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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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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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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