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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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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Hurricane Florence, as seen from space on Sept. 13. (NASA via YouTube) Views
Friday, September 14, 2018
Our Planet Is Angry
“ Storm of a lifetime ” is how the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C., described Hurricane Florence as it came lumbering across the Atlantic to hurl its ferocious winds and rain onto that coastal state. Pointing to the storm’s unusual path, one meteorologist said, “There’s virtually no...
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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, center, on the third day of his confirmation hearing. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite / AP) Views
Monday, September 10, 2018
The Unholy Alliance Among Trump, Kavanaugh and the Evangelicals
Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is a gift to evangelical Christians. It was their ardent hope the president would pick a justice friendly to their cause that drove many evangelicals to vote for Trump in the first place. As Ed Stetzer, writing in Christianity Today...
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“I still remember the first time I met my son,” he said. “It was at an immigration hearing. He was so close to me, only a few steps away, but yet so far.” (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Friday, August 31, 2018
How One Deportee Is Helping Other Exiled Immigrants in Mexico
Immigrants are the “enemy” in Donald Trump’s America. The president has made the arrest, detention and deportation of immigrants the centerpiece of his domestic policies, seeing it as an effective tool to whip up racial resentment among his base and preserve his power. Even though Trump has...
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Friday, August 17, 2018
Women of Color Are Making History Ahead of Midterms
It has been a banner year for women running in elections across the country in statehouse, gubernatorial and congressional races. But women of color, who have been so dramatically underrepresented in the halls of power for so long, are making particularly significant gains. What’s even more...
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Journalist Sam Husseini, reporting for The Nation magazine, displays a sign before being forcibly removed from a press conference after U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin met Monday at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP) Views
Friday, July 20, 2018
The Stories Corporate Media Failed to Cover This Week
Donald Trump’s antics over the past week have sent the world into a tizzy. With his preferential treatment of Russian President Vladimir Putin over his own Justice Department and intelligence agencies fueling calls of “treason,” we’ve all but forgotten the incredible firestorm Trump ignited less...
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A group of U.S. mayors left shoes and a teddy bear outside a holding facility for immigrant children in Tornillo, Texas, on Thursday. The mayors, from more than a dozen cities, gathered near the holding facility to call for the immediate reunification of immigrant children with their families. (Photo: Andres Leighton / AP) Views
Friday, June 22, 2018
Which Side Are You On?
A powerful song written by the wife of a union organizer in 1931 , popularized by the radical folk singer Pete Seeger and later adapted by the civil rights movement, perfectly expresses the moral question of our particular political moment: “Which Side Are You On?” I hear the refrain of that song...
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