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

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…

Nasir Khan: Discussing Imperialist Wars on Facebook

Nasir Khan, September 9, 2014 In the history of the world over the last two hundred years or so the colonial and imperial powers unleashed many wars, including two world wars. Their main objectives were taking possession of the resources of weaker nations abroad and profit-making for the weapon industries and corporate interests at home. Read more…

The Polemicist: America, ISIS, and Syria: We have to bomb the jihadis in order to save them

Go to source Artelligence Inc.   Does it take more than one full minute of thought to see what’s going on here? The short version:   ISIS is the product of years of American military intervention in Iraq, Libya, and Syria. ISIS is the creature of an imperial enterprise—a global effort to bring down the Syrian state using jihadi Read more…

Bob Simpson: The corporate attack on public education: A threat to human survival?

“The question is whether any civilization can wage relentless war on life without destroying itself, and without losing the right to be called civilized.” ― Rachel Carson About 70,000 years ago humanity appears to have faced its greatest challenge up to that time. According to genetic studies, the human population, never very numerous, may have Read more…

Chris Wright: On Marx’s predictions, mistaken and correct

(Thoughts on the “logic of history”…) In retrospect it’s obvious that something like socialism couldn’t have happened until the nation-state system had disintegrated (which it’s starting to do now), because the nationality principle conflicts with the class principle. Marx thought the latter was more powerful and important than the former, and in many ways he was Read more…

Chris Wright: Radical human nature

The power of indoctrination is shown by the fact that most people don’t consider themselves radical leftists, socialists, or anarchists. The way they act shows that basically they are, only they don’t know it. They think that authority not only isn’t self-justifying (to quote Chomsky’s definition of anarchism) but is often or usually unjust, and Read more…

Chris Wright: U.S. labor history

Recently I wrote this timeline of U.S. labor history for the Hull House in Chicago. (See my website www.wrightswriting.com.) Feel free to use it or circulate it however you want. It lacks social and political context, but hopefully it does give some sense of what it takes to make progressive changes in society. 1866: Founding of Read more…

Fred Bourgault-Christie: Date Rape Drug Lipstick, Activism, and the Quixotic Quest

A feminist commentary on the new date rape-preventing lipstick has been making the rounds. I’ve been hearing a lot of befuddlement on the part of many friends of mine. I think this is a perfect example of the complexities of activism and why in this social media age it’s so important to be very clear Read more…

Tapani Lausti: The Empire of Chaos, Ukraine and Finland

By Tapani Lausti A furious debate is going on in Finland about the implications of the Ukrainian conflict. Anyone unwilling to join the hysteria about Russia’s intentions in Europe is labelled as Putin’s boot-licker. Anyone who points out the destabilizing role of the West, and the US in particular, has to endure personal abuse, as Read more…

The Polemicist: “Holy Bejeezus!”: I Know What We Did This Summer, In Gaza

Go to source We’re now learning that “senior U.S. military officers” were “stunned” at the scale of the Israeli army’s “indiscriminate” shelling that demolished the Shujaiya neighborhood in Gaza on July 21st. A Pentagon report found “11 Israeli artillery battalions — a minimum of 258 artillery pieces …pumped at least 7,000 high explosive shells into the Gaza Read more…

Burkely Hermann: A Transpartisan Consensus

There is a difference between Democrats and Republicans, and both aren’t just as bad, right? No, that’s what some twitter user told me after I said that Democrats are really just Rockefeller Republicans [1], saying that such logic is false equivalency or “where there appears to be a logical equivalence between two opposing arguments, but Read more…

Nasir Khan: The truce between Gaza and Israel

Nasir Khan, August 27, 2014 All the well-wishers of the people of Palestine around the world are relieved to hear about the recent truce arranged between Gaza and Israel in the hope that it will put a stop to Israel carrying out further destruction and massacres in Gaza. Many people have voiced their opposition to Read more…

Nasir Khan: Disarming: Gaza or Israel?

Nasir Khan, August 7, 2014 Palestinians have been under Israeli occupation; they have been frequent targets of destructive Israeli wars and massacres. If common sense can be our guide in this situation than the solution is to disarm Israel and prosecute its war criminals for war crimes and crimes against humanity in ICC. Disarming Hamas? Read more…

Chris Miller: O love, (that dare not speak its name)

Of all the words the our leaders spew One word you’ll rarely hear; it’s true Meaning cloaked, hidden, garbed, ‘Humanitarian’, Aid’, ‘Help’; barbed And wrapped in prickly wire Blood-soaked lies with which they aspire To warp all dialogue to the goal Of endless profit, endless control. You know the word, it’s our addiction, For others Read more…

Burkely Hermann: The gay mainstream

There are groups with lobbyists and corporate sponsors which have the money to give to campaign contributions toward Democratic and Republican politicians to push for legislation on the state and local level. This description may sound a bit like the corrupted lobbies on K Street or those even more established, like the Business Roundtable. But, Read more…

Kim Scipes: “Block the Boat” in Oakland, August 16, 2014

My formal article on the “Block the Boat” mobilization in Oakland, along with some pictures, has now been published on-line at http://www.substancenews.net/articles.php?page=5161&section=Article.

Radha Surya: PM Modi re-invents himself

Prime Minister Modi’s Independence Day address could well represent the apogee of his spectacular re-invention of himself as a statesman of national stature.  His speech of August 15, 2014 ‘Let’s put a moratorium on Communalism, Casteism’ ( http://www.outlookindia.com/article/Lets-Put-A-Moratorium-on-Communalism-Casteism/291697) may be viewed in retrospect as the apotheosis of a process that has been under way ever Read more…

Ira Woodward: Ferguson could be my Home

I want to live in Ferguson, Missouri. To know what it’s like to have confidence that the police will protect me from my neighbors, killing them if necessary should they seek to do me harm. To know that my neighbors will protect me from the police, standing at my side to face down the guns Read more…

Brad Wilson: The Farm Subsidy Myth: Scientifically Invalid, Subverting Food Day

SYNOPSIS:  THREE MAJOR FARM SUBSIDY MYTHS DEBUNKED Because I’m criticizing great people acting in good faith on critical issues, I like to try to include qualifications and clear explanations to be sufficiently fair.  This then makes for long answers.  This synopsis skips that, to save time. This blog explains three major parts of the farm Read more…

Joe H: Activists plan to Resist NATO summit

On the 4th and 5th of September, NATO will come to Wales for what is said to be “the largest gathering of international leaders ever to take place in Britain”. Attendees will include President Obama, Chancellor Merkel, and President Hollande, who “are expected to attend along with leaders and senior ministers from around 60 other Read more…

Kim Scipes: Big victory in Oakland today (8-16-14): Israeli ship didn’t even try to enter San Francisco Bay

Somewhere between 5-10,000 people mobilized today in Oakland, California, USA, trying to keep an Israeli ship from the Zim Lines from being unloaded today. Mobilization was so good that they didn’t even enter San Francisco Bay! Big victory–spirited march, many people, not going to take this shit any more! One of the best things about Read more…

Brad Wilson: Smashing the Illusion ‘Farmer Clout:’ A White Paper

A Personal Introduction As a farmer from Iowa, a top corn and soybean growing state with two Senators and recently two representatives on the Agriculture Committees, I’m supposed to have a lot of clout, clout that, I’m now told, has recently been reduced.1  That’s the news.  As a farmer with the “farm” interest, I’m told Read more…

Burkely Hermann: Obama’s new Mesopotamian quagmire

Note: This article was originally written on August 9, and submitted to an unnamed publication, and there was no response, so I am publishing it here. Some specifics like the number of bombings done by the US and the increasing presence of drones in the conflict (more than just one attack), but much of the Read more…

Gerry Mohan: Racism Embedded in US Legal System

The Doctrine of Christian Discovery…The US hasn’t revoked an 1823 court decision which held that Native Americans couldn’t sell their land because, being savages, they could hold no title to land. The driving force behind the invasions of Iraq, “our oil under their sand”, grows out of the same racist subsoil. Dark-skinned peoples have no Read more…

Brad Wilson: Food Crisis PRIMER

Food Crisis 101 (The Farm Bill, Trade, Strategic Reserves and Related Issues) KEY (to acronyms) IATP:  Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy APAC:  Agricultural Policy Analysis Center NFFC:  National Family Farm Coalition CIDSE:  “Coopération Internationale pour le Développement et la Solidarité” (International Cooperation for Development and Solidarity) Ritchie:  Mark Ritchie, Former President of IATP Harkin: Read more…

Stefan Monnier: Changing the US constitution wouldn’t “de-incapacitate”

Paul Street’s article about the 99% being incapacitated was very interesting.  But I can’t resist pointing out that, while it’s ludicrous that the US constituion be so hard to change, making it easier to change wouldn’t necessarily make much of a difference: the swiss constitution can be changed easily enough (50% majority of both the Read more…

The Polemicist: Gaza, Israel, and America: Crime and Demolishment

Go to source Shejaiya  Neighborhood in Gaza/Mahmoud Hams (AFP)/Getty Images The Israeli army is one of the most powerful in the world, usually ranked around fourth in firepower. It can deploy a half a million troops with a panoply of state-of-the-art weaponry—from body armor, integrated electronic communications and control, and sniper rifles, to tanks, artillery, Read more…

Rolf Auer: On the genocidal actions in Gaza

Yawn, I’m Bored, Think I’ll Kill A Few More Children Rolf Auer, 6 August 2014   Convicted Nazi war criminal Rudolph Hess died alone after decades of solitary confinement sitting on the floor and strangled by an extension cord.   Those were the days Mossad was recruiting anyone then even children.   The day thirsts Read more…

Brad Wilson: Can X Feed the World? Wrong Question.

Introduction Can we feed the world in the future? Can sustainable Agriculture feed the world? Can peasant agriculture feed the world? Can industrial agriculture feed the world? Can GMO’s feed the world? It’s easy to want to compete on these questions when small farms produce more per acre, (as Andrew Kimbell argued in Fresh) and Read more…

Burkely Hermann: JFK’s chemical terror, strategic hamlets, and militarism

In November of last year, 74% of Americans rated the late John F. Kennedy (JFK) as an “outstanding/above average President.” In late October and early November, I wrote a four part series for Dissident Voice about the JFK presidency: the first part focused on JFK’s cabinet; the second partfocused on his push for international investment; Read more…

Joe H: A short debate on NATO

Last Sunday my reply to a blog piece Newport West MP Paul Flynn appeared on Znet.  My e-mail to him elicited a reply, which I replied to enquiring after further details of his views and putting some counter-points, expanded on below.  As no further response was forthcoming (other than to agree to the use of the Read more…

Brad Wilson: Subsidy Narratives: How Foodies Unknowingly Bash Family Farmers

The Food Movement has taken major stands against “cheap corn” and cheap prices for other farm commodities. That position is very supportive of farmers and a blessing to the entire farming community. The Dominant Narrative of Food Progressives & Others On the other hand, the food movement typically misunderstands the factor of farm subsidies, and as a result, bashes Read more…

Brad Wilson: Farm Justice PRIMER: A Farm Bill Primer

Farm Bill 101 This project focuses on the biggest Farm Bill issues. BRIEFLY:  Why We Have Farm Bills APAC:  Assumptions of Farm Program, http://agpolicy.org/weekcol/381.html APAC:  Executive Summary 1 page, http://agpolicy.org/blueprint/Summary.pdf APAC:  Exec. Summ. pp 1-7 here. http://agpolicy.org/blueprint/APACReport8-20-03WITHCOVER.pdf APAC:  Reason why we have farm programs, http://agpolicy.org/weekcol/325.html APAC:  Because we lack price responsiveness, http://agpolicy.org/weekcol/248.html APAC:  Total Acreage Response to Price, http://agpolicy.org/weekcol/119.html Brad:  (briefly) Farm Bill Facts vs widespread myths, http://www.zcommunications.org/farm-bill-facts-commodity-title-a-u201cfamily-farm-u201d-view-by-brad-wilson APAC:  Ten Read more…

Brad Wilson: Don’t Misunderstand Higher Priced Sugar

The sugar program came up at La Vida Locavore (http://www.lavidalocavore.org/diary/4641/oh-the-stupidity-it-hurts) and (http://zcomm.org/zblogs/philpott-bittman-imhoff-lappe-are-wrong-about-tim-wise/). I raised a point that needs further clarification, so here it is, just below this general introduction. Introduction First, generally, the sugar program has price floors and supply management, like traditional farm programs.  No subsidies are needed if it’s run well (ie. if Read more…

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