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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Kirstjen Nielsen is sworn in as the sixth secretary of the Department of Homeland Security in November 2017. (Jetta Disco / DHS) Views
Friday, April 12, 2019
In Trump's America, Even Nielsen Wasn't Cruel Enough
Kirstjen Nielsen’s cruelty toward immigrants over the past year was apparently not enough for President Donald Trump. Nielsen, the Department of Homeland Security secretary who resigned under pressure Monday after holding her position for just over a year, left behind a legacy stained by the forced...
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Puerto Rican residents wade through the flooded streets of San Juan, Puerto Rico, in September 2017 in the wake of Hurricane Maria. (Photo: Sgt. Jose Ahiram Diaz-Ramos / Puerto Rico National Guard) Views
Friday, April 05, 2019
Trump's Disdain for Puerto Rico Should Be His Undoing
Puerto Rico’s death toll of about 3,000 from Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017 ought to be the biggest strike against President Donald Trump. The majority of deaths on the island occurred in the days and weeks following the hurricanes, largely due to inadequate health care and the admitted failures...
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Robert Mueller. (Alex Wong / Getty Images) Views
Friday, March 29, 2019
Moving Beyond the Mueller Investigation
After nearly two years of investigations that spawned dozens of indictments and convictions of a significant number of Donald Trump’s close associates and colleagues, the special counsel’s inquiry into the 2016 election has come to a close. While the grand jury that Robert Mueller convened is...
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Saturday, March 23, 2019
Boeing Values Profits Over Lives—By Design
The fatal crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft on March 10 shows us in stark terms just how deadly unfettered capitalism is. Boeing has pushed the legal limits of how far a corporation can manipulate a system to maximize its profits, even if it means risking lives. Just a few...
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Tucker Carlson. (Gage Skidmore / Flickr)(CC BY-SA 2.0) Views
Friday, March 15, 2019
Why Isn’t Tucker Carlson's Hate Speech a Deal-Breaker?
The recently revealed audio recordings of Fox News host Tucker Carlson spewing racist and misogynist rhetoric on a radio show years ago offers new evidence of the media outlet’s tilt toward hate. In clips originating from 2006 to 2011 available here and here , obtained by the watchdog group Media...
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Michael Cohen testifies before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. (Photo: CNBC screen shot) Views
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Cohen Hearing Shows How Trump’s Presidency Is Built on Racism
Michael Cohen’s explosive testimony Wednesday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee illuminated multiple issues. Many themes emerged during the hours-long public hearing on Capitol Hill featuring President Donald Trump’s former attorney, including cronyism, bribery, corruption...
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They're for it: Environmental activists and supporters of the Green New Deal occupy the Capitol Hill office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in Washington, D.C. last December. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite / AP) Views
Friday, February 15, 2019
The Green New Deal Is Indeed a Big Deal
The most visionary resolution to emerge from Congress in recent years, encompassing both the climate crisis and economic inequality, has captured the imagination of many Americans. In less than a year we went from having never heard the name Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to watching the impressive,...
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A volunteer hands out a poster as Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders was set to address a “Medicare for All” rally in downtown Columbia, S.C., in October 2018. (Photo: Meg Kinnard / AP) Views
Friday, February 08, 2019
Everybody Wants ‘Medicare for All’—Except Our Leaders
The health care debate in the United States has shifted dramatically over the past ten years. When newly elected President Barack Obama came to power in 2009 he grappled with reforming the broken health care system, eventually adopting an approach that had been championed by conservatives to craft...
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Afghan security officials inspect the scene of a 2017 suicide car bombing in Kandahar province. (Photo: AP) Views
Friday, February 01, 2019
A Brief History of Our Longest, Most Futile War
Anyone who closely followed the U.S. war in Afghanistan since Oct. 7, 2001, knew it would end badly. The news that the U.S. has reached an agreement with the Taliban for a peace framework is indeed a positive development, but it masks the fact that the war has largely been futile and destructive—...
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From left, moderator Andrew R. Sorkin; Ruth Porat, Google senior vice president and chief financial officer; Blackstone Group CEO Stephen A. Schwarzman; Sinochem Group Chairman Ning Gaoning; Raghuram G. Rajan of the University of Chicago, and Bank of America CEO Brian T. Moynihan take part in the discussion, "Shaping a New Market Architecture" at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday. (Photo: Markus Schreiber / AP) Views
Thursday, January 24, 2019
Davos Attendees Must Accept That They Have Too Much Money
A global gathering of world elites is taking place in Davos, Switzerland, this week, claiming—as it does every year—to “define priorities and shape global, industry and regional agendas.” The World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting, held in the rarified elite space of the snow-capped Swiss Alps,...
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