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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Kathy Kelly: We Don’t Want You to Swim in the River

Everywhere around us, we can spot people who are volunteering to live simply so that others can simply live

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Nadine Bloch: 5 protests Blooming in Washington

It’s not just the cherry blossoms busting out across Washington, D.C., but protests of all varieties

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Norman Solomon: Why We Need Media Critics Who Are Fiercely Independent

No institutions are more image-conscious than big media outlets. The people running them know the crucial importance of spin

Pete Dolack: Capitalists Say the Darndest Things

Profits must be the only true human right if as basic a necessity as water is not

William Johnson: Lean Production Hits Public Education

Parents and teachers must fight lean education together, or learning will continue to suffer

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William Blum: Indoctrinating a New Generation

Is there anyone out there who still believes that Barack Obama, when he’s speaking about American foreign policy, is capable of being anything like an honest man?

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Dave Zirin: Richard Sherman Defends His Dirt

Sherman is more than a breath of fresh air. He’s oxygen in a moral corpse

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Jérôme Roos: A Dangerous Delusion

Greece’s so-called recovery

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Danny Schechter: Beyond McCutcheon

Deeper questions demand raising

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Beverly Bell: One Year of Resistance in Rio Blanco

“Screw the company trying to take our river, and the government. If I die, I’m going to die defending life.” So said María Santos Dominguez, a member of the Indigenous Council of the Lenca community of Rio Blanco, Honduras. April 1 marks one year since the Rio Blanco community began a human barricade that has so Read more…

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David Swanson: A 15-Year Murder Spree

What your government told you about the bombing of Kosovo was false. And it matters

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Jenny Brown: Florida Farmworkers Score Surprise Walmart Agreement

Last year was hard on Walmart’s shiny brand. From Bangladeshi garment workers crushed in a building collapse while sewing for the chain, to striking retail workers comparing the Waltons’ unbelievable riches to their own unlivable paychecks, to customers driven away by empty shelves, the company has been struggling to create good news about itself. Still, Read more…

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Gary Olson: Profiting from Climate Change

The author’s message is that in the short term, there will be definite winners and losers because ecological catastrophe is “…not necessarily a financial catastrophe for everyone”

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Victoria Law: Border Crossings Refocus Immigration Debate on Families

If you can’t help the 150 people who are asking for asylum now, then how are you going to help the 11 million people who are already here?

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Danny Schechter: Stressed: What Are They Trying To Tell Us?

Ok, I have to admit it, I feel my faith in economic justice is being tested with these stress tests. Truth is, I am becoming more stressed than ever. The reason: despite all the “regulations” in the Dodd Frank Financial “reform” and the Volcker Rule and The Fed’s “oversight:’ the banks seem to have free Read more…

Pete Dolack: The 1% Get Richer as You Work Harder

It is not your imagination — you are working harder and earning less

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Paul Street: Without Even a Side Glance

Big Carbon is announcing in yet another way its bottom-line determination to push petroleum extraction, refining, and burning well past the limits points of livable ecology

Lauren McCauley: Walmart Admits: ‘Our Profits’ Depend on ‘Their Poverty’

Critics cite irony of annual report filing: ‘This is a company that everywhere it goes it creates poverty’

Pete Dolack: State Department Tells Environment to Drop Dead

The U.S. State Department appears to be cooking the books in its studies of the Keystone XL Pipeline

Henia Belalia: Why are so many Migrants here in the First Place?

The migrant justice movement has mobilized an unprecedented wave of protest

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David Swanson: The War Activists

War activists are not journalists, not researchers, not academics. They don’t inform or educate. They advocate

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Sarah Lazare: Students & Faculty Occupy University

Facing mass lay-offs and program slashes, University of Southern Maine faculty and students demand ‘human right to education’

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Paul Street: “People Forget,” the Earth Does Not

The Earth does not forget the pollutants that have been poured into it under the direction of concentrated power structures

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Sue Sturgis: The Hell That Is Louisiana’s Angola Prison

Rank of Angola among the largest maximum security prisons in the United States: 1

Keith Brunner: The Rise of Vermont’s Fracked Gas Battle

The entire pipeline project was dealt a major blow on March 4, 2014, when three affected communities passed Town Meeting Day resolutions opposing the pipeline

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David Swanson: From Helen to Hillary: Women in War

Young women reading about the glories of “saving the nation” by building nukes should think hard before joining the military

Bill Bigelow: The Real Irish American Story Not Taught in Schools

The school curriculum could and should ask students to reflect on the contradiction of starvation amidst plenty, on the ethics of food exports amidst famine

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Sarah Lazare: Florida Farmworkers Take on Industry

The Immokalee, Fl. farmworkers who have won battles against some of food industry’s biggest corporations take aim at Publix and Wendy’s

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David Swanson: The Genius of Erasmus

What ought to amaze us is the extent to which the Complaint does address the same troubles we face today and the same bad arguments used today in defense of wars

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Danny Schechter: The Case of Mortgage Fraud

We were all victims of the financial crisis that began in 2007 (not 2008) but some of us suffered more than others

Rolando Avila: Solidarity with Immigrant Hunger Strikers

The collective voice of 1,200 immigrants echoed through the halls

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Nadine Bloch: Reclaiming the Radical Spirit of Women’s History Month

Widespread actions continue to focus on the needs and conditions of women and girls worldwide

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Norman Solomon: The Feinstein Syndrome

“The Fourth Amendment for Me, But Not for Thee”

Bryan Farrell: There’s No Success Like Failure

If the campaign against the Keystone XL fails to stop the pipeline, it may still succeed at the far more necessary and long-term goals of building a powerful movement

Andy Piascik: $5 Billion for Fascists, Cuts at Home

It’s remarkable how the United States spends massive amounts of money on war

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Sue Sturgis: Why Coal Ash is an Environmental Justice Issue

Risk of cancer for people living within a mile of unlined coal ash pits: 1 in 50

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Carl Finamore: Healthcare Costs Go Viral

Emergency Declared by San Francisco Labor

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Kathy Kelly: Women’s Liberation at Barefoot College

The common sense messages taught at Barefoot College of service, sharing of resources and a firm declaration of equality among all people, transported our young friends into yet another realm

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Joseph Nevins: The Global Color Line

Making visible what is hidden is central to the struggle to put an end to the extrajudicial killings and the associated impunity in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, Yemen, and beyond

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Juan Cole: 4 Darknesses

Internet being manipulated, deceived by western intel trolls

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Mike Marqusee: Fifty Years Ago, Cassius Clay “Shook Up The World”

These days it’s a statement that might grace an advert for running shoes, SUVs or ipads. But in context, it was incendiary

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Jack Rasmus: The Emerging 3rd Phase of Global Economic Crisis?

Three significant global economic trends have begun to intensify and converge in recent months

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Sarah Lazare: Spying on Muslims Is OK, Reporting On It Is Not

Critics say ruling is reminiscent of legal justification for Japanese American internment camps

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David Swanson: Operation Nazification

Is it possible that Nazi scientists blended into the U.S. military so well because an institution that had already done what it had done to the Philippines was not in all that much need of nazification?

Agustin del Castillo: Indigenous Group Defends Water, Land

The Cora community refuses to accept the artificial reservoir in the San Pedro Mezquital River

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Nikos Raptis: On Human Nature

Both Shirley Temple and Lela Karayianni were endowed with the same human nature, yet they spent their lives in different “universes”. Hence they differed

Polly Cleveland: Increasing Minimum Wage Actually Creates Jobs

It follows that big low-wage employers like Wal-Mart may rationally follow a strategy of paying as little as they can, holding down employment

Nick Engelfried: Indigenous Organizing Drives Montana Tar Sands Opposition

The enormous role Native American organizations played in the protest was largely lost in media coverage immediately following the action

Thomas S. Harrington: Hypocrisy in Sochi

Oh, what fun it is to mock Putin and his attempts to present a civilized and modern face to the world

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Clarence Lusane: Missing from Presidents’ Day: The People They Enslaved

How Many US Schoolchildren will learn that 1 in 4 US Presidents trafficked and enslaved people for profit?

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