Sonali Kolhatkar

Print Journalism

Sonali Kolhatkar is a weekly columnist for, writing regularly about war, poverty, racism, elections, capitalism, and more.

She is also a regular columnist for teleSUR English.

Additionally she has been widely published online at Commondreams, Alternet, Counterpunch, and more.

Read Sonali’s Truthdig columns below:

  • Fighting Black Lives Matter Instead of Police Violence
    by admin on March 15, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    Published by on March 13, 2016 A California Highway Patrol officer is unfazed as protesters outside the Sacramento office of California Gov. Jerry Brown demanded passage of AB 953. The law, now in effect, is designed to restrict racial and identity profiling and, according to the ACLU, which supported the measure, to “increase transparency [… […]

  • Both Parties Are to Blame for Donald Trump’s Proximity to the White House
    by admin on March 4, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    Published by on March 03, 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, accompanied by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, left, takes questions from the media during a news conference in Palm Beach, Fla., on the night of the Super Tuesday primary elections. (Andrew Harnik / AP) Every time I think about Donald Trump I want [… […]

  • India’s Right-Wing Hindu Supremacy Rises in Parallel With Donald Trump’s Bigotry
    by admin on February 26, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    Published by on February 26, 2016 An Indian student demands the resignation of India’s education minister as she is detained by police during a protest over the suicide last month of Ph.D. candidate Rohith Vemula in New Delhi. (Altaf Qadri / AP) Indian democracy is in such grave danger from right-wing religious fundamentalism and [… […]

  • Black, Brown and Progressive: A New Voter Majority in the US?
    by admin on February 21, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    Published by on February 19, 2016 The book “Brown Is the New White: How the Demographic Revolution Has Created a New American Majority” argues that progressives are a large enough group to pull politicians forward. | Photo: AFP With the US becoming more racially diverse, left-leaning people of color in alliance with their white [… […]

  • A Woman in the Presidency Is Simply Not Enough
    by admin on February 21, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    Published by on February 18, 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in a campaign appearance Tuesday in New York City’s Harlem. (a katz / Shutterstock) Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright tried to issue a mea culpa in The New York Times last week for her recent remarks suggesting that women who are not [… […]

  • All Sides in the Syria War Have at Least One Thing in Common: Slaughtering Civilians
    by admin on February 11, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    Published by on February 11, 2016 A December 2015 aerial image of what Russian officials say was an airstrike on a truck column transporting oil products in Aleppo province, Syria. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service / AP) Nearly five years after Syria’s Arab Spring revolt escalated into a civil war, the conflict has morphed [… […]

  • Primary Elections Are Important—but They’re Also a Distraction
    by admin on February 5, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    Published by on February 03, 2016 Hillary Clinton takes a selfie with a supporter after speaking at a high school in West Des Moines, Iowa, in January. (Patrick Semansky / AP) The media coverage of the horse race in Iowa on Monday night was hampered by pro-establishment spin. We need to see through that [… […]

  • Flint’s Water Crisis Is a Warning to Us All
    by admin on January 28, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    Published by on January 28, 2016 Carlos Osorio / AP 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 [… […]

  • Why Are Liberals Bashing Sanders in Favor of Clinton?
    by admin on January 22, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    Published by on January 22, 2016 As Senator Bernie Sanders continues to surge ahead of Hillary Clinton in the polls, establishment liberals are attacking the self-described democratic socialist candidate en masse.| Photo: AFP From Paul Krugman to Ta-Nehisi Coates, a panicked slew of anti-Sanders criticism is emerging leaving Clinton off the hook just in [… […]

  • ‘No Más Bebés’: Documentary Highlights History of Forced Sterilizations in L.A. (Video)
    by admin on January 21, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    Published by on January 21, 2016 A new documentary airing soon on PBS covers a grisly era of California history—the forced sterilization of untold numbers of poor, mostly Latino, Spanish-speaking women in the 1960s and 70s in Los Angeles. “No Más Bebés” tells the story of how 10 women sued doctors at the Los [… […]

  • Thanks to Donald Trump, Police Brutality and Guns, the United States’ Reputation Is Plummeting
    by admin on January 15, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    Published by on January 15, 2016 Donald Trump at a campaign stop in Urbandale, Iowa. (Charlie Neibergall / AP) Donald Trump’s bewildering popularity in the presidential race has been exceedingly hard to bear for many Americans, particularly those who belong to one or more of the communities that he openly disparages, like African-Americans and [… […]

  • Why Black Lives Matter Is the Movement of the Year
    by admin on December 30, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Published by on December 30, 2015 Black Lives Matter activists march in Minneapolis in November. (Jim Mone / AP) Although more than two years have passed since three black women—Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi—founded Black Lives Matter (BLM) in the wake of George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the murder of Trayvon Martin, the [… […]

  • I Wish You a Merry Christmas—Even Though I’m a Nonbeliever
    by admin on December 23, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Published by on December 23, 2015 Signs of an interfaith holiday: The first flames of a giant Hanukkah menorah blaze in front of a Christmas tree at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin in 2014. (Michael Sohn / AP) I’ve been celebrating Christmas for as long as I can remember. As a child, I believed [… […]

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