“Sonali’s Columns” archives

Feb 05 2016

Primary Elections Are Important—but They’re Also a Distraction

Published by Truthdig.com 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 but also realize that the elections are only a …

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Jan 28 2016

Flint’s Water Crisis Is a Warning to Us All

Published by Truthdig.com 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 water to the city’s residents, there is a danger …

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Jan 22 2016

Why Are Liberals Bashing Sanders in Favor of Clinton?

Published by Telesurtv.net 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

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Jan 21 2016

‘No Más Bebés’: Documentary Highlights History of Forced Sterilizations in L.A. (Video)

Published by Truthdig.com 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 Angeles County+USC Medical Center over tubal ligation procedures conducted on them without their knowledge. …

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Jan 15 2016

Thanks to Donald Trump, Police Brutality and Guns, the United States’ Reputation Is Plummeting

Published by Truthdig.com 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 Muslim Americans.

Yet if even some citizens wrestle to make …

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Dec 30 2015

Why Black Lives Matter Is the Movement of the Year

Published by Truthdig.com 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 U.S. justice system’s continued failures clearly illustrate why the …

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Dec 23 2015

I Wish You a Merry Christmas—Even Though I’m a Nonbeliever

Published by Truthdig.com 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 in Santa Claus and was rewarded every December for that …

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Dec 17 2015

After Paris, the Movement for Climate Justice Has Only Just Begun

Published by Truthdig.com on December 17, 2015

Activists gather near the Eiffel Tower in Paris during COP21 earlier this month. (Thibault Camus / AP)

Sonali Kolhatkar reported for Truthdig from Paris.

At Saturday’s mass gathering in Paris marking the end of the United Nations climate negotiations, there were tens of thousands of people on the streets. One of them, a Swedish activist named Svetlana Gross, …

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Dec 14 2015

Thank Climate Justice Activists for Doing All They Can to Curb Warming

Published by Truthdig.com on December 12, 2015

Red Line for Climate Justice activists march in Paris on Saturday. (Sonali Kolhatkar)

As climate negotiators at the COP21 summit in Paris celebrated a global accord on greenhouse gas emissions, tens of thousands of activists from all over the world gathered on the city’s streets, having obtained a last-minute permit despite a ban on assembly. A disconnect between the …

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Dec 14 2015

On International Human Rights Day at COP21, African Women Call for Climate Justice

Published by Truthdig.com on December 10, 2015

On Dec. 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, marking the first International Human Rights Day. Sixty-seven years later, the United Nations is hosting arguably the most important climate conference of our time. But the global institution has seemingly divorced human rights from the impacts of climate change.

Outside the confines of the conference being held …

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