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

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

Auset Marian Lewis: Je Suis Hungry

What are you going to do?

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

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

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

Paul Street: Climate Change and “Everything Else,” Including Capitalism

It’s not about more versus less; it’s about better versus worse

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

Vincent Emanuele: U.S. Policy and Practice

Activists must develop alternatives to society’s dominant ideologies, institutions and cultural practices

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?

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

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?

Medea Benjamin: 10 Good Things About the Year 2014

The highlights of 2014 reveal that progressives are poised to make important gains in 2015

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

Eva Golinger: Desperate to Save His Legacy, Obama Chooses Cuba

Cuba may be Obama’s life jacket, but the ship has sailed

Paul Street: Worthy and Unworthy Victims From Vietnam and Iraq to Ferguson and New York

From Vietnam and Iraq to Ferguson and New York

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”

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

Paul Street: The Narrow Media Spectrum on US-Cuban Relations

There are three false and doctrinally embedded assumptions, each mandating deletion of basic realities that don’t fit the reigning narrative of Uncle Sam as a great democratic, benevolent, and humanitarian force

Sue Sturgis: America’s Widening Racial Wealth Gap

While the wealth gap between black and white U.S. households shrank from 2007 to 2010, it grew over the next three years to the widest it’s been in 30 years

Joe Emersberger: Who is Isolated?

Media Fantasies about Obama’s Gesture Towards Cuba

Noam Chomsky: Obama’s Historic Move

Washington and its acolytes like to pretend that they have been “isolating” Cuba, as Obama intoned, but the record shows clearly that it is the US that is being isolated

Danny Schechter: Will The Greediest Support The Neediest?

Nowhere in any of this is a sense of what has happened to the economy with its great gaps and disparities, or the findings that New York is the most divided city in the world

Romi Mahajan: Debt and Death in the Indian Hinterland

These are two suffering families out of millions of farmers whose lives are getting increasingly desperate by the day

Pete Dolack: Civil Rights Marches Versus the Right to Puke

Racism began to be developed as an ideology to counter solidarity between Blacks and Whites and to counter poor White settlers who left the colonies to live among Indigenous peoples

Zoltan Grossman: The War at Home Meets the Wars Abroad

Things will not always stay the same, and old patterns do not have to be repeated. If social movements remain brave and unpredictable, they can move mountains

David Swanson: Intersection of Mistakes With Misdeeds

The problem is not just that we’re paving the planet rather than saving lives. And it’s not just that paving one’s way out of traffic predictably generates more traffic. It’s also that we’re destroying the planet’s climate in the process

Ted Snider: America’s Ironic Sanctioning of Venezuela

America has made such a banality out of hypocrisy that there is no longer any irony: only naïveté for having expected something different

Chris Herring: Fallacies of the Jungle Eviction

Expelled from all other public spaces by the region’s criminalization of the poor, they have now been pushed into more remote, dangerous, and unsanitary jungles

Felimon Pineda: Direct Action in the Berry Fields

They steal our wages—and then turn around and donate money to the churches, the hospitals, the school district. They are donating money so that the community has their back, but it’s money they have stolen from us

Ezequiel Adamovsky: Mining Corporations vs. Democracy

Anti-mining movements in the province are strong and determined

Ramzy Baroud: Racism and War

America’s ruling elites are blatant in their intentions of maintaining “white privilege” at home and economic dominance by military means abroad

Marina Sitrin: Beyond Cops, Courts and Jails

People around the world have been trying to resolve issues without the courts, police or jails

Yesenia Barragan: Black Lives Matter in Colombia

“Our Love for Life is Greater Than Our Fear of Death”

Armando Carmona: Hands to the Fire

Rebellion is a fire that spreads quickly, can’t be controlled and illuminates paths

Pete Dolack: Shopping ’til We All Drop At Walmart

The cost will become higher until we become willing to stop believing that begging for crumbs is the only way the world can be organized

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

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

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

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

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

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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