About Z Blogs


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

Joe Emersberger: The WSJ declares Venezuela worse than Syria

The Wall Street Journal just published an article with the headline INFANT MORTALITY SOARS IN VENEZUELA WITH HOSPITALS SUFFERING A CATASTROPHIC LACK OF SUPPLIES, THE COUNTRY’S BABIES ARE DYING AT A RATE HIGHER THAN SYRIA’S The article reported Venezuela’s overall infant mortality rate—defined as deaths within the first year of life—is currently 18.6 per 1,000 Read more…

The Polemicist: Hillary’s Hide-and-Seek

Go to source This Sunday’s New York Times (NYT) article by Amy Chozicko, headlined “Issues in Hillary Clinton’s Past Leave Her Muted in Furor Over Donald Trump” (“Clinton Treads Lightly Amid Furor Over Trump” in the print edition) provides a fine example of how the mainstream press covers up Hillary Clinton’s problems, even when they Read more…

Don Fitz: Green Time TV: Barriers to Better Being

Green Time TV Barriers to Better Being by Don Fitz It seems like every plan to improve the environment is met with barriers that get in the way for a month, a year or a century. November Green Time episodes delve into surmounting some of those barriers, including criminalization of medical marijuana, power grid disruption, Read more…

Mark Evans: A Reply to Daguerre, Ozarow and Upchurch

This is a reply to a specific part of this article: http://www.workerscontrol.net/authors/spectrum-trajectory-and-role-state-workers%E2%80%99-self-management In the fifth paragraph the authors of this article mention the participatory economics (parecon) model – as developed by Albert and Hahnel. As an advocate of that model I want to address what seem to me to be some misunderstandings of the way Read more…

Nasir Khan: Why did the U.S. rulers destroy Iraq?

Nasir Khan, October 10, 2016 The Twin Towers in New York did fall on 9/11. In fact, the third high building, not far from the twin towers, also mysteriously fell without any plane crashing into it on the same day. There are two main versions of the tragic happening. First, the official version that has Read more…

Nasir Khan: The Kashmir Conflict Needs a Solution Now

Nasir Khan, October 7, 2016 Despite Indian army’s blinding of hundreds of Kashmiri youth and terrorising millions of Kashmiris in the recent weeks, there is only one outcry that is reverberating throughout the Kashmir Valley: Azadi, Azadi (Freedom, Freedom) from the Indian occupation of Kashmir. Instead of heeding to the demands of the people who Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Avoidable Child Deaths in Various Countries in the Western Hemisphere in 2015

The chart below lists avoidable child deaths in various countries calculated as the difference between the number of child deaths listed by UNICEF for 2015 and the numbers of child deaths there would have been if each country had Cuba’s child mortality rate. There is no excuse for any country in the Western Hemisphere having a child Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Higher profits boost private investment. WRONG!

Hillary Clinton, in the first presidential debate, pointed out that Trump didn’t pay any federal tax one year, and added that he probably didn’t pay in other years as well. Trump responded to her by saying “That makes me smart”. The appropriate rejoinder is “that makes you corrupt” but Hillary Clinton and Trump, her husband’s Read more…

Joe Emersberger: UK Labour and Central Bank Independence – Again

I wrote this blog post the other day which said that the UK Labour party should completely reject the neoliberal dogma that the central bank (Bank of England in this case) should be independent of the elected government. The UK Independent just ran an article which brought up the questions posed in my blog post. Read more…

Nasir Khan: The Zionist hoax of “peace process” in Palestine

Nasir Khan, September 30, 2016 Russian think tank Katehon’s journalist Anastasia Zhukova  interviewed me recently per telephone. The following is her summary of the interview: The Palestinian Authority (PA) has been under the virtual control of Israel and its authority limited to the West Bank. It has no control over the Gaza Strip. The Palestinian Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Central Bank independence is the last thing Corbyn’s team should defend

I am delighted that Jeremy Corbyn was re-elected leader of the Labour party in the UK. John McDonnell, Corbyn’s right hand man and go-to guy on economic policy, recently talked about the importance of monetary policy and that it should not be narrowly focused on inflation. That was excellent, but why in the world is McDonnell guaranteeing Read more…

Antonio Carty: All Our World Is Ripples!

The ‘end justifies the means’ Machiavelli’s axiom that was gleefully consumed by the powerful & that capitalism proudly lives by, is a ridiculous & mistaken denial of consequence. It leads to the desperation & violent terror of war on all its terrible scales & blindly guides our Titanic environmental collision. Those who do whatever to Read more…

Lawrence Wittner: Where Is That Wasteful Government Spending?

In early September 2016, Donald Trump announced his plan for a vast expansion of the U.S. military, including 90,000 new soldiers for the Army, nearly 75 new ships for the Navy, and dozens of new fighter aircraft for the Air Force.  Although the cost of this increase would be substantial―about $90 billion per year―it would Read more…

Don Fitz: Green Time TV: Looking Forward

Green Time TV Looking Forward by Don Fitz Did you ever ask what a positive future for all of us might include? October Green Time episodes look forward to when MLK Blvd is fixed up as nice as the Delmar Loop, when solar panels can be a key part of efficient home energy use, when Read more…

Lawrence Wittner: Isn’t It Time to Ban the Bomb?

Although the mass media failed to report it, a landmark event occurred recently in connection with resolving the long-discussed problem of what to do about nuclear weapons.  On August 19, 2016, a UN committee, the innocuously-named Open-Ended Working Group, voted to recommend to the UN General Assembly that it mandate the opening of negotiations in Read more…

Nasir Khan: Kashmiris and Pashtoons – Reply to a commentator

Nasir Khan, September 4, 2016 In response to my today’s post “Indian forces’ atrocities and murders in Kashmir continue” in a Facebook group (“Daring Facts”) one Mr Jaffar Safi wrote a comment. I am producing his comment, which was not directly related to my post but I replied to him where I tried to clarify Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Media uniformity and the latest attack on Jeremy Corbyn

Check out the following headlines as captured by Google today: Now if Corbyn had said “I am wealthy” he would also have been mocked by the press: “Deluded Corbyn think’s he is ‘wealthy’ with net worth of 650K when Richard Branson’s is 3.8 billion!” “Corbyn thinks he is in the same class as Richard Branson Read more…

Lawrence Wittner: Does the Democratic Party Have a Progressive Platform–and Does it Matter?

Shortly after the Democratic Party’s platform committee concluded its deliberations this July, Bernie Sanders announced:  “Thanks to the millions of people across the country who got involved in the political process . . . we now have the most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic Party.” Although the Sanders forces didn’t obtain all Read more…

Nasir Khan: Turkey under Erdogan

Nasir Khan, August 24, 2016 Dr Richard Falk looks at the present situation in Turkey under Erdogan from different angles, and he weighs in both positive and negative sides of the likely scenarios after the July 15 coup. Shifting political partners and allies is a common addiction of all power-hungry leaders. We who have the Read more…

Nasir Khan: Review of the paper on the Dome of the Rock and its Arabic text from the Omayyad period

Nasir Khan, August 21, 2016 This is a scholarly paper, originally in Swedish, authored by Lars Djerf in which he has concentrated mainly on the Arabic inscriptions on the Dome of the Rock (DR), their meaning and purpose in a wider political and religious context at a time when Islam had emerged as a dominant Read more…

Suki Venkat: Progress in linguistics after the Chomskian muddle

Chomsky has been pursuing his simple method to generate the underlying structure of natural languages for several decades now. Gone are his social and political antenna, in his obsession for the minimalistic magic formula that will describe a natural language. Even Newton did not make his discovery alone, he was helped by the ideas of Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Quiz: Can you tell the Daily Mirror from the Daily Mail?

Here’s a very brief quiz for readers of the UK media. Which newspaper just posted on online quiz desperately trying to equate Donald Trump and Jeremy Corbyn? Was it the farcically right wing Daily Mail or the “Labour supporting” Daily Mirror? Hint: not a single British newspaper with any significant readership editorialized against the failed Read more…

Don Fitz: Green Time TV: Our Future Environment

Green Time TV Our Future Environment by Don Fitz We can look backward to the way politicians and businessmen have ignored the need to plan for land usage and the harm of levees. Or, we can look forward to socialized medicine and creating clean energy. September Green Time episodes explore the need to do both. Read more…

Nasir Khan: Religious beliefs versus rational thinking

Nasir Khan, July 31, 2016 From a Humanistic point of view, followers of all religions should be respected and their concrete good work for other people should be admired and acknowledged. In this connection, it is important to underline that such respect and admiration is not due to their inherent or internalised beliefs and dogmas, Read more…

Nasir Khan: Kashmir, Palestine and my Facebook Friends

Nasir Khan, July 26, 2016 At present, I have about three thousand Facebok friends who come from different parts of the world. This list also includes a few hundred friends from Pakistan or who are of Pakistani origin. Over the last few weeks, when Indian army unleashed its brutal crackdown in Kashmir, killing, blinding and Read more…

Lawrence Wittner: Superpowers Are Violent Powers

If asked to identify the world’s superpowers today, most people would name the United States, Russia, and China.  Although many citizens of these countries maintain that this status is based on the superiority of their national way of life, the reality is that it rests upon their nations’ enormous capacity for violence. Certainly none has Read more…

Nasir Khan: Kashmiris Right to Determine Their Future Is the Only Solution to the Kashmir Conflict

Nasir Khan, July 16, 2016 Today Professor Raj Bhat, himself a Kashmiri, raised a few questions and asked for my response. I am repoducing his comment followed by my reply. Our readers will see that we two have different views on the Kashmir issue: Raj Bhat: Nasir Khan Sahab: I have raised human issues which Read more…

Don Fitz: Green Time TV: Preparing for Danger

Green Time TV Preparing for Danger by Don Fitz Many dangers to the environment and human health could be lessened enormously if we would pay close attention to warning signs. August Green Time episodes explore warning signs for the US health care system, misuse of water and energy efficiency, as well as positive developments among Read more…

Nasir Khan: Brtual Indian oppression continues in Kashmir

Nasir Khan, July 15, 2016 The partition of India in 1947 was because of a number of factors. As a child living in Poonch (Kashmir) I had seen the destructive blood-letting and communal frenzy. The so-called ‘Two-Nation Theory’ was a misleading and absurd idea to start with. But there was not only one party to Read more…

michael edwards: The Self Segregation of Retail Workers

REI workers in Seattle are stirring. Seattle councilwoman Kshama Sawant recently held a rally in support of REI’s workers. The outdoor cooperative is perceived by many to be a progressive company, but based on the testimony of some of the company’s employees, REI’s progressive values don’t extend to paying fair wages. The store caters to Read more…

Philip Gan: Graduate schools for public policy/affairs?

My friend wants to do graduate study in public affairs or public policy (Masters or PhD) at a university in the US. She is a Cuban-American, politically progressive but not radical despite my efforts, especially in relation to economic class. She is considering applying to Princeton and other universities, but will consider other schools that I recommend. Read more…

michael edwards: The Comfort of Customized Facts

Being a veteran, many of my Facebook friends are conservative. They tend to like their firearms and dislike Black Lives Matters protesters, “Why can’t they all be like Darius Rucker from Hootie and the Blowfish?” Recently I found myself in an inane argument where I tried to prove that Black Lives Matter was not the Read more…

Lawrence Wittner: Are We in for Another Increase in Military Spending?

  At the present time, an increase in U.S. military spending seems as superfluous as a third leg.  The United States, armed with the latest in advanced weaponry, has more military might than any other nation in world history.  Moreover, it has begun a $1 trillion program to refurbish its entire nuclear weapons complex.  America’s Read more…

Nasir Khan: Remarks on Luis L. Tijerina’s essay ‘The Russian and Syrian Alliance’

Nasir Khan, July 2, 2016 In his paper Luis Lazaro Tijerina fills in much-needed information to understand Russian and Syrian relationship. While discussing the salient aspects of the relationship, first, between the Soviet Union and Syria and, then, after the fall of the Soviet Union, between Russia and Syria, the author has provided a sound Read more…

Nasir Khan: The Forces of Darkness and Ignorance in Pakistan

Nasir Khan, June 23, 2016 The tragedy that started in 1947 in the shape of Pakistan and in the name of Islam has continued uninterrupted since then. In this country, Islam was transformed into a cult of ignorance and darkness and then into a cult of death and violence. Muslim leaders and politicians initiated their Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Will the Guardian Correct an Atrocious Article by Julian Borger?

This article by Julian Borger on Venezuela’s economy sates that “By IMF figures, it has the world’s worst negative growth rate (-8%), and the worst inflation rate (482%). The unemployment rate is 17% but is expected to climb to near 30% in the coming few years.” The IMF values that Borger reports are projections for 2016, not confirmed data Read more…

Mark Evans: Occupy +

Resurrecting Occupy and Breathing Life into Shared Program by Taking it to the Streets There is a new initiative called People for a Shared Program (P4SP). As its starting point this new initiative uses a document co-authored and / or signed by 87 people, many of whom are well known and generally respected on the Read more…

Don Fitz: Green Time TV: Broken Systems – Real Alternatives

Green Time TV Broken Systems – Real Alternatives by Don Fitz When systems break down, it’s time to develop new ones. July Green Time episodes explore systems of energy, health care, nuclear power, capital punishment, and animal agriculture. Residential energy efficiency can play a key role in reducing demand for electricity. In the first July Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Another day, another outrageous lie in the WAPO about Venezuela

To see how terrible the western media is, just follow its Venezuela coverage. In a Washington Post op-ed, David Ignatius wrote  “Delay would also allow Maduro’s supporters more time to organize militias to sustain the leftist movement organized by Venezuela’s volcanic dictator Hugo Chávez, who died in 2013.” Ignatius lies causally and extravagantly about the past while also Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Mariana Zuñiga takes her rotten journalism to the Washington Post

Zuñiga’s recent BBC article was horrible (and never corrected by the BBC). She used it to spread one unsubstantiated whopper after another. Now she takes to the Washington Post to write “In a country where inflation is soaring toward 700 percent and the economy shrank 10 percent last year…” Venezuela’s GDP shrank 5.7% last year. The Read more…

Nasir Khan: The massacre in Orlando

Nasir Khan, June 13, 2016 The massacre of so many innocent people at the hands of Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old US citizen was a deplorable and savage act. What made him commit such a horrendous crime is not clear. The pieces of information we saw on the telescreens show him to have been a mentally Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Email to Tracy Wilkinson of LA Times Re. Venezuela

Re: U.S. nudges the Vatican, other allies to help rescue Venezuela Dear Tracy Wilkinson: You wrote “Socialist, anti-U.S. governments have ruled Venezuela since Chavez came to power in 1999, prevailing over a brief 2002 coup that Chavez blamed on Washington.” The U.S. State Department’s Office of Inspector General stated that the Bush administration had “provided training, institution Read more…

Joe Emersberger: To its credit, Reuters sets the record straight on Venezuela’s recall process

To anyone who values honest journalism, it was nice to see that this Reuters article did not let a statement by Venezuelan opposition leader, Henrique Capriles, totally mislead readers. The Venezuelan opposition is claiming they are being denied their constitutional right to a recall referendum against Nicolas Maduro. As I explained in some detail here, if Read more…

Nasir Khan: Inherited beliefs and freethinking

Nasir Khan, May 28, 2016 All human children are born in the same way, according to the physiological and biological reproductive system of human beings. Right from their infancy, they learn about the customs and rituals of their societies through their parents and other close relatives. Of course, they follow the religion of their parents Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Venezuela’s Recall Process and the International Media’s Lies of Omission

The international media and the president of the OAS, Luis Almagro, are demanding that Venezuelan president Nicholas Maduro allow a presidential recall referendum to take place in 2016. Why are they demanding that it take place in 2016? Both government critics and supporters appear to agree that if a recall vote is held before January Read more…

Joe Emersberger: BBC article runs wild with unsourced whoppers about Venezuela

This BBC article by Mariana Zuniga says   “This situation might be bearable if the Venezuelan oil-dominated economy was performing well, but it is expected to shrink by 8% this year after contracting by 5.8% in 2014.” The article doesn’t say – which is terrible reporting – but the prediction of 8% contraction comes from the IMF Read more…

Lawrence Wittner: The Return of Democratic Socialism

Democratic socialism used to be a vibrant force in American life.  During the first two decades of the twentieth century, the Socialist Party of America, headed by the charismatic union leader, Eugene V. Debs, grew rapidly, much like its sister parties in Europe and elsewhere:  the British Labour Party, the French Socialist Party, the Swedish Read more…

Joe Emersberger: To the NYT editors, a coup government is simply a “new” government – UPDATED

Today’s NYT editorial “The Left on the Run in Latin America” underscores that there never really was a “good left” as far as U.S. elites were concerned. For years, Brazil’s left government was part of the “good left” that received vastly better press than Venezuela and other ALBA countries.  It would have been very unwise Read more…

Corporate Watch: New Book: Struggles for autonomy in Kurdistan

Kurdistan is currently divided between four countries: Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey. In each of the parts of Kurdistan, Kurdish identities and cultures have been repressed for generations. This book, by Eliza Egret and Tom Anderson, gathers together first-hand accounts of the struggles for a new society taking place in Bakur and Rojava – the Read more…

Nasir Khan: On Humans and Gods

Nasir Khan, May 20, 2016 Humans created god by attributing many of their own qualities unto an imaginary ‘being’. But they also gave him a bit more than what they themselves were: they made him all-powerful and all-knowing! So are the fictional places that human beings created in their grand fantasies called Paradise, Hell and Read more…

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