“Sonali’s Weekly Columns” archives

Sep 12 2014

Hand in Hand With Kissinger: A Review of Hillary Clinton’s Review

Published by Truthdig.com on September 11th, 2014

By Sonali Kolhatkar

If Hillary Clinton’s latest book, “Hard Choices,” was not an obvious enough sign of her presidential aspirations, then her recent Washington Post review of Henry Kissinger’s new book, “World Order,” seems to have sealed the deal. In it, Clinton builds on her already hawkish tenure as secretary of state to prove she can bang the drums of war harder than President Obama and that she …

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Sep 04 2014

My Dinner With the 1 Percent: The Fight for Higher Wages Means Confronting the Greed of the Rich

Published by Truthdig.com on September 4th, 2014

By Sonali Kolhatkar

As fast food workers are walking out Thursday yet again for higher wages and the right to union representation, they can count some lawmakers and President Obama as being on their side, verbally championing a higher federal minimum wage. And they have the support of a majority of Americans.

But when it comes to corporate decision makers such as those represented by the U.S. Chamber …

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Aug 29 2014

Facing the Horror of Syria Using Alternatives to War

Published by Truthdig.com on August 28, 2014

By Sonali Kolhatkar

The swift takeover by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) of parts of northern Iraq and Syria has drawn Western attention back to Syria’s devastating civil war. The grisly beheading of American journalist James Foley seems to have fed the once-declining Western appetite for war, as the Obama administration has approved surveillance flights over Syria in a move that is apparently “a significant …

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Aug 22 2014

The Pastor, the Police Officer and the Political Activist: Three Perspectives on Ferguson

Published by Truthdig.com on August 21, 2014

By Sonali Kolhatkar

Police brutality against black men has become a shockingly common phenomenon in the U.S. The names of those who have died at the hands of law enforcement or their unofficial vigilante deputies over the past few years are too numerous to count. Eric Garner, John Crawford, Ezell Ford, Dante Parker, Kendrec McDade, Oscar Grant and Trayvon Martin are just …

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Aug 15 2014

Like South Africa’s Apartheid, Israeli Occupation Will End—It Is Only a Matter of Time

Published by Truthdig.com on August 14, 2014

By Sonali Kolhatkar

The temporary end to the bombing of Gaza has enabled Palestinian residents to slowly return to normal. But “normal” is defined by a seven-year-long blockade, endlessly frustrating checkpoints, the threat of beatings and arrest by Israeli police, and of course recovering from the loss of nearly 2,000 people and thousands of homes. Today 8-year-olds in Gaza have survived four brutal military operations and know …

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Aug 07 2014

Justice for Eric Garner: Street Protests and Prosecutions Will Not End Police Brutality

Published by Truthdig.com on August 07, 2014

By Sonali Kolhatkar

“I can’t breathe” was one of the last things 44-year-old Eric Garner said after being arrested by New York Police Department officers and placed in what appears, in a bystander’s video, to be a chokehold. The asthmatic African-American man was being detained on suspicion of illegally selling cigarettes on the sidewalk and died shortly after being taken into custody. With the city medical examiner Read more

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Aug 05 2014

Understanding Israel’s War as Racist Is Crucial to Ending Occupation

Published by Truthdig.com on July 31, 2014

By Sonali Kolhatkar

The nearly month-long attack by Israeli forces on Gaza has revealed that anti-Arab racism permeates many levels of Israeli society. Indeed, to acknowledge Palestinians as humans worthy of a state, a home and basic necessities such as medical care, electricity, food and water, would undermine the brutality of Operation Protective Edge.

Racism among the Israeli population is either stronger than ever, or simply more visible today …

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Jun 27 2014

Five Reasons Why I Refuse to Watch the World Cup

Published by Truthdig.com on June 26, 2014

By Sonali Kolhatkar

Soccer (or football, as the rest of the world refers to it) is the most popular sport globally. But can you love the game while hating the World Cup?

The 2014 World Cup tournament in Brazil has attracted record numbers of American viewers, with reports of 23 million people having tuned in to a single match between the U.S. and Portugal alone. Worldwide, the numbers …

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Jun 20 2014

Why It Is Crucial to Examine India’s Rape Epidemic Through the Lens of Caste

Published by Truthdig.com on June 19, 2014

By Sonali Kolhatkar

India, the world’s largest democracy, has a PR problem.

Despite the effort of politicians to present India as a rapidly modernizing state, gruesome incidents of rape keep making news, generating bewilderment among analysts. Take the latest instance of a double rape and killing of two young girls in a tiny rural village in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The girls were 12 and 14 …

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Jun 17 2014

Beyond Boko Haram: Long-Term Justice for Nigeria Lies in Economic Empowerment and Social Change

Published by Truthdig.com on June 13, 2014

By Sonali Kolhatkar

Nigeria is unraveling.

And it is not just because young girls and women are being disappeared in broad daylight by the militant group Boko Haram, whose name translates to “Western education is an abomination.” It is not simply because the same group has also killed hundreds of Nigerians in raids in just the past few weeks with complete impunity.

Although an international campaign drawing …

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