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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Paul Manafort makes his way through television cameras as he walks from federal District Court in Washington, D.C., on Monday. Views
Friday, November 03, 2017
Manafort's Dirty Deeds Are Business as Usual, but They Shouldn't Be
In the wake of “ Manafort Monday ,” as some are calling the day Robert Mueller’s indictments became public, commentators have suggested that George Papadopoulos’ case is far more important than the indictments of former Trump campaign aides Paul Manafort and Rick Gates. After all, Papadopoulos, a...
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A crowd of Trump supporters in Washington, D.C. Views
Friday, October 27, 2017
Trump and the GOP Fuel Fantasies of White Victimhood
Fifty-five percent of white Americans believe there is discrimination against whites in the U.S., according to a recent NPR poll . But when asked about specific instances in which they personally experienced discrimination, less than 20 percent responded that their whiteness hurt them in job...
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Saturday, October 21, 2017
Why Some of Us Hesitated to Say #MeToo
In the aftermath of the sexual assault allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, Americans are realizing that they live in a nation that still has much work left to do to achieve gender equality. The viral campaign #MeToo has propelled the conversation around sexual harassment and...
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Saturday, October 07, 2017
No Good Reasons to Continue America's Longest War
The longest war in modern U.S. history approaches its 16th anniversary Saturday, and so far there is no end in sight. The war in Afghanistan began in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., with the promise of vengeance aimed at the Taliban,...
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A damaged Puerto Rican flag spray-painted with the words "Together as One" hangs from the facade of a business in San Juan. Views
Friday, September 29, 2017
Trump's Cruel Indifference to Puerto Rico
“Puerto Rico is Trump’s Katrina, times 1,000,” says Rosa Clemente, comparing the aftermath of Hurricane Maria to the humanitarian crisis in New Orleans in 2005. Clemente is a community organizer active with Black Lives Matter and a doctoral candidate in the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-...
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Friday, September 22, 2017
In America, Justice for Victims of Police Brutality Remains Elusive
Three years after the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement rose to prominence in Ferguson, Mo., protests over a police killing of a black man have once again garnered national attention—this time in the neighboring city of St. Louis. The acquittal of a white former police officer , Jason Stockley,...
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Friday, September 15, 2017
Demanding Climate Justice in the Wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma
As the floodwaters from two devastating back-to-back hurricanes recede in Texas, Puerto Rico, Florida, Louisiana, Georgia, South Carolina and several Caribbean islands, it is tempting to think that Mother Nature, supercharged by global warming, has impacted Americans of all races and classes...
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"While some GOP senators, such as Florida’s Marco Rubio, Utah’s Orrin Hatch and Arizona’s John McCain boldly and unequivocally denounced white supremacy, they did not publicly break with the president over it," Kolhatkar writes. Views
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Is There a Nazi in the White House?
Donald Trump is trying hard to put a pretty face on racism. But the racists, openly embracing the label, won’t let him. Referring to the violent gathering of self-professed fascists in Charlottesville, Va., during his press conference Tuesday, Trump said, “Not all of those people were neo-Nazis,...
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Friday, August 11, 2017
Don't Privatize the Afghan War—Just End It
Erik Prince, the notorious founder of the military contracting company formerly known as Blackwater, has been making the rounds of media outlets to promote his idea for privatizing the U.S. war in Afghanistan. Prince, whose company was renamed Academi , and who now chairs a Chinese-owned company...
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Friday, July 14, 2017
The NRA Is Playing a Deadly Game in Labeling the Left as Violent
The courageous activists who spearheaded the historic Women’s March the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration have organized a new action: a march scheduled to take place Friday and Saturday, from the National Rifle Association headquarters in Virginia to the Department of Justice in Washington, D...
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