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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Joe Emersberger: HRW Claims US ‘Most Powerful Proponent of Human Rights’?

Honest criticism of these countries is obviously required as well, but people should be aware that HRW is not the organization to provide it

Sam Mitrani: The Origins of Modern Policing

Before the 19th century, there were no police forces that we would recognize as such anywhere in the world

Bernardo Gutiérrez: From #Takethesquare to São Paulo’s #FreeYourPark

After the square occupations of the past years, the Augusta Park actions in São Paulo, Brazil, open a new phase based on a vision of the commons

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Jack Rasmus: Eurozone QE Re-ignites Global Currency Wars

What QE has done is stimulate financial asset inflation and bubbles, accelerate capital income growth, and worsen global income inequality

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Marina Sitrin: Argentina: Societies in Movement or Politics as Usual?

Another reality of Argentina is one of social movements that are creating alternatives from below with a horizontalist model of organizing

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Danny Schechter: Reflections of a Media Critic

Four decades after a newspaper brought down an American president, political journalism is joined at the hip with an administration that doesn’t just secretly brief journalists but sucks up their ideas for how to sell a war to the public

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Paul Street: An Absence of Outrage

Why this unsettling contrast, reflecting remarkable public indifference of most of the US white populace to the regular heinous police murder of Black Americans?

Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer: What the AFL-CIO Did Not Say About Raising Wages

Were the AFL-CIO to join the fight for $15, the movement could experience an explosion in growth

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David Swanson: Distrust But Verify

What the U.S. government does openly is many times worse than anything it can be doing secretly, and yet the secrets fascinate us

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Paul Street: A Narrow Historical Row Over “Selma”

In the wake of the recent release of the powerful movie “Selma,” an intra-Democratic debate of sorts has emerged

Kathy Kelly & Medea Benjamin: Federal Prison Sentence Begins for Anti-Drone Activist

I feel like shouting from the rooftops, “Do you see what’s going on inside these gates?”

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Nikos Raptis: ‘Creation’ and ‘Use’ of the Nazis

The ancient Greeks with the expression “ee pollee” referred to the ordinary people in contrast to those that were considered as the intellectual elites

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Norman Solomon: Why the CIA Is So Eager to Demolish Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling

The CIA is on a quest for more respect — from news media, from lawmakers, from potential recruits — from anyone willing to defer to its authority

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Jack Rasmus: Republicans Change Rules; Democrats Change Stripes

As Republicans in Congress successfully change the rules, Obama and Democrats will try to change their stripes

Deirdre Fulton: ‘Free Trade’ Fallacies

In their speeches and commentary, the administration, corporate interests and GOP leadership disregard the real, detrimental impacts that previous fast tracked trade deals…have had on America’s middle class

Jon Queally: Global Cyberwar

Surveillance Is Just First Phase

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Immanuel Wallerstein: Our Multipolar World: It is Painful to Live Amidst Chaos

The world-system is in serious trouble and it is causing pain to the vast majority of the world’s population

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Auset Marian Lewis: Je Suis Hungry

What are you going to do?

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Norman Solomon: Sterling Trial Opens in Security-State Matrix

In an area where vast partnerships between intelligence agencies and private contractors saturate everyday life, the jury pool was bound to please the prosecution

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Paul Street: Charlie I am Not

This massive Western moral indifference regarding the deaths of others is no small part of why terrible events like the Charlie Hebdo killings come to seem inevitable

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Justin Podur: #IStandWithPanzi

The hospital, which serves an area of 400,000 people, is in danger of closing, and cannot pay its 500 employees

Samantha Winslow: Virtual Teaching, Real Organizing

Turning the usual rivalries upside down, “virtual teachers” in an online charter school system in California are pushing to unionize

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Paul Street: Climate Change and “Everything Else,” Including Capitalism

It’s not about more versus less; it’s about better versus worse

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Jack Rasmus: Shadow Bankers now run Ukraine

The IMF, the European Commission, and the USA have been intensifying their demands that Ukraine’s Poroshenko government expand and accelerate the IMF’s April 2014 plan to ‘restructure’ the Ukrainian economy

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Vincent Emanuele: U.S. Policy and Practice

Activists must develop alternatives to society’s dominant ideologies, institutions and cultural practices

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David Swanson: Presidents Are Gods

Should it not disturb us that we’ve given single individuals for 4- or 8-year runs more power than King George III ever dreamed of?

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Norman Solomon: Why Jeffrey Sterling Deserves Support as a CIA Whistleblower

The trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, set to begin in mid-January, is shaping up as a major battle in the U.S. government’s siege against whistleblowing

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Jérôme Roos: Decade of the protester? Why the uprisings are far from over

Around the globe, grassroots movements appear to be re-finding their footing. What if 2011 was really only just the beginning?

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Medea Benjamin: 10 Good Things About the Year 2014

The highlights of 2014 reveal that progressives are poised to make important gains in 2015

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Jenny Brown: Review of 2014: Deep Trouble But Stirring Troublemaking

The year had a spirited and determined feel. Every time we turned around there was another sit-in or strike, ingenious job action or raucous flash mob

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Eva Golinger: Desperate to Save His Legacy, Obama Chooses Cuba

Cuba may be Obama’s life jacket, but the ship has sailed

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Paul Street: Worthy and Unworthy Victims From Vietnam and Iraq to Ferguson and New York

From Vietnam and Iraq to Ferguson and New York

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Walden Bello: How the US-China Deal Subverted the Lima Climate Talks

Before the UN Climate Change Conference even began in Peru, the US and China had already made a climate deal

Danielle Adams: Bayou Rising draws attention to climate change

Hundreds of climate activists gathered in southern Louisiana for an event dubbed Bayou Rising with the theme “The seas are rising, and so are we”

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Cynthia Peters: Power Anywhere Where There’s People

An Interview with Ayana Aubourg, a member of Youth Against Mass Incarceration

Pete Dolack: Goodbye Privacy

Hello censorship if secret TISA pact is approved

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Paul Street: The Narrow Media Spectrum on US-Cuban Relations

There are three false and doctrinally embedded assumptions, each mandating deletion of basic realities that don’t fit the reigning narrative of Uncle Sam as a great democratic, benevolent, and humanitarian force

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Sue Sturgis: America’s Widening Racial Wealth Gap

While the wealth gap between black and white U.S. households shrank from 2007 to 2010, it grew over the next three years to the widest it’s been in 30 years

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Joe Emersberger: Who is Isolated?

Media Fantasies about Obama’s Gesture Towards Cuba

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Noam Chomsky: Obama’s Historic Move

Washington and its acolytes like to pretend that they have been “isolating” Cuba, as Obama intoned, but the record shows clearly that it is the US that is being isolated

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Danny Schechter: Will The Greediest Support The Neediest?

Nowhere in any of this is a sense of what has happened to the economy with its great gaps and disparities, or the findings that New York is the most divided city in the world

Romi Mahajan: Debt and Death in the Indian Hinterland

These are two suffering families out of millions of farmers whose lives are getting increasingly desperate by the day

Pete Dolack: Civil Rights Marches Versus the Right to Puke

Racism began to be developed as an ideology to counter solidarity between Blacks and Whites and to counter poor White settlers who left the colonies to live among Indigenous peoples

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Zoltan Grossman: The War at Home Meets the Wars Abroad

Things will not always stay the same, and old patterns do not have to be repeated. If social movements remain brave and unpredictable, they can move mountains

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David Swanson: Intersection of Mistakes With Misdeeds

The problem is not just that we’re paving the planet rather than saving lives. And it’s not just that paving one’s way out of traffic predictably generates more traffic. It’s also that we’re destroying the planet’s climate in the process

Ted Snider: America’s Ironic Sanctioning of Venezuela

America has made such a banality out of hypocrisy that there is no longer any irony: only naïveté for having expected something different

Chris Herring: Fallacies of the Jungle Eviction

Expelled from all other public spaces by the region’s criminalization of the poor, they have now been pushed into more remote, dangerous, and unsanitary jungles

Felimon Pineda: Direct Action in the Berry Fields

They steal our wages—and then turn around and donate money to the churches, the hospitals, the school district. They are donating money so that the community has their back, but it’s money they have stolen from us

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Ezequiel Adamovsky: Mining Corporations vs. Democracy

Anti-mining movements in the province are strong and determined

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Ramzy Baroud: Racism and War

America’s ruling elites are blatant in their intentions of maintaining “white privilege” at home and economic dominance by military means abroad

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