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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President Donald Trump at the 2020 World Economic Forum summit in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday. (Photo: Shealah Craighead / White House) Views
Friday, January 24, 2020
Trump’s Rosy Economic Outlook Is a Big Lie
President Donald Trump this week addressed the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, exaggerating the successes of the U.S. economy to such a great extent that it was as though he hoped to match reality to his fantastical claims by sheer force of will. The WEF — a yearly meeting that he...
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Gen. Qassem Soleimani. (Photo: Tasnim News Agency / Wikimedia/CC) Views
Friday, January 17, 2020
Three Reasons Why Trump Ordered Soleimani’s Killing
President Donald Trump’s administration has trotted out an embarrassingly inconsistent series of justifications for the recent drone strike in Iraq that killed top Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani. The ever-changing story of why Soleimani was killed underscores the Trump administration’s thin...
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As with the U.S. border wall with Mexico, Trump has been obsessed with the idea of creating Space Force for several years. (Photo: Trump Make America Great Again Committee) Views
Friday, January 03, 2020
With Space Force, Congress Hands Trump a Major Victory
Donald Trump, who will go down in history as the most reviled president of all time, has just won a major victory in the creation of a sixth branch of the military: Space Force. Trump will be able to claim credit for a serious milestone—with the smooth cooperation of both major parties. On Dec. 20...
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How does one save one’s country from a cult? (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Friday, December 20, 2019
To Understand Trump, You Must Understand His Cult
As Americans watch the political drama of impeachment against President Donald Trump unfold in Congress, it seems clear that Democrats and Republicans seem to occupy entirely different planes of reality, speaking in opposite terms about the same issues. It is a reflection of the political...
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U.S. Marines in Afghanistan, 2001. (Photo: Sergeant Joseph R. Chenelly / United States Marine Corps) Views
Friday, December 13, 2019
Afghanistan Papers Confirm That the Longest War Is a Lie
The Washington Post’s Afghanistan Papers , detailing a true history of the nation’s longest official war, reveals nothing new about the war’s futility or about the fact that it was doomed to failure from almost the beginning. The Post fought a legal battle for three years to obtain the documents...
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Amazon relies on taxpayers subsidizing its workers’ livelihoods, but it also refuses to pay its fair share of taxes. (Photo: Tony Webster / Flickr/ CC BY-SA 2.0) Views
Friday, December 06, 2019
Amazon Abuses Workers and the Climate—Because It Can
While online shoppers were busy taking advantage of bargain prices on Black Friday, retail workers in various European cities were walking off their jobs in anger. Hundreds of Amazon workers in six German cities protested, saying that their employer’s demands were making them ill. Similar protests...
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U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden sit during a meeting with Secretary of Treasury Jacob Lew, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez, National Security Adviser Susan Rice, Director of the National Economic Council Gene Sperling, Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, and Trade Representative Michael Froman in the Oval Office of the White House December 16, 2013 in Washington, DC. According to the White House, Obama was meeting about trade and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). (P Views
Thursday, November 21, 2019
OK Obama... Time to Cancel Radical Centrism
As we gear up for next year’s presidential race, the only political class in the United States that may be as terrified of losing power as the Republican Party is that of centrist Democrats. Former President Barack Obama embodied this fear in his recent remarks at an event for wealthy liberal...
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Immigration rights activists take part in a rally in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC on November 12, 2019. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, November 14, 2019
Dreamers Tell Trump and SCOTUS They Are Here to Stay
The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard oral arguments in a legal challenge being brought against President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA, enacted by President Barack Obama in 2012, enabled roughly 800,000 young, undocumented people to defer...
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The only way to preserve the current social and economic order is by force. And when people have had enough, they meet force with resistance and resilience. (Photo: by Martin Bernetti/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Friday, November 08, 2019
Governments Beware: People Are Rising Up All Over the World
Lately there seem to be an unusually large number of mass resistance movements unfolding in countries all over the world. Here in the U.S., Puerto Rico’s recent political turmoil upended the entire local government structure. In Latin America, there have been upheavals over the past few weeks in...
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PG&E is resorting to mass power outages to protect itself from liabilities during fire season, plunging millions of Californians into darkness. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Views
Friday, November 01, 2019
California Must Take Back Its Power—Literally
We Californians are watching our state burn. Our houses are literally on fire, and yet we should not be surprised. Our current “new normal” is an utterly predictable consequence of global warming. While the climate crisis fueling our wildfires is the direct result of the fossil fuel industry’s...
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