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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Plastic pollution on a beach in San Juan, Puerto Rico, April 3, 2018. Views
Friday, May 31, 2019
Plastic Is Just as Destructive to the Climate as Oil and Gas
The phenomenon of climate change invokes images of black smoke billowing out of smokestacks, emissions from exhaust pipes on an endless highway of bumper-to-bumper traffic, or the insect-like cranes of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and drilling operations dotting the landscape. We do not view our...
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Former Vice President and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. (Photo: Matt Rourke / AP) Views
Thursday, May 23, 2019
Joe Biden Is Not the Pragmatic Choice for 2020
An insidious idea pervading media analysis and public discourse around the 2020 presidential election is that voters looking to defeat President Donald Trump are locked into an ideological battle between pragmatism and idealism. Voters backing former Vice President Joe Biden find him to be “...
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Friday, May 17, 2019
Neocons Won’t Stop Until They Get Their War With Iran
Several recent indicators strongly suggest President Donald Trump’s administration appears to be angling for a war with Iran. On Monday, The New York Times reported that the White House has been reviewing military plans against Iran. According to sources, “Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan...
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Saturday, May 04, 2019
Trump's Abortion Lies Are Going to Get Somebody Killed
In examining the flood of lies that spills out of President Donald Trump’s mouth on a daily basis, arguably the most egregious are his claims about abortion—and specifically, about so-called “late-term abortions.” Trump has repeated several times in the past a myth created by anti-abortion...
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Thursday, April 25, 2019
Thank These Climate Activists for Resisting Our Extinction
At just 16 years old, Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has made waves all over the world for her plain-spoken, no-holds-barred chastising of world leaders over their inaction on climate change. Thunberg’s signature calm and the profound magnitude of her quietly delivered warnings were on...
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Kirstjen Nielsen is sworn in as the sixth secretary of the Department of Homeland Security in November 2017. (Jetta Disco / DHS) Views
Friday, April 12, 2019
In Trump's America, Even Nielsen Wasn't Cruel Enough
Kirstjen Nielsen’s cruelty toward immigrants over the past year was apparently not enough for President Donald Trump. Nielsen, the Department of Homeland Security secretary who resigned under pressure Monday after holding her position for just over a year, left behind a legacy stained by the forced...
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Puerto Rican residents wade through the flooded streets of San Juan, Puerto Rico, in September 2017 in the wake of Hurricane Maria. (Photo: Sgt. Jose Ahiram Diaz-Ramos / Puerto Rico National Guard) Views
Friday, April 05, 2019
Trump's Disdain for Puerto Rico Should Be His Undoing
Puerto Rico’s death toll of about 3,000 from Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017 ought to be the biggest strike against President Donald Trump. The majority of deaths on the island occurred in the days and weeks following the hurricanes, largely due to inadequate health care and the admitted failures...
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Robert Mueller. (Alex Wong / Getty Images) Views
Friday, March 29, 2019
Moving Beyond the Mueller Investigation
After nearly two years of investigations that spawned dozens of indictments and convictions of a significant number of Donald Trump’s close associates and colleagues, the special counsel’s inquiry into the 2016 election has come to a close. While the grand jury that Robert Mueller convened is...
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Saturday, March 23, 2019
Boeing Values Profits Over Lives—By Design
The fatal crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft on March 10 shows us in stark terms just how deadly unfettered capitalism is. Boeing has pushed the legal limits of how far a corporation can manipulate a system to maximize its profits, even if it means risking lives. Just a few...
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Tucker Carlson. (Gage Skidmore / Flickr)(CC BY-SA 2.0) Views
Friday, March 15, 2019
Why Isn’t Tucker Carlson's Hate Speech a Deal-Breaker?
The recently revealed audio recordings of Fox News host Tucker Carlson spewing racist and misogynist rhetoric on a radio show years ago offers new evidence of the media outlet’s tilt toward hate. In clips originating from 2006 to 2011 available here and here , obtained by the watchdog group Media...
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