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 14, 2016
Are Elections Less Important Than Ever in the Age of Trump?
I confess I am enjoying watching the Republican Party implode. It is an all-consuming act of political rubbernecking. The blowback, personified by Donald Trump, of the party’s decades-long descent into the politics of fear is strangely gratifying to watch. Trump’s criticism this week of House...
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Friday, September 30, 2016
Ten Things That Should Have Come Up During the Debate But Didn’t
It seems as though we dread elections in the United States. Over several past races, only 50 percent to 60 percent of eligible voters have cast their ballots. More and more Americans are tuning out of the electoral process. Monday night’s debate, the first matchup between the two major-party...
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Saturday, September 24, 2016
Standing Firm in the Face of Violence
Another week, and another unarmed black man has been shot by police, with video footage of the macabre incident available for all to view from various angles. The shooting death of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Okla., at the hands of a white police officer, Betty Shelby, is sickening. The footage has...
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Sunday, September 18, 2016
Inmates Launch Series of Work Stoppages to Protest ‘Slave Labor’
Prisoners in dozens of correctional facilities around the nation launched a labor strike Sept. 9, a day that, appropriately, was the 45th anniversary of New York’s Attica prison rebellion . The U.S. incarcerates the greatest number of people in the world, and most of them are expected to work...
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Friday, September 09, 2016
This Election Is Hillary Clinton’s to Lose, and She’s Screwing It Up
You could not pick a worse, more inept, inexperienced or offensive joke of a presidential candidate than Donald Trump. The United States has become the butt of international ridicule over our very own “ Kim Jong-Un .” Any candidate running against Trump from the opposing major party with a pulse...
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Thursday, September 01, 2016
I Have Never Stood Up for the National Anthem—and Never Will
I do not follow sports, so I had not heard of Colin Kaepernick before this week. The San Francisco 49ers quarterback took a simple action Friday during a football game: He chose not to stand during the national anthem, and for that he has now become a household name. His act was one to which I...
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Thursday, August 25, 2016
Dakota Access Pipeline Protests Recall America’s Historical Shame
Until a few years ago, the word “occupation” was synonymous with power, imperialism and foreign invasion. Today, in the post-Occupy Wall Street era, more and more activists are using their physical presence to make demands. From Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park to Tahrir Square in Cairo, occupation has...
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Friday, August 19, 2016
Detained Undocumented Mothers Launch Hunger Strike, Vow to Leave ‘Alive or Dead’
Dozens of undocumented women being held with their children at the Berks County Residential Center in Pennsylvania are on a hunger strike that they say will culminate in their leaving the facility “alive or dead.” The mothers are essentially being held prisoner under an Obama administration plan to...
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Sunday, July 24, 2016
Donald Trump’s Strategy for Victory Is Clear, but Are Democrats Able to See It?
There is an adage, based on Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War”: “Know your enemy.” After watching Donald Trump’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, I wonder just how well Democrats really know Trump and his strategy. It is easy to paint the businessman-turned-politician as a “racist”...
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Friday, July 01, 2016
Our Skewed Politics on Gun Ownership Are a Deadly Joke
It is a measure of how subservient our political system is to the gun lobby that when the Supreme Court affirmed a federal gun ownership ban for domestic abuse convicts this week, it was hailed as a huge victory. In a 6-2 decision, the court deemed that the two plaintiffs from Maine, Stephen...
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