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

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

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

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

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

John Pilger: The Strangelove Effect

Or how we are hoodwinked into accepting a new world war

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

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

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

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

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?

Dave Zirin: Richard Sherman Defends His Dirt

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

Jérôme Roos: A Dangerous Delusion

Greece’s so-called recovery

Danny Schechter: Beyond McCutcheon

Deeper questions demand raising

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…

David Swanson: A 15-Year Murder Spree

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

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…

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”

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?

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

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

David Swanson: The War Activists

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

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’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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