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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Vincent Emanuele: A Tragic Anniversary: Reflections on Iraq, Activism and Commitment

I’m not prescribing martyrdom for the movement. I’m simply wondering what sort of sacrifices, discipline and commitment it will take to stop the most powerful military machine in the world?

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Paul Street: Look Home, Obama

People who live in glass, dollar-drenched houses of fake democracy should not throw stones

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Joe Emersberger: When Our Monsters Speak, TV Journalists Go Deaf

A morally bankrupt alliance – one that also places westerners at risk – is passed over in silence. For lavishly paid TV journalists, the price is well worth it

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Yesenia Barragan: The Dangers of Vintage Racism

The SAE anthem is the ugly veneer of the kind of institutional racism that led to the fact that over the past two years, the black residents of Ferguson accounted for 85% of all traffic stops

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David Swanson: The Washington Post Will Kill Us All

When you’re starting wars on the grounds that if you don’t start a war now someone else could theoretically start one later, you have set up a logic of Armageddon

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Paul Street: The IS Shock, the ‘New Cold War,’ and the Unmentionable History of US Empire

The United States’ complicity, along with its satellites and allies, in the rise of ISIS, goes back at least to the late Cold War era

Pete Dolack: The Art of Becoming Human

That 22 veterans commit suicide per day is a grim reminder not only of the harsh demands of military life but that the Pentagon effectively throws away its veterans after using them

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Kathy Kelly: Possibility of Escape

During my four stints in U.S. federal prisons, I’ve witnessed long-term inmates’ unconquerably humane response when a newcomer arrives

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Kim Scipes: Homan Square Police Site and the Mainstream Media’s Lack of Concern

Chicago Media Exposed for its Deceitfulness

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Paul Street: Barack Obama, Monty Python, and the U.S. Threat to Venezuela

The United States President recently told his fellow US-of-Americans that Venezuela – yes, Venezuela – is an “unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States”

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Paul Street: The Ruling Class Never Lost Its Way – or Its Power

US capital never lost its way or its dominant role in American society

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Jérôme Roos: In Amsterdam, Rebellion Against the Neoliberal University

All these years, the neoliberal university quietly bred its own nemesis — now let’s rejoice as we join in the rebellion

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Jeremy Brecher: Building people power before the Paris climate summit

The global climate protection movement does not need either to support or to block the Paris climate summit. It needs to raise the pressure on the governments and institutions of the world

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Linda Gordon: Anti-Woman Terrorism

We need more public discussion of the woman-hating and of how—short of censorship—to combat it

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Bill Fletcher: Chapel Hill and the Racialization of Murder

It is througha struggle around the racialization of murder that we have the opportunity to change not only the manner in which crimes are addressed and tolerated by the larger society

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Marjorie Cohn: Netanyahu, ‘Censored Voices,’ and the False Narrative of Self-Defense

Referring to “the remarkable alliance between Israel and the United States” which includes “generous military assistance and missile defense,” Netanyahu failed to mention that Israel has an arsenal of 100 or 200 nuclear weapons

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Patrick Bond: South Africa’s Austerity Meets Opposition

Around 3000 protesters from the new United Front party recently marched to parliament against new economic plans

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Marina Sitrin: “If We Can Stop Monsanto, We Can Change The World”

A conversation with Vanessa Satoris from The Malvinas Assembly in Argentina

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Paul Street: Capitalist Cotton Slavery and a Case (One Would Think) for Reparations

Review of The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Rise of American Capitalism, by Edward E. Baptist

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David Swanson: Skipping The Speech for All the Wrong Reasons

Imagine if we had one Congress member who would say, “I’m skipping the speech because I’m opposed to killing Iranians”

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Jérôme Roos: Greece: Time for Plan B?

The uncompromising stance of European creditors is rapidly shattering Greek trust in the Eurozone. Is it time to start preparing for Grexit?

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William Blum: The Greek Tragedy

I believe Syriza is sincere, and I’m rooting for them, but they may have overestimated their own strength, while forgetting how the Mafia came to occupy its position

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Jonathan Cook: Peter Oborne opens a media can of worms

Dependency on advertising is inherent in the very model of a so-called “free press” owned by profit-hungry media conglomerates

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Vincent Emanuele: Amusing the World: Media Consumption and Culture

The rest of the world is now consuming media at the same pace, and in the same forms, as those living in the United States

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Jack Rasmus: Greek Debt as Labor Contract Negotiations

Negotiations over the Greek debt in Europe in recent weeks reveal noteworthy parallels with labor-management contract negotiations

Pete Dolack: Federal Reserve Says Your Wages Are Too High

Our need to sell our labor, the resulting reduction of human beings’ labor power to a commodity, and the endless competitive pressures on capitalists to boost profits underlie the present economic difficulties

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Marina Sitrin: Education as Commons: Bachilleratos Populares in Argentina

Participants reflect that the self organized nature of the schools is directly connected to the horizontal and assembly based movements that came out of the popular rebellion of December 2001

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Patrick Bond: Keep South Africa’s Lights on with Renewable Energy – or Irradiate a Darkened Nation?

After an explosive start to his State of the Nation Address last week, South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma turned to nuclear, coal, fracking and offshore drilling projects – but what about the country’s free sunshine, wind and tides?

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Michael Albert: Whispering Venezuela?

Venezuela has sought a libertarian, non violent, and even participatory path more so then any other large scale project in the world

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Vincent Emanuele: Antiwar Reflections & Suggestions

I think the more people write about what needs to be done, and how to do it, the more we can get people involved with movements seeking to end U.S. Empire.

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Michael Albert: Organize for Venezuela

Will the elephant that is U.S. authoritarian power win the day, week, month, year? Or will a fledgling path to better outcomes persist, grow still more, and spread still farther?

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Jérôme Roos: HSBC and the Upside-Down World of Austerity Politics

In the UK, while the rich escaped to Switzerland and the Caymens, the benefits of the poor were cut “to balance the budget”

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Vincent Emanuele: Life, War, and Organizing

I’m encountering less and less people who wish to defend the status-quo, but few who are willing or ready to organize

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David Swanson: Cuba Is Good for Your Health

The students do not then have to practice medicine in Cuba or do anything for Cuba, but rather are expected to return to their own countries and practice medicine where it is most needed

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Michael Albert: Do Not Drone Me

Will anyone stop 1984 on steroids before it becomes 2015 commonplace?

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Marina Sitrin: Solidarity and Accompaniment

From recuperated workplaces to defense of the land

Pete Dolack: We have no money so central banks give more money to banks

Trillions of dollars has been poured into programs that do little more than produce stock-market bubbles; more trillions have been poured directly into banks and other financial institutions for bailouts

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Vincent Emanuele: Technology, Weapons and the Future

Until students control the universities, workers control corporations and the state is managed by working-class and poor citizens, regular folks will have little to say about why, how in what ways these technologies are implemented

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Steve Early: Spirit of Tony Mazzocchi Haunts Oil Industry Again

What better place to make blue-green alliance building more real than rhetorical, among labor and community partners long pitted against each other by companies like Chevron and Shell?

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Paul Street: Where “American Sniper” Fails

Imperial America has been calling those who dare to resist its murderous expansions “savages” since the colonial and early revolutionary eras

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Nikos Raptis: Did the US Win the Greek Elections?

Here is, a possible estimate of what the Empire could do to protect its “property”

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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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