“Sonali’s Columns” archives

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Dec 07 2015

Fixated on Fundamentalist Terror, We Ignore the Terror of Guns

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Published by Telesurtv.net on December 06, 2015

Heavily armed law enforcement officers watch on during a protest against the police killing of unarmed Black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. | Photo: AFP

Gun violence from civilians and police kill a staggering number of people,  yet politicians and the media remain fixated on jihadi terrorism.

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Dec 07 2015

Why Are We Not Doing All We Can to Prevent Climate-Related Deaths?

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Published by Truthdig.com on December 03, 2015

From left: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande. (Frederic Legrand – COMEO / Shutterstock)

As he flew into Paris on Sunday for the United Nations climate conference, President Obama’s motorcade made a detour to the makeshift memorial at Bataclan, where just two weeks earlier gunmen killed more than 80 …

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Nov 30 2015

To Trump and His Supporters, Blacks and Muslims Are the Enemy

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Published by Truthdig.com on November 25, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets supporters at a campaign event in New York City on Sept. 3. (a katz / Shutterstock.com).

From Minneapolis to Chicago this week, thousands of Americans are marching to demand justice in the police shootings of two young black men, 24-year-old Jamar Clark and 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. Despite the fact that fatal …

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Nov 18 2015

Islamic State Wants Us to Reject Refugees and Increase Airstrikes

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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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