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

Alfredo Lopez: FaceBook Experiments with Manipulating Your Mind

If the Internet’s content can affect your feelings, the manipulation of that content can exert powerful social control

Joris Leverink: “We want our freedom!” Refugees Resist in Berlin

The resistance of a group of refugees against the eviction of an occupied school building in Berlin is exemplary of migrant struggles across Europe

Paul Buchheit: Five Facts for Deluded Education Reformers

There are at least five truths about education reform that suggest ignorance or delusion among its adherents

Dave Zirin: ‘Psychological Attack’ to Oust Favela Residents

There is something very precious in the favelas that is becoming endangered by the worship of “speculation and real estate”

Andrew Willis Garcés: In Oregon, Activists Have Forced Sheriffs to Defy ICE

All the organizers interviewed for this article noted that they don’t expect the sheriffs to stop collaborating with ICE unless they keep the pressure on

Nicole Troxell: Academic Sweatshop

My life as an adjunct

Pete Dolack: The Obama of New York City

He’s only been in office six months and I know we should be leery of making comparisons that risk becoming glib, but the consistencies are already too apparent to be ignored: Bill de Blasio is the Barack Obama of New York City. Both took office with expectations higher than were reasonable but have fallen short Read more…

Sue Sturgis: Southern Waters Imperiled by Toxic Pollution

Pollution from industrial facilities is contaminating more than 17,000 miles of rivers nationwide, with the greatest toxic threat posed to watersheds in the South

David Swanson: So That’s Why They Kept the Drone Kill Memo Secret

Now that the U.S. government has released parts of its We-Can-Kill-People-With-Drones memo, it’s hard to miss why it was kept secret

Carl Finamore: Inequality by the Bay

This is a tale of growing inequality in one of the wealthiest cities in America

Michael Stewart: Teacher Strikes Make British Columbia Better

My whole life I watched my parents deal with insults about their vocation — from the media, from neighbours, from family members — lazy, glorified babysitters

Brandon Johnson: ‘School Deserts’ Hit Chicago’s Black Neighborhoods

Chicago’s Black students are sitting in a front-row seat for the devastating policy of privatizing our schools

Paul Street: Giving Away the Game

Sometimes corporate politicos drop the Machiavellian ball and give away their game with revealing gaffes

Vik Birkbeck: A Story of Occupations and Evictions

As the current wave of anti-World Cup protests shows, the genie is out of the bottle — and it will take a lot more than violent evictions and police repression to silence the awakened and indignant multitude

Gary Olson: Preventing Soldiers’ Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Ending U.S. militarism is the only way to prevent the scourge of soldiers’ PTSD from reappearing in the future

Nikos Raptis: Greece: The ‘Unbelievable” and Hope [?]

I shout loudly: Wake up all of you, wake up at last you the people of God, before it is too late…

Mark Dudzic & Jenny Brown: Fight for Health Care Justice Moves to States

Following the lead of tiny Vermont, advocates of Medicare for All are developing state campaigns to win health care that eliminates insurance companies and covers everyone

Jay Fletcher: Refugees are Abbott’s War

In Australia, refugees and asylum seekers are treated like the enemy in a war: the target of a highly resourced, military-led “deterrence” strategy

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

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