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FROM Michael Albert (presently at large) [ As always, you can remove yourself from our mailing list by visiting the ZNet site at http://www.zmag.org/weluser.htm ] CONTENTS: 1. ZMag Online Announcement 2. New ZNet Top Page Menu 3. World Social Forum / Life After Capitalism 4. Other Features 5. Featured Writings First some big news. The January issue of Z Magazine has gone online along with the new online subscription system, finally establishing Z Magazine Online. The web system was programmed by longtime ZNet ally and commentator, Brian Dominick. The web version of Z Print, elegantly converted to HTML by Alyssa Hassan, will in future months go up on the site simultaneous with its print counterpart. However, the web edition will be for Online Z Magazine subscribers only. Please check out the sign up system, and the very low rates, for further details or to join right away! http://www.zmag.org/zmagsite/zmagsubscribe.htm We will still place the issues on the free public ZNet site, but as in the past, this will occur four months from when they appear in print and in the online subscription system. We have created this online replication of the print magazine -- with some worry over the effect it might have on print subscriptions -- in considerable part for people overseas who want Z but can't get it in a timely way by slow mail. We also hope this option will be very useful to people who want electronic versions of articles, for reproduction or other use. The Z Magazine Online version will essentially replicate the print version, which will continue to come out as in the past. Second, as always, we have a variety of new things on ZNet. Perhaps most noticeably, compliments of ZNet user/volunteer Chad Macey, a very nice new menuing system on the top page -- http://www.zmag.org/weluser.htm We hope you like it. Indeed, we are working on letting you have a menu of your own creation there, with links that you incorporate, whether to parts of ZNet you use particularly often, or to other sites on the web, if you want to have ZNet as your home page and use a menu for easy access to other venues you frequent. I must say, I am looking forward to enjoying this innovation. Third, quite a few ZNet folks are, as you read this, on their way to Brazil for this year's World Social Forum and the Life After Capitalism sessions that ZNet is hosting. We will try to relay some reports while there. Meanwhile, please check out www.zmag.org/lac.htm to see what we are up to -- and check out http://www.zmag.org/lacsite.htm to even see advance drafts of some of the talks ZNet-invited and -hosted participants will be giving, and to see a foretaste of a mamoth vision and strategy collection that will be emerging from transcriptions in weeks to come. There are about a dozen pieces already. Fourth, we hope you will pay very regular attention to the ZNet Antiwar section, Iraq Watch, and other timely features, updated frequently. We hope and anticipate that recent technical upgrades will help the site keep pace with the increased use. We also hope, as always, that you will consider becoming a Z Sustainer, to enjoy our daily commentaries and the sustainer forum system. You can find more information at http://www.zmag.org/Commentaries/donorform.htm And, to give a bit more substance to this communique... two pieces this time. First a timely commentary on the state of the US antiwar movement, followed by one of the draft speeches now in the aforementioned "Life After Capitalism" section...others already there deal with work, class, economic vision, race, immigration, the city, globalization, health, and political vision -- and perhaps more by the time you receive this. Lastly, we had originally intended to include a couple of essays in this email, but the file became to cumbersome for the server, so we'll spare you the text and just link to them directly... "Does Size Really Matter?" A ZNet Commentary by Brian Dominick, addresses various important perspectives on current antiwar organizing. http://www.zmag.org/sustainers/content/2003-01/21dominick.cfm "Work" is the draft of a lecture to be presented at the upcoming Life After Capitalism conference. Written by Adele Oliveri, it addresses economic vision and strategy. http://www.zmag.org/oliveriwork.htm -- Michael Albert, ZNet ==================================== This message has been brought to you by ZNet (http://www.zmag.org). Visit our site for subscription options.