Sonali Kolhatkar

Sonali Kolhatkar is the host and executive producer of Uprising, a daily radio program at KPFK Pacifica Radio, soon to be on Free Speech TV (click here for the campaign to televise Uprising). She is also the Director of the Afghan Women's Mission, a US-based non-profit that supports women's rights activists in Afghanistan and co-author of "Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords, and the Propaganda of Silence."

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Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 3:30pm
If Trade Is War, It’s Time We Fought Back
It is not often that members of Congress get the opportunity to weigh in on international trade. But negotiations over fast-track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in recent months have given elected representatives the chance to voice their opinions on how the government should...
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Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 2:45pm
Migration Is an Act of Desperation, Not a Crime
A father from Ivory Coast wanted to reunite his son with the rest of his family living in Spain. But the Spanish government denied him a family reunification visa. Desperate, he paid a Moroccan woman to smuggle his 8-year-old onto Spanish soil. On May 7, 2015, she attempted to do so by placing the...
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Friday, May 1, 2015 - 7:15am
Cutting Through Police Propaganda in Baltimore
On Monday, the day 25-year-old Freddie Gray was laid to rest in Baltimore after fatal injuries sustained during an arrest, The Daily Beast reported that members of the Crips and Bloods had declared a truce and united to protest Gray’s death. Hours after the report was published, the Baltimore...
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Friday, April 24, 2015 - 1:30pm
A Reflection of Our Barbarity: Jailing Immigrant Mothers and Babies
Hundreds of undocumented families who have fled from poverty, violence and organized crime in Central American countries including Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are locked up in “residential centers” in Karnes County and Dilley, Texas ; Berks County, Pa.; and, until recently, Artesia, N.M...
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Friday, April 17, 2015 - 7:15am
Black Lives Matter... and Black Jobs Matter, Too
Fifty-year-old Walter Scott had been having money problems. Years earlier he had worked in the construction industry, a job he acquired through the Father to Father Project , a group that provides support to low-income dads to help them keep up with child support payments, among other things. Later...
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Friday, April 3, 2015 - 12:15pm
Boycott Indiana—for Imprisoning a Woman Who Miscarried
Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) has justifiably provoked outrage nationwide for its apparent intent to legalize anti-gay discrimination by private businesses. But another controversial law that this week resulted in a draconian 20-year prison sentence for a woman named Purvi...
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Friday, March 27, 2015 - 1:15pm
Why Mexico’s Farmworkers Who Harvest Our Food Are on Strike
The green Driscoll’s label on the organic berries that I buy each week are a comforting symbol of a family-owned company that got its start in California. Sometimes the berries are marked “Product of USA,” but more often than not, they are labeled as originating in Mexico. That is because Reiter...
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Friday, March 20, 2015 - 7:15am
To Solve California’s Water Crisis, We Must Change the Nation’s Food System
The bold headline of a recent Los Angeles Times editorial by the hydrologist Jay Famiglietti starkly warned: “California has about one year of water left. Will you ration now?” The write-up quickly made the social media rounds, prompting both panic and the usual blame game: It’s because of the meat...
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Sunday, March 15, 2015 - 11:00am
It's Time to Abolish Fraternities
When I was a freshman at the University of Texas at Austin in the early 1990s, the Greek system was an entirely foreign concept to me—unsurprisingly, since I was a foreign student. My blonde roommate from Minnesota asked me in a thick Midwest accent if I was “gonna rush,” to which I responded, “...
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Friday, March 6, 2015 - 7:15am
Don’t Believe Mainstream US Media Coverage of Venezuela
Diplomatic relations between Venezuela and the U.S. have just taken a big hit, with the government of Nicolas Maduro demanding that the American Embassy in Caracas reduce its staff by 80% and that U.S. visitors apply for visas . Most symbolically, Venezuela has now barred a number of U.S. officials...
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