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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Don Fitz: Green Time TV: Young Environmental Activists and Ideas

Green Time TV Young Environmental Activists and Ideas by Don Fitz Protection of the environment requires experienced activists forging young ideas and training youth to take over their roles. May Green Time episodes look at developing actions and people, both in St. Louis and around the world. What experiences did young people have at the Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Review of “The Silence and the Scorpion”, a book beloved by apologists of the April 2002 coup in Venezuela

I had this review posted years ago on Amazon but I no longer post content there since Amazon pulled Wikileaks from their site. *** Review of Brian Nelson’s “The Silence and the Scorpion” Nelson’s thesis is that the Chavez government “repressed a peaceful march with gunfire” on April 11, 2002. (p. 255). He acknowledges that Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Macri Tilts Argentina’s Media Landscape in his Favor

But don’t expect outrage from big “press freedom” advocates By Joe Emersberger (originally for Telesur ) Even before Mauricio Macri’s recent efforts to get Telesur off Argentina’s airwaves, the newly elected president had been tilting Argentina’s media landscape in his favor.  What will Reporters without Borders (RSF), Human Rights Watch (HRW), and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Read more…

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Huzaifa Zoomkawala: Sisyphus’ heel

the infinitesimal is utopian; it falls behind the curve that slopes ever so slightly, tends to lie lest it fall behind further, at which point there is no real point, is there? “Utopia lies at the horizon. When I draw nearer by two steps, it retreats two steps. If I proceed ten steps forward, it Read more…

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Nasir Khan: Ideology behind the terrorist killings in Lahore

Nasir Khan, March 30, 2016 A suicide bomber belonging to extremist group, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, associated with the Pakistani Taliban, attacked a large park in Lahore where people were celebrating Easter Sunday. His powerful bomb caused the deaths of at least 70 people, mostly women and children, and injured more than 350 people. The bomber seemed to Read more…

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libbyliberal: The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 3/25/1911 — 100+ Women Burned to Death Awakening the US Conscience to Labor Rights

Re-post from 3-18-2011. [historical info taken from American Experience presentation and poetry from Jonathan Fink] On April 5, 2011, 400,000 New Yorkers, 1 out of 10, showed up in the rain to mourn the deaths of 146 garment workers, mostly young immigrant women, who had died in the deadliest workplace accident in New York history. Read more…

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Nasir Khan: ISIS terror attacks in Brussels in a wider context of US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

Nasir Khan On 22 March 2016, some suicide bombers carried out their indiscriminate attacks on the innocent people in Brussels. Their acts of vicious violence are shocking and despicable. ISIS has claimed responsibility for these attacks. ISIS has shown once again that it can strike anywhere it chooses and by such violent actions, it gains Read more…

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Allan Lichtenstein: The Democrats Ignore the Poor at Their Own Peril

The Democratic presidential primaries have been upended by Bernie Sanders’s populist revolution on the “left” tapping into the deep discontent of a broad swath of the population, still suffering the after-shocks of the Great Recession. His success has forced Hillary Clinton to adjust her rhetoric. Claiming she is the real “progressive”, who will get “Wall Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: The Trillion Dollar Question

Isn’t it rather odd that America’s largest single public expenditure scheduled for the coming decades has received no attention in the 2015-2016 presidential debates? The expenditure is for a thirty-year program to “modernize” the U.S. nuclear arsenal and production facilities.  Although President Obama began his administration with a dramatic public commitment to build a nuclear Read more…

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libbyliberal: Dr. Jill Stein & the “Green New Deal” Recovery Plan for Ailing America

According to the Green Party’s 2016 Presidential candidate, Dr. Jill Stein, the Democratic Party cannot be trusted to defend the “interests of regular people.” Stein declares: “We need our own party, organized by, led by, and founded by, WE the people NOT the corporations!” “My Power to the People Plan is for deep system change, Read more…

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Huzaifa Zoomkawala: the myth is not the fairytale

the myth is not the fairytale, though it pretends to catch the drift, the smoke and the paltry guts that flake off when dents of time speak stilted ifs and buts, when the theme of now occludes, prevents power from showing where it really comes from from myth “The language of Realpolitik offers a poor Read more…

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Nasir Khan: Gross exploitation of religion by using the blasphemy laws in Pakistan

by Dr. Nasir Khan People around the world have become increasingly aware of the blasphemy laws in Pakistan. In fact, in a country where the 95-98% people are the followers of Islam, there was never any danger to this religion, its founder or its holy scripture. Then, why were these laws promulgated in this Islamic Read more…

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Brad Wilson: Brad Wilson’s Farm Bill Proposal

INTRODUCTION (This introduces and supplements my recent op-ed, linked just below.) Farm justice, (labeled as a “family farm” point of view,) has not fared well against the dominant narrative in mainstream media in the 21st century, or even in alternative progressive media or among food progressives and other progressives, or among conservatives. Unfortunately almost all Read more…

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Brad Wilson: George Monbiot Misinterprets Farm Subsidies 1

(This blog is Part 1 of a 2-part article.) Monbiot’s Pro-Corporate Outrage (Authors note: This is a work in progress which I will further edit as I have time. There is demand for access to it, however, so I’m posting this now. The same goes for Part 2, which begins with his discussion of sustainable Read more…

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Brad Wilson: Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack: Exactly Wrong on the Senate Farm Bill

 This is a side-by-side rebuttal of (Democratic) Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack’s spin about the (Democratic) Senate’s Farm Bill that passed earlier this summer. Please don’t take this out of context. The Democrats are consistently better than the Republicans on the lesser issues of the farm bill, (and were great historically, prior to 2002, on the Read more…

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Brad Wilson: Unique US Role in Fixing the LDC Food Poverty Crisis

We farm and food activists in the US have a unique responsibility to advocate for solutions to the global food poverty crisis. We, here in the US, better know some key facts about that crisis, facts that are not as well known in other countries for important historical reasons. On average, Least Developed Countries are Read more…

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Brad Wilson: Exposing the Myths in a USDA-ERS Document

This is a third example of how USDA fails as an objective source on farm bill information, including farm bill history.(1) It’s an answer to a question from email: Question: “Brad, how would you comment on this USDA farm policy info piece?” Carolyn Dimitri, Anne Effland, and Neilson Conklin, “The 20th Century Transformation of U.S. Read more…

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Brad Wilson: Deconstructing USDA Spin on the Farm Bill

Introduction The new blog, “Why Should Young People Care About The Farm Bill?” from USDA’s “Office of Communications,” is a great teaching tool, as it can illustrate how our government supports mega corporate interests while disguising those impacts. In saying this I don’t mean to necessarily assign malign purposes to the writers. What they’re portraying Read more…

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Brad Wilson: Corn is the Biggest Farm Bill Loser, and Other Surprises

Introduction Most of what we hear about the farm bill is that commodity farmers are the winners and that corn is “King.” That’s based upon the Farm Subsidy Database, and the accompanying analysis by the Environmental Working Group. It’s all false, because it’s based upon too little data and a lack of appropriate standards for Read more…

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Brad Wilson: Biofuels Fail as a Farm Bill Substitute

Some History Biofuels are criticized for a variety of reasons. Here I focus on the impact of ethanol on corn prices (biodiesel on soybean prices). Numerous food films, books, blogs, and videos have highlighted the problems associated with cheap corn and other cheap farm prices. Corn prices, for example, were below the full costs of Read more…

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libbyliberal: Dr. Jill Stein as Savior Not Spoiler of 2016 Prez Election

Caught in an undertow of ever-escalating amorality, we, the American people, drift ever farther from the shores of a representative democracy. For one more national presidential election, will we throw away another opportunity to rescue ourselves and our country, not to mention the rest of humanity as well as our very planet? Will we choose Read more…

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libbyliberal: Tweeting #JillStein

INTRODUCTION TO JILL & GREEN NEW DEAL! #JillStein: Green Party prez candidate: physician, her Green New Deal to eradicate unemployment & mitigate climate change! #JillStein: Green Party prez candidate fighting ferocious corporate media blackout of her campaign for environment & economic/social justice. #JillStein & Green Party can bring about paradigm shift from patriarchy win/lose, violence, Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Bernie Sanders: The 2016 Peace Candidate

On February 10, 2016, Peace Action—the largest peace organization in the United States—announced its endorsement of Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination for President. Peace Action is the descendant of two other mass U.S. peace organizations:  the National Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy (SANE) and the Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign (the Freeze).  SANE was Read more…

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Mark Evans: What About Classism? The Basic Plan…

Below is a presentation of the basic plan, in three stages, for our new pressure group called What About Classism?  The idea in presenting this here is to give people a general feel for the overall direction we hope to move in and how we intend to get there.   Stage One: In 2015 we Read more…

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Nasir Khan: The Palestinians and their Struggle for Freedom

Nasir Khan, February 8, 2016 To murder any person, Israeli or Palestinian, is not just because of ‘human nature’! In normal circumstances, any act of premeditated homicide is a crime in any state where the rule of law prevails. There are also ‘abnormal’ political circumstances when a people occupy another people’s country and keep their Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Sweden and the UK unmasked. Only the UK corporate media could miss it.

Below are what I regard as the key excerpts from the UN working group ruling in favor of Julian Assange. The following excerpt from the ruling sums up the “argument” that Sweden made for its prosecutors refusing for years to move the “preliminary investigation” forward by coming to London to interview Assange: In the case Read more…

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Allan Lichtenstein: Housing Desegregation, Diversity and Social Interaction

Writing in The New Yorker, Malcolm Gladwell asks what can be learned from the residents of New Orleans who left for good after Hurricane Katrina struck. Quoting research that compared a group of evacuees who relocated to Houston with residents who returned to New Orleans, Gladwell writes that the residents who preferred New Orleans “put Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Can NYT reporters read Venezuelan newspapers?

The latest NYT reporter to be parachuted into Venezuela writes “Press freedom throughout Latin America is under threat, though the Committee to Protect Journalists ranks Venezuela as a better place for reporters than Colombia or Mexico in terms of the number of journalists killed. But deaths are not the only way to measure attacks on Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: “Modernizing” the Opportunities for Nuclear War

A fight now underway over newly-designed U.S. nuclear weapons highlights how far the Obama administration has strayed from its commitment to build a nuclear-free world. The fight, as a recent New York Times article indicates, concerns a variety of nuclear weapons that the U.S. military is currently in the process of developing or, as the Read more…

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Don Fitz: Green Time TV: Safety for People and the Environment

Green Time TV Safety for People and the Environment by Don Fitz Protecting people and the environment can be two sides of the same coin. February Green Time episodes present efforts to integrate the two. Fission reactors produce very expensive energy, require a huge amount of water, and have risks that are seriously understated. In Read more…

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Corporate Watch: Rebuilding Kobanê

Tom Anderson and Eliza Egret report from the war-torn city of Kobanê and meet those trying to rebuild what Daesh and US bombs have destroyed January 2016 Kobanê city ‘We have cleared 1.5 million tonnes of rubble,’ Abdo Rrahman Hemo (known as Heval Dostar), head of the Kobanê Reconstruction Board, tells us humbly as we sit Read more…

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Corporate Watch: What to make of COP21?

Tom Anderson and Pete Smith 14 January 2016 Reflections on the Paris climate talks from members of the Corporate Watch collective.   The Agreement We won’t spend too much time discussing the agreement itself as plenty of others have done that already (see this excellent summary from ROAR magazine and this from climate scientist, Kevin Read more…

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Steve Montgomery: A short history of refined carbs

Looking at high energy carbohydrates from an evolutionary, political, disease, sports and science perspective. “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” Hippocrates Ancestral Health Global cooling around the last modern ice age, 2.5 million years ago, meant early humans found fruits and vegetables scarcer to find and helped bring about the adaption Read more…

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Bob Simpson: The Chicago City Colleges: Why close child development programs when the need is so great?

Expanding access to high quality early childhood education is among the smartest investments that we can make. Research has shown that the early years in a child’s life—when the human brain is forming—represent a critically important window of opportunity to develop a child’s full potential and shape key academic, social, and cognitive skills that determine Read more…

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Nasir Khan: A true warrior works for the good of others

Nasir Khan, January 9, 2015 This message of Chief Sitting Bull can stir the conscience of every human being. In any case, this is a hope and wish I have for the for common men and women in the world. But the situation is not so simple. There are people who are immune to what Read more…

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Nasir Khan: Remarks on old gods and One God

 Nasir Khan, December 27, 2015 I assure the followers of one Supreme God who belong to different religions, both monotheistic (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) and others (Zoroastrianism, Hinduism, etc.) that old gods and goddesses were not ‘real’. They were only man-made and existed in the imagination of their believers. However, it is important to point out Read more…

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Nasir Khan: Killing of innocent people by individuals and by states through wars

Nasir Khan, January 7, 2016 President Obamas shedding tears for the US children killed in gun violence   Oh, what a sad sight! The kind-hearted and benevolent US president Obama has shed tears for the US children who were victims of gun violence! But he didn’t shed any tears on the cold-blooded killings of men, Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: American Casualties of the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Program

When Americans think about nuclear weapons, they comfort themselves with the thought that these weapons’ vast destruction of human life has not taken place since 1945—at least not yet.  But, in reality, it has taken place, with shocking levels of U.S. casualties. This point is borne out by a recently-published study by a team of Read more…

Dimitris Fasfalis: A womens’ petition against “debtocracy” in Lyons September 1792

January 25th last year has been a tremendous victory for hope in Europe: Alexis Tsipras and Syriza won elections in Greece. Their program was clearly socialist and democratic, against the rule of the troika experts and global finance institutions. The close relationship between the struggle for democracy and the struggle against “debtocracy” has nothing new Read more…

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Nasir Khan: How we get religions and politics

Nasir Khan, December 24, 2015 “In religion and politics people’s beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing.” ― Read more…

Ken Bank: Jeb Bush helped free a known terrorist

On October 6, 1976 a Cuban Airlines flight carrying 73 passengers and crew from Barbados to Jamaica was blown out of the sky by two time bombs. Everybody on board was killed including 24 members of the Cuban National Fencing Team, many of them teenagers. The subsequent investigation revealed several CIA-linked anti-Castro exiles were involved. Read more…

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Don Fitz: Green Time TV: Environmental Justice – Social Action

Green Time TV Environmental Justice – Social Action by Don Fitz Environmental and social racism are parts of an interconnected whole. January Green Time episodes explore how environmental and social justice activists are working to overcome them. The first January Green Time features Sylvester Brown reminiscing about the idea for the Sweet Potato Project, which Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Has the Time Come for Democratization of the Economy?

A study released at the beginning of December by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) reported that America’s 20 wealthiest individuals own more wealth than roughly half the American population combined—152 million people.  The startling level of economic inequality in the United States  is also highlighted by Forbes, which recently observed that the richest 400 Read more…

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Corporate Watch: Capitalism or the World

Mon, 07/12/2015 – 18:27   Throughout 2015 Corporate Watch has been organising a series of workshops on capitalism and climate change. The workshops have generated some fascinating, thoughtful discussions exploring the overlaps and interactions between climate change and capitalism, and what it means to have agency in tackling these enormous issues. Informed by these conversations, Read more…

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Corporate Watch: Mexico: Ecocide of mangrove swamps bringing catastrophes ashore

Sat, 12/12/2015 – 11:03 Mangroves are among the most powerful natural defences against global warming. But their decline, due to the spread of polluting agents and clearances to make way for big business, is putting countries like Mexico at risk of catastrophic natural disasters. Almudena Serpis writes for Corporate Watch from Cancun, about the importance Read more…

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Corporate Watch: The Foster Care Business in the UK

Tue, 15/12/2015 – 18:32 Almost 86,000 children were in foster care in the UK last year. The support they receive from their foster carers can make a huge difference to their lives. Foster care placements are still paid for publicly but they are increasingly organised by private companies, for a profit.* The number of children Read more…

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Corporate Watch: Turkish military brutality in Diyarbakır

Barricades on the streets of Diyarbakır The Kurdish city of Amed (Diyarbakır in Turkish), is currently under attack by Turkish state forces. Amed is situated within the borders of Turkey and its residents are locked in a decades long struggle for self determination. In November, people erected barricades in the neighbourhood of Sur, part of Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: The Daily Beast Explains How Venezuela’s Military Saved Democracy

Some key definitions you’ll need to know in order to understand this Daily Beast article by Itxu Diaz: Democracy – a political system in which people supported by the United States government always win elections. It’s preferable, but not essential, that at least two US-backed groups will compete for political power. Evidence – any claim Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: An open letter to Reuters about US prosecutors

RE: Exclusive: U.S. to charge Venezuela’s National Guard chief with drug trafficking Dear Julia Harte and Nate Raymond How would this article be any different if it were a press release written by US prosecutors? Why not seek comment from US attorneys Brain Concannon or Ira Kurzban? They can both tell you how US prosecutors Read more…

Dimitris Fasfalis: The dialectic between nationalism and commodity

The latest French regional elections have been another episode in the everlasting rise of the National Front. Political  anthropologists such as Marc Abélès have already underlined that one of the effects of capitalist globalisation upon contemporary society is a double process of fragmentation: vertically, i.e. between classes, and horizontally, between communities, cultures and identities. Its Read more…

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