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, August 20, 2015 - 7:15am
Why Are We Ignoring the War on Yemen?
Yemen has been the target of a brutal U.S.-backed war led by Saudi Arabia. While ordinary civilians are suffering horrific violence and starvation, there is deafening silence from the U.S. and others who claim to be defenders of human rights. The situation is so bad now that nearly every major...
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Friday, August 7, 2015 - 9:15am
What Would Justice for Sandra Bland Actually Look Like?
Geneva Reed-Veal has filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit against Texas state Trooper Brian Encinia for the arrest of her daughter, Sandra Bland, in Harris County. Bland was found dead in her jail cell three days after her July 10th arrest. Bland’s grieving mother is beginning to make good on her...
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Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 7:45am
We Have Failed Afghanistan Again and Again
The 2013 death of Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, confirmed this week, should have marked the end of the U.S. war in Afghanistan. But the fates of the two main leaders identified as responsible for the 9/11 attacks—Osama bin Laden and Mullah Omar—are only milestones. Thanks to the destructive...
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Friday, July 24, 2015 - 7:15am
‘This is a Movement, Not a Moment’
On July 24, The Movement for Black Lives National Convening will bring bringing together activists from all over the United States, organizing under the banner of Black Lives Matter. The organization will meet in Cleveland. Among those activists will be such prominent leaders as Patrisse Cullors,...
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Friday, July 3, 2015 - 6:45am
The Fight Over Obamacare Was a Giant Political Charade
When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 25 that the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) subsidies for health insurance for the poor were indeed constitutional, liberals cheered. The last-ditch attempt by the right to gut President Obama’s signature act failed. In his weekly address , Obama triumphantly...
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 3:15pm
How Politicians, Media, and the Gun Lobby Enable Racist Terror
On September 15, 1963, the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, was bombed, killing four African-American girls. The incident shocked people around the nation and galvanized the civil rights movement, making leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. even more determined to end segregation...
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Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 7:45am
Ezell Ford’s Shooting Death Shines Light on LAPD Brutality
Just two days after Michael Brown was killed by policeman Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo., 25-year-old Ezell Ford was fatally shot in South Los Angeles by two officers of the Los Angeles Police Department. Ford had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia and was well known to...
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Friday, June 5, 2015 - 7:30am
Say It Plain: Stop Spying on Us
For ordinary Americans who realize that the government is likely spying on us all but don’t understand the extent of the issue and what to do about it, the recent debate over the USA Patriot Act in Congress has been confusing. Three key provisions of the Patriot Act expired Sunday: Section 215,...
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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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