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

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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Walden Bello: The Corporate Free Trade Project Reloaded

Compared to 1994, the capacity of the South to resist the free trade project and come up with a trade paradigm with a different vision and based on different principles is greater today

Pete Dolack: Freedom for Capital, Not People

A form of conquest and domination for the age of financialization

Jon Queally: The Invincibility of Wall Street

Critics say even the largest settlement to date shows that the big banks never really pay for their financial crimes

Jeff Abbott: Voices From the Field: Puebla’s Campesinos Resisting the Theft of Their Land

The campesinos of Texmeulucan valley have organized to challenge the construction of the Western Arch highway

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Medea Benjamin: Beware of Exploding Gifts from Uncle Sam

There is simply no reason for police to be armed like the military

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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

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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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