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, August 08, 2014
Justice for Eric Garner: Street Protests and Prosecutions Will Not End Police Brutality
“I can’t breathe” was one of the last things 44-year-old Eric Garner said after being arrested by New York Police Department officers and placed in what appears, in a bystander’s video , to be a chokehold. The asthmatic African-American man was being detained on suspicion of illegally selling...
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Friday, August 01, 2014
Understanding Israel’s War as Racist Is Crucial to Ending Occupation
The nearly month-long attack by Israeli forces on Gaza has revealed that anti-Arab racism permeates many levels of Israeli society. Indeed, to acknowledge Palestinians as humans worthy of a state, a home and basic necessities such as medical care, electricity, food and water, would undermine the...
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Tariq Khdeir, an American teenager, who was beaten by Israeli soldiers while visiting families members in Jerusalem. Tariq's cousin, Mohammad, was murdered by Israeli extremists last week. (Photo: Anadolu News Agency) Views
Thursday, July 10, 2014
The Algebra of Israeli Injustice Against Palestinian Children
“Everyone in Shuafat loved Mohammad.” Amal Abu Khdeir was describing her 16-year-old cousin to me in an interview on Uprising . “Everyone can tell you how nice a boy he was,” she added softly. Mohammad Abu Khdeir was found dead after being kidnapped from his East Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat...
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Journalist Glenn Greenwald arriving in the U.S. prior to receiving both the Polk Award and a Pulitzer Prize earlier this year. (Photo: AP) Views
Friday, July 04, 2014
Orwell’s Dystopian Future Is Almost Here: A Conversation With Glenn Greenwald
There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate, they could plug in your wire...
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Police control a World Cup protest in São Paulo on June 23 (Credit: Ben Tavener/cc/flickr) Views
Friday, June 27, 2014
Five Reasons Why I Refuse to Watch the World Cup
Soccer (or football, as the rest of the world refers to it) is the most popular sport globally. But can you love the game while hating the World Cup? The 2014 World Cup tournament in Brazil has attracted record numbers of American viewers, with reports of 23 million people having tuned in to a...
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Veterans Kori Cioca, 25, of Wilmington, Ohio, left, and Panayiota Bertzikis, 29, of Somerville, Mass., both assaulted and raped while serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, meet at their attorney’s office in Washington, D.C., in 2011. AP/Cliff Owen Views
Friday, June 06, 2014
The Common Roots of Misogynist Culture in Pakistan and the U.S.
The stoning to death of a pregnant woman named Farzana Iqbal by members of her family in broad daylight in Lahore, Pakistan, last week has prompted protests in that nation by human rights activists. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has announced an inquiry into the slaying that was apparently spurred by...
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Then-Egyptian Minister of Defense General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi walks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during a meeting in Cairo, Egypt on November 3, 2013. (Photo: U.S. Department of State) Views
Thursday, May 29, 2014
From Elections to Mass Movements: How Wealthy Elites Are Hijacking Democracy All Over the World
Mass street protests are usually seen as a hallmark of democratic aspirations. And elections are meant to be a culmination of such aspirations, affording people the opportunity to choose their own leaders and system of government. But in country after country these days, the hallmarks of democracy...
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In this photo taken on Jan. 2, 2014, a medical doctor, left center, shouts out as he loads off a female Congolese soldier after she and others were attacked during a patrol, near Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo. (Photo: AP/Joseph Kay Views
Friday, May 16, 2014
Why Don’t We Care About Congo’s Dead?
Is it true that atrocities in Africa garner little international attention because the victims are black? The recent kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian girls has generated empathy and outrage worldwide, undermining such a claim. The international shame and guilt over Rwanda’s genocide, despite...
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An abortion opponent calls out to patients while clinic escorts secure signs on the front gates to prevent the abortion opponents from visually confronting patients as they enter the Jackson Women’s Health Organization clinic in Jackson, Miss., last year. (Photo: AP/Rogelio V. Solis) Views
Friday, May 02, 2014
In Matters of Abortion, the Personal Is Political, Especially for Women of Color
Several years ago I accompanied a close friend who was visiting the U.S. to a Planned Parenthood clinic in Southern California. She was terribly unhappy in her marriage but had just realized she was pregnant. While I sat in the waiting room during her abortion procedure, I thought about how...
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Thursday, April 17, 2014
Beyond Colbert: Why We Need Progressive People of Color on TV
When Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert was announced as the replacement for David Letterman on CBS’ “Late Night,” progressives celebrated while conservatives retched. But few questioned the assumption that a white male would succeed Letterman. The announcement of Colbert’s move to network television...
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