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, March 25, 2016
‘This Is a Coup’: Brazil’s Workers Party Faces Its Greatest Test
Brazil, the world’s fifth-largest country in terms of population and Latin America’s most expansive state, is in political turmoil. The left-leaning Workers Party, PT (as it is known by its Portuguese acronym), is facing an existential crisis after 14 years in power. Accusations of corruption from...
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Friday, March 18, 2016
The US Is Becoming a Terrifying Nation for Women
Much is at stake in a Supreme Court case over a Texas abortion law. The nation’s highest court heard oral arguments last week in Whole Woman’s Health v. John Hellerstedt . The case challenges restrictions placed on Texas abortion clinics under a law known as HB2. That law uses medical arguments to...
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Friday, February 19, 2016
A Woman in the Presidency Is Simply Not Enough
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright tried to issue a mea culpa in The New York Times last week for her recent remarks suggesting that women who are not planning to vote for her friend Hillary Clinton should be condemned to hell . Although it was “the wrong context and the wrong time to use...
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Friday, February 12, 2016
All Sides in the Syria War Have at Least One Thing in Common: Slaughtering Civilians
Nearly five years after Syria’s Arab Spring revolt escalated into a civil war, the conflict has morphed into a wider regional war with no end in sight. Millions of Syrians have fled, and a quarter of a million have died. Now, a devastating new United Nations report reveals that government forces...
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Thursday, February 04, 2016
Primary Elections Are Important—but They’re Also a Distraction
The media coverage of the horse race in Iowa on Monday night was hampered by pro-establishment spin. We need to see through that but also realize that the elections are only a small part of a progressive movement. It’s hard not to get swept up in the 2016 primary elections, and their unusually long...
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Thursday, January 28, 2016
Flint’s Water Crisis Is a Warning to Us All
By now most Americans have heard about the water crisis in Flint, a Michigan city of about 100,000 with a majority black population and high levels of lead in its water. With companies like Wal-Mart and Coca-Cola offering to donate millions of bottles of water to the city’s residents, there is a...
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Thursday, December 24, 2015
I Wish You a Merry Christmas—Even Though I’m a Nonbeliever
I’ve been celebrating Christmas for as long as I can remember. As a child, I believed in Santa Claus and was rewarded every December for that temporary faith with a varied, if modest, set of gifts. But I am not a Christian, although my mother was born a Catholic. During Diwali, the Hindu festival...
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Friday, December 18, 2015
After Paris, the Movement for Climate Justice Has Only Just Begun
At Saturday’s mass gathering in Paris marking the end of the United Nations climate negotiations, there were tens of thousands of people on the streets. One of them, a Swedish activist named Svetlana Gross, held a sign that said simply “climate justice.” The phrase was the one most commonly used at...
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Thursday, November 26, 2015
To Trump and His Supporters, Blacks and Muslims Are the Enemy
From Minneapolis to Chicago this week, thousands of Americans are marching to demand justice in the police shootings of two young black men, 24-year-old Jamar Clark and 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. Despite the fact that fatal shootings at the hands of U.S. police far outnumber American deaths at...
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Friday, November 20, 2015
Islamic State Wants Us to Reject Refugees and Increase Airstrikes
When the brutal attacks in Paris occurred Friday night, social media was immediately abuzz with Facebook “ safety checks ” and breaking news reports that screamed ever-increasing death tolls in their headlines. Within 24 hours, people were making snap judgments and publishing lengthy and detailed...
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