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

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…

Burkely Hermann: Criticizing the UN

Over four years ago, in one of my first online blogposts, I wrote a mild and moderate critique of the United Nations. At the time, I made the following critique: “…it seems the veto power of one permanent member [on the Security Council] defeating a resolution makes it next to impossible to get anything done…the Read more…

Sriram Ananth: A bowel in humanity’s digestive tract: Fascists and the characteristics unifying them in fecal harmony (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this Cracked-style article I explored a few commonalities to fascists across the globe and the manner in which they’re hellspawned from some common venomous goo. It was basically an angry rant taking the slightly more accessible form of irreverent, bullet-pointed scorn. I will continue to do the same here in Part Read more…

Mina Khanlarzadeh: The Tragedy of Michael Brown

  This was earlier published here. Did Brown have to be a college-bound angel to have his death matter? Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager, was shot dead by police in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9. Two of the more problematic reactions to the tragedy of Michael Brown’s death rest upon a shared association between Read more…

Nasir Khan: Rational views against the blasphemy laws of Pakistan

Nasir Khan, December 4, 2014 From my own experience with many expat Pakistanis, Mr Mushtaq Khan Kayani stands out as one clear-headed educator who in blunt terms exposes all hypocrisy woven around our past history and religious figures. One problem facing any rational human being who comes from a traditional Islamic background, such as Mr Read more…

Burkely Hermann: Defining imperialism and empire

“Imperialism” and “empire” are words that are thrown around all the time, especially on the radical left. Sheldon Wolin wrote in 2010 that “no major politician or party has so much as publicly remarked on the existence of an American empire.” [1] President Obama came close to remarking on the existence of such an empire, Read more…

Brad Wilson: National Farm AND Food Policy, Response to Bittman et al

Mark Bittman, Michael Pollan, Ricardo Salvador and Olivier De Schutter have been doing some integrative work on farm and food policy issues, as seen in the recent call for a “National Food Policy” from President Obama, in the Washington Post. “How a national food policy could save millions of American lives” (http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/how-a-national-food-policy-could-save-millions-of-american-lives/2014/11/07/89c55e16-637f-11e4-836c-83bc4f26eb67_story.html) This is an Read more…

Sriram Ananth: A bowel in humanity’s digestive tract: Fascists and the characteristics unifying them in fecal harmony (Part 1)

Introduction: There is a reason for this article being titled the way it is and the reason, as most reasons tend to be, is personal. A little while back I participated in a Palestine-solidarity event at the University of Toronto. Someone extremely dear to me was one of the main organizers of the event, which Read more…

Nasir Khan: The Guardian’s misleading Editorial

Nasir Khan, November 20, 2014 The Guardian’s editorial on 18 November 2014 (http://www.theguardian.com/…/guardian-view-on-jerusalem-kil…) deals with the violent killing of four Israeli worshippers at a synagogue in a Jerusalem neighbourhood on Tuesday 18th November 2014. On hearing the news the PA President Mahmud Abbas condemned this act of violence by two Palestinians, who were immediately killed Read more…

Don Fitz: Green Time TV: Watching Out

  Green Time TV: Watching Out   by Don Fitz   Things happen which make environmentalists keep their eyes open. December 2014 episodes of Green Time TV look at antibiotic resistance which can be traced to factory farming, social and environmental problems with cannabis prohibition, social environments of black children, and promises to reduce carbon Read more…

Burkely Hermann: Questioning the US Institute of Peace: does it really care about peace?

This was originally published on Interesting Blogger and has been reprinted here. On July 31st, Little Sis, a project of the Government Accountability Project (GAP), published a short article criticizing Stephen Hadley. They write that Hadley has “made a career of promoting, overseeing, and profiting from war,” as he was already responsible as a White Read more…

Burkely Hermann: Defining the State

Through political science, philosophy and academia in general, there is always talk about “the state.”*  I not talking about sub-state entities, in countries such as the United States, which are referred to, confusingly enough, as “states.” This article aims to define what a state is, despite the fact that the definition itself is highly debated, Read more…

jlc: NSA Listening Party – new CD from Brooklyn!

    a compilation CD & online release from Brooklyn For Peace & Charity Case featuring the new single we don’t want to live (in a surveillance state) Featuring Songs From charity case (ft. moki marz) chee malabar dave lippman gio safari hollands irka mateo joe phillips experience project john munnelly raram de ny raya Read more…

Nasir Khan: Pakistani blasphemy laws and minorities

Nasir Khan, November 6, 2014 This unthinkable and horrifying news of the breaking of the legs of a working-class Christian couple and burning them alive by a large mob of Muslims in Pakistan shows the utmost inhuman acts in the name of religion in general and blasphemy laws of Pakistan in particular. (For details, see Read more…

The Polemicist: Ripley Was Right: Ebola, Science, and the Precautionary Principle

In my previous post on the Ebola outbreak, I focused on how the treatment of Ebola patients highlights the shortcomings of private healthcare in the US, and the need for a comprehensive public system.  I also mentioned that American media coverage has been limited, as we might expect, to a spectrum running from Republican/Fox fear-mongering Read more…

The Polemicist: A Joke In November

On the way home from his successful fund-raising meeting, a powerful US Senator, drives his car into a tree and dies. His soul arrives at the Pearly Gates, and is met by St. Peter. “Welcome to heaven,” says St. Peter. “Before you settle in, we have a special protocol for a person of your stature, Read more…

Ira Woodward: The Sad Facts About Grief

This is an overly ambitious essay. I’m attempting to answer questions that have stumped philosophers and mystics forever– and inspired writers for so long that I’m probably going to recycle a lot more ideas than the one from the first part of this sentence I’m focusing here on the nature of grief. I’ve gained insight Read more…

Nasir Khan: Violence in Pakistan and religion

Nasir Khan, November 3, 2014 Yesterday more than 60 people were killed in Pakistan and many were injured. Such killings of the innocent people have become a matter of routine that are repeated so often. Ordinary people are helpless; they can’t do anything. The government cannot control this pervasive violence because the causes of violence Read more…

Mina Khanlarzadeh: Kurdish female fighters are not media-created fictions

                      After the mainstream media finally started covering Kurdish female fighters in Kobane, some critics began to take notice of them. For these media critics, the subaltern only comes into existence after becoming the subject of consideration for the mainstream media. Subsequently the critics take Read more…

Brad Wilson: Food Charters in Context: Strengths and Weaknesses

(author’s note:  I’ll try to add footnotes later) I ran across posts about the Minnesota Food Charter on the COMFOOD list recently.  At the bottom of the web site were “links” to, for example, work on other food charters, including work in Iowa, Michigan, Oregon and West Virginia.  This blog very briefly raises questions of Read more…

Mina Khanlarzadeh: West-obsessed anti-imperialists and Kobane, “genuine natives” and “fake natives”

The global Left has no prospects other than commenting on sociopolitical affairs, and leftists, like most other people, are not actively part of any actual change-making in the current sociopolitical order. Even the idea of a sociopolitical order other than the existing various forms of capitalism seems like the script of a disturbing science-fiction movie. Read more…

Nasir Khan: Religious freedom or religious coercion?

Nasir Khan, October 30, 2014 The whole history of mankind shows when Religion and State were united, the world saw only political and social oppression, injustice and disasters. The same thing is happening in many countries now where some people are killing others in the name of their religion and for imposing their brand of Read more…

Nasir Khan: Democratic rule or theocratic rule for the Muslim people

Nasir Khan Islam is a religion, a great religion, but it not a political ideology for multicultural, multi-religious and multi-ethnic societies of the present times. It contains some golden principles such as equality, fairness and justice that are applicable in politics because such universal principles are recognised as the pillars of democracy and open society. Read more…

The Polemicist: The Irish Widow and the Liberian Fiancé: Ebola, CEO Disease, and the Public Good

Go to source   Outbreak The Ebola crisis highlights the absurdity of pretending that a private, for-profit health system can do what a real public healthcare system must. Remember the deadly-Ebola-like-virus movie where Dustin Hoffman and Renee Russo and Morgan Freeman and a whole state-of-the-art medical team, along with a small army (There’s always an army!) swoops in to Read more…

Gabriel Levy: Social protest and repression in Donbass

From the People & Nature site News about social protests is coming out of Donbass, the region controlled by separatist forces in eastern Ukraine. The protesters have faced violent repression and threats from the separatist governments whose policies they are challenging. On 4 October, local people in Sverdlovsk (in Luhansk region, in separatist-controlled territory) protested Read more…

Bob Simpson: Ferguson means fight back: Thousands march in St. Louis against police violence

When Mike Brown was shot to death in Ferguson MO last summer, his hands up in surrender, he didn’t know when he awoke that morning that he would die that day as yet another victim of American racism. Neither did Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin, Rekia Boyd or countless others, going back to when the first Read more…

Lawrence Wittner: America is No. 1 — But in What?

American politicians are fond of telling their audiences that the United States is the greatest country in the world.  Is there any evidence for this claim? Well, yes.  When it comes to violence and preparations for violence, the United States is, indeed, No. 1.  In 2013, according to a report by the Stockholm International Peace Read more…

Don Fitz: Green Time TV: Sierra Club in Action

Green Time TV: Sierra Club in Action by Don Fitz The Sierra Club is the oldest and strongest environmental organization in the US. November 2014 episodes of Green Time TV take a close look at Sierra Club activities in the St. Louis area, including its work supporting wind power, encouraging energy efficiency, opposing coal ash, Read more…

Aaron Leonard: The FBI and the Shattering of Students for a Democratic Society

The FBI and the Shattering of Students for a Democratic Society Thursday, 02 October 2014 11:40 (Image: JR / TO) By Aaron Leonard, Truthout | News Analysis This past August, when protests in response to the police killing of Michael Brown did not abate after the first few days, instead attracting forces such as the Read more…

Rolf Auer: ISIL / ISIS is wrong

“What We Have Here Is A Failure To Communicate” Rolf Auer, 9 October 2014 My girlfriend and I were sipping lattes at the Living Well café. “Living well is the best revenge,” goes the popular saying. Certainly those of us living in the West would find this difficult to refute. The violent actions of ISIL / Read more…

The Polemicist: Gaza Calling: It’s the Colonialism, Stupid!

Go to source   On how Gaza lays Zionism bare, in eight bites. Subjugate, expel, exterminate This summer’s Israeli assault on Gaza was a horror show. Whole families killed, whole neighborhoods levelled, schools and hospitals attacked, electricity, water, and waste treatment facilities destroyed, about 500 children killed, 3000 injured (1000 with lifelong disabilities), and 1500 Read more…

Vincent Emanuele: Genocide, Ferguson and Climate Change: Old and New Challenges

Old and New Challenges During the last five-hundred years of colonialism and neo-colonialism, racism has played a central role in facilitating the expansion of Empire, resulting in dispossession of lands, devastated natural environments and human genocide. To be clear, racism exists within militarism; militarism being the mode through which capitalism dominates; and ecological and social Read more…

Jon Doe: IOPS Member 2 Member campaign video with NYC chapter

This is part of the Participate!IOPS member2member interview campaign to encourage personal testimonials. There are thousands of IOPS members around the world, and we should get to know one another!  We did this video to let  everyone in other chapters to know get to know the wonderful people who make NYC-IOPS tick. We hope this Read more…

Tapani Lausti: Austerity is class war

By Tapani Lausti Richard Seymour, Against Austerity: How We Can Fix the Crisis They Made. Pluto Press 2014. Modern industrial societies are fantastically wealthy. Yet we are constantly told that we must not live beyond our means. Wealthy looking experts visiting television studios explain solemnly that there isn’t enough money to finance the simplest human Read more…

Ira Woodward: Haiti, Islands, History

I’ve felt for some time that Haiti has historical significance beyond its size. Columbus landed on Hispaniola; Haiti was the first free black republic in history. It changed hands before that between a number of different imperialist powers: Spain, France and since then by the US in all but name. I’ve read that it is Read more…


BURNING UP THE PLANET AND SEARCHING FOR AN EMERGENCY EXIT.   It is said we cannot sustain infinite growth on a finite planet. We have an economic system that must grow – or die. Therefore the system must be changed before the planet becomes denuded of the resources on which our lives depend and we Read more…

Bob Simpson: When the Nuns on the Bus rolled into Chicago

“We are working on voter registration which is an action people can take easily. It’s so important because there is so much big money in our country trying to steer legislation away from the common good.”– Dr. Patricia M. Fishman, Sisters of Mercy Associate Nuns on the Bus? It sounds like a joke. But while Read more…

Radha Surya: Tragedy in Kashmir

Letter to an unknown Kashmiri Dear friend, The stories and images coming out of flood ravaged Kashmir have been harrowing ones even for the observer.  We watched with anguish as your land was laid waste by the flood waters.  We were not among those who rushed over to assist you in person.  But do not Read more…

Vincent Emanuele: The Jihadis Return: Patrick Cockburn’s Indispensable Book on ISIS

Both Iraq and Syria have been destroyed. Their economies, infrastructure, social institutions and cultural artifacts, obliterated. In  Patrick Cockburn’s latest book, The Jihadis Return: ISIS and the New Sunni Uprising,1 he posits that Iraq and Syria will remain in crisis for the foreseeable future, and likely for decades to come. This latest work from the Read more…

Bob Simpson: Run, Karen Run….with Chicago’s working class

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis at the 2014 Mexican Independence Day parade in Chicago  When the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) denounced Chicago’s traditional racism and segregation as “education apartheid” and linked school closings to corporate privatization of schools and real estate speculation, it helped provide a clear narrative that I heard over and over again from Read more…

Peter Bohmer: Changing the World by Taking Power from Below and also Taking State Power, given at Left Forum, New York City, May 30, 2014

Changing the World by Building Power from Below, and also Taking and Dismantling State Power! (Left Forum, NYC, May 30, 2014)

Peter Bohmer: Resistance and Alternatives in Theory and Practise to Capitalist Globalization and Austerity, Septemebr 19, 2014 in Gwangju, South Korea

Resistance and Alternatives to Capitalist Globalization talk given at International Symposium in Globalization and Democracy,  Gwangju, South Korea, September 19, 2014

Ira Woodward: Musings on youtube and cavemen

I am disturbed by the media attention toward hollywood celebrities making political speeches. Dicaprio spoke at the UN climate summit urging world leaders to take action on global warming. Emma Stone publicly encouraged more men to work to stop violence against women. Look, I think it’s a good thing that celebrities have opinions and are Read more…

Deborah Menkart: New HowardZinn.org Website Launches

In August 2014, a new version of HowardZinn.org launched to provide greater online access to articles, interviews, and other works by and about Howard Zinn. The new website also offers a comprehensive list of books by Howard Zinn and announcements about events based on Zinn’s work. Before his death in 2010, Zinn was a regular Read more…

The Polemicist: Israel’s “Human Shield” Hypocrisy: The Early Days

Go to source Down those meme streets In 2001, Edward Said called Leon Uris’s 1958 novel Exodus: “The main narrative model that [still] dominates American thinking” about Israel.1 As a Haaretz columnist Bradley Burston put it more recently (2012), in an article entitled “The ‘Exodus’ effect: The monumentally fictional Israel that remade American Jewry,” Uris’s narrative “Tailor[ed], alter[ed] and radically sanitize[ed] Read more…

Don Fitz: Green Time TV: What Type of Redevelopment?

Redevelopment is going to happen. But how will it occur and who will make decisions about it? October 2014 episodes of Green Time TV explore development of north St. Louis, developments around the West Lake Landfill and development of how people treat horses. The first October Green Time show features Romona Taylor Williams, of Metro Read more…

Ira Woodward: Reporting Abuse — Does It Help?

Reporting Abuse — Does It Help? As I listened to stories this morning on ESPN radio about domestic violence and child abuse in the NFL, I tried to convince myself that this discussion will lead somewhere good. That this new attention toward the pain and violence would provide some security for the victims, some restraining Read more…

The Polemicist: The Dogs of Hell: An Original Jihadi Trashes ISIS

Go to source In my last post, I treated ISIS as a phenomenon that serves imperial interests—the latest character in an ongoing tragedy of the opportunist use of jihadi players by hegemonic powers, which went into production in Afghanistan in 1979, and which has been on the road throughout the Middle East since, with the script Read more…

Gabriel Levy: Scotland: ‘the opportunity for real people power’

In this post from the People & Nature blog, CATHERINE MILLIGAN, a socialist and community activist who lives in the Castlemilk housing scheme in Glasgow, explains how she has changed her view of the referendum on Scottish independence I am voting Yes to Scottish independence, and I haven’t come to that decision easily – because Read more…

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