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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Jack Rasmus: Greek Default? What Does the Troika Really Want?

A default would reduce the value of the Euro further and theoretically provide another boost to exports and the sagging Eurozone economy

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Paul Street: The Silly Season: Reflections From Iowa

The leading hog and corn producer in the nation is already crawling with wannabe presidents

Danica Jorden: In Argentina and Mexico, “Not One Less” Means Every Woman’s Life Matters

Women’s rights activists in Argentina have revived the slogan that began in Mexico in response to the mass killings of young women in Ciudad Juárez

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Joe Emersberger: What Drives Governments to Keep TISA, TPP and TTIP Secret?

The corporate media, not secrecy, is actually the more important barrier to fair and open debate

Pete Dolack: The Destruction of Jamaica’s Economy Through Austerity

So disastrous has austerity been for Jamaica that its per capita gross domestic product is lower than it was 20 years ago

Andy Piascik: Save the US Postal Service Before It’s Too Late

The public should join postal workers to demand an end to the contracts with Staples and Walmart and an end to postal facility closures

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Boris Kagarlitsky: The killing of Novorossiya

The problem, however, is that a series of concessions, capitulations and betrayals will destroy the state far more rapidly and inevitably than any set of enemies is capable of doing

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Patrick Bond: World Soccer Corruption, Africa’s ‘Illicit Financial Flows’ and Elite Silences

If there is anywhere deserving of corporate corruption probes to the extent of the FIFA investigation, it is Washington itself

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Carl Finamore: Why Police Kill So Often

The picture is becoming clearer each day how policing in the United States is so brutally more violent than any other industrialized country

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Paul Street: Enough with the Holy Founders and Their Undemocratic Constitution

Serious advocates of popular sovereignty should call for – imagine – a new U.S. Constitutional Convention

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Vincent Emanuele: Reflections on Black Lives Matter – Gary, Indiana

The more I can help younger activists avoid the pitfalls that I’ve experienced in the past, the better off and more effective they will be in the future

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Walden Bello: Southeast Asia: Home to Ethnic Cleansing, Slavery, and Hazardous Work

Pundits remark cynically that instead of integrating dynamic tiger economies, ASEAN integration will pool together societies with unsolved, deep-seated social problems

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Peter Bohmer: Another Police Shooting of African-Americans: This Time in Olympia, WA

Out of this tragedy, there is an opportunity to have serious conversations about racism, about Black lives matter and to build mass movements

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Paul Street: Theater of the Absurd

Elected in the brand name of peace, Barack Obama has joked to his White House staff that he is “good at killing people”

Joris Leverink: Water Politics in the Land of Two Rivers

Source of life, cause for conflict

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Nikos Raptis: An Earthquake is not an Academic Subject

Although quakes cannot be prevented, they can be rendered not deadly

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Paul Street: No Respect for the Poor, Working or Not

Respect for workers will only be won from the bottom up, through collective and militant action

Pete Dolack: Speculation for its own sake pays billions

A year’s worth of gross world product is traded in about two weeks on the world’s stock, bond, derivative, futures and foreign-exchange markets

Jeff Abbott: Guatemala: Popular Protests Challenge Corruption and the Political Establishment

The political crisis has brought calls by many protesters for a new form of local politics that move beyond the traditional hierarchy of the political structure

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Milan Rai: What’s wrong with VE Day?

Allied political leaders did not fight against fascism as such, they fought against independent fascism

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Yesenia Barragan: The Battle over Black Freedom in Colombia

The Black Lives Matter movement has resonated deeply with black activists and organizers in Colombia

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Justin Podur: We are all Farkhunda

What occurred was a sustained mobilization exponentially larger and more powerful than the gang of misogynists who murdered her

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Ramzy Baroud: The Arab Boat

It’s an Arab-Palestinian Nakba, and We Are All Refugees

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Jérôme Roos: The Greek Endgame: Time to Choose Between Default and Defeat

For five years now, financial markets, European policymakers and the international media have been obsessed with the risk of an impending Greek default

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Jack Rasmus: US Economy Collapses Again—4th Time in 4 years

Data released last week by the US government showed the US economy came to a near halt in the first three months of 201

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David Swanson: The No More War Movement

What yanked those killers out of a war and into a society under the rule of law? People in Baltimore standing up and acting

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Cynthia Peters: Class War in the Spring, And It’s Time to Hold a Meeting?

A meeting may not seem like much, but there’s a lot we can accomplish. We can meet our neighbors, we can listen and be heard

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Preeti Kaur: 12 Reasons not to vote Tory

Democracy is heading towards crisis in the UK

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Marjorie Cohn: The Chickens Come Home to Roost in Baltimore

Baltimore’s sordid history of racial and class oppression, combined with the war on drugs, made for a deadly combination

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Bruno Jäntti: Virulent anti-Arab and anti-Muslim racism

It seems that Hollywood knows no limits when it comes to dehumanizing Middle Eastern peoples and adherents of Islam

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Vincent Emanuele: No Alternatives to US Empire: Bernie Sanders and the 2016 Elections

Therein lies the hope: people connecting struggles and working effectively to resist domination and oppression

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David Swanson: Invest in Activism, Not Bernie Sanders

The real question is not whether the next President will be a walking disaster, but what sort of popular movement will have been developed to resist it

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Paul Street: May Day: Four Interrelated Meanings

An environmentally cancerous super-abundance of consumer goods, far beyond real human and social “use-value” needs, is widely available in the U.S. But free time is a relatively scarce “commodity”

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Vincent Emanuele: Race, Hope and Organizing in the Rust Belt

Where I live, people are very angry and I think that anger, if channeled in the correct manner, could be the spark that’s needed to really kick start a serious movement

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Jérôme Roos: Dismantle Europe’s Racist and Murderous Migration Regime

If we still believe in our own values, we must open our borders to those who yearn for life. Nothing less will do

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Juan Cole: US admits it has no Idea who it is Assassinating by Drone

The killing of Warren Weinstein and Giovanni Lo Porto is not just a tragedy; it reveals the US assassination technique for the world to see

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John Pilger: The secret country again wages war on its own people

Australia has again declared war on its Indigenous people, reminiscent of the brutality that brought universal condemnation on apartheid South Africa

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Ben Dangl: Why We Need to Ditch Austerity Policies and Take on the Global 1%

There are exciting movements fighting against this upside down world and proposing alternatives, from Greece to Vermont

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David Swanson: The Decline and Fall of the United States

The United States bombs nations in the name of democracy, yet has one of the least democratic and least functioning of the states calling themselves democracies

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Michael Albert: Enough Already

Would the legendary villain Scrooge do these things?

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Suren Moodliar: On Comparing Slavery & Carbon Dependence, Part One

The great historical struggles from which we draw inspiration have no end dates, instead, they open the door to and inspire new struggles

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Shamus Cooke: How a $15 Minimum Helps All Workers

By winning $15 for everyone, unions will be less vulnerable to the rhetoric of the “overpaid” union worker, since lower wage workers will see a boost in their pay due to the work of a union-led campaign

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Carl Finamore: Getting Better Organized

The Fight for $15 & A Union

Pete Dolack: Trans-Pacific Partnership says if a corporation claims it’s true, it must be true

Allowing the TPP to pass means nothing less than an end to democracy and a world where corporate power and money becomes more dominant than ever, where corporate profits are codified in law to be above all other human concerns

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Paul Street: Cuba’s Socialist Spirit Level

The makers of the United Nations’ Human Development Index have found that Cuba is the only country on the planet to combine a quality of life consistent with “high human development” with a globally sustainable carbon footprint

Shepherd Bliss: Water or Wine?

California’s Drought & Water Competition

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Noam Chomsky: One Day in the Life of a Reader of the New York Times

The media reflects, uncritically, the approved doctrine: that the U.S. owns the world, and it does so by right

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Jack Rasmus: The Myths of US Exceptionalism

The appeal to exceptionalism is just another ideological ploy to get working classes to accept their deteriorating conditions

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Linda Gordon: Police Violence and Police Unions

The solution is not that complicated in principle: the US needs to build a system of holding police responsible for violations of the law and human rights

Nadia Prupis: In Dry California, Thirsty Oil and Big-Ag Industries Exempt from Water Regulations

Rather than focusing on urban usage, Brown should go after the industries which contributed the most to the drought

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