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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Joe Emersberger: Ken Roth of Human Rights Watch confronted on Russia Today – and lies re. Syria

Ken Roth engaged in a confrontational and somewhat disjointed discussion on Russia Today (RT) about Syria. The RT interviewer made some very good points but was also misinformed on some matters (for example HRW’s opposition to the Iraq War). Her main failing was, however, to miss an opportunity to expose Roth’s flagrant dishonesty. Ken Roth Read more…

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James Crombie: Alternatives for Syria – International Norms and Standards?

A violation of international law is not an appropriate response to a violation of international law. As an alternative to an illegal military "strike" on the country governed, at least partially, by Bashar al-Assad, it is here argued that the best thing to do, for now, about the current situation in Syria is for the Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: The Syrian Problem — and an International Solution

Let us consider the worst:  that, in violation of the 1925 Geneva Protocol and the subsequent Chemical Weapons Convention, the Syrian government has used chemical weapons to massacre large numbers of people.  If true, that is a real problem, for it is not only a dastardly act, but a clear violation of international law that, Read more…

: Looking for a Lick of Truth

Okay, so I’m perusing an online article in the Guardian and the first words to meet my eyes are “eyeball-licking.” Eyeball-licking! Yuck! Who in their right mind would ever do such a thing? Then I read where it says “this is an article about oculolinctus, an eye-licking fetish that is currently sweeping across the schools Read more…

: Poisoned Minds

I wonder what’s going through the minds of the folks at the Yokohama City Board of Education. According to a recent story in the Japan Times the city’s board of education has recalled a junior high school textbook due to its “descriptions of the mass lynching of Koreans following the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake.” During Read more…

: All Things Considered

If you were listening to NPR's All Things Considered this past August 27 you would have heard a typical corporate media discussion about the pros and pros of bombing Syria. The conversation was largely framed by two options. Should the US hit the Assad regime hard or hit it even harder? All things considered, it Read more…

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Gregory Alan Norton: Syria, Agent Orange, and Megadeath

Syria, Agent Orange, and Megadeath               As a member of the generation of 1968, I’m used to US government hypocrisy, hubris and horseshit. However, the recent attempt to justify attacking Syria because the combatants have used chemical weapons is astonishing.             According to this logic, when the US unleashed a chemical holocaust against the Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Britain sold nerve gas chemicals to Syria 10 months after ‘civil unrest’ began

The UK DAily Record reports "Britain sold nerve gas chemicals to Syria 10 months after 'civil unrest' began 1 Sep 2013 07:21 FURIOUS politicians have demanded Prime Minister David Cameron explain why chemical export licences were granted to firms last January – 10 months after the Syrian uprising began." No reports yet that Obama plans Read more…

: On Pity

On Pity                                                Escracez l'infame                                                                                             -Voltaire   Pity is a superfluous exercise meant to substitute for justice.  It can and often does, take the form of a wealthy corporation engaging in widely publicized campaigns of charity to polish up the public relations image.  Pity, as surely as an algebraic equation strives for equality, Read more…

Pierre Guerlain: The Kosovo route to Syrian disaster

The Kosovo route to Syrian disaster Pierre Guerlain   The latest accusations leveled at the Syrian government have prompted the resurrection of the 1999 Western intervention model in the war against Serbia in the then Serbian province of Kosovo. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/24/world/air-war-in-kosovo-seen-as-precedent-in-possible-response-to-syria-chemical-attack.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 The parallel between Kosovo and Serbia is striking, at least rhetorically for the time being. Read more…

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The Polemicist: At the Syrian Threshold: “al-Qaeda’s Air Force” Prepares for Battle

Go to source Here's a report from July, "FSA chemical lab uncovered near Damascus": Chemical weapons materials and facilities have been found multiple times in "rebel" areas. The "rebels" are the *only ones* who have any motive for using chemical weapons.   Yeah, it's from RT (Russia’s English-language TV channel). Do you really think you have any Read more…

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Alice Dubi: #NoWarInSyria

I am writing to express that I am utterly opposed to the President's proposed military action in Syria. It is illegal and ill advised, sure to cause more suffering than to prevent. Eliminating chemical weapons planet-wide as part of Mr. Obama's disarmament plan is laudable and I urge you immediately to call for congressional activity Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Questions for the UK Guardian editors related to Syria

RE: editorial: MPs and Syria: in the shadow of Iraq Dear Guardian editors This editorial claims that the “shadow of Iraq” “looms large” over the debate about Syria. However, in the most important way, that is not true at all. In the most important way, the shadow of the Iraq war has been invisible. According Read more…

: Obama’s Pet Weapon

Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control by Medea Benjamin, OR Books, 2013, 241 pp.  Benjamin's clean, clear and austere prose demystifies drones, removing them from the abstract and contextualizing them in humane terms.  She speaks to victims, and relatives and friends of victims; she takes the reader to sites of drone attacks and their often Read more…

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Paul Street: Let F-16s Ring

Maybe Kill List Obama will give the order to bomb Syria DURING his speech at the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington – the one where he is supposed to speak at the same exact time that the true peacemaker Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke in 1963. Obama could cue the Pentagon Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: The West and its “moral reflexes” are triggered in Syria

The  InterventionsWatch blog has done wonderful job exposing the pious warmongering of western liberals. This post comments astutely on John Kampher’s claim that the West’s latest rush to war in Syria is driven by an “understandable moral reflex” that “something must be done, that the tyrant can't get away with it.” Another post reveals how incredibly eager Ken Roth, Read more…

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: Samos is Bleeding: Tourism, Migration and Survival

Samos is Bleeding: Tourism, Migration and Survival     Sofiane Ait Chalalet and Chris Jones       Tourism   Sadly, Samos has not experienced the tourist boom which has been widely reported in the mainstream media in Greece. Whilst we should be sceptical about some of the claims about a resurgent tourist industry as Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Advocate of Child Torture, Bruce Anderson, still welcome at UK Independent

Dear Independent People: I notice you just published a Bruce Anderson piece in which he applauds the 1973 coup in Chile (Egypt is Experiencing a Crisis that is beyond any British Counsel, August 18, 2012). In 2010, Bruce Anderson also used the pages of the independent to advocate the torture of children (We Not Only Read more…

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Michael Albert: Interview Questions…

I am leaving for Venezuela Tuesday, to interview President Maduro. Below is an updated outline of questions I hope to have time to ask… there will surely be refinements on the fly… Questions for President Maduro Background Let’s start with your own background and personal views. How did you first become politically active?  And very Read more…

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The Polemicist: Ball of Confusion: Bradley Manning’s Meaning

Go to source On Wednesday, during the sentencing phase of his trial, Bradley Manning made the following statement, which needs to be read in its entirety: First, your Honor. I want to start off with an apology. I am sorry. I am sorry that my actions hurt people. I am sorry that it hurt the United Read more…

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: We’re All Luddites Now

From the People & Nature web site The Luddites of Yorkshire, Lancashire and Nottinghamshire rose up 200 years ago not only against the employers who sought to cut wages and intensify exploitation, but also against the way that those employers used machinery for that purpose. Modern-day labour and social movements could take a leaf out Read more…

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Brad Wilson: 25 Twitter Feeds Misunderstand Farm Bill

Problem:  The Spreading of Major Myths through Social Media   This is a response to a recent blog post by Food Tank, (which also asks for input, and see my comment there).  It's called:  "118 Twitter Feeds Every Food Activist Needs to Follow." The problem with these online sources comes when they spread false information. Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Suggestion to Those Wanting to Ban Russian Athletes from the Olympics: Ban Athletes from 29 US states as well.

LGBT rights activist Cyd Zeigler has suggested that rather than ban Russia from hosting the Olympics over its anti-gay laws, a better approach would be to ban Russian athletes from competing. Let Russia host the Olympics he says; just ban their athletes from competing the same way athletes from Apartheid South Africa were banned for Read more…

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Len Arthur: UK People’s Assembly & Left Unity – challenge to Labour?

The People’s Assembly on 22 June was a success. Around 4,500 attended and it was an exhilarating breath of fresh air to hear speakers say what was needed to be said, with such telling turns of phrase. If leaders of the Labour Party spoke and said the same things, I would not be worried about Read more…

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Don Fitz: Protecting Food and Health in Missouri

Green Time TV Protecting Food and Health in Missouri   Our food is under attack from big agriculture (especially by its use of genetically modified organisms) and our lungs are under attack from big coal.  September 2013 Green Time TV looks at how to stand up to industry.   What problems of agriculture have been Read more…

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Bob Simpson: Fight for $15 and the heroes in company uniforms

“What’s disgusting? Unionbusting! What’s outrageous? Poverty wages!”—a chant often heard at Fight for $15 actions Sometimes heroes come dressed in company uniforms: perhaps MacDonald’s, or maybe Subway, Wendy’s, Mrs. Fields or those Whole Foods distinctive black aprons. That kind of hero was out in the streets of Chicago on July 31 and August 1. They Read more…

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Gregory Alan Norton: Plain View Press Progressive and Feminist

           Plain View Press out of Austin, Texas has been around almost 40 years. It describes itself as an “issue based literary publishing house.” It is, in fact, a progressive and feminist press that has published about 350 titles over the decades from both domestic and international writers.             Recent popular titles have included Layla Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Amy Wilentz and her Twitter Tantrum Regarding the 2004 coup in Haiti

On Twitter, Amy Wilentz angrily demanded that Justin Podur retweet a statement in which she emphatically denies ever supporting the 2004 coup that ousted Aristide: I never ever supported the coup gainst Aristide. Ever. Retweet that!   Wilentz made this demand in response to a tweet somebody had sent Podur. I assume Wilentz is correct. Read more…

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brian olson: Write More Than You Read, Saith Nietschze….

My background: My grandparents were farmers and my parents were both public school teachers. I was a seasonal laborer at age 12. I make $12 an hour raising at-risk millionaire/billionaire kids. Though I'm considered very good at what I do, my raise last year was less than the cost-of-living increase. I just lost my house Read more…

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Keith Keller: The Left and Political Economy

Capitalism and Marxism are two sides of the same coin, both ideologies justify elite social control, however, they differ significantly in how this is accomplished. Capitalist social control is achieved through financial control and market mechanisms, capitalist ideology merely a rationalization of the process. Marxism, on the other hand, is more akin to a secular Read more…

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The Polemicist: It’s Not Unusual: The Left-Right (S)Mashup in American Politics

Go to source A number of commentators have remarked on the "unusual" political coalition of progressive Democrats and libertarian-minded Republicans that came together last week (July 24th) in Congress to support an amendment sponsored by new Michigan Tea Party Republican Justin Amash and long-serving Michigan Democrat John Conyers, an amendment that, as   Glenn Greenwald Read more…

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: Oil corps destroy for profits

Countless Pollution Problems Prove Oil Corps Neglect Environment Rolf Auer, 1 August 2013   Blood is not thicker than water, when that water is tears for dead relatives.   Many tears were shed after the recent horrifying catastrophe caused by the train-wreck oil-based explosions at Lac Megantic, Quebec. So searingly violent were the huge fireballs Read more…

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Radha Surya: Death in Kashmir

Of the four unarmed civilians whom the Border Security Force (BSF) killed on July 18 in Ramban, Kashmir, there is one in particular whose death refuses to recede into the distance.  This is partly because of what is known about the victim–Manzoor Ahmad Shan, political science teacher or professor–from the accounts that have appeared in Read more…

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Kim Scipes: 21st Century American Militarism: Occupation Abroad and Resistance at Home

Important event in Chicago, Friday, August 2: 21st Century American Militarism: Occupation Abroad and Resistance at Home Friday, August 2nd, 7:00pm @ The Chicago Temple, 77 West Washington  Featuring speakers Nick Turse and Christian Parenti + more  $10 Suggested Donation, no one turned away Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/128308194034854/ IVAW Event: http://www.ivaw.org/21st-century-american-militarism-occupation-abroad-and-resistance-home  

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Joe Emersberger: Carter Center Explodes Myths About TV News Media in Venezuela – without even trying to

A few weeks ago, former US president Jimmy Carters’ group came out with a report on Venezuela’s presidential election that took place on April 14.  Here is a crucial excerpt from the summary:   A Carter Center television monitoring exercise from March 28-April 16 showed that state television station VTV broadcast more electoral coverage (excluding Read more…

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Brendan Ma: Viva la Huelga! – Farm Workers on Strike

As workers walked past fields of strawberries and blueberries into a negotiation meeting on the morning of July 24th with Sakuma Brothers Farms, Inc. management, they were told to accept management’s terms or lose their jobs. This threat comes amidst a heated strike of over 200 immigrant farm workers at the Burlington, WA farm which Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Human Rights Watch: Should Vietnam’s Prez Publicly Blast Obama over Agent Orange Victims During Visit?

Dear HRW people: You just asked Obama to publicly denounce Vietnam’s treatment of dissidents when its president visits Washington on July 25. You said “If criticizing the Vietnamese government is a crime, President Obama should show solidarity with dissidents by committing the crime himself,” Why did you not also call on the Vietnamese president to Read more…

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Ira Woodward: Open Letter to Noam Chomsky

This is a letter I wrote to express some strong feelings I have about Noam Chomsky. I am curious if and hopeful that my feelings will resonate or at least be food for thought, so I am putting it out as an open letter Dear Noam Chomsky, I want you to know you are my Read more…

Andrew: The Emperor’s New Clothes (The real story)

Once upon a time there was a wise Emperor who was much loved by his subjects and he returned that love through ruling wisely and evenly.   Into this peaceful empire journeyed a couple of merchants vending wares of extraordinary luxury and mystery. The Emperor, upon learning of these two traders demanded they appear before Read more…

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Bob Simpson: Chicagoans go to court to stop racist school closings

"Since 2001, defendants have carried out school closings so as to contribute to a form of racial and economic segregation, as destructive as older forms of intentional racial segregation."— McDaniel v. Board of Education of Chicago; the lawsuit goes to trial this week. Tuesday at 10:00am until Friday at 1:00pm at the Dirkson Federal Building. Read more…

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Tapani Lausti: The Finns debate “Western values”

The Finns debate “Western values” By Tapani Lausti Intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden's revelations about US surveillance have opened up a new debate in Finland over what are perceived as “Western values”. This debate has been going on for some time as Finns disagree about possible membership in NATO. The majority is against it. Some right-wing Read more…

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Don Fitz: Green Time TV: Standing Up to Environmental Challenges

Green Time TV Standing Up to Environmental Challenges   Whatever the threat, Missouri activists are organizing to protect the environment.  August 2013 Green Time TV looks at a variety of concerns: honeybees, organic farming, CAFOs and energy.   What’s behind the disappearance of bees in the US?  During the first August show, Jane Sueme, owner Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Why Do Latin American Governments want to defend Snowden? It’s simple.

The USA is very dangerous, lawless and aggressive state. The death toll in Latin America since 1980 from US backed coups and state terrorsim is in the hundreds of thousands.   Edward Snowden's actions pressure the US government to obey its own consititution as well as international law. The more US elites are compelled to Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: The Revolving Door Between Human Rights Watch and the US State Department

This blog post at interventionswatch talks about how Tom Malinowski, former ‘Washington Director for Human Rights Watch’, has just been named the Obama Administration's "Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights". The blogger pointed out   "Before joining Human Rights Watch, he had been ‘special assistant to President Bill Clinton and senior director for foreign Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Prominent Venezuelan Opposition blogger expresses contempt for Edward Snowden

Francisoco Toro wrote "I can’t wait, Edward, for you to get here. Because nothing shines a light of the immense fatuousness of your Freedom Agenda-cum-#FirstWorldProblem like an evening spent watching VTV."  Francisco Toro also wrote this recently of Snowden  "..my contempt [for Snowden] stems from the juxtaposition of his Principled Crusader for Privacy and his cozying up to Read more…

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The Polemicist: Egypt’s Groundhog Day Revolution

Go to source I am someone who thinks it is extremely important that the centrality of Islam in Middle East politics and ideology in general, and the specific parties of "political Islam' (like the Muslim Brotherhood) be challenged, and someone who is not at all opposed to extra-electoral revolutionary mobilization, including the possibility of revolutionary Read more…

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Gregory Alan Norton: Paris Smith Deserves a Wider Audience

          Chicago’s Paris Smith, deserves a wider audience. Smith has developed into a mature writer/artist who has found his voice, milieu, and motifs since the publication of his other short story collections, Subterranean Tales in 2000, and Shadow Worlds in 2001. Smith is from Chicago’s Southside and in many ways has picked up the themes Read more…

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mykel koll: Beginning

There are heroes in my life Mandela, Plato, Aristotle,Chomsky, Pilger who challenge my view of life. So what is a blog is it a journal of praxis or something more? A journey perhaps to try to make sense of my place here at this time. Or my decent into narcissistic behaviour, now that is a Read more…

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Michael Albert: Parecomic!

I suppose commenting on a book about yourself is a bit much. On the other hand, my not writing about this book – called Parecomic – would dis-serve its author, Sean Michael Wilson, its artist, Carl Thompson, and, the book itself.  Parecomic is a graphic book which tells "The Story of Michael Albert and Participatory Economics." But what Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Rory Carroll and his editors distort then partially correct interview with Rafael Correa

The headline to this Rory Carroll article in the Guardian originally read: Ecuador's president reveals travel pass was granted 'without authorisation' and says whistleblower is now Russia's problem I learned from Chris Elliott, the Readers’ editor, that the headline was changed in response to complaints from Rafael Correa to read: Ecuador's president reveals the whistleblower Read more…

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