“Sonali’s Columns” archives

Nov 18 2015

Islamic State Wants Us to Reject Refugees and Increase Airstrikes

Published by Truthdig.com on November 18, 2015

A French sailor checks a Super-Etendard jet on the deck of France’s nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle on Wednesday. (Claude Paris / AP)

When the brutal attacks in Paris occurred Friday night, social media was immediately abuzz with Facebook “safety checks” and breaking news reports that screamed ever-increasing death tolls in their headlines.

Within 24 hours, people were making snap …

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Nov 12 2015

On Veterans Day, Let’s Think About Ending War

Published by Truthdig.com on November 11, 2015

Gravestones on Veterans Day at San Francisco National Cemetery. (Jeff Chiu / AP)

On Veterans Day, we are told to remember soldiers who fought in wars. We are expected to fly flags, march in parades and, perhaps most importantly for corporate America, shop at a Veterans Day sale.

In a White House proclamation to mark the occasion, President …

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Nov 05 2015

Saving Humanity From Climate Chaos Means Saying No to Business as Usual

Published by Truthdig.com on November 5, 2015

Part of an industrial oven creating coal coke in Turkey in 2013. (Kefca / Shutterstock)

For more than 20 years, delegates from all over the world have met annually to discuss ways to mitigate the devastating impacts of a changing climate. This December, the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate …

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Oct 30 2015

Police Are the Greatest Threat Facing Black Kids in School

Published by Truthdig.com on October 29, 2015

Senior Deputy Ben Fields. (Richland County, S.C., Sheriff’s Department via AP)

By now the video of a black female high school student being brutalized by a white officer has gone viral, prompting the #AssaultAtSpringValleyHigh social media hashtag to be used tens of thousands of times. Monday’s incident in Columbia, S.C., has underscored the ongoing police abuses of African-Americans, and, just as …

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Oct 27 2015

‘The Drone Papers’ Offer Even More Reasons to End Remote-Controlled Wars

Published by Truthdig.com on October 22, 2015

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The recent publication by The Intercept of the “The Drone Papers” should have made an explosive splash both in the media and Washington, D.C. But the leak of classified documents has so far generated only modest media coverage (as of this writing, The New York Times has yet to cover it), and there …

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Oct 20 2015

With a Spate of New Laws, California May Be the Most Progressive State in the Nation

Published by Truthdig.com on October 15, 2015


California lawmakers have been extremely busy actually getting work done—unlike their federal counterparts in Washington, D.C. The most populous state in the nation is now arguably also the most progressive. Here are 10 critical issues covered by recently passed laws, from reproductive rights and equal pay to voting rights and health care for undocumented children:

1. Abortion: While the …

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Oct 09 2015

A Poet Captures the Devastation of the Syrian War

Published by Truthdig.com on October 08, 2015

Omar Offendum performs “Crying Shame” in this still image from the video posted at the end of this article. (YouTube)

Russian forces are bolstering Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with firepower from the sky, ground and sea in a new escalation of the bloody four-year battle in Syria. Although it is hard to imagine a war that has displaced millions of …

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Oct 08 2015

14 Years of US-Led Death and Destruction in Afghanistan

Published by Telesurtv.net on October 07, 2015

The U.S. has "accidentally" bombed weddings and civilian convoys, and then dismissed human casualties as "collateral damage.”

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Oct 05 2015

Befriending the Saudis Highlights U.S. Hypocrisy on Human Rights

Published by Truthdig.com on October 01, 2015

President Obama met with King Salman of Saudi Arabia at the White House in September. (Evan Vucci / AP )

Since World War II, the United States has maintained a close friendship with one of the world’s worst human rights violators, Saudi Arabia. Given mounting evidence of the Saudi monarchy’s appalling behavior, that relationship must end in order to start …

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Sep 24 2015

Murder, Mayhem and Rape in Afghanistan: Made in the U.S.A.

Published by Truthdig.com on September 24, 2015

Bystanders gather in the aftermath of a bomb explosion in the central part of Kabul, Afghanistan, in July.  (Rahmat Gul / AP)

“The Kite Runner,” Khaled Hosseini’s 2003 novel, featured a pivotal and highly controversial scene in which one of the young male protagonists is raped by an older youth. That harrowing section of the best-selling book highlighted the rampant sexual …

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