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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Brian Dominick: This is Not Fox News, Folks

It is very unfortunate that some people seem intent on dragging the level of debate in these discussions of gender, pornography, etc, down to new lows. Many people on one side of this discussion seem to be making a mission out of trying to bait the other side into a more vicious, vitriolic, mostly unilateral Read more…

: Thank you for your responses

Many thanks to all of you who have responded in such depth to my previous blogs. It has been an eye-opening experience to see how strongly and passionately people respond to these topics. While I have been following your comments, I am not inclined to jump into the fray for several reasons, the biggest being Read more…

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Paul Street: Repeal the Racist Higher Education Act Drug Provision

I took some time out from the great proletarian revolution today to join some smart student activists in lobbying some key Chicago media authorities to oppose the Drug Provision that was added to the Higher Education Act in 1998….. Under this noxious provision, one of the worst and most transparently racist pieces of legislation currently Read more…

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David Peterson: “In Larger Freedom” VII

That the Secretary-General’s In Larger Freedom document could have broached one of the crucial topics that it does, under III.E, “Use of force,” namely, the need for a Security Council resolution to establish binding principles that cover “when and how force can be used to defend international peace and security” (pars. 122-126), shows us something. Read more…

: The abusive justification of porn/changing the paradigm

A reader of this blog pointed out to me that a good many of the comments to my posts have been verbally abusive in nature. She raises a good point and I thought it would be worth sharing with you some of the forms of verbal abuse that have been demonstrated in the comments. These Read more…

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Brian Dominick: Blog Comments vs. Discussion Forums

After following some of the very heated “threads” of comments on Lucinda Marshall‘s recent posts have prompted me to write this special post about the use of weblog comments. To date, I have already warned two users to cease using what I perceived to be abusive language, and I have deleted one comment posting, which Read more…

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David Peterson: “In Larger Freedom” VI

If the New York Times understood anything about the Secretary-General’s In Larger Freedom document, surely it was this: The document’s proposed definition of terrorism would in fact “redefine terrorism,” the Times noted, and redefine terrorism so as “to end any justifications of its use for national resistance.” At the March 21 press conference that accompanied Read more…

: Adventures of a Feminist Blogger

I had no idea that blogging was this easy. You just get out there and say that you are a feminist and that you plan to talk about violence against women. Ka-ching. Absolute guarantee that every male reader within bi-focal distance will stop by to say how marvelous and that they themselves are feminists and Read more…

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David Peterson: “In Larger Freedom” V

A little more than halfway through his In Larger Freedom document, in a section bearing the curious title, “Rule of Law” (pars. 133-139), the Secretary-General writes: 134. Nowhere is the gap between rhetoric and reality — between declarations and deeds — so stark and so deadly as in the field of international humanitarian law. It Read more…

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David Peterson: “In Larger Freedom” IV

In the 24 hours since the Secretary-General delivered his In Larger Freedom document to the UN General Assembly in New York—or the 48 hours since the document was first posted online to the UN’s website—or the 72 hours since the Los Angeles Times first reported its contents, based on a leaked copy—representatives of probably every Read more…

: The 12-step program for discussing feminism and misogyny

There seems to be something of a 12-step program that one has to go through before being allowed to legitimately discuss such topics as feminism, misogyny or violence against women. The first to be heard from are usually the hallelujah chorus of men’s voices from the patriarchal left saying that they strongly support feminism as Read more…

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David Peterson: “In Larger Freedom” III

Last fall, as he suffered withering attacks from segments of the American and British media, and the U.S. Congress, Kofi Annan began holding–or being invited to attend—discreet meetings with a coven of “foreign policy experts” around New York City (and who knows where else), at least one or more of whom eventually leaked the story Read more…

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David Peterson: “In Larger Freedom” II

So: It appears that the UN Secretary-General’s newly minted report, In Larger Freedom: Towards Security, Development and Human Rights for All, isn’t all that serious about reforming the Security Council. I say this, because the Annan Report (pars. 169-170) takes the High-Level Panel’s recommendations (pars. 249-258) on Security Council enlargement and reform quite seriously, and Read more…

: Sexual Abuse Stats and an article about Pornography

Yes indeed I could overload you with statistics, but one should suffice: 99% of sexual violence is committed by men and 89% of the victims are women according to the U.S. Department of Justice. And the bell hooks book is an excellent explanation of feminism. So far as Condi Rice is concerned, I guess you Read more…

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David Peterson: “In Larger Freedom” I

According to the Report delivered last December by the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change, any changes in the composition of the Security Council, the one organ with the “primary responsibility…for the maintenance of international peace and security,” must embody the following principles (Par. 249): (a) They should, in honouring Article 23 Read more…

: Additional thoughts about your comments

Before going on, I do want to address a few more of the comments that were made in response to my initial post. First, Hesed makes the assumption that matriarchy means just switching places and having women control men. I’m going to recommend that you do a little research into matriarchal theory and history, Riane Read more…

: Thank you for the responses!

Thank you one and all for responding to my opening comments. It gives me a chance to get to know my audience and helps me to know how to frame my comments. I apologize for the slow response, I’ve had a horrible cold for the last few days and writing coherently has not been an Read more…

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Paul Street: “It’s All About the Grease”

Perhaps you have seen (to see again look at the H. Joseph AP story below – Story 1) that the Senate recently voted basically to allow oil drilling in the precious Arctic Wildlife Refuge – something that the… masters of imperial corporate petro-plutocracy have been lusting about for as long as I can recall. The Read more…

: New Blog: Violence Against Women

A few months after founding the Feminist Peace Network, I got together for dinner one night with one of our members to discuss the purpose of the group and what direction we ought to take. We talked a lot about the impact war has on women. It had gotten dark by the time we left Read more…

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David Peterson: Three Questions

First Question: If a tree falls in the forest and there is no one around to hear it, does it still make a sound? Second Question: If the American actor and Academy Award-nominated star of the film Hotel Rwanda, Don Cheadle, is “invited to join five members of Congress on their fact-finding mission to see Read more…

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David Peterson: “The Secret Genocide Archive”

I happened to miss Nicholas Kristof’s “The Secret Genocide Archive” when first published on the Op-Ed page of the February 23 New York Times. Though by all accounts, it made for quite an exhibit: Kirstof’s commentary on the “victims of our indifference,” accompanied by four photos drawn from the African Union’s “secret archive of thousands Read more…

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Paul Street: To “Contain” Chavez

The Bushcons are paying some new attention to Latin America, which they fear has been slipping out of Yankee neoliberal/necolonial control during the recent American campaign to deliver “peace” and “freedom” to the Arab world —a wonderful expression of loving kindness that killed 98,000 Iraqi civilians between March 2003 and October 2004 (according to the Read more…

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David Peterson: Nukes and the Americans

One no doubt could tally the number of draft and final resolutions that wind their way in and out of the UN General Assembly’s First Committee on Disarmament and International Security every session—the current being the 59th. But there sure has been a bunch of them. And I don’t envy anyone the task. For example, Read more…

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Paul Street: A New Stage in Forward State-Propagandistic Vertical Integration

Want to get a chilling new glimpse of your emergent totalitarian future in the “home of the free?” Then go to…. http://www.nytimes.com/2005/03/13/politics/13covert.html?ei=5070&en=2d48dec4b53dff33&ex=1111381200&pagewanted=print&position= There (or below in this post) you will read “Under Bush, a New Age of Prepackaged TV News” by DAVID BARSTOW and ROBIN STEIN, in the New York Times (March 13, 2005). You’ve Read more…

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David Peterson: When America Kills….II

To repeat a question that I asked last month (Feb. 26): Why do you suppose the American and British governments pay so little attention to how many Iraqis they are killing? Readers will have to forgive me for speaking so frankly. But the question does not appear to be trivial. After all, over the past Read more…

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David Peterson: Hail, Mary

Recalling the long career of the late evolutionary biologist Ernst Mayr, who died in early February at the age of 100, after spending more than six decades as an intellectual leader in his field, a former colleague of Mayr’s writes (March 13): Way back in 1959, and exactly 100 years after the publication of Darwin’s Read more…

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Paul Street: Money Doesn’t Matter? Let Rich School Districts Show the Way

Imagine if you will that you are a parent of a public school student in one of the United States’ affluent Caucasian school districts – say the Roundout School District in the 94-percent white North Shore Chicago suburb Lake Forest, which spends $20,172 per year on every one of its school children. Your child and Read more…

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David Peterson: Social Contracts, American-Style III

Right-wing attacks on the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Disability Insurance Trust Funds (a.k.a. Social Security) I can live with. They fool nobody. Nobody who’s honest, anyway. (Not a trivial qualification.) Ultimately, they are nothing but attempts to sell a political choice according to cooked numbers. As if it were etched in stone (or Read more…

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David Peterson: Social Contracts, American Style II

Man. Is the class-warfare dragon in the States fanning its wings these days. Or what? Not only does it feed off the Bunko Artist-in-Chief’s proposal to “reform” the Social Security system—potentially the single greatest financial scam in American history. (Though I must admit: The Pentagon has got such a huge headstart over it, it’d take Read more…

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David Peterson: Social Contracts, American-Style I

The last time I looked at the phenomenon of bankruptcy in the States—and, yes, it appears that Americans lead the world in this category too, inasmuch as comparitive date are available—as they do in public indebtedness, private indebetedness, military spending, the number of concurrent wars of foreign aggression, the percentage of their own population they Read more…

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Paul Street: “Because We Are America!”

In 1994, Madeleine Albright, then UN Ambassador, informed the UN Security Council during a 1994 discussion about Iraq that America “will behave, with others, multilaterally when we can and unilaterally when we must” (Middle East International [London], Oct. 21, 1994, p. 4). This was her fancy way of saying that the United States will play Read more…

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Michael Albert: First Draft Introduction to possible new book – Remembering Tomorrow (memoirs)

At the suggestion of a number of folks I am trying to write about the past few decades actions, reactions, ideas, and notions as I have experienced them, using stories, anecdotes, etc. People call this sort of thing a memoir…but what I am doing is not about me, or even the times, so much as Read more…

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David Peterson: A “Cedar Revolution” II

The “Arab World” keeps turning up lately. So much so, in fact, that it sometimes seems as if the English-language media have caught an “Arab World” cold, and can’t stop blowing their collective nose. Of course, I won’t speak for you. But I for one can’t help but feel that a hitherto unknown continent suddenly Read more…

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David Peterson: Manufacturing Public Opinion

Last July, the highly respected Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland reported that slightly more than one-in-two Americans (56%) believed that “genocide” either had or was in the process of occurring in the Darfur states of the western Sudan. The same survey found that seven-in-ten Americans (69%) believed that, “If the Read more…

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David Peterson: Iran V

Anyone care to take a stab at the reasons why the “international community” would expect Iran to permanently forgo all uranium-enrichment activities, and why this morning’s New York Times expressed shock over the fact that “Iran says it won’t”? Sure. A bunch of possibilities come to mind. And at least one of them is true: Read more…

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Paul Street: Life Expectancy, Inequality, Overwork, Insurance, and Empire

Ever get tired of American “leaders” like George W. Bush and others saying again and again that the United States of America is the “greatest country in the world”? For an especially asinine version of this standard patriotic cliché, see Dinesh d’Souza, “10 Great Things: What to Love About the United States” at http://www.nationalreview.com/comment/comment-dsouza070203.asp. One Read more…

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David Peterson: Cardinal Jaime Ortega Alamino

According to the CIA World Factbook 2004, among the slightly more than 11 million people who live on the island of Cuba (exclusive of the Guantanamo Bay population, that is), “nominally 85% [of them were] Roman Catholic prior to Castro assuming power”—though where the island’s Roman Catholic population has been hiding since Castro took power, Read more…

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David Peterson: “The Case for the Draft”

The March 2005 issue of the Washington Monthly has just published a lengthy article titled, “The Case for the Draft.” Co-authored by Phillip Carter and Paul Glastris, the article’s revealing subtitle reads: America can remain the world’s superpower. Or it can maintain its current all-volunteer military. It can’t do both. Now. I do not know Read more…

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David Peterson: A “Cedar Revolution” I

“We find ourselves in an era of monumental advancement for human rights and democracy,” Paula Dobriansky, the American Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs, said on Monday. She was releasing the State Department’s annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices 2004. Dobriansky continued: As the President noted in Bratislava just last week, there was Read more…

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Paul Street: Bush’s Primary Sin? According to The American Prospect, It’s Dropping the Noble Ball of Empire

Remember how certain folks on the left (e.g. Alexander Cockburn and Gabriel Kolko) argued that “messianic militarist” (Nader’s desctiption) neocon Bush might actually be “the lesser evil” in the 2004 election? This thesis was based on the notion that the relatively sophisticated neo-liberal John F. Kerry promised to be the more intelligent and competent manager Read more…

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David Peterson: Iran IV

An “alarming number of unresolved questions about Iran’s nuclear program,” Jackie Sanders, the American ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, warned at the IAEA’s Board meeting in Vienna today. The Agence France Presse report from which I’ve drawn this remark continued (March 2): Sanders said Iran had continued to deny UN inspectors “the transparency Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Washington’s “Culture of Terrorism” in El Salvador

In brief, the US-run terrorist war devastated the society, leading to a truce of exhaustion — and what the Jesuits, at least those who survived Washington’s war against the Church — called a residual “culture of terrorism that domesticates the aspirations of the majority.” That’s an important insight. Formal democracy is allowed, but people are Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Conspiracies vs. Concentrations of Wealth & Power

There are careful studies (Kolko, Barnet, others) that provide details about what is pretty obvious on the surface: the executive is largely staffed by representatives of private power concentrations, law firms that cater to their interests, outsiders who gain a role because of their willingness to serve those interests (the Kissinger types). Congress is somewhat Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Backing Down to Iraqi Nonviolence

It has been compelled to accept elections, to accept the defeat of its chosen favorite, to allow Iraqis to write a constitution. The state of the outrageous and illegal economic conditions imposed by the CPA is uncertain. A leading plank of the winning Shi’ite alliance was a timetable for withdrawal of the US-UK forces. Both Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: The Vietnam “Virus”

The issue that concerned planners from the 1950s was the usual one: independent nationalism in Vietnam might prove successful in terms meaningful to others in the region facing similar problems, and the “virus” might spread, “infecting” others, in Thailand, Malaya, sooner or later Indonesia, which was regarded as the second-most important domino. The most important Read more…

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Paul Street: “I’m Putting Two in the Chest of Every Ah-La-La-La-La I see”

In all the intra-leftist debate that took place over Michael Moore’s movie Fahrenheit 9-11, one of the film’s contradictions escaped notice. I am referring to the interesting tension between Moore’s repeated declarations of heartfelt, patriotic, and middle-Americam concern for the GIs in Iraq (“will they ever forgive us?” Moore asked) and his disturbing clips of Read more…

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David Peterson: Many Little Eichmanns

A U.S. District Court in New York City today heard the opening arguments in a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of 27 Vietnamese victims of one category of chemical weapons stemming from the American war over their country four decades ago: Operation Ranch Hand, the massive spraying of herbicides and, in particular, the “agent orange” Read more…

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David Peterson: Iran III

Judging by official statements to have come from the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed ElBaradei, so far this year, the most important steps the parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty can take to reduce the risks associated with nuclear weapons boil down to three (by my count, anyway—not his or anyone else’s): Read more…

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David Peterson: When America Kills…. I

Nearly one month ago, The Chronicle of Higher Education examined the reasons why the number of Iraqis killed at the hands of their American liberators has failed to make a dent in the English-language media’s coverage of the war and occupation. And this despite the fact that the British medical journal The Lancet published a Read more…

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David Peterson: Iran II

See also Iran I. [Continued from Iran I. The capacity this blog will hold forced me to paste the second-half here.] The same challenge still applies, however. You take a look at the material I’ve archived in these two blogs. Then, you tell me. What percentage of the Washington regime’s relations to the world beyond Read more…

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