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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Jérôme Roos: Could Greece be on the verge of another social explosion?

For the moment, all we know is that the month of December has long brought out the best in the Greek resistance; and the worst in the state’s reaction

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Paul Street: Campus Town Amnesia

John Deng Down the Memory Hole

Gregg Shotwell: A Fighter All My Life

A Fighter All My Life is the memoir of Sam Johnson, a black man from the South who became a Detroit auto worker and dissident union activist

Kate Aronoff: Ferguson protests escalate despite holiday weekend

Contrary to some major news coverage, protesters around Ferguson, Mo., were far from quiet this past holiday weekend

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Kathy Kelly: Climate Change Challenges: Support the Environment or the U.S. Military?

Ironically, one of the institutions in U.S. society which comprehends the disasters that loom is the U.S. military

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Laura Carlsen: Students March for Ayotzinapa

Thousands of students marched from Tlatelolco Square, site of the notorious student massacre of 1968, to the Zocalo in Mexico City Thursday night in solidarity with the 43 disappeared students

Jon Queally: US Record of Abuse

Torture, indefinite detention, excessive force, and systematic discrimination and mistreatment have become part of the nation’s modern legacy

Alfredo Mazzamauro: “An Injury to All”

Class struggle is back in Italy

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Jack Rasmus: The Republican Congress’s New Agenda

A shift even more to the right in the United States senate means more for the corporate sector

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Paul Street: How They Police vs. What They Police: Reflections on Ferguson, Race, and “the Rule of Law”

Contemporary US policing is about keeping Blacks in their place in more ways than one

Nadia Prupis: ‘Bonded With a Common Goal’

As Ferguson Recovers, Activists Look Forward

Pete Dolack: Do Rents Really Rise Without Human Intervention?

The magic of the market at work again

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Vincent Emanuele: Small Town America: Racial Apartheid, Cultural Decay and Neoliberalism

There’s a political vacuum in the American Rust Belt. If the Left fails to fill this void, the Right surely will

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Kathy Kelly: Obama Extends War in Afghanistan

President Obama signed an order, kept secret until now, to authorize continuation of the Afghan war for at least another year

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Paul Street: Obedience is the True Character Flaw

Large numbers of Americans do still recurrently form and join great demonstrations and movements of popular protest and resistance

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David Swanson: Torturer on the Ballot

The mystery of where torture came from turns out to be no mystery at all. It came from the prison industrial complex

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Patrick Bond: The World Bank blinks at South African inequality and corporate subsidies

The Bank’s optimism about redistributiom is not unusual, for it suffers a seriously bad statistical habit: poverty denialism.

Patrick Naagbanton: The spirit of Saro-Wiwa rises

In one of the most polluted places on earth there’s a resurgence of resistance

Bill Bigelow: The Koch Brothers Sneak into School

Teachers and parents need to ensure that the public school curriculum is animated by a concern for the public

Pete Dolack: Forward to the Past

Next stop, the 19th Century

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Nikos Raptis: The Arrogance of the “Great”

It is pathetic to observe the arrogance of the people, also known as the world elites, who think that they own the planet and do whatever they wish because they own the gun

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Jack Rasmus: Why Austerity?—When It Clearly Doesn’t Work

Austerity is about making the general populace and the working classes pay

Charlotte Maria Saenz: Ayotzinapa’s Uncomfortable Dead

It’s not only the dead who are now uncomfortable, but also those who deny the living

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Bruno Jäntti: No Apologies: U.S. Aggression Against Vietnam

What does the general picture on U.S. aggression look like?

Christopher Patz: Parasite Europe creates its own “illegal” migrants

Germany and Europe’s new borders are fast becoming more heavily militarized than ever

Armando Carmona: A Silence that Speaks

Ayotzinapa and the politics of listening

Pete Dolack: New Development Banks Unlikely to Threaten World Bank

A change in the global hegemon from the U.S. to another country or bloc, leaving the capitalist system intact, provides no salvation

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Linda Gordon: Abortion as a Moral Choice

We shouldn’t need these pro-child arguments to justify abortion, because choice in reproduction should be a woman’s right

Diane Stokes & Fran Tobin: Caseworkers Ally with Clients to Restore Human Services

The unity means we can have a broader impact and can strategize about longer-range battles

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Esther Vivas: Of the class struggle and the things we eat

Questioning the dominant agricultural model and fighting for an alternative that places at its core people’s needs and respect for the land, is to get to the heart of the class struggle

Thomas Gaist: Report to UN condemns US government’s “international criminal program of torture”

A recent report to the UN concludes that the administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama are responsible for far-reaching violations of international law

Laura Beratti: National Women’s Meeting in Argentina

Thousands marching for their rights

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Sarah Lazare: State-Level Attacks on Reproductive Rights

Lawmakers over the past three years have dramatically cut access to reproductive health care, state by state

Alex Doherty: Climate Change and the Pentagon

The US military is already having to devote significant resources to coping with the effects of major weather events

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Carl Finamore: Rosie the Riveter Doesn’t Do Red Carpets

She Pickets SF Luxury Hotel

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David Swanson: U.S. and Depleted Uranium in Middle East

The U.S. Air Force says it is not halting its use of Depleted Uranium weapons, has sent them to the Middle East, and is prepared to use them

Kate Aronoff: Ferguson Organizers Carry Momentum into the Fall

The last few months’ mobilizations around racial justice have brought together a wider array of organizations around a cause than has been seen in recent years

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Cynthia Peters: Research This!

Housing justice work doesn’t only provide a solidarity model for keeping people in their homes. It also helps people heal from the trauma of facing the unjust eviction.

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Nikos Raptis: Societies: Synodic or Monodic?

Society based on meetings versus society based on domination by a powerful individual

Pete Dolack: The Medicine of the Trans-Pacific Partnership as Bitter as Ever

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is as dangerous as ever

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Preeti Kaur: From the Loneliness of Neo-Liberalism to Community Power and Coming Alive

Community revolutions taking place in Venezuela, Greece, Turkey, India, Mexico and beyond are powerful antidotes to the idea that there is no society

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Vincent Emanuele: Heroin, Serial Killers and Violence: Dispatches from Northwest Indiana

Capitalism destroys even when it builds

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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