of Venezuela’s Role in Drug Trade, Therefore so is Reuters

Massive quantities of illegal drugs are produced in Colombia and consumed in the EU and the USA, but to Reuters it’s obvious that Venezuela is the suspicious one. Who could possibly suspect that corruption within the US, EU and Colombian governments contributes at all to drug trafficking? Not the Reuters journalists in Caracas (Diego Ore, Read more…

Don Fitz: Green Time TV: Protecting Our Communities and Ourselves

Green Time TV: Protecting Our Communities and Ourselves   by Don Fitz   People need to actively to protect themselves from poisons toxins like Agent Orange and rubber mulch. Challenges to communities include infrastructure issues such as storm water control and planned overdevelopment. January 2015 episodes of Green Time TV explore these issues.   Is Read more…

Sarah Owens: Whatever Happened to IOPS?

This blog was co-authored by the IOPS chapters of Dublin, Melbourne, Missoula, New York City, Salem and Vienna.  It was written for the benefit of IOPS members and was originally published on the IOPS website with a bunch of cool pictures under the title “What Happened” (those who prefer illustrations might want to read the Read more…

Nasir Khan: The break-up of Pakistan in 1971

Nasir Khan, December 9, 2014 In 1971, under the orders of President Yahya the Pakistani army unleashed Operation Searchlight in East Pakistan. What the army was asked to do was to crush all opposition after political negotiations between Sheikh Mujibur Rehman and Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto to form the national government failed. In fact, it was Read more…

Burkely Hermann: An inconvenient truth about NASA

A few days ago, I watched that box office hit, Interstellar. The movie focuses on a group of NASA astronauts who go through a wormhole in an effort to save Earth from its supposed problems. Putting aside a review of the movie as a whole, the movie shows space travel as exciting and NASA at Read more…

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