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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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

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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

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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

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

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

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

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

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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

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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

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

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

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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

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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

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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”

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David Swanson: In Search of a Good War

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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Zoltan Grossman: Building Bridges to Protect the Land

The Cowboy Indian Alliance

Bill Bigelow: An Earth Day Message: Take Heart from the Abolition Movement

On this Earth Day, those of us fighting for climate justice and an end to the world’s fossil fuel domination should take heart from the struggle against slavery

Brian Mier: The World Cup and Brazilian Cities

“Who is the Cup for?”

Anthony Cody: We Just Wanted to Teach

No need for teachers to think for themselves, to design unique challenges to engage their students. The educational devices will be the new source of innovation

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John M. Laforge: US Nuclear Weapons Proliferation: We’re No. 1!

This machine’s threat of meaningless, genocidal, radioactive violence is called “tactical”

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John Pilger: The Strangelove Effect

Or how we are hoodwinked into accepting a new world war

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Paul Street: Beyond the Carbon Death Knell

Unless there is a major worldwide move off fossil fuels and onto renewable energy sources over the next fifteen years, the IPCC warns, environmental catastrophe will occur

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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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