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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 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

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…

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  " contempt [for Snowden] stems from the juxtaposition of his Principled Crusader for Privacy and his cozying up to Read more…

The Polemi: 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

: Stop these “politically palatable” climate scenarios

The reality about the greenhouse gas emissions cuts needed to avoid dangerous global warming is obscured in UK government scenarios, climate scientist Kevin Anderson has said.   The most important measurements, of total carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, are pushed into the background – and scientists are pressured to tailor their arguments to fit “politically Read more…

Joe Emersberger: The Guardian’s Rory Carroll gets to work on Ecuador

Rory Carroll writes “Some in the government are believed to be annoyed that Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder who has sheltered at Ecuador's London embassy to avoid extradition, has seized the limelight in the Snowden saga.” The practice of using the anonymous government source is bad enough. Carroll goes lower and gives us unnamed sources Read more…

Lawrence Wittner: When Education is a Business

To what extent is education corrupted when it becomes intertwined with profit-making businesses?   This question becomes increasingly relevant as corporations move into key roles at American universities.  In late June of this year, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo steamrollered a bill through the state legislature to establish tax-free havens for businesses on the Read more…

Ira Woodwa: My Tribute to Douglas Adams

I returned recently to reading my favorite author. Here are my current thoughts on him after he died (12 years ago.) ———————— Douglas Adams was a genius– Writing a tribute to the man is a truly daunting challenge; I feel like the best way to honor him is to attempt to match his apparently effortless Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Toronto Star Publishes “Unauthorized” US Government Leaks

There are benign leaks and harmful leaks just as there are real journalists and fake journalists. The Toronto Star ran this article on its front page, so obviously it must come from “real” journalists. The article says that “U.S. intelligence agencies are scrambling to salvage their surveillance of Al Qaeda”.   That’s one hell of Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Forbes spreads lie about Snowden.

I wouldn’t usually write to an outlet like Forbes but the way Rick Ungar lied about Edward Snowden was quite wretched even by the standards of the corporate press. Ungar completely fabricated a quote- “all spying is wrong” – and attributed it to Snowden. His editors let it stand. Ungar recently updated his article claiming Read more…

The Polemi: “Just One More Detail”: American Surveillance And The Unanswered Question of Israel

Go to source In my previous post, I looked at the campaign of personal denigration against NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, with a special focus on Lawrence O'Donnell's June 12th interview with Mavanee Anderson (video, transcript), Snowden's friend from his time in Geneva. I emphasized the particularly bizarre segment where O'Donnell tries to paint Snowden in the colors of Read more…

Peter Bohmer: Building a Movement for Universal Healthcare

Outline of talk, June 19, 2013 to Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) Seattle Edited, June 23, 2013 By Peter Bohmer, [email protected]   Thanks for  inviting me!  I will raise a few points about social movements and how to move forward based on my years as an activist.   I am looking forward to a Read more…

: Political Lessons From Greece; Summits, Refugees and Protest.

  Political Lessons From Greece; Summits, Refugees and Protest.   Sofiane Ait Chalalet and Chris Jones     Between June 7th and June 9th we had 3 contrasting experiences in Athens. One was attending the European Alter Summit over 2 days; another was marching with Gay Pride on the evening of June 8th and the Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Was Right Wing Press Mainly to Blame for UK Public’s Ignorance of Iraqi Deaths?

The stunning graphic above was put together by Melanie Patrick, but was the right wing press primarily responsible for the level of ignorance depicted above? The best way to answer would be to expand the ComRes poll to ask respondents how they self identify on the political spectrum or to ask which sources of information Read more…

The Polemi: Edward Snowden, Lawrence O’Donnell, and the Failure of Fuzzy Land Thinking

Go to source Per SOP, since Edward Snowden began revealing the details of the NSA's Orwellian surveillance program, establishment pundits have been doing their best to denounce his actions and denigrate the man personally. This is an easy task for the reflexively authoritarian segments of the American audience, for whom denunciations from the likes of Peter Read more…

Bob Simpson: Uptown Uprising and the Right to the City

"The right to the city is far more than the individual liberty to access urban resources: it is a right to change ourselves by changing the city. It is, moreover, a common rather than an individual right since this transformation inevitably depends upon the exercise of a collective power to reshape the processes of urbanization. Read more…

Michael Albert: ZSocial and WorldSocial: Dying, or Being Born

This is a blog that has been posted in ZSocial – for ZSocial users. However, I think it is relevant more widely, so I reproduce it here for ZCom users… First, I would like to apologize – but with an explanation.  ZSocial is currently far from worthy. Let's face it, that is the truth. There Read more…

The Polemi: “No matter what the law actually says”: The Snowden Revelations and the Eternal Surveillance State

Go to source The sudden cascade of documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden through Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill, and Laura Poitras in the Guardian, and Barton Gellman in the Washington Post has provided stark confirmation of our worst fears about the American government’s contemptuous disregard for our most fundamental rights.  As Greenwald, speaking on Democracy Read more…

Joe Emersberger: We Canadians would be nuts to Ignore Dean Baker’s Warning About Our Housing Bubble

For several years Dean Baker warned US citizens that housing prices were following an unsustainable path. Prices were rising because elite investors, along with most other people who didn’t even know it, foolishly bet on them continuing to rise. Regular folks felt way more secure than they should have felt. Their houses were their piggy Read more…

Brad Wilson: De Mystifying Crop Insurance in the Farm Bill

Crop Insurance has gotten a lot of attention in discussions of the farm bill in both farm and nonfarm circles, both five years ago and in the current cycle.  There are major reasons for this.  Adequate analysis of these reasons must deal with the fundamental facts, (many of which are usually missing,) and also with Read more…

Ian Sinclair: List of expert testimony opposing the West arming Syrian rebels

With the Obama Administration announcing the US will start to arm the Syrian rebels directly, below is testimony from those, many of them experts, who oppose arming the rebels.   “Expressing his deep concern at the ever-deteriorating situation in Syria, and its growing regional impact, the Secretary-General called for stemming the supply of arms to Read more…

Lawrence Wittner: Corporate Welfare or Education?

“Who needs the Cayman Islands?”  That’s how a May 22 New York Times article began as it described “Tax-Free NY,” a plan zealously promoted by New York State’s Democratic Governor, Andrew Cuomo. Under the provisions of his Tax-Free NY scheme, most of the 64 campuses of the State University of New York (SUNY), some private Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Does Reuters shill for Corporations that sell Baby Formula in Venezuela?

I couldn’t resist making the title to this blog post as wildly dramatic and accusatory as the headline to this Reuters article: Venezuela considers taking bottles from babies' mouths Apparently, Venezuelan law already promotes breast feeding over bottled formula.  The Venezuelan legislature will be debating ways to strengthen the law through undisclosed “penalties”. Reuters doesn’t Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Debating a BBC journalist about ComRes poll on Iraq War deaths

Jonathan Marcus of the BBC responded to Media Lens about their latest alert ('Limited But Persuasive' Evidence Syria, Sarin, Libya, Lies")   He made no mention, in his note to Media Lens, about a poll the alert prominently mentioned which found that the UK public drastically underestimates the death toll from the Iraq war. I Read more…

Brad Wilson: First Ever? Map of Farm Bill NET Impacts

(Note:  This blog has already been revised, and will likely be revised a bit more in the coming weeks.) Farm Bill Map: Never Before Seen? The biggest myths about the US farm bill are closely tied to the biggest issues, which are the market management issues of the Commodity Title and Crop Insurance Title of Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Les Roberts on the ComRes “Iraqi Death Toll Survey” released May 29, 2013

Following Commentary by Les Roberts, epidemiologist at Columbia University and author of two peer reviewed studies on Iraqi mortality since the US invasion of 2003. During WWII, the Roosevelt Administration was confronted with the arrival in North America of hundreds of Jewish refugees at a time when anti-Semitism was widespread and the political cost of allowing Read more…

Don Fitz: Politics and Environment

Green Time TV Politics and Environment   Politics pervades every aspect of environmental activities, from relations between nations to governmental financial decisions to personal behavior.  July 2013 Green Time TV explores government claims of inability to fund environmental legislation, destruction of land in Palestine, global failure to protect forests, and eating meat.   Did you Read more…

Joe Emersberger: A BBC “Watchdog” who embraces sleeping rather than barking

Most people who follow the news know of Edward Snowden’s courageous and inspiring exposure of the US government’s vast snooping apparatus. The BBC’s Rory Celland-Jones, responded with an article that stated   So our data is with the Americans, while the Chinese control the equipment used to connect our mobile phone calls and broadband. Now Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Reuters’ Fake “Clarification” to an article on Venezuela

The international press has bent over backs to put Venezuela’s presidential elections under a cloud, precisely as the defeated US backed candidate, Henrique Capriles, has been working tirelessly to do since he lost by only 1.5 percentage points to Nicolas Maduro in April. This Reuters’ article originally stated “Maduro originally accepted a proposal for a full Read more…

Michael M'Gehee: The Elephant in the Room: NSA Prism Program, Rights, Security and Empire

America is dead. America remains dead. And we have killed it. Yet its shadow still looms. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water Read more…

Michael Albert: WorldSocial and Us

I jsut sent the following letter to people who have signed up for ZSocial, but in many cases not yet begun using it, or paying for it. The content, however, is equally relevant for all ZCom users… Hello, Bringing ZSocial and the encompassing FaceLeft system up to speed is not going to be easy – Read more…

Keith Keller: Neo-Feudalism and the New Dark Ages

  It is my contention that the last 300 years or so are best understood as a period of transition from the old feudal/monarchal order to the new feudal/oligarchic order. The industrial revolution was much more than an explosion of technological progress, rather, it involved a complete remaking of the entire political economy to facilitate Read more…

: A Contribution to the Alter Summit Athens June 2013

Alter Summit: Athens, June 2013   A Contribution on Thinking about Welfare     There is an urgency to our discussions and actions that is growing by the day. It is an urgency driven by 2 principal factors:   1) Globally, we are in the midst of a vicious and brutal class war. Those in Read more…

Len Arthur: From where we are to socialism

A long post that is composed of three separate posts originally on Welsh Labour Grassroots blog late last year. They are intended however, to be read together. Bridging the gap (1) – Len Arthur   In a recent discussion blog Darren Williams analysed the limits of Welsh Labourism, suggesting a number of forms of political action Read more…

: Greek Lessons from Below: Learning from the Refugees and Questions for the Left

  Sofiane Ait Chalalet and Chris Jones   June 2nd 2013   Axmed, a Somalian refugee, has been stuck in Athens for over six years. This is common for most of his friends, as without papers they are stuck. Getting out by themselves requires money for false papers and travel that is beyond them. Axmed Read more…

Paul Street: Three Speaking Events at Left Forum

  Friends and comrades: I will speak on three different panels at The Left Forum at Pace University in New York City 's lower Manhattan over the course of the weekend of June 8-9, 2013. 1. The Green-Red New Deal: Capitalism, Climate Catastrophe, and the Alternative (chair) Session 1, Room W510, Sat June 8, 2013, Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Poll Shows That UK Public Drastically Under-Estimates Iraqi War deaths

ComRes, a professional polling company, asked a nationwide sample of UK citizens to estimate the death toll from the war in Iraq that began in 2003. The results provide a searing indictment of the British media. Two questions were asked. The first question was      How many Iraqis, both combatants and civilians, do you think have Read more…

Peter Bohmer: Labor Strike at the Evergreen State College, May 28, 2013

An Open Letter to the Evergreen State College and Beyond!   By Peter Bohmer, May 28, 2013 I urge everyone to honor the Tuesday, May 28th 2013 strike of the Student Staff Support Services Union.  These Evergreen workers have bargained for more than 16 months for a just contract, where they would be treated with respect. Read more…

Gregory Alan Norton: The New Issue of Struggle Magazine is out

The Spring – Summer issue of Struggle Magazine is out. It’s filled, as usual, with working class poems, essays, short fiction, and art. Subtitled, “A Magazine of Proletarian Revolutionary Art,” struggle has been around for decades. We have all encountered print accounts of the proverbial middle-class person who likes to put their feet up and Read more…

: On the origin of maras in Central America

The standard view of the origin of Central American gangs goes as follows: "The Maras have their roots in Southern California, where young men seeking refuge from Central America's civil wars formed violent gangs on the streets of Los Angeles and its suburbs in the 1980s. Gang members later deported from the U.S. re-established their Read more…

Alice Dubi: Dirty Wars, film review from SIFF

We saw Dirty Wars last night at SIFF (Seattle international film festival) at the Harvard Exit. As a Democracy Now viewer, twitter follower of Mr. Scahill, and regular reader of his articles in The Nation, I’m somewhat familiar with where he’s been in researching this trail. I was not prepared, however, for the grace of Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Exchange with Michael Spagat re “The Iraq Sanctions Myth”

UK based economist, Michael Spagat, recently wrote an article entitled "The Iraq Sanctions Myth" in which he argued that "sanctions allegedly killed hundreds of thousands of children in Iraq and provided a rationale for invasion, a line still heard today. But those deaths almost certainly never happened." This graph illustrates the evidence Spagat relied on. Read more…

Jerry Fres: Pissarro and Angelina Jolie’s Mastectomy

There’s an old joke from grade school that I still remember. It’s rather dumb, but the punch line turns on a thought that has relevance. Maybe that’s why I remember it. Two guys on an island. One is a millionaire smoker who has a ton of cigarettes but no matches. He’s freaking out. The other Read more…

Ira Woodwa: Why I wish I was black

I started writing the following essay in February, but never finished it as life got in the way. I have changed in the last few months, and there are some changes I would make to the essay. I think I'd be less caustic and angry in tone, and make my points less forcefully. Also, I Read more…

Lawrence Wittner: At Universities, Too, the Rich Grow Richer”

Although many Americans believe their universities are places where administrators and faculty members coexist on a fairly equal basis, the reality is that this is far from the case. According to recent surveys by the Chronicle of Higher Education, 35 private university presidents and 4 public university presidents topped $1 million in total earnings during Read more…

: Enriquecimiento, exterminio y resistencia indígena: La nueva acumulación capitalista extractiva en Guatemala

Enriquecimiento, exterminio y resistencia indígena: La nueva acumulación capitalista extractiva en Guatemala   Marco Fonseca   Después de los Acuerdos de Paz la demanda indígena por tierra fue interpretada e implementada por FONTIERRA, siguiendo al BM, como demanda por títulos individuales. Esto es parte de un proyecto mucho mas profundo de individualizar a comunidades indígenas Read more…

: How North Sea oil workers organised

The explosion on the Piper Alpha oil rig on 6 July 1988, in which 167 oil workers died, became the catalyst for a surge of rank-and-file workers’ organisation in the British sector of the North Sea oil field.   With the 25th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster approaching, People & Nature today publishes an Read more…

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