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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Lawrence Wittner: Russia’s Justifications for Its War in Ukraine Don’t Hold Up

The Russian government’s justifications for its war in Ukraine―the largest, most destructive military operation in Europe since World War II―are not persuasive. Although, in defending the Russian invasion, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s primary emphasis has been on the threat of Ukraine joining NATO, that action, had it occurred, would have been perfectly legitimate under international Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Imperial Nostalgia and Its Perils

Although great empires rank among the most powerful engines of world history, they are also among the most dangerous, especially as they brood over their decline. The Russian empire provides a striking illustration of this phenomenon.  Traditionally referred to as the “prison of nations,” Russia, in its Czarist and Soviet phases, controlled a vast Eurasian Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Imperial Nostalgia and Its Perils

Although great empires rank among the most powerful engines of world history, they are also among the most dangerous, especially as they brood over their decline. The Russian empire provides a striking illustration of this phenomenon.  Traditionally referred to as the “prison of nations,” Russia, in its Czarist and Soviet phases, controlled a vast Eurasian Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Military and Economic Power Once Again Fail to Produce Happiness

Although the rulers of the world’s major military and economic powers have repeatedly claimed that they are making their nations great again, their policies have not resulted in widespread happiness among their citizens. That conclusion emerges from the recent World Happiness Report-2022, published by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network.  Based on Gallup World Polls Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Who Speaks for the World?

Russia’s brutal war upon the nation of Ukraine should remind us that, for thousands of years, great powers have used their military might to launch military assaults upon smaller, weaker societies. Since World War II alone, these acts of aggression have included France’s colonial wars in Indochina and Algeria, Britain’s military intervention in the Middle Read more…

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Antonio Carty: Peace in Ukraine through neutrality and peaceful EU membership, end the USA’s proxy war against Russia

Ethnic division was used to consolidate control by the USA and Nationalists of Ukraine. They have signed Minsk Peace Accords to end the civil wars in Donbas region through referendums, signed since 2015, but they did not implement them, because maintaining an active civil war front psyche of ‘them and us’ has helped to deepen Read more…

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Antonio Carty: Rebirth of Our United Nations Is The Eventual Way, Not the False Profit of War

You obviously can not be against this terrible war, but support it continuing. We must support the peace talks between Russia and Ukraine, and encourage them to find mutual peace in an agreed neutrality/sovereignty to end this tragic and unnecessary confrontation between such close peoples. Neutrality and internationally monitored referendums in a choice of autonomy Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: The Imperialist Roots of Putin’s Policy

A key factor that explains Vladimir Putin’s military invasion of Ukraine is traditional Russian imperialism. Throughout the world’s long and bloody history, other powerful territories (and, later, nations) expanded their lands through imperial conquest, including Rome, China, Spain, France, Britain, Germany, Japan, and the United States. Russia was no exception.  Beginning with the small principality Read more…

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Antonio Carty: We must all pursue obvious conditions of a mutual peace, not arm further and cheer on a hopeless war.

The declared intention of USA NATO and Ukraine’s government to join in a hostile military alliance against their neighbour Russia has now proven to be a terrible mistake and negligent disaster for the people and sovereign state of Ukraine. For USA/NATO to now continue making Ukraine a weapon, while we all watch it disintegrate deeper Read more…

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fernando_santamaria: Psychiatrists, Local Police, Wifes, Regional Elections and Judges in Santiago de Compostela (VI)

(i) This is the Wikipedia article on the Galician Regional Elections held by the Galician Autonomous President, Alberto Nuñez Feyjoo, on March 1, 2009;  the first Regional Elections in which he was victorious. https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elecciones_al_Parlamento_de_Galicia_de_2009?wprov=sfti1  in total number and percentage of votes, the opposition won, made up of Emilio Pérez Touriño and Anxo Quintana).  Since that Read more…

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fernando_santamaria: Psychiatrists, Local Police and Judges at Santiago de Compostela (v)

On 06/27/2004, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers performed in Santiago de Compostela, a few kilometers out o the city, at the facilities of Monte del Gozo, Monte do Gozo, whose name refers to the joy that the pilgrims lived in when the cathedral of Santiago could be seen in the distance and felt that after Read more…

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fernando_santamaria: On Spanish Electoral Regulations, since 1978, whores, sidekicks and pussies (i)

A draft I might be trying to submit TRUTH-OUT. Should read well their “SUBMISSIONS GUIDELINES,” etc. It seems they accept pieces up to 2000 words, and posted content. I should include “links,” footnotes, everything. This thing I wrote amounts just to 773  “words.” Sent a few draft notes, by means of former Spanish President J.M. Aznar, Read more…

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fernando_santamaria: More on Spanish Elections

A DRAFT I MIGHT BE TRYING TO SUBMIT TRUTH-OUT. SHOULD READ WELL THEIR  “SUBMISSIONS GUIDELINES,” etc. ACCEPT PIECES UP TO  2000 WORDS, AND POSTED CONTENT. SHOULD SEE HOW TO  INCLUDE  “LINKS,” FOOTNOTES, EVERYTHING. THIS THING I WROTE  AMOUNTS TO JUST 773  “WORDS.” SENT A FEW DRAFTS NOTES TO SOME BLONDE  PAUL PRESTON’S FORMER DOCTORAL STUDENT, Read more…

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fernando_santamaria: Some more links on Ghana (Apologies?)

SOME GENERAL, PROBABLY LITTLE KNOWN, WHO KNOWS IF FAKE, INFO ABOUT GHANA (i) English Wikipedia Index of Ghana related articles (ii)  Ghanaian Presidency History, Constitution and Regulaments, (overview) (iii) The Constitution of Ghana, (English Wikipedia) iv)The Constitution of Ghana, (Text) v) Some Ghana’s Guvernment site I’ve found vi) The current President (until January 7th 2025) of the Republic of Read more…

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fernando_santamaria: Why we do allow INDRA.SYSTEMS to organize Democracy in the world; technology take the upper hand to Laws?

Galician President, Alberto Nunez Feyjoo, and Spanish Kingdom Socialist President, well, lots of more people around the world, but let’s keep local, have assigned INDRA, a Spanish information technology and defense systems company, in which the Spanish Ministry of Finance is the main shareholder (see the list of “main shareholders,” in theSpanish Wikipedia article ) the Read more…

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fernando_santamaria: Age discrimination in the US Constitution

A blank space.

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fernando_santamaria: Don Roberto Soto Sola, another important Judge in Santiago de Compostela (iv)

BTW, I might be in serious trouble. My wife, yes, my ex, went this morning to the Court, to ask for a forensic to examine me. As a result of my last 2009 psychiatric admission, I’m partially dispossessed of my civil rights, and she is in charge of having me take my meds, and not Read more…

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fernando_santamaria: Ukraine? Climatic change? The trouble comes with that Psychiatrists, Local Police and Judges rule the world (iii)

The basics about my “Red Hot Chilli Peppers” concert, admission.  I was so excited. Talked all afternoon at the door a Bar. Then, slightly offended one of these demons. They jailed me in the council’s prison. Took me at 3:30 am again to another psychiatrist. Read  his report, at last, now. Sent me home. SCQ Read more…

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fernando_santamaria: Ukraine and climatic change are taking my room. Cops and Judges in SCQ (iii).

The basics about my new “Red Hot Chilli Peppers” admission. (27/6/2004). I was so excited. Talked all afternoon at the door a Bar. Then, slightly offended one of these demons. Jailed me in the council’s prison. Took me at 3:30 am to see another psychiatrist. Jusr read his  report, now. Kept it in my records. Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: What the Cuban Missile Crisis Can Teach Us About the Ukraine Crisis

Commentators on the current Ukraine crisis have sometimes compared it to the Cuban missile crisis.  This is a good comparison―and not only because they both involve a dangerous U.S.-Russian confrontation capable of leading to a nuclear war. During the 1962 Cuban crisis, the situation was remarkably similar to that in today’s Eastern Europe, although the Read more…

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fernando_santamaria: Psychiatrists, Local Police and Judges at Santiago de Compostela (interlude)

A  guy called José Antonio Carril denounced in 2013 the mayor of Santiago of the Popular Party who replaced Gerardo Conde Roa (for two years) Ángel Curras , on charges of harassment and prevarication. (Angel Curras, a son of a bitch who has been officially in charge of the promotion of Galician Language; his father Read more…

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fernando_santamaria: Psychiatrists, Local Police and Judges at Santiago de Compostela (ii)

Two years later, (I was mandatorily retired on April 2001 by Galician Educational Authorities) on 26/06/2002, I happened to fall profoundly asleep at a bar. My primary physician, Dr. Raimundo López Vázquez, had signed for me a prescription of Zaleplon (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zaleplon?wprov=sfti1) , I had spended the afternoon in a bar, the Apollo, had a few Read more…

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fernando_santamaria: Psychiatrists, Local Police and Judges at Santiago de Compostela (i)

I’ve been for 18 years a teacher. As I missed the opportunity to become a don, tried everywhere to become a principal. Well on 21/11/2000, there were some elections for the school board at my workplace, Ordes, a village 26 Kms. away from Santiago de Compostela. I’d been for a couple days somewhat disturbing. Nothing Read more…

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fernando_santamaria: Western Union, Saani Amina Deeshini and black brotherhood

I know a 30 old years girl from Ghana, Saani Amina Deeshini, since nearly two years on the internet. She doesn’t speak a lot of English, but she has a seducing way of chatting, based in “ohk!,” and “yh.” I’m divorced since about two years also. I tried to hire her here in Spain as a Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Let’s Not Allow the Great Powers to Destroy the World

The vast destruction wrought by the atomic bombing of Japan in August 1945 should have been enough to convince national governments that the game of war was over. Wars have had a long run among rival territories and, later, nations, with fierce conflicts between Athens and Sparta, Rome and Carthage, Spain and Britain, and the Read more…

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fernando_santamaria: Galician terrorism and Galician “terrorists” under His Majesty King Felipe VI and in Fernando Grande-Marlaska’s Spain

On Monday, 24th this year, 2022, on the National Court, in Spain, Felipe VI’s SK, where we have a nice, really handsome, “gay,” Minister of Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, with some kind of delirious curricle, a fucking “gay” troll, (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fernando_Grande-Marlaska?wprov=sfti1 ), three Galician guys will be on trial. Just copy and paste their bios, as I find them Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: William Scheuerman’s “A New American Labor Movement” (SUNY Press)

During 2021, there were signs of growing militancy in America’s beleaguered union movement, as thousands of workers went out on strike at John Deere, Kellogg’s, Nabisco, Frito-Lay, Volvo, Frontier Communications, New York University, and Columbia University, as did thousands more from the ranks of union carpenters, hospital workers, airport workers, and coal miners. Even so, Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and the World’s Future

Late January of this year will mark the first anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.  This momentous international agreement, the result of a lengthy struggle by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and by many non-nuclear nations, bans developing, testing, producing, acquiring, possessing, Read more…

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fernando_santamaria: Ordering my thoughts about the “Back Better Act”

I’ve been trying to read the history of the processing of “The Back Better Act” in the Wikipedia. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Build_Back_Better_Act?wprov=sfti1). The Bill derived (it was an extracted part) from the American Jobs Plan, together with the Law for Investment in Infrastructure and Labor, and was part of a package of 3.5 trillion dollars, (later reduced to Read more…

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fernando_santamaria: About senator Joseph Manchin III, a damned dinasty

Joseph Manchin III (a dinasty, apparently) (Farmington, August, 1947) built part of his fortune as a coal trader, running Enersystem, a company he founded in 1989, at 40. Throughout his political career, he has dedicated himself to defending the interests of the fossil fuel industries. He’s been sabotaging Dem politics all his life (just have Read more…

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fernando_santamaria: About King Juan Carlos I of Spain status and fortune

I am not, in anyway, an unconditional supporter of  the Spanish Royal Household, but I have a long-lasting doubt that today, at last, I have dared to ask Professor Gerardo Pisarello (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerardo_Pisarello?wprov=sfti1). While posting crazily to Spanish Work Minister Yolanda Diaz Perez, who is somewhat of a Communist and presents herself as an alternative to Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Special Privilege in Admission to Elite U.S. Colleges

Although a major scandal erupted in 2019 over bribery and other fraudulent practices used by wealthy Americans to secure their children’s admission to elite colleges, the affluent continue to benefit from other kinds of special admission policies that are perfectly legal. Consider the fact that, according to a recent study, only about 57 percent of Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Most Americans Look Favorably on Global Governance

Amid all the flag-waving, chants of “USA, USA,” and other nationalist hoopla that characterize mainstream politics in the United States, it’s easy to miss the fact that most Americans favor global governance.  Although a great many Americans do feel a sense of identification with the U.S. government, a majority also supports the exercise of transnational Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Why Is U.S. Military Spending Increasing to New, Outlandish Levels?

Although critics of the Biden administration’s Build Back Better plan to increase funding for U.S. education, healthcare, and action against climate catastrophe say the United States can’t afford it, there are no such qualms about ramping up funding for the U.S. military. This May, the Pentagon asked Congress to fund a $715 billion budget for Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Imagine a World with U.S.-China Cooperation

On September 10, 2021, during an important diplomatic meeting that occurred by telephone, U.S. President Joseph Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping affirmed the necessity of a better relationship between their two nations.  According to the official Chinese summary, Xi said that “when China and the United States cooperate, the two countries and the world Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: The Fate of Cassandra: Dire Predictions Go Unheeded

In ancient Greek mythology, Cassandra was a priestess who was able to predict the future but unable to convince others to act upon her prophecies. The fate of Cassandra seems particularly relevant today, for there has been ample warning about three developments that threaten continued human existence—preparations for nuclear war, climate change, and disease pandemics—without, Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Building Social Solidarity Across National Boundaries

Is it possible to build social solidarity beyond the state? It’s easy to conclude that it’s not.  In 1915, as national governments produced the shocking carnage of World War I, Ralph Chaplin, an activist in the Industrial Workers of the World, wrote his stirring song, “Solidarity Forever.”  Taken up by unions around the globe, it Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Alex Saab, Afghanistan, and the limits of US power

The US government will (perhaps within a month) probably succeed in extraditing businessman Alex Saab from Cape Verde. His “crime” was being an official envoy for the Venezuelan government as he attempted to negotiate the sale of medicines from Iran to Venezuela. US sanctions have declared such activity illegal. Saab was on his way to Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Baby Teeth and the Damage to Public Health Caused by U.S. Nuclear Weapons Tests

By Lawrence Wittner and Joseph Mangano In 2020, Harvard University’s T. C. Chan School of Public Health began a five-year study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, that will examine the connection between early life exposure to toxic metals and later-life risk of neurological disease. A collaborator with Harvard, the Radiation and Public Health Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Thoughts on Gerald Posner’s “Case Closed: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Assassination of JFK”

I reviewed Josiah Thompson’s new book in a blog post the other day. The book makes a persuasive case that there was a second shooter who killed JFL, but I don’t think it’s a slam dunk. Neither is Gerald Posner’s conclusion that Oswald acted alone, but I’ve come to think Thompson’s thesis is much stronger Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: JFK mystery endures like the US blockade of Cuba (Review of Josiah Thompson’s “Last Second in Dallas”)

I just finished Josiah Thompson’s excellent new book on the JFK assassination: Last Second in Dallas (University Press of Kansas, 2021). Near the end of the book he describes how the scene of the crime, Dealey Plaza, looks to him in 2020. He reflects that “the case itself has been drained of its mythic resonance Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Infant Mortality: a look at how Cuba and Venezuela ranked in 1980

In 1980, Venezuela’s infant mortality rate ranked 58th best in the world, far below Cuba, whose infant mortality rate was 28th that year. Infant mortality is a basic Venezuela’s infant mortality rate in 1980 was more than twice as high as that in Cuba – all according to the 2018 version of UNICEF data.

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Joe Emersberger: Some notable facts about Venezuela’s oil history

Venezuela has been an important oil exporter since the 1920s. See this essay for historical details. As the chart below shows, It was not until the 1970s that big Middle east oil exporters like Saudi Arabia and Iran overtook Venezuela in oil production  

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fernando_santamaria: Independence and Constitution in Spain

There’s a serious political problem in the Spanish Kingdom that seems difficult to resolve and leads to a vicious circle. Probably because of the influence  of Francoist ideology, having independence as an objective is contrary to the Spanish Constitution, (art.2 insists on “The indissoluble unity of the Nation (…),” for instance), but the legal and Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Conflict or Cooperation in U.S.-China Relations?

The United States and China, the world’s mightiest military and economic powers, are currently heading toward a Cold War or even a hot one, with disastrous consequences.  But an alternative path is available and could be taken. Beginning in 2018, U.S. government policy toward China turned sharply hostile, bringing relations between the two nations to Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Nationalism on the Decline

Although, beginning in about 2015, nationalist political parties made enormous advances in countries around the world, more recently they have been on the wane. The nationalist surge was led by a new generation of rightwing populist demagogues who, feeding on public discontent with widespread immigration and economic stagnation, achieved startling political breakthroughs.  Matteo Salvini of Read more…

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Brad Wilson: Brad’s Farm Justice Work Online

FARM JUSTICE BLOGS ZSpace   ZSpace Home Page:  http://zcomm.org/author/bradwilson/  You’re here!   ZSpace List of Blogs:  This went away in a ZSpace upgrade.  I will create an index or table of contents.  FOR NOW USE SEARCH FOR “Brad Wilson.”  I think I have nearly 100 blogs at ZSpace, (and I’ve moved many from La Vida Locavore, which Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: How John Hersey Blew the Whistle on the Reality of Nuclear War

Review of “Fallout:  The Hiroshima Cover-up and the Reporter Who Revealed It to the World” In this crisply-written, well-researched book, Lesley Blume, a journalist and biographer, tells the fascinating story of the background to John Hersey’s pathbreaking article, “Hiroshima,” and of its extraordinary impact upon the world. In 1945, although only 30 years of age, Read more…

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Dave Markland: Noam Chomsky INTERVIEW: On charges of anti-semitism and sensible tactics for Palestine solidarity

December 6, 2020 [Chomsky responds to a question about accusations of anti-semitism which stifle debates about justice in Israel-Palestine.] I think the question we should be asking ourselves is: Have our tactics helped develop the charges of anti-semitism? There are tactics that would not encourage that development. So for example, the Presbyterian Church has adopted Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: The Fateful Choice: Nuclear Arms Race or Nuclear-Free World

The recent announcement by the British government that it plans a 40 percent increase in the number of nuclear weapons it possesses highlights the escalation of the exceptionally dangerous and costly nuclear arms race. After decades of progress in reducing nuclear arsenals through arms control and disarmament agreements, all the nuclear powers are once again Read more…

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