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: 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…

John Andrews: Book Review – Confessions of a Terrorist

Confessions of a Terrorist Author: Richard Jackson Publisher: Zed Books London Year of publication: 2014 In a claustrophobic concrete cell, two men face each other across a bare table. One is a wanted terrorist, the other a British intelligence officer. But this is no ordinary interrogation, and as they talk deep into the night and Read more…

Don Fitz: Green Time TV Food Sovereignty in Missouri, US and the World

Green Time TV Food Sovereignty in Missouri, US and the World by Don Fitz Who really controls the food that we eat? Who controls the food the world eats? April 2017 Green Time episodes challenge the domination of food. What is the neoliberal economy? What does it have to do with food and freedom? In Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Tom London makes a sensible reply to Owen Jones about Corbyn’s leadership BUT….

This is a very sensible reply Tom London made to Owen Jones about Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the U.K. Labour party. Jones has very recently used his platform in the Guardian to call on Corbyn to resign. It may be wise to respond to Jones by politely telling him you don’t question his motives but I think Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Lasso’s version of “lock her up” combined with appeals to Ecuador’s fake Left

El Comercio, a right wing newspaper in Ecuador, published a front page interview with presidential candidate Guillermo Lasso that headlined his bogus anti-extractivist posturing. How I do I know that Lasso – a banker and former “superminister” in the government of Jamil Mahuad that in 1998 signed off on Chevron’s destruction in Ecuador’s Amazon – isn’t credible? Well, besides his past, Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Against the Blacklisting of Rania Khalek: Signed by Chomsky, Pilger, Greenwald and many others

The cancellation of a lecture by journalist Rania Khalek, who was invited to speak on the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill campus by Students for Justice in Palestine on February 27, 2017, raises important issues of tactics and strategy within movements for social change. The whole statement, posted on facebook the night before, Read more…

Rolf Auer: “Die Humans Die” — poem: worldpeace now!

Die Humans Die Rolf Auer, Tuesday 21 February 2017 Perish Humans, your unrealized dream of eternal worldwide peace only slightly out of your grasp while highly visible on the horizon of your collective imagination, tantalizingly near yet obscured by your petty obsessions with small-minded failings why it isn’t a duty of ordinary citizens to ensure Read more…

Sam Hitt: Blanchot on Literature and the Right of Death

This excerpt from Maurice Blanchot’ essay Literature and the Right to Death is for all of us who struggle with the silence of words. Written in 1946, it marked his turn to Leftist politics in France. For the remainder of his long life Blanchot (1907-2003) interrogated the mystery of writing, the allusive and ambiguous void at the heart of Read more…

Lawrence Wittner: Why Should Trump–or Anyone–Be Able to Launch a Nuclear War?

  The accession of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency brings us face-to-face with a question that many have tried to avoid since 1945:  Should anyone have the right to plunge the world into a nuclear holocaust? Trump, of course, is an unusually angry, vindictive, and mentally unstable American president.  Therefore, given the fact that, Read more…

Tapani Lausti: Finland and the supposed Russian threat

Recently there has been a lot of speculation in the Finnish media about a possible Russian invasion of Finland and even of Sweden through Finnish territory. Many writers enthusiastically speculate about possible troop movements and counter-movements in a war situation The expression “war situation” is used as something normal, something to be expected at some Read more…

Nasir Khan: One step forward in Pakistan, but more is needed

Nasir Khan, February 18, 2017 The passing of the Hindu marriage bill was an important step in Pakistan, which is a mutti-religious country. If common sense prevails in the ruling strata of Pakistan, they should take the next bold step and make Pakistan a Secular Democratic country, where there is no state religion, but all Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Lies about Venezuela’s media #567,456 – the groveling before Trump edition

As I just wrote in Telesur, for almost two decades, opponents of the Venezuelan government have made the western media their stomping ground. Since Trump’s election, many have also postured as part of the resistance to Trump as in these articles: In Venezuela, we couldn’t stop Chávez. Don’t make the same mistakes we did. Donald Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Reuters Uses Conspiracy Theory to attack Daniel Ortega and Nicaraguan Democracy

This Reuters article by Brian Ellsworth, a Venezuela-based correspondent, says that “Nicaraguan leftist president Daniel Ortega” had “cruised to a third consecutive election victory in November after a top court ruling ousted the leader of the main opposition party. That left Ortega running against a candidate widely seen as a shadow ally.” I haven’t followed Read more…

Don Fitz: Green Time TV: St. Louis Choices for 2017 Continue

Green Time TV: St. Louis Choices for 2017 Continue by Don Fitz When St. Louis voters go to the polls in early 2017 they will be making critical decisions for the future of the City. The corporate media often presents a very narrow range of choices for voters and disregard those that have some of Read more…

Gerry Mohan: Who’s Faking the News and Who Leaked the DNC Emails?

Who’s Faking the News and Who Leaked the DNC Emails?   January 17, 2017 The answer to the second question is: probably not Russia. An answer to the first starts to emerge in the process of answering the second. The US intelligence agencies are claiming it was Russia that hacked and leaked the Democratic National Read more…

Mousab Azzawi: Canadian attack: introductory events and consequences

Global condemnations have been followed in succession from throughout the world in a response to the Canadian attack at a Quebec City mosque, where six people were killed and eight wounded. But the statement of the Canadian prime minister was amazingly clear when he said that it is a ‘terrorist attack on Muslims’; this is Read more…

Bryce Johannes: Time for a Conversation about Change

The recent presidential election in the United States (and Brexit in the UK and similar movements elsewhere) was a clear referendum for change.  Candidate Trump ran on a platform of change and received the vote of nearly 1/3 of the eligible voters.  Senator Sanders also advocated strongly for change and many of his supporters were Read more…

Bryce Johannes: Time for a Conversation about Change – An example

Below is an example of the possible conclusions from asking just what sort of change is needed to bring about true and sincere “government of, for and by the people” as introduced here. I provide a brief summary of the struggle in the United States by the people throughout the country’s history to be heard Read more…

Nasir Khan: Frederick Engels about his role in Marxist theory

Nasir Khan, February 9, 2017 The names of Karl Marx and Frederick Engels are inseparably linked for laying the foundations of Scientific Socialism in contrast to the previous versions known as utopian socialism. As long they lived, their intellectual partnership was in the service of a common cause but deeply rooted in rigorous scientific work Read more…

Karthik Ramanathan: [Petition to US Attorneys against Muslim Ban] Please consider signing

Dear Fellow American People of a good heart, As you are aware, the Donald J Trump via his racist advisors Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller are attempting to turn the clock of history back, by banning people from seven muslim majority countries. This executive order while couched in the rhetoric of national security, is clearly aimed at Read more…

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…

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