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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Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, center in orange shirt, participates in a youth climate strike outside the United Nations on Aug. 30 in New York City. Thunberg was also in town to address the U.N. Climate Action Summit on Sept. 23. (Photo: Mary Altaffer / AP) Views
Friday, September 20, 2019
It's Time to Strike for the Climate
According to Bill McKibben, the internationally renowned climate activist, author and founder of 350.org , today’s record-breaking hurricanes should not be labeled with such innocuous names as “Dorian” or “Maria.” Rather, they should be named after Exxon Mobil, Chevron and BP—major fossil fuel...
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Afghan children look on as a US soldier from the Provincial Reconstruction team (PRT) Steel Warriors patrols in the mountains of Nuristan Province on December 19, 2009. (Photo: Tauseef Mustafa/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Friday, September 13, 2019
#NeverForget the War in Afghanistan
When President Donald Trump announced this week that a highly anticipated peace deal with the Taliban was dead, Afghans braced for more violence . Their fears were realized as fresh fighting broke out immediately between Taliban forces and U.S.-backed Afghan government forces. With little remaining...
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Here’s a novel idea: Voters in the primaries should pick a candidate they truly like, whose policies they are excited about, whose ideas they feel will best help the nation. (Photo: Matt Rourke / AP) Views
Friday, August 23, 2019
Let's Stop Trying to Predict Who Can Beat Trump
Jill Biden, wife of former Vice President Joe Biden, commented Monday that although her husband may not be good enough on certain issues, people ought to vote for him anyway. In an extraordinarily candid set of remarks, first reported by MSNBC , she said, “Your candidate might be better on, I don’t...
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Children of mainly Latino immigrant parents hold signs during a march to the Madison County Courthouse in Canton, Miss., on Aug. 11, 2019. The demonstration followed ICE raids earlier that week at seven poultry plants in Mississippi, including one in Canton. (Photo: Rogelio V. Solis / AP) Views
Friday, August 16, 2019
The Right Gives Corporations the Help It Denies Poor Immigrants of Color
President Donald Trump’s administration this week announced a set of new rules aimed at significantly curtailing the number of people being granted legal residency in the U.S. According to The Associated Press, the rules include “denying green cards to many migrants who use Medicaid, food stamps,...
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Handcuffed workers at the Koch Foods Inc. plant in Morton, Miss. await transportation to a processing center following an Aug. 7 raid by U.S. immigration officials. (Photo: Rogelio V. Solis / AP) Views
Friday, August 09, 2019
This Is How We Defend Immigrants From Trump
There is seemingly no limit to the cruelty President Trump inflicts on immigrants. Just days after a horrific mass shooting claimed the lives of 22 people in the immigrant-rich border town of El Paso, Texas, the Trump administration carried out the largest workplace raids in the nation’s history...
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Friday, July 26, 2019
Puerto Ricans Demonstrate How to Oust a Corrupt Leader
The movement that forced Ricardo Rosselló to step down as governor of Puerto Rico is one of the largest in the island’s history. It unified people across the ideological and political spectrum toward a common purpose: ending the governor’s corrupt regime. On Monday, hundreds of thousands of people...
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Friday, July 19, 2019
Why I'm Glad About Trump's Latest Twitter Tirade
People of color in the U.S. have experienced many variations of the “go back to where you came from” sentiment. In the wake of President Donald Trump’s racist Twitter tirade aimed at “the Squad” of four recently elected women of color in Congress, the Los Angeles Times asked its readers to share...
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Most terrifying for those who cannot fathom another four years of this nightmarish presidency ought to be Trump’s advertising and fundraising strategy. (Photo: Brynn Anderson / AP) Views
Friday, July 12, 2019
Are We Underestimating Trump Yet Again?
Although the 2020 presidential election is more than a year away, Donald Trump appears a better prepared and far more formidable candidate than he did in 2016—or compared to many of his current rivals. Those who are appalled by the daily shredding of the Constitution and by the degradation of basic...
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Rosa Ramirez cries when shown photographs of her son, Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramírez, her granddaughter Valeria and her daughter-in-law Tania Vanessa Avalos while speaking to journalists at her home in El Salvador on Tuesday. (Photo: Antonio Valladares / AP) Views
Friday, June 28, 2019
As Immigrant Deaths Pile Up, We Need to Find Our Moral Compass
Nearly four years ago, the devastating photos of a Syrian toddler named Alan Kurdi , whose little body had washed ashore in Turkey, shocked the world. Kurdi’s story was tragically typical—his family had fled the Syrian war and attempted to cross the Mediterranean to seek refuge in Greece. All of...
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Immigration activists rally on April 23 outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. as the justices hear arguments over the Trump administration's plan to ask about citizenship on the 2020 census. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite / AP) Views
Thursday, June 06, 2019
The GOP's White Supremacy Now Has a Smoking Gun
The United States Supreme Court is expected to rule shortly in the case of Department of Commerce v. New York—a critical legal battle over the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. census. The Trump administration and Republican Party have pushed hard on the idea of collecting...
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