Sonali Kolhatkar

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 25, 2016 - 3:30pm
Dakota Access Pipeline Protests Recall America’s Historical Shame
Until a few years ago, the word “occupation” was synonymous with power, imperialism and foreign invasion. Today, in the post-Occupy Wall Street era, more and more activists are using their physical presence to make demands. From Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park to Tahrir Square in Cairo, occupation has...
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Friday, August 19, 2016 - 10:00am
Detained Undocumented Mothers Launch Hunger Strike, Vow to Leave ‘Alive or Dead’
Dozens of undocumented women being held with their children at the Berks County Residential Center in Pennsylvania are on a hunger strike that they say will culminate in their leaving the facility “alive or dead.” The mothers are essentially being held prisoner under an Obama administration plan to...
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Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 1:00pm
Donald Trump’s Strategy for Victory Is Clear, but Are Democrats Able to See It?
There is an adage, based on Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War”: “Know your enemy.” After watching Donald Trump’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, I wonder just how well Democrats really know Trump and his strategy. It is easy to paint the businessman-turned-politician as a “racist”...
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Friday, July 1, 2016 - 12:45pm
Our Skewed Politics on Gun Ownership Are a Deadly Joke
It is a measure of how subservient our political system is to the gun lobby that when the Supreme Court affirmed a federal gun ownership ban for domestic abuse convicts this week, it was hailed as a huge victory. In a 6-2 decision, the court deemed that the two plaintiffs from Maine, Stephen...
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Friday, June 17, 2016 - 10:00am
Making Sense of Orlando
I am struggling to understand the Orlando massacre. And that struggle is important. It is what can protect us from the knee-jerk characterizations being bandied about. In its race to get the story first, mainstream corporate media has crafted the spin as swiftly as possible and shaped the lens...
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Friday, June 10, 2016 - 10:15am
Partial Victory for Black Lives Matter Activist Jasmine Richards
“My goal is to save lives by any means necessary, even if that means putting mine on the line.” — Jasmine Richards, interview on “Uprising with Sonali,” July 22, 2015 Hundreds of people crowded outside the Pasadena Courthouse on Tuesday—which was also California’s primary election day—jostling one...
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Friday, May 27, 2016 - 1:45pm
The ‘Woman Card’ Brings a Wealth of Disadvantages
“If Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get 5 percent of the vote …” Donald Trump asserted back in April, adding: “The only thing she’s got going is the woman’s card.” Sadly, his remark did not only reflect his own sexist views. Apparently, there are plenty of Americans who believe that...
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Friday, May 20, 2016 - 11:30am
The Real 9/11 Conspiracy
I remember watching the towers fall. My sister called early in the morning to tell me to turn on the television. My husband and I, who had been working closely with Afghan women organizing against the Taliban, stared at the screen, aghast as the buildings crumbled. Like everyone else the world over...
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Friday, May 13, 2016 - 9:30am
Facebook Needs to Be an Open Book on News Feeds
“By giving people the power to share, we are starting to see people make their voices heard on a different scale from what has historically been possible. These voices will increase in number and volume. They cannot be ignored. Over time, we expect governments will become more responsive to issues...
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Monday, May 9, 2016 - 9:45am
Bashar Assad’s Brutality in Syria Is Matched by U.S. Devastation Across the Region
Growing numbers of people worldwide are turning their Facebook profile pictures into solid red squares in an attempt to call attention to a new, deadly phase of the Syria war. The latest round of violence was marked by the bombing of a refugee camp near the Syrian border with Turkey, which resulted...
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