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 27, 2015 - 7:30am
Our Anti-Immigrant Racism Is Rooted in History
When actor Sean Penn asked, “Who gave this son of a bitch a green card?” in reference to Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s winning the best-picture trophy at the 2015 Academy Awards, many came to Penn’s defense, saying it was just a joke between friends. But others didn’t take kindly...
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Friday, February 20, 2015 - 7:00am
Can the Greek Tragedy Be Rewritten?
Outside of Latin America, it has become exceedingly rare for left-wing radical organizations and political parties to transition from agitating in the streets to actually assuming power through elections in a few short years. That is only one of many reasons why the new government of Alexis Tsipras...
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Friday, January 30, 2015 - 7:45am
Supreme Court Moves to Undo Civil Rights Law ... Again
The U.S. Supreme Court has once again taken it upon itself to reconsider a landmark civil rights law. Under the Fair Housing Act of 1968 and subsequent legal precedents, individuals or institutions can be sued for racial segregation in housing even if they cannot prove that the segregation was...
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Friday, January 16, 2015 - 9:30am
Hypocrisy Abounds: Free Speech as Cover for Islamophobia
A magazine that most people outside France had never heard of before Jan. 7 now has legions of followers and fans around the world. The dominant narrative that has emerged from the horrific massacre of 10 staffers of Charlie Hebdo (plus police officers and hostages) is that the very foundation of...
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Friday, January 9, 2015 - 6:45am
Why Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Trial Is About Our Humanity, Not His Guilt
As the remaining man at the center of the Boston Marathon bombing goes to trial, questions abound—not about his guilt or innocence, but about whether he gets to live or die. Ultimately his fate, and the process by which it is decided, will reflect the fairness of the U.S. justice system, the...
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Thursday, January 1, 2015 - 12:15pm
One Good Reason to Watch the Sexist, Racist, Militarist, Corporate Rose Parade
I hate parades. I have always hated the bright exuberance, the cheering, and the flag waving. Every New Year’s Day, millions of people around the U.S. and the world tune in or gather in person to watch the Tournament of Roses Parade, also known as the Rose Parade. I live in Pasadena, home of the...
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Friday, December 12, 2014 - 9:00am
Ferguson Is Baghdad Is New York Is Kabul
There is a pattern emerging in my Facebook feed this week. One group of friends has been posting stories of police brutality and protests accompanied by personal statements of outrage. Another group has been remarking on the disgusting revelations from the Senate Intelligence Committee’s CIA...
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Friday, December 5, 2014 - 8:00am
Seeing Ferguson Clearly: 12 Double Standards That Expose White Supremacy
The word “Ferguson” has become synonymous with racism and police brutality in the U.S. today, in the same way that the name “Rodney King” did in 1992. And yet there remains a persistent and reactionary response from some white Americans who vehemently view themselves as the victims and black...
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Friday, October 24, 2014 - 7:15am
Stranger Than Fiction: ‘Citizenfour’ Is a Dire Parable of Whistle-Blowers and Government Spying
Laura Poitras seems to have an instinct for a good story. In an interview on “ Uprising ” about her new film “ Citizenfour ,” she told me, “When I first started receiving these anonymous emails [from Edward Snowden], my gut instinct pretty early on was that this was probably legitimate. And then my...
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Friday, October 17, 2014 - 8:30am
Hysteria Over Ebola Fuels Racism, While the Real Disease Is Capitalism
The Ebola crisis has gripped the American media, and by extension the imagination of the public, punctuated by breathless pronouncements from TV news reporters of the medical status of actual and potential victims of the disease; hysteria-inducing magazine covers, like this issue of Bloomberg...
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