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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Noam Chomsky: “Demographic Problems”?

The idea of a “deliberate attempt” [to take over European countries] is too idiotic and racist to merit comment. Reminds me of writings of progressives a century ago that the evil Chinese are secretly attempting to infiltrate into the US and take it over, so we should therefore use bacteriological warfare to exterminate the population Read more…

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David Peterson: The Starboard at Portside

Monday evening, the respected listserve of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism known as Portside selected for circulation a commentary that had appeared in that morning’s Boston Globe: Swanee Hunt‘s “The Three Lessons of Srebrenica” (July 11). Now. I myself had caught Hunt’s commentary earlier in the day via the Boston Globe‘s website, Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Hustler Interview Context

Noam, can you tell folks how it came about that you have an interview in Hustler and your feeings about it being there? I give 100s of interviews. I received a letter from someone named Sinclair, requesting an interview for a journal that she described as “the most politically progressive, outspoken entertainment magazine today. We Read more…

: Monterey Trilogy, Part Three: Making Peace

I am sitting here on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, taking a self-declared time out from the grueling business of stopping violence to think about making peace. This strikes me as a critical exercise for a number of reasons, a point brought home regularly by that awkward pause when those to the right of Read more…

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David Peterson: The Srebrenica Massacre

Don’t know whether or not you’ve had the chance to look over Edward Herman’s “The Politics of the Srebrenica Massacre,” first posted to ZNet last Thursday, and then circulated around who-knows-how-many other websites since. It is a powerful analysis of the nexus that (let us say) for the past 15 years has existed between (a) Read more…

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David Peterson: Devolution at the Church of Rome

So, the Church of Rome is in the process of reversing course on evolution—of devolving dogmatically, one might say, on questions that pertain to the universe and to nature and to the origins of life on the planet earth, such as it is? The Catholic Church, while leaving to science many details about the history Read more…

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Paul Street: Terror Attacks are a Price of Empire that Bush and Blair are Willing for Us to Pay

There are many reasons to condemn the vicious non-state terrorists who conduct murderous operations like the ones that took place in London this morning. … One reason that is not commonly mentioned in our Permanent War and Entertainment Media is the way these killers provide imperial high state authoritarians like George W. Bush with opportunities Read more…

: MONTEREY Trilogy, Part Two: The Power of Women’s Voices

One of the most delightful evenings during my recent visit to Monterey was spent attending a Women Against War poetry reading. Eight women, including well known novelist Jane Smiley, participated in the reading. I was particularly touched by poet Maria Garcia Tabor who, before reading told us that she is a mother and that having Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: The United Nations

…Americans favor international law and institutions, very strongly in fact. Which is pretty remarkable given the beating they take in the mainstream doctrinal system. As for the UN, there is plenty wrong with it, but the main problems trace back to the great powers, mainly the US, that pretty much determine what it can and Read more…

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David Peterson: British Records on the Prewar Bombing of Iraq

As the London Times‘s Michael Smith has been reporting in multiple venues (e.g., “The War Before the War,” New Statesman, May 30, 2005), the best publicly available source at the moment for evidence of the scale of the pre-war bombing campaign launched by the American and British militaries around the second-half of April, 2002 to Read more…

: Monterey Trilogy, Part One: Reality (on) TV

Shortly before a recent trip to California, I happened to catch a piece on the evening news about the possibility that recent minor earthquakes might be a lead-up to “The Big One”. The remarkable part of this story was that they could not produce one scientist who would say that a big quake was imminent. Read more…

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David Peterson: “Spikes of Activity”

To repeat for the second time in recent days an important passage from the British reporter Michael Smith’s work on the joint criminal conspiracy between the Bush and the Blair regimes, the explicit purpose of which was to engineer the U.S. and U.K. military seizure of Iraqi territory in the spring of 2003 (“The War Read more…

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David Peterson: “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”

“What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” Frederick Douglass, Rochester, New York, July 5, 1852

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David Peterson: Not-So-Strange Bedfellows

Pages 238-239 of the print edition (and pp. 256-257 of the PDF version) of The 9/11 Commission Report first released in July of last year reproduce the list of the 19 September 11, 2001 suicide hijackers—in terms of the immediate destructiveness, lives taken, the drama and the spectacle that accompanied these four near simultaneous events, Read more…

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David Peterson: Red Meat for the Christian Right

A report in this morning’s London Independent relates how the early September, 2004 conversion of the Bush regime, from a state of atheism or at most agnosticism on questions concerning the nature of the crisis in the Darfur region of the western Sudan, to a state of absolute conviction that the crisis there did indeed Read more…

: Violence against women in the military–Some clarifications

The current issue of Mother Jones magazine has several excellent articles about violence against women, which I highly recommend to the readers of this blog. However, their coverage of VAW in the military has several inaccuracies. The Miles Foundation offers the following clarifications: “-the victim advocate program was authorized by Congress in 1994; -the implementation Read more…

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David Peterson: No Memo Required

For the record: The so-called “Downing Street Memos” provide us with some truly valuable bits of evidence that the British Prime Minister and other ruling Labour Party ministers and advisors not only engaged in a joint criminal conspiracy with their superiors in Washington the explicit purpose of which was to militarily seize Iraqi territory—an enterprise Read more…

: Those Oxymoronic Pro-Life Republicans

Oh you have just gotta love those family values Republicans. The Armchair Subversive has a titilating list of pedophile Republican politicians. More than 40 names are named, pictures too. Too long to copy all of them here, but here’s the first few: “Republican anti-abortion activist Howard Scott Heldreth is a convicted child rapist in Florida. Read more…

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Paul Street: Live From Fort Bragg: “Fortunate Son” Dubya Calls for “More, More, More”

Here’s a critique of some parts of George W. Bush’s “Buck Up America” war speech, given to revealingly mild applause at Fort Bragg. This post takes its theoretical inspiration from Credence Clearwater Revival’s Vietnam-era antiwar rock anthem “Fortunate Son” (full lyrics below). The president said “Thank you and good evening. I am pleased to visit Read more…

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Paul Street: Good Morning America: Did Your Civilian Democracy Come Home Last Night?

Monday, I had a day off. It was great. I was in DeKalb. I had time to watch a television show while I ate breakfast. It was mostly commercials. I headed for the YMCA out on Bethany Road but I stopped for coffee and newspapers in the local Barnes & Noble. I’d like to tell Read more…

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David Peterson: “Who Are Americans to Think That Freedom Is Theirs to Spread?”

For a textbook example of how to close one’s eyes in the face of real evil, check out: “Who Are Americans to Think That Freedom Is Theirs to Spread?” Michael Ignatieff, New York Time Magazine, June 26, 2005 Therein, this Harvard intellectual and professor at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy instructs us that Read more…

: Tepid (not to mention fake) applause greets president’s speech

The first weird thing about the President’s story hour was no applause when he walked in. Unlike those memorable States of Disunion when the Congressfolk look like they are doing aerobics they jump to their feet so often, it was eerily quiet, this at Ft. Bragg, one of the few venues left where he doesn’t Read more…

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Paul Street: On Facts and Frames

I have a forthcoming ZNet Sustainer Commentary (see http://www.zmag.org/sustainers/content/2005-06/23street.cfm) in which I make some serious criticisms of George Lakoff’s much-debated… book Don’t Think of It as an Elephant: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate – The Essential Guide for Progressives (2004…http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1931498717/qid=1119646597/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/104-3183019-0691140). But I don’t want readers to think that I find nothing useful in Read more…

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David Peterson: The Very Definition of Tyranny

I am not sure how many luminaries of the American political establishment have called upon the Senate’s Minority Whip, Richard Durbin, to apologize, to face the full wrath and fury of the Senate, or even to resign his office, effective immediately, since the otherwise undistinguished Senator from the State of Illinois took to the floor Read more…

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David Peterson: …must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime…

Judging by the panel discussion that closed out Fox News’s Sunday with Chris Wallace for the morning of June 19, the most important item around the world for the previous seven days was U.S. Senator Richard Durbin’s remarks on the floor of the Senate chamber the Tuesday before (June 14) about the “detention center at Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: “Deep Throat” & COINTELPRO

The fact that you hadn’t heard of COINTELPRO — and that there isn’t a word about it in the current “Deep Throat” coverage — tells us quite a lot about the dominant moral and political culture. COINTELPRO was a program of the national political police, carried out through four administrations, with a very wide range Read more…

: We Bombed Yuma

I suppose there are those who would say that I am getting paranoid in my middle years, but it’s beginning to seem that they really are after us, and in this case (with apologies to Pogo), we have met the enemy and guess who it is? Yes dear ones, we bombed Yuma. Well not precisely Read more…

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David Peterson: The Downing Street Memos

Jefferson Morley notes that the “memos” expressing the state of the Blair Government’s pre-war planning for the eventual U.S.-U.K. military seizure of Iraq have “made headlines from Australia to China to Pakistan” since the London Times published the first of them on Sunday, May 1, just four days shy of the British national elections that Read more…

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Paul Street: Obedience Rule Number One in the Hidden Workplace Abode: Care Only About Yourself

I once worked in a largely glass building with an ancient, outworn heating and cooling system. In some of this building’s offices, temperatures were regularly in the high 70s and 80s. On some afternoons, my office hit 90 degrees…. I had the hottest office of all because I was on the top floor, on the Read more…

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David Peterson: Dear Mr. Byron Calame

Mr. Byron Calame, Public Editor New York Times 229 West 43rd St. New York, NY 10036-3959 Dear Mr. Calame: Hello. And welcome to your new job as the Public Editor (or ombudsman) of the New York Times.— Almost 40 years at The Wall Street Journal, huh? Well, at least you spent those years “on the Read more…

: Media Exclusion of Women as Sources Impedes Meaningful Reform

Laudable as the goals of “media reform” may be, until the voices of women (as well as other silenced groups) are fully and equitably included, it will remain a deluded (mostly white) guy buzzword, self-limiting in its scope of meaningful change. The Project for Excellence in Journalism’s recently released study, “The Gender Gap: Women Are Read more…

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David Peterson: The Nation’s Powerful Nightmares

When it comes to the game of respectability, how to play it, and how best to win it, I’ve always been impressed by the deftness of Nation-Left types. With one significant counter-instance over the years—beginning, let us say, with the instauration of the end-of-history Right in Washington some 25 years ago, now a force so Read more…

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Paul Street: Deeper Than Palast on the “Deep Throat” Revelation

I’ve been on the road so here are some belated comments on the Mark Felt “Deep Throat” revelation. On at least four occasions (twice on television and twice on the radio) during the last week, I’ve had to endure listening to dominant media outlets host debates on whether or Mark Felt was “a hero” for Read more…

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David Peterson: Unde Malum?

With the May 20 death of the philosopher Paul Ricoeur, age 92, at his home in France, Saturday’s Chicago Tribune finally ran an obituary on the man and his work (Antonio Olivo, June 4). Which was to be expected, I guess: Because Ricoeur was a professor at the University of Chicago’s Divinity School for 20 Read more…

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David Peterson: Damage Control at Camp X-Ray

Even taking at face value Friday’s package of News Releases from U.S. Southern Command’s (Florida) Joint Task Force investigation into allegations of abuse of the Koran (or Qur’an, as Newsweek spells it) at the American-run Guantanamo Bay prisoner-of-war facility (Oops! Though this is a war, it’s a new kind of war, the President tells us; Read more…

: A Choice of Frames

George Lakoff is beginning to get on my nerves. I always get a little nervous when all of my friends are talking about one book, as they have about Lakoff’s little treatise on framing the debate, and his bizarre notion that the choice battle can be won with a little semantic reframing only furthers my Read more…

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David Peterson: “Deep Throat”

As the crazy world of American politics turns, it turns out that it was President Ronald Reagan who, with his signature on March 26, 1981, granted a “full and unconditional pardon” to the former Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, W. Mark Felt, a.k.a. the “Deep Throat” of Watergate legend, as we finally Read more…

: Breast Cancer Stamps and the Merchandising of Women’s Health

A well-meaning friend sent me an e-mail earlier this week begging me to buy breast cancer stamps. I get an e-mail like this about once a week, except during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October when they seem to arrive every few hours. I always hesitate to voice my cynicism when I reply to these Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: An End to Capitalism?

The state-corporate system is quite remote from anything that might be called “capitalism” or a “market system,” though it has elements of both. This system will doubtless continue to change, as it has in the past. The recent global investor-rights agreements change it substantially, as do ongoing steps to reduce or dismantle the benefits systems Read more…

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Paul Street: Memorial Day Apology (One Day Late)

I spent inordinate parts of the Memorial Day weekend doing my part for global climate change by driving across the nation’s interstate highway system. Occasionally I would turn on the car radio, to check the news, listen to… the other Chicago baseball team (the White Sox – first place AL Central), hear some music, and Read more…

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David Peterson: The Tyrant in Chief

Congress voted recently to adopt the $82 billion Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Tsunami Relief Act to help cover the costs of these three perversely linked items during the current fiscal year (2005), which ends September 30. “The Act provides funds for ongoing military and intelligence operations in Iraq Read more…

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David Peterson: “Preserving Our Readers’ Trust”?

According to the brief statement that used to accompany Daniel Okrent’s byline at the New York Times, the Times‘s now-former Public Editor (or ombudsman, watchdog—the “first person charged with publicly evaluating, criticizing and otherwise commenting on the paper’s integrity” in its history, he noted his first day on the job): “The public editor serves as Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Opposing the Vietnam War

It’s not physics, so one has to put together a circumstantial case. I’ve written about the way it looks to me. In brief, the war was always unpopular, even when Kennedy launched it in 1962. That’s why he hoped that US forces could withdraw — AFTER victory, as he continually and forcefully emphasized, to the Read more…

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Paul Street: “Impossible to Sell to Any Adult Human Being”

An interesting article (see the full text below) appeared in the New York Times yesterday. Why is the United States working behind the scenes to get the Organization of American States (O.A.S.) to form a new committee “to monitor the quality of democracy and the exercise of power in Latin America?” Don’t they have their Read more…

: Fourth Estate Goes After Independent Journalists:Gannett-Owned C-J’s Non-Correction of Bingham Story

The Gannett-owned Louisville Courier-Journal’s lengthy non-correction angst piece front and center in today’s Sunday Forum section entitled “Bingham, C-J didn’t give reporter a fair shake” by Public Editor Pam Platt explained in great detail why they were not publishing a correction to a piece that they ran last week, “Home from Iraq: What it’s like Read more…

: The Burqa Excuse

I was talking to my Dad last night and he told me that Kathleen Parker had a good column out about how women in Afghanistan are still being treated badly which he thought I’d like. This got my attention as I am not in the habit of agreeing with anything Parker says. Better never late, Read more…

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David Peterson: “…interrogators, in an attempt to rattle suspects, flushed a Qur’an down a toilet…”

Given everything we know about the American Government’s radical innovations in the theory and practice of the detention (not to mention the “extraordinary rendition“), the maltreatment, and the torture of the foreign nationals held in its custody since embarking on the current crusade in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 (“Go massive, sweep it all up, Read more…

: The Media Reform Conference

Last weekend’s Media Reform Conference in St. Louis has already been amply blogged (as someone at the Conference pointed out, the natural result of gathering 2500 media activists in one place is about 5000 opinions). My experience was perhaps a bit different than most in that I went primarily as a writer interested in the Read more…

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Michael Albert: Reply to Reis

I was glad to hear about a review appearing in Italy, by Erich Reis, addressing issues having to do with the economic model Participatory Economics, and the book Parecon. I received a translation of it, and had some comments. Differences aside, there seem to be a couple of confusions. Self management doesn’t mean, for me, Read more…

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David Peterson: Something About Yale’s David R. Graeber

In a recent interview with the embattled—and on the verge of becoming a former—Yale University Assistant Professor of Anthrolopogy David Graeber, Joshua Frank reported that in early May, “Prof. Graeber was informed that his teaching contract at Yale would not be extended.” But, Frank continued, “it was not Graeber’s scholarship that was ever in question; Read more…

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