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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Michael Cohen testifies before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. (Photo: CNBC screen shot) Views
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Cohen Hearing Shows How Trump’s Presidency Is Built on Racism
Michael Cohen’s explosive testimony Wednesday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee illuminated multiple issues. Many themes emerged during the hours-long public hearing on Capitol Hill featuring President Donald Trump’s former attorney, including cronyism, bribery, corruption...
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They're for it: Environmental activists and supporters of the Green New Deal occupy the Capitol Hill office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in Washington, D.C. last December. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite / AP) Views
Friday, February 15, 2019
The Green New Deal Is Indeed a Big Deal
The most visionary resolution to emerge from Congress in recent years, encompassing both the climate crisis and economic inequality, has captured the imagination of many Americans. In less than a year we went from having never heard the name Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to watching the impressive,...
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A volunteer hands out a poster as Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders was set to address a “Medicare for All” rally in downtown Columbia, S.C., in October 2018. (Photo: Meg Kinnard / AP) Views
Friday, February 08, 2019
Everybody Wants ‘Medicare for All’—Except Our Leaders
The health care debate in the United States has shifted dramatically over the past ten years. When newly elected President Barack Obama came to power in 2009 he grappled with reforming the broken health care system, eventually adopting an approach that had been championed by conservatives to craft...
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Afghan security officials inspect the scene of a 2017 suicide car bombing in Kandahar province. (Photo: AP) Views
Friday, February 01, 2019
A Brief History of Our Longest, Most Futile War
Anyone who closely followed the U.S. war in Afghanistan since Oct. 7, 2001, knew it would end badly. The news that the U.S. has reached an agreement with the Taliban for a peace framework is indeed a positive development, but it masks the fact that the war has largely been futile and destructive—...
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From left, moderator Andrew R. Sorkin; Ruth Porat, Google senior vice president and chief financial officer; Blackstone Group CEO Stephen A. Schwarzman; Sinochem Group Chairman Ning Gaoning; Raghuram G. Rajan of the University of Chicago, and Bank of America CEO Brian T. Moynihan take part in the discussion, "Shaping a New Market Architecture" at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday. (Photo: Markus Schreiber / AP) Views
Thursday, January 24, 2019
Davos Attendees Must Accept That They Have Too Much Money
A global gathering of world elites is taking place in Davos, Switzerland, this week, claiming—as it does every year—to “define priorities and shape global, industry and regional agendas.” The World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting, held in the rarified elite space of the snow-capped Swiss Alps,...
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Strike on: Demonstrators shout slogans on Tuesday, the second day of the L.A. teachers' strike, during a rally in downtown Los Angeles. (Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP) Views
Friday, January 18, 2019
The L.A. Teachers’ Strike Is About So Much More Than Wages
Los Angeles public school teachers began a historic strike on Monday, for the first time in 30 years. Members of the United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) walked out of contract negotiations with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) that had dragged on for nearly two years. The specific...
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if this nation is to ever have a female president, Warren would be a good first choice, and certainly a much better one than Hillary Clinton. (Photo: Screen shot / YouTube) Views
Friday, January 04, 2019
Elizabeth Warren’s Presidential Bid Leaves Questions to Be Answered
With the launch of her exploratory presidential committee on New Year’s Eve, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has been among the first to jump into what is sure to be a crowded field of Democrats vying for their party’s 2020 nomination. In a four-minute video , she laid out in clear terms her...
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Protesters known as the "yellow vests" displayed a French flag altered to show dates of important protests, including 1968 and 2018, as they marched on Paris’ famed Champs-Elysees on Saturday. (Photo: Michel Euler / AP) Views
Friday, December 14, 2018
Taking French Lessons: The Power of the 'Yellow Vests'
The people of France are currently engaged in a major political battle with their government. But those of us on the outside watching the “ Yellow Vests ” bring their nation to a standstill are also learning a valuable lesson: how to make politicians bend to your will through relentless activism...
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Wisconsin's Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott L. Fitzgerald, left, speaks as Gov. Scott Walker, center, and state Assembly Speaker Robin Vos watch at a 2015 appearance in Madison, Wis. (Photo: Morry Gash / AP) Views
Friday, December 07, 2018
The GOP's Plot to Destroy Our Democracy Is Coming Into View
The Republican Party has once more demonstrated that it has no respect for democracy and is determined to hold on to power by any means necessary. GOP state lawmakers in Wisconsin this week engaged in a brazen power grab in the form of bills that were introduced, debated and voted on with...
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Friday, November 30, 2018
Trump’s Tear-Gassing of Migrants Is the Next Step in a Cruel Dehumanization Campaign
The Trump administration’s use of tear gas at the U.S. border with Mexico over the weekend has rightfully generated outrage. Just as the photo of a 2-year-old Honduran girl crying at the border this summer became a symbol for Donald Trump’s family separation policy, a photo of a terrified mother...
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