“Sonali’s Columns” archives

Jul 30 2015

We Have Failed Afghanistan Again and Again

Published by Truthdig.com on July 29, 2015

The 2013 death of Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, confirmed this week, should have marked the end of the U.S. war in Afghanistan. But the fates of the two main leaders identified as responsible for the 9/11 attacks—Osama bin Laden and Mullah Omar—are only milestones. Thanks to the destructive nature of the U.S. war, many newer and more formidable enemies …

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Jul 23 2015

‘This is a Movement, Not a Moment’

Published by Truthdig.com on July 23, 2015

On July 24, The Movement for Black Lives National Convening will bring bringing together activists from all over the United States, organizing under the banner of Black Lives Matter. The organization will meet in Cleveland.

Among those activists will be such prominent leaders as Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi, the original founders of Black Lives Matter. Also present will …

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Jul 16 2015

Fossil Fuel Fraud

Published by Truthdig.com on July 16, 2015

When Pope Francis used his bully pulpit to speak out about climate change, conservative global warming deniers were quick to dismiss him. U.S. Sen. James Inhofe said, “The pope ought to stay with his job, and we’ll stay with ours.” Inhofe’s “job” has literally been to spread disinformation on behalf of the fossil fuel industry in order to stymie …

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Jul 13 2015

Beyond the Flag: Upping the Ante for Black Lives

Published by Telesurtv.net on July 11, 2015

As South Carolina lawmakers went to great lengths to prove they are not racist by removing the Confederate Flag from the Statehouse in the capital Columbia this week, the movement for Black Lives is actually being obscured once more.

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Jul 09 2015

Why the Greek Victory Inspires Us

Published by Truthdig.com on July 9, 2015

The Greek referendum against austerity is a major turning point for neoliberal capitalism and the Washington Consensus. As the world watched on Sunday, more than 60 percent of Greece’s voting public turned out to cast their ballots in the emergency measure called by Prime Minister Alexis Tspiras. Despite polls predicting a close race, 61.3 percent voted against what Finance …

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Jul 02 2015

The Fight Over Obamacare Was a Giant Political Charade

Published by Truthdig.com on July 2, 2015

When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 25 that the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) subsidies for health insurance for the poor were indeed constitutional, liberals cheered. The last-ditch attempt by the right to gut President Obama’s signature act failed. In his weekly address, Obama triumphantly announced that “after more than fifty votes in Congress to repeal or weaken this …

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Jun 24 2015

Yes, There Is Anti-Black Racism Among Asians

Published by Truthdig.com on June 24, 2015

The perpetrator of the Charleston terror attack, Dylann Roof, wrote on his website about Asians: “They are by nature very racist and could be great allies of the White race.”

Many Asians took umbrage at this characterization. And certainly it is racist to say that an entire ethnic group is “racist by nature.” But Asians cannot deny that anti-black racism …

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Jun 23 2015

How Politicians, Media, and the Gun Lobby Enable Racist Terror

Published by Telesurtv.net on June 22, 2015

On September 15, 1963, the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, was bombed, killing four African-American girls. The incident shocked people around the nation and galvanized the civil rights movement, making leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. even more determined to end segregation.

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Jun 18 2015

Why Rachel Dolezal Infuriates Us

Published by Truthdig.com on June 17, 2015

When the controversy around Rachel Dolezal came to light Friday, I couldn’t help but be struck by her story, and the more I read, the angrier I got. While some in the fight for racial justice see it as a distraction from larger issues like police violence and housing and employment discrimination, many, including myself, view Dolezal’s story as another example …

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Jun 12 2015

Ezell Ford’s Shooting Death Shines Light on LAPD Brutality

Published by Truthdig.com on June 10, 2015

Just two days after Michael Brown was killed by policeman Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo., 25-year-old Ezell Ford was fatally shot in South Los Angeles by two officers of the Los Angeles Police Department. Ford had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia and was well known to residents of the area. Police say a struggle ensued when he was confronted. …

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