About Z Blogs


Blogs are a familiar feature on the internet - where users post content in an accumulating manner, with comments beneath and search options, etc. Blogs facilitate expression and exploration, and via attached comments, also debate and synthesis.


Creating Blog Posts

You can click here to create a new post.

Or, here is the whole procedure...

  1. Log into ZNet. Use your email and password. The system can send you a new password if you need one. If you haven't logged in at all, as yet, to start you need to request a new password.
  2. After loging in, on the left side of the admin bar at the very top of the page, you will see a plus symbol with the word New next to it, that looks like "+ New". Role your mouse over the symbol and click "ZBlog". This will take you to the admin page to upload a new blog. This is the most convenient access, as you can do it from anywhere on the site, anytime. You can also click this link: add a blog post.
  3. Add a blog title, fill the body content area (you can edit the source code/html by clicking the Text option on the Visual/Text tab in the editor). You can choose from among many formatting options, and embedding media.
  4. Once done editing your blog, in the top right "Publish" box, you can choose to save your blog as a draft or you can publish it immediately.
  5. After saving your blog as either Published or Draft, you can choose to view your post by selecting the "View post" link above the title or "Preview Changes" in the "Publish" box.
  6. You can edit your published blog either from your admin dashboard by clicking "ZBlogs" in the left side menu, or by viewing your blog and clicking the "Edit ZBlog" from the top admin bar.

Navigating and Using Blogs

Each Z author can post. Z Sustainers can also post. All Blogs appear in the blog system, and sometimes also in content boxes the top page of ZNet and can be found via searches, etc.

Comments on blogs follow the blogs, attached at the bottom, and blog comments, like all others, are also visible in many places that show comments. In addition, the entire blog system gathers content from everyone - but one can look at the accumulating content in many ways.

For example one can look at one writer's efforts - so one is seeing what is effectively a blog system for that one writer, or Sustainer.

One can also look at the content by topic, seeing blogs that are tagged as being about a certain topic - or place. When doing that, it is a blog system about a topic, or a place, with many contributors.

One can look at only writer blogs, or only sustainer blogs, as well.

Searches allow even more variables and refinements.

Recent Blogs

Joe Emersberger: George Eaton believes over 100% of all infants die in Venezuela

George Eaton, who writes for the New Statesman in the UK, tweeted that there has been a 10,000% increase in Venezuela’s’ infant mortality because of its economic crisis. You have to question the sanity, not just the intelligence, of somebody willing to make this claim. Here are UNICEF figures for Venezuela’s infant mortality rate in Read more…

Vincent Emanuele: Free-Range Chickens and Yoga Won’t Stop Climate Change

“Neoliberalism is in the first instance a theory of political economic practices that proposes that human well-being can best be advanced by liberating individual entrepreneurial freedoms and skills within an institutional framework characterized by strong private property rights, free markets, and free trade.” – David Harvey Hyper-individualism is the inevitable byproduct of neoliberal ideology. It is Read more…

Sam Hitt: Ur-Fascism and Liberal Hope

  Fascism is not revealed by shining the light of history on its current motley manifestation. Looking backward only reveals the fears and expectations of today, not the hot furnace of resentment and rage, the enduring resistance to modernism that feeds fascism. What must be seen is invisible, a multitude of tiny formations that have Read more…

Nasir Khan: Making America great again!

Nasir Khan, July 17, 2017 A lot of stories about Donald Trump’s lascivious ventures, adventures and fantasies are still being tossed around. It seems he had little control over his sexual thoughts and inclinations! In my respectful opinion of the man and his great potential as a political game changer, he should even at this Read more…

Lawrence Wittner: How Much is a Boss Worth?

An awful lot of Americans are skeptical about the value of their nation’s corporate executives. As a 2016 nationwide survey reveals, 74 percent of Americans believe that top corporate executives are overpaid.   This public dismay with CEO compensation exists despite the fact that Americans drastically underestimate what top corporate executives are paid every year.  In Read more…

Don Fitz: Green Time TV: Averting Climate Catastrophe

Green Time TV Averting Climate Catastrophe by Don Fitz Already altering the physical world, climate change threatens human health, our ability to grow food, and the survival of many species, including us. August 2017 Green Time episodes explore efforts by environmental activists, organizations and local governments to combat climate change. In February, 2017 the US Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Luisa Ortega Diaz: A newly minted hero to the international corporate media – UPDATED

UPDATE below in bold Venezuela’s long time Attorney General, Luisa Ortega, has recently entered into open conflict with Maduro’s government.  Lucas Koerner just wrote up an excellent account of the dispute that (I believe) will end up with her being fired from her post. In fact, Ortega believes this herself according to what she has told her Read more…

Dave Markland: Chomsky on BDS: a transcript

The other day ZNet ran an interesting article by one Miss E, who writes from Berlin and offers some insightful reflections on the activist scene there. In “The right way to be ‘left‘,” Miss E seconds the notion put forward by another speaker that we ought to avoid perfectionism in left wing activist culture since it feeds Read more…

Brad Wilson: The Nature of Grassroots Organizing

I wrote this based in part on my undergraduate thesis, “Power in Interpersonal Relationships: A Synthesis of Popular Approaches,” University of Northern Iowa, Department of Individual Studies, May 1978. This paper was used as chapter 8 of Rural CRA Organizing: A Manual for Using the Community Reinvestment Act in Rural Communities, Iowa Citizens for Community Read more…

Nasir Khan: Who was responsible for the partition of India in 1947?

Nasir Khan, June 29, 2017 In response to one of my articles, one commentator wrote a short comment. As the matter he touched needed my short response, I’m reproducing his comment followed by my reply: DhanushDhari Misra: Mahatma Gandhi created Pakistan based on religion while he kept on fooling people saying “Pakistan … over my Read more…

Rolf Auer: On Fighting The Toxic President

Five principles for fighting the toxic President Rolf Auer, Tuesday 20 June 2017 US President Donald J. Trump is toxic because: • He is anti-democratic. He claims massive voter fraud in the election which made him President, while there is no evidence of this. He incited his followers at his rallies with chants of “Lock Read more…

Michael Albert: Practical Utopia

I recently published a new book titled Practical Utopia with PM Press who I thank for accepting it and doing such a nice job of producing it. I just received my advance copies in the mail. Noam Chomsky did the preface and had this to say in it: “It is true that ‘the new cannot Read more…

Don Fitz: Green Time TV: Responsibility and Food

Green Time TV Responsibility and Food by Don Fitz Showing stewardship of the Earth and providing food are intimately connected. July 2017 Green Time episodes explore humanity’s duty to protect nature and how failure to do so threatens our food supply. How can Christian congregations approach problems such as species extinction, fossil fuels and food Read more…

Lawrence Wittner: National Illusions and Global Realities

For as long as they have existed, nations have clung to the illusion that their military strength guarantees their security. The problem with this kind of thinking is that the military power that one nation considers vital to its security fosters other nations’ sense of insecurity.  In this climate of suspicion, an arms race ensues, Read more…

Joe Emersberger: The Toronto Globe & Mail says Venezuelan opposition trying to starve the poor into rebellion

One could on and on about the many ways this article by Stephanie Nolan is hideously biased in favor of the Venezuelan opposition, like 99% of everything you’ll see in the corporate media. But sometimes, because of that very bias, journalists are uninhibited enough to let some explosive truths be stated – deep into articles anyway. Read more…

Nasir Khan: The electoral success of the Labour Party in the United Kingdom

Nasir Khan, June 10, 2017 All credit for the recent electoral gains in the United Kingdom goes to the election campaigners, party activists, left-wing writers and bloggers, ordinary members, including the students and old-age pensioners, and the leaders of the Labour Party for their hard work to achieve such surprising results. The role Jeremy Corby Read more…

Nasir Khan: A democratic state under a religion?

Nasir Khan “If I were a dictator, religion and state would be separate. I swear by my religion. I will die for it. But it is my personal affair. The state has nothing to do with it. The state would look after your secular welfare, health, communications, foreign relations, currency and so on, but not Read more…

Nasir Khan: Glad tidings to all believers

Nasir Khan, June 7, 2017 “Sacrificing the earth for paradise is giving up the substance for the shadow.” — French writer Victor Hugo (1802-1885) Many people are more concerned with the afterlife than this life. Who can blame them? In any case, when we see how the vast majority of human beings exists and suffers Read more…

Nasir Khan: Terrorist attack on London Bridge on June 3, 2017

Nasir Khan, June 4, 2017 Whatever reasons and political grievances any followers of Islamist ideology may have, their latest attack on innocent people on London Bridge was an act of indiscriminate killing of innocent people. If the facts are as reported in the media, and no false flags are involved, then I condemn this barbarous Read more…

Curtis Cooper: ABC News Story on “Liberation” from ISIS in Iraq

Most of us can agree that ISIS is an evil outfit.  But does that mean that the fight against ISIS is always a good one?  Not when it involves brutality and torture at the same level as the Islamic State. Thanks to an Iraqi journalist named Ali Arkady, we have a glimpse into acts of Read more…

Antonio Carty: Brexit charade and the madness of a practical popular and progressive manifesto

The British Conservative leader has set their snap elections for 8th June 2017. No further information from them is forthcoming. Oh wait, the Home Secretary Amber Rudd is struggling with a solution to the problem of old people living longer. Just in time she remembered her human audience and quickly added ‘& Thats great news’ Read more…

Lawrence Wittner: How Business “Partnerships” Flopped at America’s Largest University

  The State University of New York (SUNY)―the largest university in the United States, with nearly 600,000 students located in 64 publicly-funded higher education institutions―has served an important educational function for the people of New York and of the United States.  But its recent “partnerships” with private businesses have been far less productive. In the Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Protest coverage in Venezuela: Venevision, May 26, 2017

Reuters quoted me on press freedom in Venezuela in the eigth paragraph of a story that ran with the headline “Under state pressure, Venezuela TV limits live coverage of protests”. It is much to Reuters’ credit that they allowed some dissent from the claim that Venezuela’s private media is muzzled. The article, in the seven paragraph, Read more…

Antonio Carty: Civilization and the River

Civilization and the River -Reversing Social Austerity and Validating a Popular Progressive Society Why? Why the Collapse? Social Austerity and our loss of democratic control to debtors has crippled society, rightly enraged us and out of necessity is politically awakening the global constitution of ‘We the People’ of our world. This great strain on societies Read more…

Don Fitz: Green Time TV: Protecting People, Land and the Future

Green Time TV Protecting People, Land and the Future by Don Fitz Human rights are inseparable from protecting land and preparing for the future. June 2017 Green Time episodes explore how we can defend ourselves when human/environmental rights are threatened. Why should we be worried about fossil fuels and pipelines? In the first June Green Read more…

Nasir Khan: Instability in the Middle East and the power politics of America and Israel

Nasir Khan, May 23, 2017 All those who are interested in understanding the quagmire of war, violence, the victimisation of Palestinians by Israel, rampant abuse of human rights, etc., in which the whole region of the Middle East is enmeshed will readily appreciate the soundness of the views of President Rouhani. What he says is Read more…

Huzaifa Zoomkawala: do you follow?

– ‘In literary matters, Ezra Pound advised against accepting the opinion of those “who haven’t themselves produced notable work,” and it is advice I have been privileged to follow’ – Seamus Heaney in his 1995 acceptance speech for the Nobel prize – Ezra Pound’s open support of Mussolini’s fascism mirrors Heidegger’s love-affair with Nazism – Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Is shooting at Venezuelan cops “unconstitutional” or even a big deal?

A Miami Herald report entitled “In secret recording, Venezuelan general pushes for snipers to control demonstrators” only vaguely alludes to the fact that opposition protesters have been killing people. In the seventeenth paragraph of the story the Herald states “While it is not known where the gunfire originated that killed the four demonstrators on Monday Read more…

Rolf Auer: The Moon Is A Harsh Grow-op

The Moon Is A Harsh Grow-op Rolf Auer, Friday 17 March 2017 Is the recorder on? It is? And the auto-transcript? Good. This a Diary Record of Moon Project Grow-op made 20 June 2075. My name is Sam Thundercloud. Joe? My name is Joe Deerchild. I help Sam run this Moon Grow-op. Sam here. Due Read more…

Huzaifa Zoomkawala: Speak!

speak! as the soul wins over the tranformative mixups, the brazen fouls, the unanticipations; speak! when the round etches wilt each hymn around the bell of winter, when the curbs & bevels mix unintended; speak! — “Because the machine will try to grind you into dust anyway, whether or not we speak. We can sit Read more…

Joe Emersberger: A closer look at reports that Venezuela’s infant mortality rate soared in 2016

The Venezuelan heath ministry released data on infant deaths that the international media reported as showing that infant mortality had increased 30% in 2016. Reuters, the BBC, NBC news among others put out headlines announcing infant mortality “soaring” or some equivalent description. I am not inclined to give the media a pass often but the Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Human Rights Watch Appears Delighted with the International Media’s Coverage of Venezuela

Human Rights Watch seems especially pleased with corporate media editorials about Venezuela from around the world and lists them on their website. I guess they are worried that people may have missed them, or maybe HRW feels that showing how all these corporate outlets take the same view is supposed to be convincing, and not evidence of groupthink and deep subservience to Read more…

Joe Emersberger: If Venezuela is becoming “authoritarian“ then what is the rest of the world? A Response to Gabriel Heltland

Any analysis of Venezuela’s violent protests which doesn’t highlight the April 2002 coup which briefly installed a dictator, Pedro Carmona, who abolished its democratic institutions entirely, facilitates a repeat of that coup. Human Rights Watch failed to denounce the 2002 coup. Washington was obviously pleased with the coup and funded groups involved in it before Read more…

Nasir Khan: Direct and indirect responsibility for violence in the name of religion

Nasir Khan Some much-needed words of wisdom, especially for Pakistani Muslims: “Not all Muslims become involved in acts of violence. Yet all might be held culpable. This is because that section of Muslim–in fact, the majority–who are not personally involved, neither disown those members of their community who are engaged in violence, nor even condemn Read more…

Nasir Khan: Pakistan and Religion

What became of Mr. Jinnah’s vision of a truly democratic state of Pakistan where religion had nothing to do with the affairs of the state? — Nasir Khan, April 25, 2017 Many Pakistanis, especially those indoctrinated by Islamists and clerics, have their own views on the origin of Pakistan and the role of Islam in Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Transcript of Girish Gupta, Reuters Venezuela reporter, on the BBC radio

Since I took the time to transcribe this recent “chat” Reuters’ Girish Gupta had with the BBC, I thought I may as well post it here with some comments. You’ll notice there is no mention in this Gupta-BBC discussion of the 2002 coup against Hugo Chavez in which numerous opposition leaders who are very prominent today Read more…

Nasir Khan: Unity of Pakistani State and Islamism

 Nasir Khan The Pakistani state, its educational and judicial institutions that are deeply influenced by a flimsy religiosity and phoney piety present some ghoulish contradictions for any modern democratic state. How can we combine theocracy with democracy and call it the Islamic Republic of Pakistan? This spectacle continues to defy any clear understanding of the Read more…

Joe Emersberger: The real blackout on news about Venezuela is perpetrated by the international media and NGOs

Girish Gupta of Reuters, to his credit, publicly called bullshit on claims made by some in the Venezuelan opposition, including one politician, that the government had used chemical weapons on protesters. Given the way the opposition has been coddled by the international press for the last 15 years (basically since US relations with Venezuela’s government went sour) it isn’t surprising that Read more…

Lawrence Wittner: Why Is There So Little Popular Protest Against Today’s Threats of Nuclear War?

In recent weeks, the people of the world have been treated to yet another display of the kind of nuclear insanity that has broken out periodically ever since 1945 and the dawn of the nuclear era. On April 11, Donald Trump, irked by North Korea’s continued tests of nuclear weapons and missiles, tweeted that “North Read more…

Lawrence Wittner: The Emerging Worldwide Alliance of Parties on the Far Right, Led by Putin and Trump

  Political parties on the far right are today enjoying a surge of support and access to government power that they have not experienced since their heyday in the 1930s. This phenomenon is particularly striking in Europe, where massive migration, sluggish economic growth, and terrorism have stirred up zealous nationalism and Islamophobia.  In France, the Read more…

Don Fitz: Green Time TV: Human Rights Are Environmental Rights

Green Time TV Human Rights Are Environmental Rights by Don Fitz Is it often said that one of the endangered species most in need of protection is humanity. May 2017 Green Time episodes explore how human/environmental rights are threatened by fossil fuel pipelines, imprisonment, and marijuana criminalization and how very young humans can be protected Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Leftwing Governments of Latin America Respond to Trump’s Attack on the Syrian Army

Most Translations by Lucas Koerner Nicaragua  Vice-President Rosario Murrillo: “The only path for Syria and other countries encumbered by war – in order to avoid more suffering and continuing humanitarian catastrophe ­– is dialogue and the seeking of agreements. We demand the peaceful solution of conflicts, respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of states.” Ecuador  Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Nonsense about Ecuador published by Jacobin

Jacobin published an awkward translation of an interview Decio Machado gave in Spanish about Ecuador’s recent presidential election. The right wing candidate, Guillermo Lasso, was rashly proclaimed the winner by a few of Ecuador’s private TV networks based on an exit poll by one private pollster. They ignored another exit poll that showed the opposite Read more…

Karthik Ramanathan: Eden Prairie Community Center’s Racism and arbitrariness: Silent Denial, A temper fit and then some possible positive changes

On November 26, 2012, I published an un-redacted version of my original article from July 2011 “Summers of Fear in America’s Number One city” documenting my own experiences and other data that suggested a racist and heavy handed behavior towards certain city residents by City officials of Eden Prairie, MN (See: https://zcomm.org/zblogs/unredacted-version-summers-of-fear-in-americas-number-one-city-by-karthik-ramanathan/ ). I had Read more…

Joe Emersberger: The Guardian, Ecuador and Chevron

As Ecuadoreans go to the polls to elect a new president, the UK Guardian spells out the stakes as follows: For Ecuador’s 15 million inhabitants, Sunday’s presidential election runoff will pose a fundamental question: whether to continue with a leftwing government that has reduced poverty but also brought environmental destruction and authoritarian censorship, or to Read more…

Joe Emersberger: A note about Venezuela’s “humanitarian crisis”

A “humanitarian crisis” has no exact definition. Greece remains better off than the vast majority of countries in the world despite going through a Great Depression level of collapse for several years which many enraged Greeks call a humanitarian crisis. I would not tell Greeks that it’s wrong to describe what they’re going through that Read more…

Joe Emersberger: More about Almagro’s imperial crusade against Venezuela: remembering 2004

In August of 2004, a presidential recall referendum was held in Venezuela which former President Hugo Chavez won by almost 20 percentage points. The process to get that referendum approved took over 8 months as Reuters noted in this article in which it discretely refuted a lie told by opposition leader Henrique Capriles: “The government Read more…

Lawrence Wittner: Can Our Social Institutions Catch Up With Advances in Science and Technology?

H.G. Wells, one of the most prolific and prominent novelists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, consistently warned his contemporaries that social institutions were not evolving fast enough to cope with rapid changes in science and technology. Since Wells’s death in 1946, the scientific and technological advances have certainly been enormous.  Thanks to Read more…

Nasir Khan: Socialist philosopher and sociologist Dag Østerberg (1938-2017)

 – Nasir Khan, 22 March,  2017  – Dag Østerberg  – Since 1960 Dag Østerberg had the distinction of being a leading social theoretician and a versatile intellectual in Norway, who made lasting contributions especially in sociology and social philosophy. His death on 22 February 2017 removed a uniquely talented scholar from the social and academic Read more…

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