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: FT article tries to pass off Moises Naim as even handed regarding Hugo Chavez

Unsurprisingly this deceptive article is by Andres Schipani The headline reads: “TV portrayal of Chávez provokes anger in Venezuela”. EXCERPT: Moisés Naím, a former Venezuelan trade minister who created the show for Sony Pictures Television, defends the series, saying “this is not a biopic, this is not a biography, this is fiction”. Chávez was a Read more…

John Andrews: Drone Assassination / Killing Children

On 30th September 2011, Anwar al-Awlaki, a US citizen, was assassinated in Yemen in a US drone strike. Anwar al-Awlaki was considered to be a ‘Hate Preacher’ even though he condemned the 11th September 2001 attacks. On 14th October 2011, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, the 16-year old son of the late Anwar al-Awlaki, was assassinated in Yemen Read more…

Joe Emersberger: I was wrong, and the Economist was correct about ranking of Venezuela’s economy in 2001

An Economist article recently stated that “In 2001 Venezuela was the richest country in South America; it is now among the poorest.” That didn’t sound right to me at all so I checked the IMF’s website. The Economist didn’t say by what measure it was ranking Venezuela the “richest” in 2001 but the proper way Read more…

Lawrence Wittner: Should We Keep Wasting Money on Missile Defense–or Invest in Something Useful?

When Americans criticize wasteful government spending, they often fail to realize that the biggest sinkhole for public funds is what’s described as “national defense”―a program that, all too often, does little or nothing to defend them. Take national missile defense, a program begun with much fanfare during the mid-1980s, when President Ronald Reagan realized that Read more…

Nasir Khan: Palestinians, Zionists, Jews and Israel

Nasir Khan, January 24, 2017 My new facebook friend Phil Clarke said to me in one of his comments, “You seem to think that all Jews and all Israelis are Zionists – that is not an accurate picture.” I will take only this point and will add the following few lines: I do not think Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Trump Stands atop a “Failing Pile of Garbage”: a Case for Media Reform

For over a century, a key feature of the USA’s propaganda system, more commonly known as its mass media, has been the glorification of businessmen (and sometimes businesswomen). That’s one of the main reasons why the corporate media, when it finally turned against Donald Trump after providing him with free publicity for much of his Read more…

Nasir Khan: Religious fanatics in India and Pakistan

Nasir Khan, January 18, 2017(I wrote the following piece in reply to a comment by a Facebook friend.) Both Hindu and Islamic architecture have influenced each other in many ways. By its appearance, Jejuri Temple seems to be a clear example of this interaction in architecture.  Regarding your views on the division of Hindus and Read more…

Joe Emersberger: A note about migration from Venezuela in the Chavista era CORRECTED Feb 12/2018

How many people have left Venezuela to live abroad since Hugo Chavez, Venezuela’s late former president, first took office in 1999? The New York Times, Reuters and the Financial Times have uncritically cited the work of Tomás Páez, a fiercely anti-Chavista academic who claims that 1.8 million have left in the last 17 years. Páez Read more…

Lawrence Wittner: A Peace Agenda for the New Administration

The looming advent of the Trump administration in Washington threatens to worsen an already deeply troubling international situation.  Bitter wars are raging, tens of millions of refugees have taken flight, relations among the great powers are deteriorating, and a new nuclear arms race is underway.  Resources that could be used to fight unemployment, poverty, and Read more…

Dimitris Fasfalis: Russia: “empire abroad entails tyranny at home” (H. Arendt)

Current debates about Russia need to bear in mind H. Arendt’s appraisal of the politics of imperial projects : “Empire abroad entails tyranny at home”. The Russian intervention in Syria in all its barbarism would just be impossible were Russian “civil society” strong and dynamic. The emerging workers movement in the 1990s has been crushed Read more…

Dimitris Fasfalis: Russian spectres

Amidst the ongoing conflict in Syria, Vladimir Putin’s Russia has become the name of a new dividing line within the Western lefts. On the one hand, we see numerous analysts and intellectuals criticize the mainstream media tendency to portray Russia as an international thug, an authoritarian regime and a threat to the liberal West. On the Read more…

Sam Hitt: When Things Become Undone

In Obama’s wake dreams have become dystopias, liberating initiatives left in disrepair and new forms of subjugation and unfreedom loosened on the world. Like Carter before him, Obama was a reaction to the loathsome excesses of the Right; neither were creations of movements with deep social roots. And once again in defeat and dread we Read more…

Nasir Khan: Ideology behind the extremist violence in Pakistan

The following article I published on 31 March 2016 after an Islamist bomber targeted innocent people in Lahore in March this year. I am posing it again because the mainstay of violence in Pakistan has roots in an ideology which gets all the nourishment and patronage for its abominable crimes. —– Ideology behind the extremist Read more…

Nasir Khan: Happy New Year 2017

Nasir Khan, Dec. 31, 2016 Happy New Year to all our readers and friends! — Come, fill the cup, and in the fire of spring Your winter garment of repentance fling. The bird of time has but a little way To flutter – and the bird is on the wing. — Omar Khayyam

Nasir Khan: On the unity of workers for a socialist world order

 Nasir Khan, December 27, 2016 When the workers of all countries unite for the common cause of a creating a society where the capitalists and owners of the means of production do not control the lives and destinies of the 99% of human beings in the world, any such unity in Marxist thought is known Read more…

Sam Hitt: Restless Despair

The task of the Left now is to stake out opportunities for radical thought and action in the essentially hopeless conditions of the present. And to frame this struggle not as a reaction to the traumatic rise of the populous Right but within the context of present suffering where domination, cruelty and inhumanity repeat and Read more…

Huzaifa Zoomkawala: On forgetting

i. witness the word in extinction as it tries to catch flame     but there is no past as you try to forget    but there is no hint of yearn to climb out of the past as you try to forget   and the word it catches a sorry flame  a flight a plight of memory       the rot will address you with Read more…

Nasir Khan: What is the meaning of sword on the Saudi flag?

Nasir Khan, December 22, 2016 On the Saudi flag is the Islamic confession of faith, which in English reads, “There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his preophet”. But what is the sword doing here under this text? A sword is not made to cut vegetables or grass but to fight with and Read more…

Lawrence Wittner: The Scandal of Vast Inequality in Retirement Pay

  Cato the Elder, a Roman senator and historian, once remarked:  “Cessation of work is not accompanied by cessation of expenses.”  For centuries, retirees have been aware of this unfortunate fact, which led them to demand and, in many cases, secure old age pensions to help provide financial security during their “golden years.”  But as Read more…

Don Fitz: Green Time TV: Environmental Obstacles, But Forging Ahead

Green Time TV Environmental Obstacles, But Forging Ahead by Don Fitz Lots of things stand in the way of environmental sanity – including international trade deals, attacks on local farmers and “food sovereignty,” racist deterioration of inner cities, and irrational war on a potentially beneficial weed. January 2017 Green Time episodes delve into a variety Read more…

DAVID A: The Syrian War What You’re Not Being Told

The Syrian War What You’re Not Being Told Sep 3, 2013

DAVID A: Facebook Partners With Snopes and Other So-Called ‘Fact Checking’ Sites to Burry ‘Fake News’

Facebook Partners With Snopes & Other So-Called ‘Fact Checking’ Sites to Burry ‘Fake News’ December 15, 2016   Facebook is partnering with Snopes.com and other sites which have apparently been unofficially deemed the new ministries of truth to decide what is and what is not ‘Fake News.’ Do we trust these agencies more than we trust the intelligence Read more…

DAVID A: Hands Off Syria Coalition Fighting for Peace in Syria

Hands Off Syria Coalition Fighting for Peace in Syria Home   https://www.facebook.com/handsoffsyria/   Aleppo eastern neighborhoods’ evacuation suspended after terrorists’ breach Aleppo eastern neighborhoods’ evacuation suspended after terrorists’ breach   Aleppo Update. Noura Erakat Speaking For MECA Today on Flashpoints: Eyewitness testimony from Syria as indie journalist Eva Bartlett reports back on Aleppo. Also an Read more…

DAVID A: ALEPPO: The Liberation of East Aleppo – Vanessa Beeley on UK Column

ALEPPO: The Liberation of East Aleppo – Vanessa Beeley on UK Column December 16, 2016 By Vanessa Beeley Independent journalist and 21st Century Wire special contributor, Vanessa Beeley has just returned from three days spent in Aleppo.  She has visited a number of the districts of East Aleppo recently liberated by the Syrian Arab Army Read more…

Mark Evans: What happens when progressives get their class analysis wrong… An Interview With Michael Albert (ZNet)

Since Occupy it has become fashionable for progressives to talk about the 1% vs the 99%. This two class analysis, however, has a much longer history. For example, Marxists typically highlight two classes – the capitalist class and the working class – and like Occupy focus people’s attention on the problem with an economic system Read more…

Nasir Khan: Inferior status of women – a bird’s eyeview of the old problem

 Nasir Khan, December 12, 2016 The question about the inferior status of women runs through many old civilisations but not all. For instance, in ancient Persian civilisation that flourished under Achaeminid and Sassanid rulers, women were given a much more exalted status than under the Greek and Roman civilisations. However, under the teachings and the Read more…

Lawrence Wittner: Scapegoating on the Political Right: A Mask for Privilege

Recently, many commentators have expressed surprise at the romance between the incoming Trump administration and the hate-filled ranks of racial, religious, and nativist bigots. But, in fact, the phenomenon of scapegoating―blaming a hapless and helpless minority for problems caused by others―has been fundamental to advancing the fortunes of the political Right throughout modern history.  In Read more…

Antonio Carty: Fidel was a protector of liberty not its obstacle.

Some on the ‘left’ have been using the occasion of Fidel Castro’s death, just like the incoming trump has, to call for an end to the Cuban Revolutionary Leadership and that with these figures out of the way the Cuban People will finally be free to be free and that any on the left who Read more…

Antonio Carty: Fidel & trump, two men and two words.

Two Men & Two Words. In this winter month of dying light that waits to be reborn. Two words, that are also names, embodied and lived by two men, have appeared on our world’s conscious stage ‘trump’ and ‘Fidel’, and as poor Earth, our only eden sails like the Titanic into an environmental collision, full Read more…

Nasir Khan: Eternal Glory to El Commandante Fidel Castro!

http://mwcnews.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=62382&catid=39&Itemid=127 Despite all the hostile American policies and sabotage, the Cuban revolution stood its ground. by Nasir Khan The death of Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro is a sad occasion for all those comrades and friends who for decades have shown solidarity with the people of Cuba and the Cuban revolution. Since the victory of the Read more…

Joe Emersberger: The New Yorker’s Latest Journalistic Fail on Venezuela

William Finnegan’s New Yorker article about Venezuela states  “He [Hugo Chavez] soon rewrote the constitution, concentrating power in the executive.” A constituent assembly was elected by the public. The constituent assembly – not Hugo Chavez – drafted a constitution that was then approved in a referendum. Finnegan’s gross distortion of the process that created Venezuela’s Read more…

Don Fitz: Green Time TV: Can We Build a Healthy Future?

Green Time TV Can We Build a Healthy Future? by Don Fitz People across the globe are seeking ways to improve health – from breastfeeding to controlling genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food to redesigning health care. December Green Time episodes delve into some of these efforts in Missouri, the US and Denmark. What is Read more…

Nasir Khan: Religions are for People, not for any State

— Nasir Khan, November 16, 2016 In 1971, the people of East Pakistan achieved their political separation from West Pakistan at a very high cost. The country since then called Bangladesh like many Asian countries has been a traditional country where religions in the lives of its people have played an important part as a Read more…

The Polemicist: Ship of Fools: What Trump Teaches

Go to source It happened. Yes, I was surprised. Since I spend a lot of time in western Pennsylvania, I knew there was more support for Trump than the media let on, but he just seemed too incompetent, incoherent, and disorganized a candidate to defeat the Clinton machine. I enjoyed torturing my friend who has Read more…

Nasir Khan: Making of History

Home » Making of History Facebook VK blogger LiveJournal Twitter Google+ Email Print Share Political philosophy 12.11.2016 Nasir Khan “Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under self-selected circumstances, but under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the past. The tradition of Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Trump’s victory: Not a simple story of bigotry, but a story of bigotry nonetheless

Michael Moore talks nonsense sometimes but, credit where due, he was completely on target months ago about how and why Trump could pull off a victory. Angry white people in states like Ohio & Michigan, knowing damn well they’ve been screwed over by decades of trade deals, would use Trump as their “human Molotov Cocktail”. Read more…

Antonio Carty: Hail King Prick!

Hail King Prick! The vain glorious dick has been elected King Prick. A mourning of victory for all the worlds pricks! Hide your son from the colours, go lock up all your daughter’s ships. For hear a World full of slaughter happily skips. Calamity of blind rages, has spoke a joke for all our ages. Read more…

Huzaifa Zoomkawala: poet as autocrat

What are poetics given to power? First, metaphors cannot be substantiated by references to reality. So they start referring to each other using erudition and authority, a hopelessly futile exercise in insulated creativity. Second, it is masculine in intent and hence inherently damage-bent. Third, it grows inward as it pretends to reach outward. the poet Read more…

Bob Simpson: The Package King: A Rank and File History of the United Parcel Service by Joe Allen — -reviewed by Bob Simpson

“Working at UPS should be the best job in America and it just isn’t.” — — a Teamster negotiator to a UPS official during the tense 1997 national contract negotiations. I was once a package driver for a brief time back in the 1970’s at a non-union local Silver Spring MD delivery company. I did enjoy being Read more…

Anders Sandstrom: Anarchist Accounting

Earlier this year my book Anarchist Accounting: Accounting Principles for a Participatory Economy was released in both a Swedish and an English version (www.anarchistaccounting.info). The book outlines a proposal for an accounting system in a post-capitalist economy. Do we really need accounting in a Libertarian Socialist Economy? Do we really need an accounting system, or Read more…

Lawrence Wittner: Let’s Reduce the U.S. Nuclear Arsenal

At present, nuclear disarmament seems to have ground to a halt.  Nine nations have a total of approximately 15,500 nuclear warheads in their arsenals, including 7,300 possessed by Russia and 7,100 possessed by the United States.  A Russian-American treaty to further reduce their nuclear forces has been difficult to secure thanks to Russian disinterest and Read more…

Nasir Khan: Kemal Ataturk or Islamists?

Nasir Khan Kemal Ataturk was the first Muslim ruler who understood that religion and State have to be separated in the interest of the people. He had seen the decadent Ottoman Caliphate and the abysmal stagnation of State and society under its Sultans and Caliphs. For a long time decaying Turkey was regarded as the Read more…

The Polemicist: Tom Hayden’s Haunting

Go to source. As an old SDS-er, I found it hard to see Tom Hayden go. However meandering his path, he was at the heart of radical history in the 60s, an erstwhile companion, if not always a comrade, on the route of every boomer lefty. One of his finer moments for me, which I’ve Read more…

Nasir Khan: Real dangers of World War III

 Nasir Khan, October 27, 2016 “They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country. But in modern war, there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason.” ― American author and journalist Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) ————– At Read more…

Nasir Khan: Democratic rule or theocratic rule for Muslim people

Nasir Khan Islam is a religion, a great religion, but it is not a political ideology for multicultural, multi-religious and multi-ethnic societies of the present times. It contains some golden principles such as equality, fairness and justice that are applicable in politics because such universal principles are recognised as the pillars of democracy and open Read more…

Joe Emersberger: The WSJ declares Venezuela worse than Syria

The Wall Street Journal just published an article with the headline INFANT MORTALITY SOARS IN VENEZUELA WITH HOSPITALS SUFFERING A CATASTROPHIC LACK OF SUPPLIES, THE COUNTRY’S BABIES ARE DYING AT A RATE HIGHER THAN SYRIA’S The article reported Venezuela’s overall infant mortality rate—defined as deaths within the first year of life—is currently 18.6 per 1,000 Read more…

The Polemicist: Hillary’s Hide-and-Seek

Go to source This Sunday’s New York Times (NYT) article by Amy Chozicko, headlined “Issues in Hillary Clinton’s Past Leave Her Muted in Furor Over Donald Trump” (“Clinton Treads Lightly Amid Furor Over Trump” in the print edition) provides a fine example of how the mainstream press covers up Hillary Clinton’s problems, even when they Read more…

Don Fitz: Green Time TV: Barriers to Better Being

Green Time TV Barriers to Better Being by Don Fitz It seems like every plan to improve the environment is met with barriers that get in the way for a month, a year or a century. November Green Time episodes delve into surmounting some of those barriers, including criminalization of medical marijuana, power grid disruption, Read more…

Mark Evans: A Reply to Daguerre, Ozarow and Upchurch

This is a reply to a specific part of this article: http://www.workerscontrol.net/authors/spectrum-trajectory-and-role-state-workers%E2%80%99-self-management In the fifth paragraph the authors of this article mention the participatory economics (parecon) model – as developed by Albert and Hahnel. As an advocate of that model I want to address what seem to me to be some misunderstandings of the way Read more…

Nasir Khan: Why did the U.S. rulers destroy Iraq?

Nasir Khan, October 10, 2016 The Twin Towers in New York did fall on 9/11. In fact, the third high building, not far from the twin towers, also mysteriously fell without any plane crashing into it on the same day. There are two main versions of the tragic happening. First, the official version that has Read more…

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