Welcome to ZCommunications. The site has ZNet and ZMag content, topic and place pages under the Focuses link in the top menu - reading lists and whole books, debates, interviews, multimedia, Blogs, comments, a Store, a Sustainer program and more.

Relating to Z

To participate more deeply and generally in ZCommunications, please become a Sustainer. Sustainers who log in will see "+ New" in the black band at the top. Use that to add a blog post. Sustainers can comment on all content! Sustainers, please also upload a photo, using options in the left menu for "Your Account." There you can also change your settings, etc.

You can Help Z in many ways, one time donations, becoming a Sustainer, using our Store, etc. Just click Help Z.

If you have ideas or problems please send them to sysop@zmag.org


All Content Types

Ted Glick: Obama’s “The Promised Land,” a book review

Obama in Promised Land acknowledges and somewhat addresses the criticisms of progressives on a range of issues

Alex Henderson: How a radicalized mother of 8 became an infamous figure in the Capitol attack

“During a two-hour telephone interview, she claimed that her conduct had been spontaneous, contrary to widespread speculation that she had acted in coordination with an organized group.”

Luca Belli: The largest personal data leakage in Brazilian history

Why the rest of the world should be worried, and think hard about how to create a data protection culture

Behrooz Ghamari Tabrizi: Biden and Iran

Last week’s statements by the Biden appointees made the matter unnecessarily more complicated, sounding more like a continuation of the Trump policy rather than its refutation

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: I will not let this happen again

It’s not about revenge, it’s about creating safety. We are not safe with people who hold political power who are willing to endanger lives for political gain

Lee Camp: It’s Now or Never — We Stare Into the Abyss

Despite millions of years of finding ways to survive, these species failed to outlast that most destructive force — unfettered capitalism

Leanna First-Arai: Activists Push to Ban Fracking

“We do not know what our future holds right now. But we do know that any further fossil fuel extraction will only further perpetuate this”

Jonah Goldman Kay: Groups across the South are working to fix a broken farm labor system

“It feels good to let people know that they don’t have to take that kind of stuff as an H-2A worker. Workers don’t have to just sit back and accept it.”

James A. Haught: Fundamentalist Intolerance

Across America, right-wing politicians pass “religious freedom” laws that have a single purpose: to let narrow-minded believers discriminate against gays

Samar Halarnkar: India is turning to colonial-era laws to silence journalists

Sedition charges are just the latest attempt by Narendra Modi’s government to undermine a free press. They must be opposed

Indigo Olivier: Columbia Students Wage the Largest Tuition Strike in Nearly 50 Years

Students are demanding the university lower the cost of attendance and boost financial aid

William Astore: Joe Biden’s Peace Force?

Joe Biden’s Peace Force?

Aljazeera: Dutch court orders Shell to pay Nigerian farmers over oil spills

The energy company’s Nigerian subsidiary must pay out over a 2008 case, Court of Appeal in The Hague rules

Rebekah Entralgo: Tackling Prison Profiteers Will Take More Than Banning Private Prisons

To fully address profit-driven punishment, the Biden administration will need to take aim at every tendril of the private prison industry — including immigration detention centers

Jeff Armstrong: West Papua Calls for Independence Referendum to Avert Genocide

“We indigenous Papuans ask you all for moral and social responsibility to save us from the genocide of indigenous Papuans and ecocide in the land of West Papua”

Shaka King: “Judas and the Black Messiah”

Interview with director Shaka King on Fred Hampton, the Black Panthers & COINTELPRO

Néstor David Pastor: Celebrating 50 Years of El Comité-MINP

Led “predominantly by working-class Puerto Rican activists” from Manhattan’s West Side, El Comité developed organically

Thomas Klikauer: The Risk of Capitalism

Lloyds is an organization generally not exposed to the danger of harboring socialist or radical environmentalist thoughts. Yet, its factual evidence contradicts virtually all key elements of neoliberalism’s belief system

Robert Pollin: Biden’s $1.9 Trillion Stimulus Is a Vital Beginning for a New New Deal

This reliance on big pocketed financiers will be a continuing obstacle to truly reorienting finance to serve society

Laura Flanders: Latinx Farmworkers Are Purchasing Failing Farms From White Owners

Latinx farm owners stand at the intersection of racial justice and food justice and offer new hope in the future of sustainable farming in the U.S.

Laura Finley: No More Anti-Protest Laws

To date, 43 states have considered and 26 have enacted some type of anti-protest law

Rod Driver: Psychology: Pretending There Is Nothing Wrong

The human brain is capable of great insights and independent thought, but we have conditioned ourselves not to ask too many difficult questions, because we are afraid of the answers

Staughton Lynd: The Two Things Unions Traded Away That Handed Workers to Trump

Industrial workers know their unions can’t stop plant closures

Marty Hart-Landsberg: The Failings of Our Unemployment Insurance System Are There by Design

This history makes clear that nothing will be given to us.  We need and deserve a better unemployment insurance system. And to get it, we are going to have to fight for it

Chuck Collins: Six Questions for Justin Farrell, ‘Billionaire Wilderness’ Author

Concentrating wealth hasn’t just disrupted our major cities. It’s now changing our towns and countryside. Author Justin Farrell shows us how

Luna (Cristine) de la Luna: Asylum For Sale

Review of Asylum For Sale: Profit and Protest in the Migration Industry, Edited by Siobhán McGuirk and Adrienne Pine (PM Press, 2020)

Peoples Dispatch: Protests set to intensify across Poland as abortion ban comes into effect

The National Women’s Strike in Poland called for countrywide protests after the controversial judgment by the Polish constitutional court banning abortions in case of fetal defects came into effect on Wednesday

Jerry Fresia: Why Artists Ought to Endorse Parecon

When it comes to traditional economic activity, artists are square pegs in round holes

Shoshana Zuboff: The Coup We Are Not Talking About

We can have democracy, or we can have a surveillance society, but we cannot have both

Norman Solomon: Don’t Grade President Biden on a Curve

To give high marks merely for excelling in comparison to right-wing Republicans is to cheer high jumps over very low standards

Jack Delaney: On The Green New Deal, Nationalization, & Class Politics

The current mode of production and distribution — of private ownership motivated by unlimited growth and profits — is incompatible with ensuring the survival of humanity, serving the common interest, and staving off ecological collapse

Sam Pizzigati: Fun and Games at GameStop

Amid a rising billionaire tide, could a blip help change our national economic conversation?

Kenny Stancil: ‘We Should All Be Water Protectors’

“We owe it to future generations, to the Indigenous communities we’ve signed treaties with, and to every living being on this planet to stop building fossil fuel infrastructure.”

Nikos Raptis: Nazis, ‘Commies’, etc (Part 3a of 3)

Please Help ZNet         [Note: Here is a brief connection to Parts 1 and 2: Bernt Engelmann (1921 – 1994) wrote a book, ‘In  Hitler’s Germany”, in 1986, in which he presents  what life was under Hitler’s Germany. Part 1 stops at the point where Engelmann meets his compatriot named  Richter.  Richter  Read more…

Doug Henwood: GameStop Is a Lesson in Absurdity and Uselessness of Stock Market

The online pranksters behind the great GameStop bubble of 2021 are probably going to lose a lot of money. But they’ve done the world a service by reminding us of the utter uselessness of the stock market

Tom Engelhardt: Been There, Done That (Not!)

The Imperial Presidency Comes Home to Roost

Archbishop Desmond Tutu: Biden should end US pretence over Israel’s ‘secret’ nuclear weapons

The cover-up has to stop – and with it, the huge sums in aid for a country with oppressive policies towards Palestinians

Joe DeManuelle-Hall: Ohio Auto Parts Workers Are on Strike to Unionize

“Our hopes are still high. The company is hard-headed and they’re not budging, but they’ve got some good workers out here who they can’t replace.”

David Sirota: Read My Lips: $2,000 Checks for All, Now

Democrats promised to provide a near-universal benefit of $2,000 checks. Billionaire-owned media is trying to convince them to ignore history and gut their proposal

Aljazeera: France: Hundreds protest against Amazon expansion

Demonstrators form human chain as they rally against Amazon’s plan to set up facility in small southern town of Fournes

Brandon Stout: Alabama workers fight to form first U.S. Amazon union

Workers at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, will soon vote on forming a union. If they vote yes, their warehouse will become the first Amazon facility in the U.S. to unionize

Brett Wilkins: Anti-War Democrats Applaud Biden for Freeze on US Arms Sales to Saudis and UAE

“This is an important first step in ending our material support for war globally, and the genocide in Yemen in particular,” said Rep. Ilhan Omar

Jackie Botts: 1.6 Million Households Face Water Shutoffs

At least 1.6 million California households, or one in eight, have water debt, and they could face shutoffs when Newsom ends the state of emergency

George Monbiot: Viral Lies

Why do we value lies more than lives?

Jack Rasmus: Gamestop–And the Game That Never Stops!

We should be less concerned about day traders getting burned, and more about the tens of millions of Americans families going hungry, jobless, being evicted from their rents, and dying in the hundreds of thousands due to a failed health care system and gross government mismanagement

Hamilton Nolan: The Fight for $15 Vows Bigger Things to Come

Leaders are setting their sights on a national collective bargaining agreement

Will Sommer: Everything You Always Wanted to Know about QAnon But Were Too Weirded Out to Ask

Interview on QAnon’s origins and evolution

Chuck Collins: Billionaire Wealth, U.S. Job Losses and Pandemic Profiteers

Check back for our regular updates on U.S. unemployment and billionaire wealth during the pandemic emergency

Jake Johnson: Sanders Hits Back as Billionaire Investor Whines About Potential Tax Hikes Amid GameStop Fiasco

“Oh look, another billionaire is mad that he might have to pay more taxes while children in America go hungry and veterans sleep on the street.”

Joan Roelofs: The Militarized Academy: Knowledge for What?

Examining the underbelly of the military industrial complex

Skip to toolbar