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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Friday, February 12, 2016 - 11:00am
All Sides in the Syria War Have at Least One Thing in Common: Slaughtering Civilians
Nearly five years after Syria’s Arab Spring revolt escalated into a civil war, the conflict has morphed into a wider regional war with no end in sight. Millions of Syrians have fled, and a quarter of a million have died. Now, a devastating new United Nations report reveals that government forces...
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Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 8:30am
Primary Elections Are Important—but They’re Also a Distraction
The media coverage of the horse race in Iowa on Monday night was hampered by pro-establishment spin. We need to see through that but also realize that the elections are only a small part of a progressive movement. It’s hard not to get swept up in the 2016 primary elections, and their unusually long...
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Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 11:15am
Flint’s Water Crisis Is a Warning to Us All
By now most Americans have heard about the water crisis in Flint, a Michigan city of about 100,000 with a majority black population and high levels of lead in its water. With companies like Wal-Mart and Coca-Cola offering to donate millions of bottles of water to the city’s residents, there is a...
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Thursday, December 24, 2015 - 12:00pm
I Wish You a Merry Christmas—Even Though I’m a Nonbeliever
I’ve been celebrating Christmas for as long as I can remember. As a child, I believed in Santa Claus and was rewarded every December for that temporary faith with a varied, if modest, set of gifts. But I am not a Christian, although my mother was born a Catholic. During Diwali, the Hindu festival...
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Friday, December 18, 2015 - 8:45am
After Paris, the Movement for Climate Justice Has Only Just Begun
At Saturday’s mass gathering in Paris marking the end of the United Nations climate negotiations, there were tens of thousands of people on the streets. One of them, a Swedish activist named Svetlana Gross, held a sign that said simply “climate justice.” The phrase was the one most commonly used at...
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Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 8:15am
To Trump and His Supporters, Blacks and Muslims Are the Enemy
From Minneapolis to Chicago this week, thousands of Americans are marching to demand justice in the police shootings of two young black men, 24-year-old Jamar Clark and 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. Despite the fact that fatal shootings at the hands of U.S. police far outnumber American deaths at...
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Friday, November 20, 2015 - 10:45am
Islamic State Wants Us to Reject Refugees and Increase Airstrikes
When the brutal attacks in Paris occurred Friday night, social media was immediately abuzz with Facebook “ safety checks ” and breaking news reports that screamed ever-increasing death tolls in their headlines. Within 24 hours, people were making snap judgments and publishing lengthy and detailed...
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Friday, November 6, 2015 - 10:00am
Saving Humanity From Climate Chaos Means Saying No to Business as Usual
For more than 20 years, delegates from all over the world have met annually to discuss ways to mitigate the devastating impacts of a changing climate. This December, the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) will be held...
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Friday, October 23, 2015 - 12:30pm
‘The Drone Papers’ Offer Even More Reasons to End Remote-Controlled Wars
The recent publication by The Intercept of the “The Drone Papers” should have made an explosive splash both in the media and Washington, D.C. But the leak of classified documents has so far generated only modest media coverage (as of this writing, The New York Times has yet to cover it), and there...
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Friday, October 16, 2015 - 8:30am
With a Spate of New Laws, California May Be the Most Progressive State in the Nation
California lawmakers have been extremely busy actually getting work done—unlike their federal counterparts in Washington, D.C. The most populous state in the nation is now arguably also the most progressive. Here are 10 critical issues covered by recently passed laws, from reproductive rights and...
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