Blogs are a familiar feature on the internet - where users post content in an accumulating manner, with comments, and search options, etc. They facilitate expression and exploration, and via attached comments, also debate and synthesis.
Reading and Navigating Blogs
Our blogs are quite powerful. Each writer can post, as is typically the case. Sustainers who have the option can also post, however. All Blogs appear in the blog system, and sometimes also in content boxes the top page of ZNet - and always via the left menu of the top page - and can be found via searches, etc.
Commenting on blogs follows the blogs, attached at the bottom, and blog comments, like all others, are also visible in many places that show comments including in the forum system. In addition, the entire blog system gathers content for 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, as well. Thus, 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.
One can look at blogs for particular Groups, too.
All this is easily done using the left menu. Searches allow even more variables and refinements.
Creating Blog Posts
If you are a Sustainer with permission, and are logged in, you will see a link in the left menu for you to post a blog - and you can use that to post one, and then tag it various ways (such as with a topic or place, or a group tag), and once you do, it is in the system with you as the author.
You can also use the console button to the left to post a blog - anytime and from anywhere in the site, as long as you are logged in.
Meanwhile, enjoy the blogs - and, by the way, if you are a Free Member or a Sustainer with a ZSpace page, of course you can put one or more content boxes on it, pulling blog links of any sort you may want to filter for, for example, by you or by your friends or by others - and by topic, about places, for groups, etc.
Justin Podur's Blog
Web Address: http://www.zcommunications.org/zspace/justinpodur Bio:
Justin Podur is a writer and editor for ZNet (www.zmag.org), part of Z Communications, an alternative media organization dedicated to political analysis and support for movements for social change.... (More)
Palestine's leader, Yasser Arafat, has died.
I expect that in the coming days there will be a lot of stupid things written about him on all sides. I have already read some of it. As when he was living, the point will not be to shower contempt on him and his legacy. It will be to shower contempt on the Palestinian people.
My own feelings about Arafat have fluctuated in tandem with those of the Palestinians around me. Sometimes angry at the collaboration with Israel since the Oslo years, sometimes angry at the corruption, but recognizing that the Israelis and the Americans had set Arafat, like the Palestinians themselves, in an impossible situation. Colonizers and occupiers always do their best to make resistance carry a terrible cost. The most sophisticated colonizers force the colonized into collaboration not by offering personal benefits, but by threatening worse horrors for those who resist. The leader of a people wanting to be free then gets to watch his people get liquidated, murdered, displaced, and know that if he had not collaborated the destruction and death would be even greater. That's the context, anyway, and I just hope that people try and understand that.
Another important part of the context, for people wondering what is going to happen next, is that Israel has been systematically and mercilessly killing Palestine's leaders for decades. If either Israel or the United States believes that Arafat's death is going to cause Palestinians to acquiesce in their own destruction or ethnic cleansing, they are only displaying their own ignorance.
He will be buried in the Muqata, the compound in Ramallah that the Israelis repeatedly ruined by shelling and bulldozing, a compound the Israelis have repeatedly sought the world's, and especially the US's, permission to blow up, with its inhabitants, including Arafat. I spent a few hours in the rubble back in 2002. They were rebuilding the place, in the constant cycle: Israelis destroy it, Palestinians rebuild it. Israel will probably defile it even after he's buried there. That will not harm his own dignity nor the dignity of the Palestinians.
November 11 is a day set aside in Canada to remember those warriors who fought in the European civil wars, WWI and WWII. The veterans who are honoured at the usual celebrations are very old now. It's generally celebrated in a low-key way, not as an over-the-top celebration of militarism that is accompanying the massacre in Fallujah right now. But I've found myself wishing that the noncombatant victims, who far outnumbered the dead soldiers in 20th century wars, could be remembered too. And those who fought against war itself and resisted it.
And other warriors, especially those who fought against domination and colonialism over the centuries, from the indigenous in the Americas to the Asians and Africans.
Yasser Arafat was one such warrior.