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

Lauren McCauley: Dark Money Spending in Key Senate Races ‘Shattering’ Records

Unknown donors and big-monied, outside groups are pouring record amounts of cash into key Senate races

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Jeremy Brecher: Our Climate is a Public Trust

Can an ancient legal principle with roots in Roman law serve as a tool for the climate protection movement?

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Jane Slaughter: Behind China’s Wildcat Strike Wave

China is the world center of wildcat strikes—given that no strike in China is officially allowed under the law

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Yesenia Barragan: Even Your Silence Won’t Protect You

Only organizing can end the patriarchal rule of sexual harassment on our streets and in our communities

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Marjorie Cohn: US Government Sanitizes Vietnam War History

Unless we are provided an honest accounting of the disgraceful history of the US war on Vietnam, we will be ill equipped to protest the current and future wars conducted in our name

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Paul Street: Civil Unrest?

We all need some civil unrest – a lot actually, on a mass scale, each and every day

Yi Xi: Women Lead Sanitation Strike at Massive Education Complex in China

While it is common to see women on strike in China, it is rare to see such strong and visible female leadership – See more at: http://www.labornotes.org/2014/10/women-lead-sanitation-strike-massive-education-complex-china#sthash.Lds1UogI.dpuf

Pete Dolack: A Bigger Pie Doesn’t Mean You Are Getting A Slice

Industrialists and financiers fight over which gets the bigger piece of the pie, but they agree they deserve the whole pie

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Marina Sitrin: Societies in Movement – Preventing Evictions

Movements around the world are fighting for the right to housing, and challenging private property and banks

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Paul Buchheit: Why We Should Be Seething with Anger over Inequality

On Average, Most of Us Got ONE DOLLAR for Every BILLION DOLLARS of New Wealth

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Danny Schechter: A Lawsuit that Challenges the Unfairness of Bailouts

Sometimes the dirtiest of details only come out when one gang of banksters sues another

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Medea Benjamin: The Fourth Estate in Flames

Smoldering in the detritus of war is also the fourth estate

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Justin Podur: A Massacre in the NAFTA Zone

Students in Mexico victims of brutal violence linked to state and paramilitaries

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Jeremy Brecher: Climate Destruction in the Court of Public Opinion

The tribunal presented a panorama of oppression, but also a panorama of resistance

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Bill Fletcher: Terror…and Racial Terror

It is difficult for most white people to appreciate the racial terror with which people of color live

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Paul Street: Age of Liberty, Age of Slavery

Black resistance and British policy left the colonists no choice but to secede from the British Empire if they wanted to preserve and expand their profitable slave system

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Carl Finamore: Living & Leaving San Francisco

Boom & Bust in the City of Gold

Vincent Emanuele: The NFL and VA: Violence, Corruption and Institutions

Powerful institutions routinely deflect criticism by blaming the middle man, or, even more commonly, the occasional bad apple

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Linda Gordon: Immigrant Women and Violence

US policy toward undocumented immigrants damages women in many ways

Kate Aronoff: Mobilizing for Racial Justice in the Face of Tragedy

In setting achievable goals, OSA has set itself up to continue building momentum in their longer fight for racial justice

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Sarah Lazare: As US Bombs Iraq and Syria, Who Exactly Is Being Killed?

Pentagon provides scant information about people dying at its hands, while reports of civilian casualties emerge from the ground

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Jack Rasmus: Barack Obama as ‘Jimmy Clinton’

Capitulation to corporate interests by Democratic presidents in their final two years in office has become a pattern in recent decades

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Alexandra Bradbury: Alarming Trends in Package Delivery

High-Flying Drones and Basement Wages

Alex Doherty: The Good War

Nearly seventy years since the defeat of Nazi Germany there is still plenty of political mileage in assuming the mantle of the allied victors of 1945

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Paul Street: “Heart of Darkness”: Obama’s Orwellian Chutzpah at the United Nations

U.S. claims to advance democracy, freedom, and humanitarian development have always been and remain little more than deceptive cover

Charles E. Cobb Jr.: Guns and the Southern Freedom Struggle: What’s Missing When We Teach About Nonviolence

Pieces of history that could help us think more clearly about today’s movements for social change are often ignored or distorted in popular media or commercial textbooks

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Danny Schechter: The Quick Slide From Hope to Despair As War Returns–If It Ever Went Away

They may be talking climate change at the UN, but the media world is showing pictures of bombs bursting in air

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Jack Rasmus: The Global Jobs Crisis, Inequality, & the ‘Ghost’ of Keynes

Three global capitalist research institutes recently released reports documenting a growing ‘global jobs crisis’

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Barbara Garson: Fifty Years Later Who Really Won the Battle of Berkeley?

Free Speech Movement Reunion

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Paul Street: “We Own the World”

“What we say goes” is a lethal fantasy, full of hazard for (United States-of-) Americans themselves

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Jenny Brown: Overwhelming Union Win for American Airlines Agents

After many close votes against unionization, American Airlines passenger service agents scored an overwhelming victory September 16, voting 86 percent to unionize

Pete Dolack: Clean Water as an Impediment to Corporate Profits

An Australian mining company insists its “right” to a guaranteed profit is superior to the right of El Salvador to clean drinking water

Nadia Prupis: FBI Launches Facial Recognition Program

Bureau calls system “fully operational” despite one-fifth false positive rate

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Kathy Kelly: Lessons Learned in the Bucca Camp

In January of 2004 I visited “Bucca Camp,” a U.S.-run POW camp named for a firefighter lost in the 2001 collapse of New York’s World Trade Center.  Located near the isolated port city of Umm Qasr, in southern Iraq, the network of tent prisons had been constructed by U.S. Coalition authorities. Friends of five young men thought Read more…

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Seth Sandronsky: Cities of Opportunity?

When Walmart and a Mayor Meet

Pete Dolack: The Lag In Wages Vs. Productivity Costs You Hundreds Of Dollars Per Week

We are living in very different times than the post-war years; the neoliberal offensive is the natural development of capitalism and the manic competition that mandates capitalists to grow or die

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Paul Street: Deadly Drums of War and Oil

Obama is addressing the nation tonight to make the case for the US to intensify its commitment to the third of Dr. King’s “triple evils” – militarism

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Medea Benjamin: Ukraine Conflict: Red Meat for Anemic NATO Alliance

NATO’s encroachment in Russia’s backyard and its backing of the Ukraine government’s bombardment of the eastern part of the country threatens not only a new Cold War, but an armed conflict

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Paul Street: An Idée Fixe and a Vicious Circle

Permanent war is profitable to the US Deep State military-industrial-complex

Decca Muldowney: In London, Young Mothers Declare They Will Not Be Moved

The E15 Mothers have broadened their campaign beyond their own situation, and they are now fighting for decent and fair social housing across east London

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Jérôme Roos: Self-Organization In A Time Of Monsters

‘The Days Of Innocence Are Over’

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Paul Street: Labor Day Reflections

Saying Goodbye to the Piketty Summer

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Seth Sandronsky: Empowering the Public?

Despite the lofty rhetoric redolent of benefitting the public’s interest, CCSS is not local empowerment of parents and teachers on behalf of students

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Raul Zibechi: Paraguay: The Return of Social Conflict

Two years after the fall of the Fernando Lugo government and one year after the rise of Horacio Cartes of the Colorado party, social movements show signs of rebuilding

Nadia Prupis: Louisiana Judge Partially Blocks State’s New Restrictive Abortion Law

The law could have forced abortion clinics to close throughout the state

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Victoria Law: Women were the Ambulance, the Caretakers and the Providers

Women behind bars do their damnedest to help those who need care

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Jack Rasmus: Central Bankers Deep in a Hole

This past week, central bankers of the capitalist advanced economies (AE) of the USA, Europe and Japan gathered in their annual meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Pete Dolack: Please Make Your Comment After We Make Our Decision

Taking a page from their United States counterparts, European Union trade negotiators apparently interpret the word “consultation” as a synonym for “ignore”

Alex Doherty: Elite Targeted Propaganda – The case of NSC-68

There are many cases where the target of propaganda is not the general populace, but rather the political-military elite itself

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Greg Palast: Crime Scene – New Orleans

It wasn’t an Act of God. It was an Act of Chevron. An Act of Exxon. An Act of Big Oil

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