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, June 17, 2016
Making Sense of Orlando
I am struggling to understand the Orlando massacre. And that struggle is important. It is what can protect us from the knee-jerk characterizations being bandied about. In its race to get the story first, mainstream corporate media has crafted the spin as swiftly as possible and shaped the lens...
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Friday, June 10, 2016
Partial Victory for Black Lives Matter Activist Jasmine Richards
“My goal is to save lives by any means necessary, even if that means putting mine on the line.” — Jasmine Richards, interview on “Uprising with Sonali,” July 22, 2015 Hundreds of people crowded outside the Pasadena Courthouse on Tuesday—which was also California’s primary election day—jostling one...
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Friday, May 27, 2016
The ‘Woman Card’ Brings a Wealth of Disadvantages
“If Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get 5 percent of the vote …” Donald Trump asserted back in April, adding: “The only thing she’s got going is the woman’s card.” Sadly, his remark did not only reflect his own sexist views. Apparently, there are plenty of Americans who believe that...
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Friday, May 20, 2016
The Real 9/11 Conspiracy
I remember watching the towers fall. My sister called early in the morning to tell me to turn on the television. My husband and I, who had been working closely with Afghan women organizing against the Taliban, stared at the screen, aghast as the buildings crumbled. Like everyone else the world over...
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Friday, May 13, 2016
Facebook Needs to Be an Open Book on News Feeds
“By giving people the power to share, we are starting to see people make their voices heard on a different scale from what has historically been possible. These voices will increase in number and volume. They cannot be ignored. Over time, we expect governments will become more responsive to issues...
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Monday, May 09, 2016
Bashar Assad’s Brutality in Syria Is Matched by U.S. Devastation Across the Region
Growing numbers of people worldwide are turning their Facebook profile pictures into solid red squares in an attempt to call attention to a new, deadly phase of the Syria war. The latest round of violence was marked by the bombing of a refugee camp near the Syrian border with Turkey, which resulted...
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Saturday, April 30, 2016
Yanis Varoufakis, Former Greek Finance Minister, Returns to Public Life More Hopeful Than Ever
Just a year ago the eyes of progressives all over the world were turned toward Greece. That which rarely happens had transpired in the Greek electoral system: a left-wing party with a strong ideological position was elected to power. The Syriza Party, which had upheld a staunchly anti-austerity...
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Sunday, April 24, 2016
A Young American Reminds Us How Badly We Are Failing Children on Climate Change
If Xiuhtezcatl Tonatiuh didn’t have the look and sound of a 15-year-old, one could easily assume he was twice his real age. The indigenous environmentalist talks like a seasoned activist and well-educated adult, rather than the teenager he really is. Perhaps it is because he is so driven by passion...
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Friday, April 15, 2016
Two Weeks Into a Major Uprising, French Activists Still Staying ‘Up All Night’
When French President François Hollande presented a series of labor reforms that would make it easier for employers to fire workers, he probably didn’t expect the mass public outrage that followed. On March 31, thousands of French activists gathered at the Place de la République for the screening...
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Saturday, April 02, 2016
‘Bathroom Bills’ Are Attacks on the Humanity of Transgender People
Right-wing extremists have a new way to foist their repulsive beliefs on us. After suffering a humiliating defeat in the Supreme Court in their battle against same-sex marriage, they have hit upon a formula designed to lure gullible Americans into believing that transgender people are sexual...
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