About Z Blogs

Hello,

Blogs are a familiar feature on the internet - where users post content in an accumulating manner, with comments beneath and search options, etc. Blogs facilitate expression and exploration, and via attached comments, also debate and synthesis.

 

Creating Blog Posts

You can click here to create a new post.

Or, here is the whole procedure...

  1. Log into ZNet. Use your email and password. The system can send you a new password if you need one. If you haven't logged in at all, as yet, to start you need to request a new password.
  2. After loging in, on the left side of the admin bar at the very top of the page, you will see a plus symbol with the word New next to it, that looks like "+ New". Role your mouse over the symbol and click "ZBlog". This will take you to the admin page to upload a new blog. This is the most convenient access, as you can do it from anywhere on the site, anytime. You can also click this link: add a blog post.
  3. Add a blog title, fill the body content area (you can edit the source code/html by clicking the Text option on the Visual/Text tab in the editor). You can choose from among many formatting options, and embedding media.
  4. Once done editing your blog, in the top right "Publish" box, you can choose to save your blog as a draft or you can publish it immediately.
  5. After saving your blog as either Published or Draft, you can choose to view your post by selecting the "View post" link above the title or "Preview Changes" in the "Publish" box.
  6. You can edit your published blog either from your admin dashboard by clicking "ZBlogs" in the left side menu, or by viewing your blog and clicking the "Edit ZBlog" from the top admin bar.

Navigating and Using Blogs

Each Z author can post. Z Sustainers can also post. All Blogs appear in the blog system, and sometimes also in content boxes the top page of ZNet and can be found via searches, etc.

Comments on blogs follow the blogs, attached at the bottom, and blog comments, like all others, are also visible in many places that show comments. In addition, the entire blog system gathers content from everyone - but one can look at the accumulating content in many ways.

For example one can look at one writer's efforts - so one is seeing what is effectively a blog system for that one writer, or Sustainer.

One can also look at the content by topic, seeing blogs that are tagged as being about a certain topic - or place. When doing that, it is a blog system about a topic, or a place, with many contributors.

One can look at only writer blogs, or only sustainer blogs, as well.

Searches allow even more variables and refinements.

Recent Blogs

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Huzaifa Zoomkawala: Poems, Justice and Data Visualization

I have long been entertaining the possibility of somehow tying together the three areas: poems, social justice and data visualization. It has been tricky, but here is my first attempt. The 10 poems by Audre Lorde and Muriel Rukeyser (wellsprings of poetic sensibility) are intended to provide context for the accompanying data visualization on gender Read more…

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Mina Khanlarzadeh: Dreaming political concepts in Iran and the US: Huey Newton and Ali Shariati, through the movie Black Panther

Dreaming political concepts in Iran and the US: Huey Newton and Ali Shariati, through the movie Black Panther       In the movie Black Panther, N’Jobu is residing in Oakland, California as a Wakandan spy when he’s troubled by the racism faced by black Americans. T’Chaka, the king of Wakanda, considers N’Jobu’s plot of Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: What’s Happened to the Big Wage Increases Promised by Republicans?

The recent announcement by the founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, that his company would give substantial raises to its lowest-paid employees should not blind us to the fact that most American workers are not receiving big wage increases.  In fact, the real wages (that is, wages adjusted for inflation) of average American workers are declining. Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Anti-Maduro Poll shows a coup in Venezuela would require a horrific death toll

An op-ed in The Hill ran with the headline “Options to get Maduro out are limited and unpleasant” The author, Mark Feierstein, is a “senior advisor” with the Albright Stonebridge Group led by Madeleine “the price is worth it” Albright. Needless to say, no matter how much death and destruction the US and its allies Read more…

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Huzaifa Zoomkawala: history from below in Pakistan: Mubarak Ali

If anyone can claim the title of “the people’s historian” in Pakistan, it is Mubarak Ali. Some years ago, he put up all his books – Urdu and English – on his website in PDF format. He has been a prolific writer, and although his work in Urdu far outweighs that in English, I thought Read more…

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Huzaifa Zoomkawala: the ten thousand things

Resistance, the flowering fire of memory – Rukeyser, Muriel As we mark the thinness of the ten thousand things, as we go past the halt, the hark of memory, can we shirk off the rock of my mountain’s mountain? as we claim the fire of childspeak, childstone, where will the song of my deadwood ash Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Today’s College Students Are Paying More for Less

Despite the soaring costs of attending American colleges and universities, their students are receiving an education that falls far short of the one experienced by earlier generations. The sharp increase in costs is clear enough.  Between 1978 and 2013, American college tuition rose by 1,120 percent, and became the major source of revenue for higher Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Nicaragua’s Real GDP per Capita since 1980

By 2008 Nicaragua’s real GDP per capita had grown to 23,087 Cordoba’s according to the IMF. The IMF doesn’t list a real GDP per capita value for 1980, the year after US-back dictator was overthrown, because it oddly doesn’t have population figures. However if we take the World Bank’s population figure for Nicaragua in 1980 Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: 45 Reuters Articles about Violent Protests in Nicaragua

1)      OAS approves creation of group to address crisis in Nicaragua (7/30/2018) Reporting by Lizbeth Diaz; Writing by Julia Love; Editing by Sandra Maler 2)      Nicaragua’s Ortega rejects early elections, U.S. rebukes crackdown (7/30/2018) Reporting by Doina Chiacu in Washington & Oswaldo Rivas in Managua; additional reporting by Diego Ore in Mexico City; editing by Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Amnesty must reverse its policy of not denoucing US officials (and others) who incite violence against Venezuela

BELOW IS AN EMAIL I SENT TO AMNESTY TODAY Drones were just used to drop bombs on a large crowd in an attempt to assassinate Venezuelan President Maduro. In February, I asked Amnesty if it would denounce remarks against Maduro’s government made by Trump, Tillerson and Rubio that could incite violence and Amnesty refused. See below ME: Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Corbyn’s Capitulation: Lessons for the Left from UK Labour’s “anti-Semitism crisis”

This passage below from Stephen Bush’s latest on Jeremy Corbyn’s “anti-Semitism crisis” rings very true regarding Jon Lansman and a segment of the Labour left that lacks the willingness to stand up to Israel’s apologists or to fight for a civilized foreign policy. Lansman is on Labour’s National Executive Committee and also runs Momentum, a Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Trump’s Foreign Policy Is Awful, But There’s a Better Alternative than the Establishment Version

Since the advent of the Trump administration, American progressives have been aghast at its narrow nationalist approach to world affairs. But many of them are also uneasy at the American Establishment’s defense of its own foreign policy. The Trump “America First” approach has largely dispensed with American-led alliances of the past and, instead, emphasized U.S. Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Let’s Tax the Rich

Whatever happened to the notion that rich people should pay their fair share of the cost for their country’s public programs? Progressive income taxes―designed to fund government services and facilities—go back centuries, and are based on the idea that taxes should be levied most heavily on people with the ability to pay them.  In the United Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: “Early elections” rallying cry of coup supporters in Latin America

“Early elections” were advocated by Washington and US apologists in 2002 to consolidate the coup that briefly ousted Hugo Chavez. It’s way to sound like you’re for democracy while actually seeking to consolidate the overthrow of a democratically elected government. If you oppose a coup then you demand the restoration of the government that was Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: As Ecuador gets ready to hand over Assange, don’t let Lenin Moreno off the hook

Even as Ecuador looks very ready to hand over Julian Assange to the UK government, and months after Lenin Moreno’s government ruthlessly trampled over Assange’s right to free expression (Assange is an Ecuadorian citizen since about December of 2017), widespread ignorance about Ecuador shields its government from accountability. The only thing Lenin Moreno ‘s government Read more…

Anton Glaving: test
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Lawrence Wittner: Has Democratic Socialism a Future in American Politics?

Recently, when 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, an obscure, upfront democratic socialist from the Bronx, easily defeated one of the most powerful U.S. Congressmen in the Democratic primary, the story became an overnight sensation.  How, the pundits wondered, could this upset have occurred? Actually, it shouldn’t have been a total surprise for, in recent years, democratic socialism Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Reuters forgets Venezuela’s homicide rate and police death rate when it suits

If only it was somebody’s job to scrutinize claims made by officialdom and other partisan actors. We could call the people paid to do this “journalists”. There is not a single mention of Venezuela’s high homicide rate in this article below or of the high death rate of its police officers (which Reuters itself has Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Corporate Media go to work on Rafael Correa (Keystone Cop edition)

You have to love this headline. The “missing opposition figure” isn’t missing! Ex-Ecuador leader sought in case of missing opposition figure In 2012, Fernando Balda was the victim of a foiled kidnapping in COLOMBIA. If Balda was ever “missing” it was for a few hours (if that) back in 2012! The culprits were tried and Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Getting Ready for Nuclear War

Although many people have criticized the bizarre nature of Donald Trump’s diplomacy with North Korea, his recent lovefest with Kim Jong Un does have the potential to reduce the dangers posed by nuclear weapons on the Korean peninsula. Even so, buried far below the mass media coverage of the summit spectacle, the reality is that Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Who Benefits from the “Booming Economy”?

Although the U.S. mass media are awash with stories about America’s “booming economy,” the benefits are distributed very unequally, when they are distributed at all. Buoyed by soaring corporate profits and stock prices, the richest Americans have reached new and dazzling heights of prosperity.  As of May 2018, the growing crop of billionaires included corporate Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: The Guardians of Empire Assail Nicaragua

Kath Viner became the Guardian’s editor–in-chief in 2015. She reminds me of OAS chief Luis Almagro and Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno: all three have served the US Empire at least, if not more, slavishly than openly declared right wingers might have done. All were initially applauded by the left who heaved sighs of relief when they got in. Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: EXCLUSIVE: As Venezuelans Suffer, Reuters whitewashes Trump’s direct attack on them

Images and statistics regarding Venezuela’s economic crisis are relentlessly aimed a demonizing President Maduro’s government and absolving Trump for what U.S. sanctions do to Venezuelans. For example, in these Reuters articles below, the harmful impact of the Trump’s economic sanctions on the population (and their illegality) can only be reported as claims by the Venezuelan Read more…

Anton Glaving: NC, Libya

Below is a slightly edited and excerpted part of an unpublished review of mine of Maximilian Forte’s “Slouching Towards Sirte”, Baraka Books, 2012. It serves to refute commonly peddled lies and slanders (such as reproduced here) against Chomsky regarding his position on Libya: … Later in the book, Forte insists on discrediting himself further by Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno’s war on crime requires a war on roads?

One of the most important achievements of former Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa’s ten years in office was the vast improvements in Ecuador’s roads. The time required to travel from previously isolated regions of the country to the most populated (and therefore economically developed and politically influential) was drastically reduced. The comfort and safety of road Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Review of Daniel Ellsberg’s “The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner”

It’s not every day that an insider tells us how preparations for nuclear war have been proceeding.  So, when one does, it’s worth sitting up and taking notice. Although Daniel Ellsberg is best-known for his 1971 role in delivering the Pentagon Papers (the Top Secret Defense Department study of U.S. involvement in Vietnam) to the Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Which Nations Are the Happiest — and Why

America’s oft-quoted Declaration of Independence, when discussing “unalienable rights,” focused on “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”  Although “happiness” is rarely referred to by today’s government officials, the general assumption in the United States and elsewhere is that governments are supposed to be fostering the happiness of their citizens. Against this backdrop, it’s worth Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Corbyn allies buckle under pressure from the UK’s pro-war establishment

Anyone who has been following the career of Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the British Labour party since 2015, knows that his key allies within the party have been a small group of Labour MPs and the party membership. They have been Corbyn’s bulwark against a hard core of about 30-40 right wing Labour MPs who Read more…

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Nessa: First Post

I get lost in the words. I listen and watch this fool of a stooge president And then I look at my friends who live, work Or have fled from Central America Live in Venezuela Y me duele el corazón. ¿Qué puedo hacer? Una tristeza me lleva Como un abrigo en el verano I have Read more…

Z3k3@ndZ@mi: Leadership, Pace, Solidarity

This is chapter twenty one of the book RPS/2044: An Oral History of the next American Revolution. RPS/2044 has its own book page, with front matter, reviews, essays, interviews, testimonials and place for user interaction with the interviewees.   Robin Kunstler, Celia Curie, and Noam Carmichael,  discuss leadership, pace, and solidarity. Robin, one of the contentious Read more…

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The Polemicist: The Warm War: Russiamania At The Boiling Point

Go to source Is it war yet? Yes, in too many respects. It’s a relentless economic, diplomatic, and ideological war, spiced with (so far) just a dash of military war, and the strong scent of more to come. I mean war with Russia, of course, although Russia is the point target for a constellation of Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: The Guardian should immediately correct an op-ed by Nick Cohen

I sent this note to the Guardian’s readers editor today about a Nick Cohen article that was both libelous and anti-Semitic.* The article has already been up for over a week. I wish I had noticed it earlier but I can seldom bother to read Cohen’s trash closely. _______ It is ok to conflate “the Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: What would Philip Agee’s 1961 CIA budget in Ecuador get by 2002?

The late Philip Agee, a former CIA officer who blew the whistle on its dirty dealings, was the Edward Snowden of his time. A 1961 diary entry of Agee’s said regarding a CIA program in Ecuador that “It costs about 50,000 dollars a year and in a place like Quito a thousand dollars a week Read more…

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Huzaifa Zoomkawala: a dark unacceptable

Add to that list the poet who rambles on in stolen dark    a dark prepared in stark solemnity a dark unacceptable to the lavish word    the poem struggles to breathe    it crosses over and touches void    and here it speaks attaches belongs    the proverbial becoming adversary — We live of course in a world not Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Although Two Out of Three Americans Oppose Increasing U.S. Military Spending, the U.S. Government Is Boosting It to Record Levels

Early this February, the Republican-controlled Congress passed and President Donald Trump signed new federal budget legislation that increased U.S. military spending by $165 billion over the next two years.  Remarkably, though, a Gallup public opinion poll, conducted only days before, found that only 33 percent of Americans favored increasing U.S. military spending, while 65 percent Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: How could Wil Hylton’s NYT article “miss” that Leopoldo Lopez participated in violent ouster of Hugo Chavez?

An extremely long article in the New York Times today has the headline “Can Venezuela Be Saved?” The subhead reads “As a nation unwinds, Leopoldo López, the opposition’s most prominent leader, sits under house arrest and contemplates what might still be possible.” The article states “The world is full of byzantine methods to communicate through Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: It seems editorial standards are non-existent at Reuters when it comes to Venezuela

An article by Julia Symmes Cobb and Anggy Polanco ran with the headline ‘Migrate or die’: Venezuelans flood into Colombia despite crackdown This article says  Some 3 million Venezuelans – or a tenth of the population – have left Venezuelan since late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez started his Socialist revolution in 1999.   UN population Read more…

Movements for 'Real Democracy' SUNY Binghamton class: What Else Should We Talk About When We Talk About Gun Control

This piece, a work in progress, was collectively conceived, but written up by the five of us. We believe the violence exhibited by public shootings is symptomatic of larger issues. We propose this list of considerations not with finality, but rather with the hopes of sparking similar conversations about what else must be addressed for future prevention. (Morgan Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Amnesty International Replied to Questions about Venezuela

ME: What is Amnesty’s position on the economic sanctions the Trump Administration has implemented against Venezuela? AMNESTY: Amnesty International monitors and documents human rights violations globally, regardless of the country or government exercising authority in the place where such violations occur, from Israel to Argentina, as well as the USA and Venezuela. Amnesty International believes Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: The Trump Administration’s War on Workers

When Donald Trump was running for the presidency, he promised that, if he was elected, “American worker[s] will finally have a president who will protect them and fight for them.”  Today, though, safely ensconced in the White House, President Trump is waging a fierce campaign against American workers. His appointments to federal positions created to Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Uniformity in Reporting about Referendum in Ecuador: NOT a Sign of Press Freedom

FAIR posted a piece of mine the other day (very proud of that as a long time fan) providing extremely important information about a referendum Ecuador held on Sunday – information that has been ignored by the international media. So of course, the day after the referendum, a flurry of articles appear continuing the same Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Who Is a Hero?

In the aftermath of World War II, the U.S. occupation authorities in Germany, checking on the effectiveness of their “denazification” program, polled Germans on whether they believed a civilian was “less worthy than a soldier.”  One wonders what they would think of the exalted status that many Americans currently accord to anyone serving in the Read more…

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Huzaifa Zoomkawala: neoliberal

the theoliberal dust will settle in time not before befuddling hearts, sinking minds, coalescing goodwill into mush and repeating mulch from a petrified storybook few cared would matter, but it did, and it stored dark endings as a matter of tact. the geoliberal must settle longitudinal accounts with the attitude of frost, and give; give Read more…

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Henrik Hansen: Crowdfund the left

What is the one thing that would help the left right now and in the future? Having more resources. The left could do what it does now, just better, if we had more resources. Think of all the things that could grow with more money: Coops, legal aid, alternative media outlets, local chapter activities, social Read more…

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Henrik Hansen: The need for societal visions in welfare states

I live in Denmark, a small country in Scandinavia, which, as I’m writing this, is a welfare state. We have free health care, high wages, progressive taxation, sustainable energy production, strong unions, democracy in universities, public-paid liveable income for students, a safety net for the unemployed, rent control, clinics for addicts, protection (though modest) for Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: David Smilde concedes US sanctions kill Venezuelans, but argues the price is worth it

US liberals have always preferred to have the US government use economic strangulation against its enemies rather than military force. They’ve also, much more than “conservatives”, stressed the importance of having accomplices (“allies” is common euphemism). David Smilde, in a New York Times op-ed, stated that a US military invasion of Venezuela would be “folly”. Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Note to Reuters (Alexandra Valencia) about Ecuador. No – not Venezuela this time

Hi Alexandra: I find it remarkable how this article glosses over Lenin Moreno’s extreme hypocrisy and cynicism.  He is literally doing the opposite of what he said he would do as a candidate when he ran as staunch Correa loyalist and defender of the government’s record – a government he was a part at the highest level for 10 years. Read more…

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Mina Khanlarzadeh: Iran’s Streets Again

“This image is the work of Iranian artist Marjan Andaroodi. It reads: “bread, employment, freedom.” Those of us who have followed the news of workers’ strikes in Iran don’t need various kinds of conspiracy theories to interpret the recent protests. An example of such workers’ strikes is this speech by a labour activist during the strike Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: The “Merchants of Death” Survive and Prosper

During the mid-1930s, a best-selling exposé of the international arms trade, combined with a U.S. Congressional investigation of munitions-makers led by Senator Gerald Nye, had a major impact on American public opinion.  Convinced that military contractors were stirring up weapons sales and war for their own profit, many people grew critical of these “merchants of Read more…

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Sam Hitt: Charter of the Forest

November 6 was the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Charter of the Forest in England on November 6, 1217. This charter returned to free men rights of access to the royal forests of southern England that had been taken from them by William the Conqueror. It was the first time in European history Read more…

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