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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David Peterson: In the Penal Colony

I see that they picked up this wonderful story all the way down in Australia. “Sexual predators tracked by satellite,” was how the News.com.au service put it (May 3), picking up something that originated with Reuters in Florida’s capital city of Tallahassee the day before. News.com.au means “Breaking news 24/7” and all of that. News Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Oil for Food, Propaganda and the US-UK Sanctions

I have no doubt that the US-UK are very indignant that there is at least some marginal recognition of the truth. In this morning’s (April 24) NY Times, for example, in an article by Warren Hoge. “There is no question that the bulk of the illicit oil revenues came from the open sale of Iraqi Read more…

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Paul Street: A Little Respect, Please

I am a little offended by neo-Stalinist North Korea’s description of my nation’s president as a “hooligan” and “a philistine.” See http://edition.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/asiapcf/04/30/northkorea.ap/. Our big bad boy King George merely (following Webster’s) a “ruffian” and a” hoodlum” who is “guided by material rather than intellectual or artistic values?” With all due respect for Fortunate Son Dubya’s Read more…

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David Peterson: The Blair Era

One of the more deliciously ironic passages in Lord Peter Goldsmith’s formerly “secret” findings on the “Possible legal bases for the use of force” (March 7, 2003) occurs right off the bat, in paragraphs 2 and 3: 2. As I have previously advised, there are generally three possible bases for the use of force: (a) Read more…

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David Peterson: “As Far As Feasible”

Without much ado this past week, Washington closed the lid on its last remaining formal inquiry into one of the greatest lies in American history. At some moment on April 25, the CIA posted several Addendums to last fall’s speculative epic by the Iraq Survey Group on the former regime in Baghdad’s nuclear, chemical, and Read more…

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Paul Street: Wall Street, War, and Revolution

Please look back at a tax-day piece I did on the United States’ harshly regressive and militarist (imperial) priorities, where I quoted Martin Luther King. Jr. on the need for a “radical restructuring of those priorities. I broke down the US budget, using data from the National Priorities Project to show that anti-poverty, education, and Read more…

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David Peterson: Gestapo Journalism

The front page of the print edition of Sunday’s Chicago Sun-Times reads: SEX OFFENDERS GET ‘DUMPED’ IN ILLINOIS NURSING HOMES “Half of these ex-cons are age 50 and under,” the headline continues. “PART ONE OF A SUN-TIMES INVESTIGATION has found 100 sex offenders living in nursing homes and similar facilities throughout Illinois. Fellow residents often Read more…

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Brian Dominick: They Call this Journalism

This lead from a recent Associated Press story jolted me out of my blogging hiatus. I just had to share it with you all (I’m tacking on the second sentence just because it’s also a gem): Iraqi lawmakers adjourned in protest Tuesday and demanded an apology after a Shiite legislator linked to a radical anti-American Read more…

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David Peterson: Neither Man Nor Angel

From an observer’s perch high above Saint Peter’s Square in Rome, Richard John Neuhaus, the Editor-in-Chief of the “conservative” (to put it politely) American journal of homo religiosus, First Things, instructs us that (“Rome Diary, April 21“), “With the election of Pope Benedict XVI,” the curtain has fallen on the long-running drama of the myth Read more…

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David Peterson: UN Commission on Human Rights

The 61th session of the UN Human Rights Commission is winding down to its completion in Geneva this week. Or should I have written that the Commission is ratcheting up towards its grand finale? Because with two powerful movers and shakers in the world, the Americans and the UN Secretary-General—Okay: With one powerful mover and Read more…

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David Peterson: Sex, Scatter/Gather I/O Servers, and ZNet

This morning’s Guardian tells the story of three MIT computer grad students who used a software program of their own design to generate a fake research paper, loaded with titillating, appropriately academic-sounding jargon such as “scatter/gather” and “I/O server,” which they then submitted to the conveners of this coming summer’s World Multiconference on Systematics, Cybernetics Read more…

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Paul Street: Taxing Reflections: National Priorities Past and Present

It’s tax day. So let’s say you are paying Uncle Sam $1,000. This is how your expenditure will be used: $299.68 will go the military. $202.74 goes to health care: all health spending by the federal government, including federal spending on Medicare. [As Paul Krugman noted in the New York Times, US governmental health expenditures Read more…

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Michael Albert: Class or Multitude

I am going to be in New York City this coming weekend for the Left Forum. One of the two panels I am on is about class or multitude. While I will tailor my words for the setting, once I get there, these are the thoughts I had on the topic by way of preparing. Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Global Dominance: Oil vs. The State

…Big Oil and the state often conflict — and the very same individuals make different decisions when they are working within the industry and when they are running the State Department — which is concerned not with the short-term parochial interests of one component of the US corporate system but with its long-term global predominance, Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: “Doctrinal Fiction’s” of Free Trade, Debt and Deficit’s

…The US multinational establishment never favored free-trade. The economy relies very heavily on a dynamic state sector to socialize cost and risk, a radical violation of market principles. The Uruguay Round (WTO) rules crucially include extreme protectionist elements designed to guarantee monopoly-pricing power to multinationals, in radical violation of free trade theory (the excuses that Read more…

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Paul Street: On The Costs of Being Left

Don’t let the title of this essay throw you. I’m happy to have been a person of the left since at least age 19, when I first read Leo Huberman’s Man’s Worldly Goods, Eric Hobsbawm’s The Age of Revolution, and Karl Marx and Frederich Engels’ Communist Manifesto. I’ve derived considerable personal satisfaction and no small Read more…

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Paul Street: April 9th: “A Day In Which One Tyrant Fell So That Another Occupying Tyrant Could Take His Place.”

On Saturday tens of thousands of Iraqis celebrated the second anniversary of Saddam Hussein’s fall by marching to demand the departure of the American “liberators.” “The 9th of April,” the Iraqi Islamic Party said in an official statement, “is a day in which one tyrant fell so that another occupying tyrant could take his place.” Read more…

: About the Forbes article…

Several readers of this blog have cited a Forbes article on pornography as a rebuttal to information I have posted. I don’t find that to be a very creditable article given it’s sources. In fact, the author of the article, Dan Ackman was later quoted as saying, “I couldn’t swear the number I produced there Read more…

: What I Actually Said

Several misperceptions regarding what I have said and what I believe have been made in the comments sections of these blogs and this will hopefully serve to clarify those points. First, I do not believe that “porn is essentially and innately the foundation of women’s domination and “degradation” as one comment suggested. The comment in Read more…

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Justin Podur: No social problem imperialism can’t fix (some info on Born into Brothels)

Full disclosure: I liked the film at first. I liked the methodology of the teaching. I adored the kids and thought they took extraordinary photos. But there was something gnawing at me as well. I looked around for reviews and came across the following documents. First is a letter from the Calcutta sex workers themselves. Read more…

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Justin Podur: No social problem imperialism can’t fix (some info on Born into Brothels)

Full disclosure: I liked the film at first. I liked the methodology of the teaching. I adored the kids and thought they took extraordinary photos. But there was something gnawing at me as well. I looked around for reviews and came across the following documents. First is a letter from the Calcutta sex workers themselves. Read more…

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David Peterson: Warrior for Peace?

According to a post to Michel Collon’s website, the fearless founder of Medecins du monde Bernard Kouchner’s 2004 book Les guerriers de la paix (“Warriors for Peace”—Grasset) recounts the following exchange between Kouchner and the former president of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Alija Izetbegovic, which Kouchner claims took place some time before Izetbegovic’s death in October, Read more…

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David Peterson: The Nuclear-Weapon State of Israel

Every five years, the States Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons hold a formal and extensive review of the Treaty’s successes and failures since the last formal Review, all with an eye toward identifying the Treaty’s strengths and weakensses, and strengthening it overall. (At least one can hope.) The 2005 Review Read more…

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David Peterson: Jesus Cristo Libertador?

Have been wondering how best to express the actual place of the Church in the Modern World—a phrase by which one means the Catholic Church, of course, but also its celebrated proclamations of some three and four decades ago, and, most important, the fact that a hell of a lot more people live outside of Read more…

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Paul Street: April 4th: The Day King Was Shot

April 4th is emblazoned on my mind. It’s the day in 1968 when Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot dead on a balcony at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis…. King was leading a poor- people’s campaign for economic justice at the time of his assassination, which fulfilled the prophecy he made to film producer Abby Read more…

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David Peterson: “Intelligence” and the Invasion of Iraq

Thursday’s release of the Report to the President of the United States, the latest official re-assessment of the state of pre-war “intelligence” behind the claims that the former regime in Baghdad possessed various nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons capabilities, programs, and/or intentions (Don’t you love this last category? Intentions being pre-eminently pre-emptable. Of course.), was Read more…

: A few articles re: prostitution

A couple of things in my mailbag that I’d like to share with you while I’m cooling my heels between planes. First, there is an interesting movie that just opened , might be of interest called “Born Into Brothels, click the link for a review. Secondly, a couple of stories regarding prostitution: Sun, March 27, Read more…

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Paul Street: Dominant Media’s Selective Morality

Some of this blog’s readers may know that I published a piece in Black Commentator last week under the title “Savage Morality: Selective Concern and Dominant Media in an Age of Empire and Inequality (see www.blackcommentator.org/131/131_think_savage_morality.html). The point of this essay was that United States media authorities make revealing class-, race-, and empire-selective choices in Read more…

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Paul Street: “Demonstrably at Odds with our Founding Fathers’ Blueprint for the Governance of a Free people”

Check out the language of the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in smacking down the radical right Bushcon assault on judicial autonomy in the Schiavo matter. …. The historically conservative Eleventh Circuit Judge Stanley F. Birch, appointed by Daddy Bush, scolded boy-king George and his Congressional enablers for acting “in a Read more…

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David Peterson: “In Larger Freedom” Interruptus

What the very existence of the Second Interim Report of the Volcker Committee’s Inquiry into the United Nations Oil-for-Food Program, with its obsessive focus on the conduct of two men, the UN Secretary-General and his son, and their roles in the 1998 selection and subsequent extensions of the UN contract with the Swiss firm Cotecna, Read more…

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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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