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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Thursday, January 01, 2015
One Good Reason to Watch the Sexist, Racist, Militarist, Corporate Rose Parade
I hate parades. I have always hated the bright exuberance, the cheering, and the flag waving. Every New Year’s Day, millions of people around the U.S. and the world tune in or gather in person to watch the Tournament of Roses Parade, also known as the Rose Parade. I live in Pasadena, home of the...
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Friday, December 12, 2014
Ferguson Is Baghdad Is New York Is Kabul
There is a pattern emerging in my Facebook feed this week. One group of friends has been posting stories of police brutality and protests accompanied by personal statements of outrage. Another group has been remarking on the disgusting revelations from the Senate Intelligence Committee’s CIA...
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Friday, December 05, 2014
Seeing Ferguson Clearly: 12 Double Standards That Expose White Supremacy
The word “Ferguson” has become synonymous with racism and police brutality in the U.S. today, in the same way that the name “Rodney King” did in 1992. And yet there remains a persistent and reactionary response from some white Americans who vehemently view themselves as the victims and black...
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Friday, October 24, 2014
Stranger Than Fiction: ‘Citizenfour’ Is a Dire Parable of Whistle-Blowers and Government Spying
Laura Poitras seems to have an instinct for a good story. In an interview on “ Uprising ” about her new film “ Citizenfour ,” she told me, “When I first started receiving these anonymous emails [from Edward Snowden], my gut instinct pretty early on was that this was probably legitimate. And then my...
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Friday, October 17, 2014
Hysteria Over Ebola Fuels Racism, While the Real Disease Is Capitalism
The Ebola crisis has gripped the American media, and by extension the imagination of the public, punctuated by breathless pronouncements from TV news reporters of the medical status of actual and potential victims of the disease; hysteria-inducing magazine covers, like this issue of Bloomberg...
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Friday, October 10, 2014
The Rise of the New, Liberal Islamophobia
The recent television kerfuffle involving “Real Time” host Bill Maher and guest Sam Harris over whether Muslims are bad people because their religion is, in the words of Harris, “the mother lode of bad ideas,” is symbolic of the new American Islamophobia. Muslim-bashing has become a popular sport...
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Friday, September 12, 2014
Hand in Hand With Kissinger: A Review of Hillary Clinton’s Review
If Hillary Clinton’s latest book, “Hard Choices,” was not an obvious enough sign of her presidential aspirations, then her recent Washington Post review of Henry Kissinger’s new book, “World Order,” seems to have sealed the deal. In it, Clinton builds on her already hawkish tenure as secretary of...
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Friday, September 05, 2014
My Dinner With the 1 Percent: The Fight for Higher Wages Means Confronting the Greed of the Rich
As fast food workers walked out Thursday yet again for higher wages and the right to union representation, they could count some lawmakers and President Obama as being on their side, verbally championing a higher federal minimum wage. And they have the support of a majority of Americans . But when...
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Friday, August 29, 2014
Facing the Horror of Syria Using Alternatives to War
The swift takeover by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) of parts of northern Iraq and Syria has drawn Western attention back to Syria’s devastating civil war. The grisly beheading of American journalist James Foley seems to have fed the once-declining Western appetite for war, as the Obama...
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Friday, August 22, 2014
The Pastor, the Police Officer and the Political Activist: Three Perspectives on Ferguson
Police brutality against black men has become a shockingly common phenomenon in the U.S. The names of those who have died at the hands of law enforcement or their unofficial vigilante deputies over the past few years are too numerous to count. Eric Garner , John Crawford , Ezell Ford , Dante Parker...
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