Sonali Kolhatkar

Sonali Kolhatkar
Sonali Kolhatkar is a columnist for Truthdig. She also is the founder, host and executive producer of "Rising Up With Sonali," a television and radio show that airs on Free Speech TV (Dish Network, DirecTV, Roku) and Pacifica stations KPFK, KPFA, and affiliates. She is the former founder, host and producer of KPFK Pacifica’s popular morning drive-time program “Uprising." She is also the co-director of the Afghan Women's Mission, a U.S.-based non-profit solidarity organization that funds the social, political, and humanitarian projects of RAWA. She is the author, with James Ingalls, of "Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords, and the Propaganda of Silence" (2006).

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Protesters known as the "yellow vests" displayed a French flag altered to show dates of important protests, including 1968 and 2018, as they marched on Paris’ famed Champs-Elysees on Saturday. (Photo: Michel Euler / AP) Views
Friday, December 14, 2018
Taking French Lessons: The Power of the 'Yellow Vests'
The people of France are currently engaged in a major political battle with their government. But those of us on the outside watching the “ Yellow Vests ” bring their nation to a standstill are also learning a valuable lesson: how to make politicians bend to your will through relentless activism...
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Wisconsin's Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott L. Fitzgerald, left, speaks as Gov. Scott Walker, center, and state Assembly Speaker Robin Vos watch at a 2015 appearance in Madison, Wis. (Photo: Morry Gash / AP) Views
Friday, December 07, 2018
The GOP's Plot to Destroy Our Democracy Is Coming Into View
The Republican Party has once more demonstrated that it has no respect for democracy and is determined to hold on to power by any means necessary. GOP state lawmakers in Wisconsin this week engaged in a brazen power grab in the form of bills that were introduced, debated and voted on with...
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Friday, November 30, 2018
Trump’s Tear-Gassing of Migrants Is the Next Step in a Cruel Dehumanization Campaign
The Trump administration’s use of tear gas at the U.S. border with Mexico over the weekend has rightfully generated outrage. Just as the photo of a 2-year-old Honduran girl crying at the border this summer became a symbol for Donald Trump’s family separation policy, a photo of a terrified mother...
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Saturday, November 24, 2018
Will Democrats Back a 'Green New Deal'?
News related to climate change is rarely good. More often than not, it engenders a sense of doom and helplessness among the public. But lately there has been a glimmer of hope on the horizon for climate justice, and it bears the name Sunrise Movement . Even before the midterm elections took place,...
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A sign is held aloft by a #MeToo supporter attending a January 2018 march in Hoboken, N.J. (Photo: Alec Perkins / Wikimedia Commons)(CC BY 2.0) Views
Friday, November 16, 2018
The #MeToo Movement Is Here to Stay
On Saturday, hundreds of sexual assault survivors and their allies marched and rallied in Hollywood, Calif., for the second annual #MeToo survivors’ march and rally . From noon to 3 p.m. that day, the mostly black and brown female activists spoke, marched and made impassioned calls for justice...
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Tuesday, November 06, 2018
Economic Inequality and Racism Are This Election's Crucial Issues
Unprecedented amounts of money have flowed into the 2018 midterm elections, and voters are being bombarded with TV commercials and mailers that use misleading and fear-based language. President Donald Trump and the Republicans, in particular, are sending a strong message to Americans that the...
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Friday, October 19, 2018
Have Democrats Forgotten About This Summer's Immigration Debacle?
The controversy over President Donald Trump’s immigrant family separation policy this summer made major headlines for weeks, generated mass protests in Washington, D.C., and in cities around the country, and fomented “ occupations ” in front of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) offices,...
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Computer mouse pads emblazoned with the "Secure the Vote" logo are displayed on a vendor's table at a convention of state secretaries of state in Philadelphia in July. Election security is yet another issue that will be on voters' minds during the midterm elections in November. (PMel Evans / AP) Views
Friday, October 05, 2018
Here’s a Reality-Based Battle Plan for the Midterms and Beyond
Many analysts of our current political landscape are seduced by the idea of a dichotomy of ideals, a polarized electorate neatly cleaved into two sides: conservatives versus liberals, as symbolized by the Republican-Democrat split. For progressives, that is supposed to translate into: “Everything...
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Women gather on Capitol Hill on Sept. 4 to protest Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination. (YouTube screen shot) Views
Friday, September 28, 2018
Women Roar in the Face of Men Like Trump, Kavanaugh, Cosby
It is a telling fact that the least surprising news item this week has been President Trump making himself the laughingstock of the world at the United Nations General Assembly. But aside from that predictable outcome of Trump’s presidency, several other enormously critical political clashes are...
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Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, following a July speech by Pence at a Washington, D.C., conference on religious freedom. The Trump administration has drawn criticism for refugee and migration policies that have sharply reduced America's intake of people fleeing persecution over their beliefs. (Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP) Views
Friday, September 21, 2018
Trump Is Strangling the U.S. Refugee Program to Death
Amid the political hurricane around Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing and the actual storm devastating North Carolina, Donald Trump’s administration struck a significant blow to the nation’s refugee program this week that garnered far less attention. Secretary of State...
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