About Z Commentaries

Z Commentaries are sent every night to all Z Sustainers, and have been for many years. They are a kind of thank you mailing, you might say, for those who are supporting our overall operations. 

Commentators are diverse and many. A few of the more prominent ones are listed in the top menu, to show just their work. In time we will add a left menu, up above this text area, and below the generic menu that now appears, with the same purpose, but for more people. 

Recent Z Commentaries

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Paul Street: Ferguson Reflections: Race, Class, and the Crisis of Democracy

The real Looters of America are in the suites, not the streets

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Boris Kagarlitsky: Eastern Ukraine People’s Republics Between Militias and Oligarchs

The war between the Ukraine government and the republics of Novorossiya [New Russia] is gradually taking on the character of a positional stand-off

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Ben Dangl: Overkill: How the Pentagon Militarized the US Police Force

Much of the equipment used by police forces on the streets of America today is in fact directly from the US military

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Sue Sturgis: The Government Program That’s Equipping Police Like An Occupying Military Force

Year in which Congress initially authorized the Defense Department to give excess arms and ammunition to law enforcement agencies for counter-drug activities, leading to the creation of what’s come to be known as the 1033 program:1990

Yesenia Barragan: Dreaming and Organizing After the World Cup

A Pleasure That Hurts

Pete Dolack: When Water is a Commodity Instead of a Human Right

The agony of Detroit is the logical conclusion of reducing social and economic decisions to market forces

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Bill Fletcher: Suspected for Being Black

What white America largely misses is that there is a system of terror under which African Americans constantly live

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Danny Schechter: Back In Iraq

We Only Want To Save You

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Jack Rasmus: The New Global Finance Capital Elite

Global capitalism is growing progressively less interested in making things for profit than it is in generating forms of money capital as profit

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Kathy Kelly: In Emergency

A hospital known as “Emergency” provides free medical treatment in the war-torn country of Afghanistan

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William Blum: Cold War Two

I’m waiting for a UN resolution affirming the right to oxygen

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Dahr Jamail: Open Source Farming

A cutting-edge farming technique that dramatically increases produce yields from a design engineer in Port Townsend, Washington, may well already be filling a critical void

Alejandro Camargo: The Crisis of Small-Scale Fishing in Latin America

The conflict between artisanal fishers and large-scale fishing companies has provoked multiple protests

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Sue Sturgis: Debunking the Wild Claims Used to Justify Voter ID Laws

Number of states that have passed laws requiring voters to show some form of identification at the polls: 34

Lauren McCauley: Uprising Against Corporate Greed

As strikes enter third week, workers and customers of Market Basket demand reinstatement of beloved CEO “Artie T.

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David Swanson: We Won’t Forget Wisconsin

The joy and inspiration created by the public resistance to that threat were intense

Ian Sinclair: Ann Oakley and Housework

Interview with Ann Oakley on housework and feminism

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Seth Sandronsky: Public Schools Under Attack

Want names of and motives for public school reformers?

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Paul Buchheit: Some Facts that Poverty-Deniers Don’t Want to Hear

Too many rich people have removed themselves from a society that they no longer care to understand

Pete Dolack: “Justice” for a Billionaire, None for the State he Ripped Off

This is a story that cannot be separated from the fall of the Soviet Union and the looting of its assets, with a handful of newly minted oligarchs

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Jérôme Roos: Why Argentina is Right to Defy The Taliban of Global Finance

Financial fundamentalism of vulture funds and US Judge Griesa — not Argentine contempt — are to blame for the country’s second default in 13 years

Jon Queally: Yes, Admits CIA Chief, We Spied on Senate Panel Investigating Torture

The findings of an internal investigation at the Central Intelligence Agency made available to the public on Thursday show that CIA agents did, in fact, spy on the Senate Intelligence Committee panel set up to investigate post-9/11 government torture under the Bush administration

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Paul Street: Single Standard Media Doublethink

How, I wondered, do they handle the Orwellian absurdity of the news they report?

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Jenny Brown: Taking a Bite Out Of Overtime Abuse

Contract provisions and laws can help. But those only get enforced if workers get organized and do it themselves

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Paul Buchheit: How Capitalism Is Cheating Young Americans

To the out-of-touch super-rich capitalists, those of you in the newest working generation thrive on social networking, good reputations, and picture-taking

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Paul Street: Gross Inequality All Too “Normal” Under Capitalism

You don’t have to be a Marxist or other kind of anti-capitalist to understand that capitalism is all about socioeconomic disparity

Hannah Gold: How Grassroots Power Is Shaping New York’s Marijuana Decriminalization Debate

Earlier this month, Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson announced that his office would no longer, in many cases, prosecute low-level marijuana possession. Despite being limited to Brooklyn and allowing exceptions for people smoking in public areas or in front of children, the policy represents a historic break in the city’s marijuana decriminalization debate. “That does Read more…

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Sue Sturgis: The Money Behind Big Oil’s Win On Atlantic Drilling

In a controversial move, the Obama administration last week gave final approval for the oil and gas industry to begin conducting seismic testing to map potential offshore reserves along the Atlantic Coast

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Leonidas Oikonomakis: In Crete, A Naval Protest To Stop The Chemicals Of War

As NATO prepares to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons on board a warship in the Mediterranean Sea, a local movement in Crete stages a big naval protest

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David Swanson: Truman Lied, Hundreds of Thousands Died

When Truman lied to America that Hiroshima was a military base rather than a city full of civilians, people no doubt wanted to believe him

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Noam Chomsky: BDS and Beyond

Michael Albert interviews Noam Chomsky for teleSUR English, which will launch on July 24 1. Broadly, what is BDS – its aims, its means? As far as I can reconstruct the history, the first organized call for boycott of products of Israeli settlements in the occupied territories was in 1997 by the Israeli peace organization Gush Shalom, whose Read more…

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Jack Rasmus: The U.S. Federal Reserve vs. Emerging Market Economies

The imminent end of QE, and the approaching rise in rates, will have a particularly severe impact on emerging market economies

Bill Roberts: A Different Cancer Story

Mike Marqusee shows us in The Price of Experience: Writings on Living with Cancer, it is not necessary, or even healthy, to accept the enforced isolation of most treatment regimens

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Marina Sitrin: Direct Action to Survive in Detroit

So, while the government of the US goes along with policies that mirror Israel at war with an entire people, We, the people of the United States, led by Detroit, are joining our sisters and brothers from Greece and Spain, creating real democracy and showing that real power is from below

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Paul Street: Deleting the Imperial Perpetrator

The message is clear: the US has no obligation to take in or otherwise care for the massive influx of child migrants from Central America

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Kathy Kelly: Harassing the Drones

The problem is not that Mary Anne lacks appreciation for the law of the land. She’s exercising her First Amendment right to assemble peaceably for redress of grievance. The problem is that Judge Gideon refuses to challenge military elites

Decca Muldowney: Low-Wage Struggles in UK

The sentiment that labor struggles should shift away from top-down organizing methods like massive, symbolic one-day strikes, has been growing in the United Kingdom

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David Swanson: If Iraq Were in Central America

If Gaza were in Maryland, would the United States still provide the weapons for bombing the homes there?

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Suren Moodliar: Can the US Keep the Water Flowing?

Looking more closely at the problem and relating Detroit’s experience to an altogether “successful” American city—Boston—suggests that the world has cause for concern about water in the United States

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Jack Rasmus: Putin, Ukraine and the Future of Europe

Will Europe become even more economically dependent upon the USA, more integrated with the USA economically, and politically and diplomatically even more an appendage of the USA?

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Sarah Lazare: ‘Escalating Resistance’ in Detroit

‘The issue of whether water should be a commodity or part of the commons raises the question of what kind of future we want.’

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Noam Chomsky: Gaza’s Torment, Israel’s Crimes, Our Responsibilities

It is important to understand what life is like in Gaza when Israel’s behavior is “restrained,” in between the regular manufactured crises like this one

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Shamus Cooke: The Union vs. Corporate Showdown Has Officially Begun

The attack on the U.S. labor movement just sharpened with the Harris vs. Quinn Supreme Court decision, aimed at the heart of concentrated union power — public sector unions

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Justin Podur: The Reordering of Iraq and Syria

How far back do we look to understand the breakup of Iraq and the declaration by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria in June 29, 2014 of a caliphate?

Nadia Prupis: UK Moves to Legalize Mass Surveillance

New bill would reinstate controversial law struck down for invading privacy of citizens

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Noam Chomsky: Iraq

Albert interviews Chomsky: Virtually without exception, the US sledgehammer has severely harmed Iraqi society, going back 50 years to when direct US intervention began with support for a military coup

Jessica Davies: Women Lead Struggles to Transform the World

The women of El Barrio and the Zapatista women of La Realidad are two examples of how women in struggle all over the world are coming together to inspire and learn from each other

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Marina Sitrin: Today’s ‘Righteous’ Defenders of Refugees in Germany

What prompted me to write this however, was not the fear and anger I have been feeling, but the bravery shown in the face of such fear

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Paul Street: The White United States’ Real Founding Father: Lord Dunmore

Sadly, the fate and struggle of the early republic’s black and red victims foretold the future struggles of Asians, Latin Americans, and Middle Easterners caught on the wrong side of the United States

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Alfredo Lopez: FaceBook Experiments with Manipulating Your Mind

If the Internet’s content can affect your feelings, the manipulation of that content can exert powerful social control

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