About Z Commentaries

Z Commentaries are sent every night to all Z Sustainers, and have been for many years. They are a kind of thank you mailing, you might say, for those who are supporting our overall operations. 

Commentators are diverse and many. A few of the more prominent ones are listed in the top menu, to show just their work. In time we will add a left menu, up above this text area, and below the generic menu that now appears, with the same purpose, but for more people. 

Recent Z Commentaries

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Stephen R. Shalom: You’ve Come A Long Way, Brother

The year 1926 was in the thick of the Jim Crow era. In the American South, racial segregation was the law of the land. Schools, jobs, public accommodations, movie theaters, water fountains and most everything else were segregated. In the North, jobs and labor unions were segregated and the U.S. armed forces had separate units Read more…

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Edward Herman: How the NYT Solved the New Guatemala Problem

Newspaper of Record, as an establishment institution and consistent defender of U.S. imperial prerogatives, and it is interesting and amusing to see how it coped. One problem for the paper was to explain and justify U.S. complicity in light of this country’s definitionally good and benevolent qualities. Sometimes this problem has been eased by discrediting Read more…

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Sonia Shah: My Fantasy Goddess Is Not A Barbie Doll

This holiday season, Mattel, the world’ biggest toy maker is poised to embarrass itself and enrage Asians across the globe, with the release of its latest collectible Barbie: The Fantasy Goddess of Asia. Designed by Bob Mackie in a fit of laziness, ignorance, cynicism or all three, the doll is a mishmash of racist stereotypes Read more…

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Brian Tokar: Biotechnology and the Commodification of Life

The U.S.government’s aggressive advocacy for the biotechnology industry, and its potentially disastrous agenda of reshaping world agriculture, has finally made international headlines. At the end of February, representatives of 163 nations met for a week in Cartagena, Colombia for what was supposed to be the final round of negotiations toward an international protocol on the Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: Keep Hope Alive

shameful foreign economic policy in Africa. It’s a nice object lesson for those who think that progress is only made by those who "go along to get along," begging for crumbs and then settling for "reforms" that actually make things worse. Here’s the story: the Orwellian-named "Africa Growth and Opportunity Act" would require African countries Read more…

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Peter Bohmer: Pres. Clinton’s Visit to Central America

President Bill Clinton just completed a four day visit to Central America. In Nicaragua and Honduras, he briefly visited areas most devastated by Hurricane Mitch in late October, 1998. In Posoltega, Nicaragua on March 8, near two villages that were buried by mud, killing 2000 people, he promised small amounts of aid, and announced the Read more…

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Robin Hahnel: Has The Left Missed The Boat On Climate Change?

[Part 1 of a three part series exploring the Left and climate change to be run on ZNet Dec. 24-26, 2009] Part 1: Two Train Wrecks In Copenhagen Make no mistake about it, formal negotiations in Copenhagen ended in a train wreck that no spin doctor can put a good face on and was a Read more…

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