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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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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Alice Dubi: Response to Nichols Blog

response to  John Nichols blog today In recent years, community resistance to corporate and resource extraction interests has increased, making room for more progressive voices. Four years ago, the election of Mike McGinn, Sierra Club activist, to defeat an established, progressive Democratic mayor, revealed dissatisfaction with the aggressive banking strategy of Washington Mutual/Chase and its Read more…

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Michael Ross: Food Safety Modernization Act

Hi All, If you are a farmer, a CSA shareholder or someone interested in supporting small scale farmers then you may be interested in this. The FDA is drafting new rules for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The proposed rule changes could have harsh consequences for small scale farmers, CSA distributors and aggregators. The Read more…

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Don Fitz: Health Care in a Global Environment

It is possible to provide health care much more cheaply and with vastly smaller environmental effects than the US does.  Cuba is rapidly becoming a model of how to accomplish this on an international level.  While guaranteeing free health care to all of its citizens, Cuba sends brigades throughout the world to give medical assistance Read more…

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Ira Woodward: Bullying, the NFL, Patriarchy Revealed

This Incognito thing just won't go away. It continues to strike deep for me as well. I'm going to try to be as explicit and clear as possible, though I have serious doubts I will satisfy my own need to describe the situation. People, as social animals, need hierarchy in order to function in a Read more…

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Bob Simpson: The Turnaround: At the dangerous intersection of race, class and masculinity

I was 4 chapters into the George Pelecanos crime fiction novel The Turnaround when a sudden chill ran down my spine. Omigod, this is the story of the Ken-Gar 5. I had to put the book down as my mind traveled to 1972 Kensington, Maryland where an ugly racial incident ended in tragedy. I had Read more…

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The Polemicist: Dropping a DIME: Max Blumenthal and the Erosion of Liberal Zionism

Go to source Zionism, like capitalism, is losing its aura of beneficence and inevitability, as its fangs become harder to hide. Israel is not the Upper West Side overseas. (No matter what many people on the Upper West Side may like to think.) It is a violently racist colonial enterprise, with all the ideological and practical viciousness that implies. Read more…

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Tapani Lausti: US grip of the world weakening

US grip on the world weakening By Tapani Lausti Noam Chomsky and Andre Vltchek, On Western Terrorism: From Hiroshima to Drone Warfare. Pluto Press 2013. Noam Chomsky has thought about world politics all his life. Andre Vltchek has spent years travelling around the world reporting from conflict areas. Thus it is not surprising that their Read more…

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Bob Simpson: Neo-liberalism, climate change and militarization: The Perfect Storm

In October of 1991 a convergence of powerful weather systems created a monster storm in the cold waters of the North Atlantic. It killed the entire crew of the fishing boat Andrea Gail among other storm casualties. Journalist Sebastian Junger used the phrase “The Perfect Storm” as the title of his book about this unusual Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: How low must Capriles go before the international press calls him out on it?

In a recent video made in support of Venezuelan opposition candidates in upcoming municipal elections, Henrique Capriles, the opposition leader, made this incredibly cynical remark:   A strategy they use is to say that they know who you vote for. But that’s a lie. I say to all our people, especially our public servants and Read more…

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: “Justice for Kazakh oil workers” – Kyiv conference

The “justice for Kazakhstan oil workers” campaign was the central focus of a conference of independent trades union activists, socialists and human rights campaigners from across the former Soviet Union at the weekend.   Two hundred activists decided at the meeting in Kyiv, Ukraine, to unite around the campaign. They called for the release of Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Human Rights Watch not naming corporate names in Colombia report

Daniel Kavlik noticed that a recent Human Rights Watch (HRW) report on Colombia avoided naming the corporations on whose behalf millions of people have been driven from their homes over the past three decades: HRW refers vaguely, but ad nauseam, to “businesspersons,” “businessmen,” “landowners,” “cattle ranchers,” “regional elites,” “mining and agro-industry,” “private companies,” and to Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Dear Amnesty, when would foreign attacks on US soil be legal?

Amnesty says in a very recent report “Because the US government refuses to provide even basic information on particular strikes, including the reasons for carrying them out, Amnesty International is unable to reach firm conclusions about the context in which the US drone attacks on Mamana Bibi and on the 18 laborers took place, and Read more…

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Brad Wilson: De-Mystifying ‘Means Testing’ for Commodity Farmers

This is a response to the article, “Means Testing Rich Farmers,” by Mike Lavendar, Ag Reform Coordinator, Environmental Working Group, 10/23/13, (http://www.ewg.org/agmag/2013/10/means-testing-rich-farmers).   There are several things that are false, misleading or missing in this analysis, and which are discussed below.  These are:     1.  The biggest direct beneficiaries of Commodity Programs over the Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Exchange with John Rentoul re Death Toll from Iraq War

Below is an exchange I had with John Rentoul, who writes for the UK Independent, regarding the latest peer-reviewed scientific study of the death toll from the Iraq War. Rentoul corrected one false thing he wrote about the study in response to our exchange, but continues to misinform readers about the study's conclusions. I didn't Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Half-Million Iraqis Died in the War, New Study Says

Aljazeera put out a useful article about a new scientific study of death toll from the Iraq war that was initiated in 2003. The peer reviewed study, published in the journal PLoS Medicine, concludes that half a million Iraqis died from all war related causes, not just violence. In May, when ComRes, a professional polling Read more…

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