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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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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Paul Buchheit: Some Facts that Poverty-Deniers Don’t Want to Hear

Too many rich people have removed themselves from a society that they no longer care to understand

Pete Dolack: “Justice” for a Billionaire, None for the State he Ripped Off

This is a story that cannot be separated from the fall of the Soviet Union and the looting of its assets, with a handful of newly minted oligarchs

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Jérôme Roos: Why Argentina is Right to Defy The Taliban of Global Finance

Financial fundamentalism of vulture funds and US Judge Griesa — not Argentine contempt — are to blame for the country’s second default in 13 years

Jon Queally: Yes, Admits CIA Chief, We Spied on Senate Panel Investigating Torture

The findings of an internal investigation at the Central Intelligence Agency made available to the public on Thursday show that CIA agents did, in fact, spy on the Senate Intelligence Committee panel set up to investigate post-9/11 government torture under the Bush administration

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Paul Street: Single Standard Media Doublethink

How, I wondered, do they handle the Orwellian absurdity of the news they report?

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Jenny Brown: Taking a Bite Out Of Overtime Abuse

Contract provisions and laws can help. But those only get enforced if workers get organized and do it themselves

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Paul Buchheit: How Capitalism Is Cheating Young Americans

To the out-of-touch super-rich capitalists, those of you in the newest working generation thrive on social networking, good reputations, and picture-taking

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Paul Street: Gross Inequality All Too “Normal” Under Capitalism

You don’t have to be a Marxist or other kind of anti-capitalist to understand that capitalism is all about socioeconomic disparity

Hannah Gold: How Grassroots Power Is Shaping New York’s Marijuana Decriminalization Debate

Earlier this month, Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson announced that his office would no longer, in many cases, prosecute low-level marijuana possession. Despite being limited to Brooklyn and allowing exceptions for people smoking in public areas or in front of children, the policy represents a historic break in the city’s marijuana decriminalization debate. “That does Read more…

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Sue Sturgis: The Money Behind Big Oil’s Win On Atlantic Drilling

In a controversial move, the Obama administration last week gave final approval for the oil and gas industry to begin conducting seismic testing to map potential offshore reserves along the Atlantic Coast

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Leonidas Oikonomakis: In Crete, A Naval Protest To Stop The Chemicals Of War

As NATO prepares to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons on board a warship in the Mediterranean Sea, a local movement in Crete stages a big naval protest

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David Swanson: Truman Lied, Hundreds of Thousands Died

When Truman lied to America that Hiroshima was a military base rather than a city full of civilians, people no doubt wanted to believe him

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Noam Chomsky: BDS and Beyond

Michael Albert interviews Noam Chomsky for teleSUR English, which will launch on July 24 1. Broadly, what is BDS – its aims, its means? As far as I can reconstruct the history, the first organized call for boycott of products of Israeli settlements in the occupied territories was in 1997 by the Israeli peace organization Gush Shalom, whose Read more…

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Jack Rasmus: The U.S. Federal Reserve vs. Emerging Market Economies

The imminent end of QE, and the approaching rise in rates, will have a particularly severe impact on emerging market economies

Bill Roberts: A Different Cancer Story

Mike Marqusee shows us in The Price of Experience: Writings on Living with Cancer, it is not necessary, or even healthy, to accept the enforced isolation of most treatment regimens

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Marina Sitrin: Direct Action to Survive in Detroit

So, while the government of the US goes along with policies that mirror Israel at war with an entire people, We, the people of the United States, led by Detroit, are joining our sisters and brothers from Greece and Spain, creating real democracy and showing that real power is from below

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Paul Street: Deleting the Imperial Perpetrator

The message is clear: the US has no obligation to take in or otherwise care for the massive influx of child migrants from Central America

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Kathy Kelly: Harassing the Drones

The problem is not that Mary Anne lacks appreciation for the law of the land. She’s exercising her First Amendment right to assemble peaceably for redress of grievance. The problem is that Judge Gideon refuses to challenge military elites

Decca Muldowney: Low-Wage Struggles in UK

The sentiment that labor struggles should shift away from top-down organizing methods like massive, symbolic one-day strikes, has been growing in the United Kingdom

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David Swanson: If Iraq Were in Central America

If Gaza were in Maryland, would the United States still provide the weapons for bombing the homes there?

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