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

Ben Dangl: Capitalism’s Bullets in Latin America

Invisible empires, state power and 21st century colonialism

William Loren Katz: The Forgotten Fight Against Fascism

Anyone who has gone through school in the United States knows that history textbooks devote a lot of attention to the so-called “Good War”: World War II

Paul Street: Citizen Koch and the So-Called Public Broadcasting System

It shouldn’t be “news” that “P”BS receives large-scale sponsorship from big corporate capitalists

Danny Schechter: Far Above Cayuga’s Waters

Cornell Reprises Race At The Big Reunion Weekend

Jeff Abbott: No No. 2 Pencils Required!

As the 2014 academic year nears an end, teachers from an increasing number of public schools across the United States, Canada and Mexico are resisting standardized tests

Sue Sturgis: NC Passes Fracking Law, Seeks Taxpayer Subsidies

This week North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signed into law a bill that opens up the state to fracking for natural gas

David Swanson: Mass Murderers Brazenly Hold Conference

A unique conference is planned in Charlottesville, Va., featuring the latest technologies for the practice of large-scale killing

Victoria Law: What’s Gender Got to do with Policing and Prison?

“Women are the fastest growing prison population”

Maria Hadjimichael: Reclaiming the Seashore as Commons

A grassroots campaign is taking off against the proposed privatization and commodification of one of Greece’s last-remaining utopias: its coastline

David Swanson: $5 Billion for Child Abuse

The science has long been crystal clear: juvenile prisons are worse than nothing. They increase rather than reduce crime

Jack Rasmus: The Real ‘Real’ GDP

The US economy has been rapidly replacing real jobs in goods producing industries with service jobs for decades now

Mike Marqusee: Global Sport in the Neo-liberal Age

A level playing field?

Emily Achtenberg: Fuerza Valpo! Solidarity, Resistance, and Recovery In the Wake of Valparaíso Fires

Similar to the links forged between Occupy activists and communities decimated by Hurricane Sandy, these alliances have now given rise to a nascent community-based reconstruction planning initiative

Joris Leverink: #DirenKazova: The Turkish Factory Under Workers’ Control

On the eve of the first anniversary of the Gezi uprising, a small group of textile workers explores a radical alternative: occupy, resist, produce!

Danny Schechter: Sunshine On A Cloudy Day

I am compelled to make media, compelled to do what I can, thinking modestly that perhaps somewhere, in hearts I don’t know, words or images can still stir souls to rise.

Alan Maass: What the California Wildfires should Teach Us

Interview on the class dynamics behind the different faces of disaster response

Lawrence Wittner: University Presidents Are Laughing All the Way to the Bank

But the people who work for them are on food stamps and students are being crushed by debt

Ramzy Baroud: 66 Year Nakba: I Saw Yafa, Land of Oranges

While the term Nakba might be a fitting depiction of what befell the Palestinian nation in 1947-48, it is somud – steadfastness – that keeps the millions of refugees holding on tight to their right of return

Brigitte Gynther: Autonomy and Resistance in Honduras

Autonomy and resistance in San Francisco Opalaca, Honduras

David Swanson: The Three Laws of Pentagon Robotics

This set of laws differs from Asimov’s in a number of ways. For one thing, it completely lacks morality

Pete Dolack: Labor Rights Respected Nowhere On Earth

If labor rights were a test, the entire world would flunk

Sarah Lazare: Southern States Crushing Women’s Right to Choose

As bill slashing abortion access passes Louisiana legislature, critics warn ‘women and families will pay price’

David Swanson: Why I Don’t Want to See the Drone Memo

I don’t want to see the memo that David Barron wrote “legalizing” the killing of U.S. citizens with drone strikes, after which (or is it beforehand?) I’ll decide whether he should be a federal judge

Julia Evelyn Martínez: Seeds, Power and Imperialism

One important aspect of this strategy is to eliminate the ability of local food producers to conserve, reproduce and store their own seeds

Sue Sturgis: NC Fracking Bill Orders Prison Time For Disclosing Chemicals, Ignores Health Risks

North Carolina’s legislature convened last week, and lawmakers introduced a bill that brings the state one step closer to allowing oil and gas drilling

Grace Davie: A Radical Seed Grows in Jackson, Miss.

“This is a place that was very powerful. It went to sleep for a while”

Danny Schechter: Can We Stop America’s Surveillance State?

It looks very much like the classic definition that Mussolini gave to Fascism

David Swanson: One Day We Will All Strike for More Than One Day

An international one-day strike by fast-food workers is something new, and also something old

Samantha Winslow: Teachers Elect Foes of Corporate Reform in Massachusetts and L.A.

The new statewide president of the 110,000-member Massachusetts teachers’ union made her name leading a boycott of standardized tests

John Pilger: Break The Silence: A World War Is Beckoning

Why do we ¬tolerate the threat of ¬another world war in our name? Why do we allow lies that justify this risk?

Joanne Knight: Deregulation Ruined the Economy in 2008, Not High Wages

The reality is that low income employment is a growing part of the US economy

Juan Cole: Curious about the Biggest Trade Deal in History? Sorry, it’s Classified

The Trans-Pacific Partnership sounds deadly boring. It’s not

William Blum: “The Russians Are Coming … Again … And They’re Still Ten Feet Tall!”

So, what do we have here? In Libya, in Syria, and elsewhere the United States has been on the same side as the al-Qaeda types. But not in Ukraine. That’s the good news. The bad news is that in Ukraine the United States is on the same side as the neo-Nazi types, who – taking Read more…

Dawn Paley: Colombian Poor Occupy Lands Slated for Military Base

Holding down an occupation for five months isn’t easy. Doing so in Colombia, even less so

Boris Kagarlitsky: The Ashes of Odessa

It is obvious to everyone that the catastrophe in Odessa has become a turning point in the history of the civil war

Jim McIlroy: Audit Commission Declares Open Class War

The Commission of Audit report is a declaration of open class war by the corporate ruling class against Australia’s working people and the poor

Sue Sturgis: White House: Southeast ‘Exceptionally Vulnerable’ to Climate Change

The White House has released the most comprehensive scientific assessment to date of climate change and its regional impacts, and it reports that the Southeast is “exceptionally vulnerable”

David Swanson: In Search of a Good War

The power of nonviolent action to resist tyranny and injustice is dramatically more realized

Boris Kagarlitsky: Fate of Donetsk is Being Decided in Kharkov

The preliminary outcome of the revolt in south-eastern Ukraine can be described as an unstable equilibrium

Theodoros Karyotis: Vio.Me: Workers’ Control in the Greek Crisis

While there is still a long road ahead, the formalization of the cooperative, the overwhelming response of society and the extension of the distribution network offer a positive outlook for the Vio.Me struggle

David Swanson: Olympic Capitalism: Bread and Circuses Without the Bread

Brazil is just the latest in a string of nations that have chosen the glory of hosting mega sports events like the Olympics and World Cup despite the drawbacks

Jack Rasmus: A May Day 2014 Lament for American Labor

Today, May 1, 2014, is International Labor Day. It is worth summing up how well American workers—and their unions—have fared over the past year

John Lasker: The Race to Militarize Space

Space weapons are lurking beneath a small town near you

Jeremy Brecher: The Working-Class Mini-Revolts of the Twenty-First Century

The start of the twenty-first century has seen a continuing decline in union membership and strikes. But it has also seen the emergence of unpredicted mini-revolts

Seth Sandronsky: Why Classroom Experience Matters

Broadly speaking, learning involves making mistakes, and learning from them under the tutelage of others. Teaching is a social process

Peter Watt: Good Enough to Work: Low Pay and No Rights

The United States has the world’s largest immigrant workforce

Sue Sturgis: Sweetheart Deal for Georgia Nuclear Reactors

Amount the U.S. Department of Energy is providing in loan guarantees to build two new reactors at the Vogtle nuclear power plant near Augusta, GA: $6.5 billion

Pete Dolack: Trade Legerdemain on Both Sides of the Atlantic

The Democratic Party has responded to the resistance against ramming through new trade agreements by giving the process a new name. “Fast-track” has been rebranded as “smart-track” and, voilà, new packaging is supposed to make us forget the rotten hulk underneath the thin veneer. Don’t be fooled. The Obama administration and its Senate enablers are Read more…

Ellen David Friedman: Why Passengers Cheered a Vermont Bus Strike

Strikes are rare these days, and fewer still result in victories—so why was this one different?

Zoltan Grossman: Building Bridges to Protect the Land

The Cowboy Indian Alliance

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