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Donald Trump Deserves to Be Ridiculed—It’s the One Thing That Terrifies Him

The president-elect has demonstrated repeatedly that he doesn’t like being on the receiving end of certain jokes, making that kind of humor a useful tool for resistance during his tenure in office.

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I’m Done Trying to Empathize With Poor White Trump Voters

Amid all the calls for compassion for this pro-Trump demographic, an important point gets lost: Study after study shows that no matter how wealthy or educated nonwhites might be, whites fare better in life—even the poor ones.

Posted on Nov 24, 2016 READ MORE



Bernie Sanders Continues His Political Revolution

The man who might have been our next president, currently on a book tour, weighs in on the 2016 election and how to pave a way forward in the age of Trump.

Posted on Nov 17, 2016 READ MORE



Battle Over Dakota Access Pipeline Should Be the Most Important Rivalry of 2016

The struggle most worth watching is decidedly not the one receiving the most mainstream media coverage and relentlessly pitting two major-party candidates against each other.

Posted on Nov 3, 2016 READ MORE



Election’s Rape and Sexual Assault Accusations Need to Be Taken Seriously

Donald Trump is running for the highest office in the nation. While all men need to be held to high standards when it comes to sexual assault, those who run for president deserve the utmost scrutiny.

Posted on Oct 27, 2016 READ MORE



Are Elections Less Important Than Ever in the Age of Trump?

What we do after Nov. 8 may be even more important than the ballots we cast.

Posted on Oct 13, 2016 READ MORE



Standing Firm in the Face of Violence

With police killings of unarmed black men almost a weekly occurrence in the U.S., we must not let our trauma weaken our resolve to insist on—and organize for—racial justice.

Posted on Sep 22, 2016 READ MORE



I Have Never Stood Up for the National Anthem—and Never Will

No country is worth pledging blind allegiance to. Patriotism, nationalism, anthems, flags and syrupy words about “love of country” are constructs aimed at fostering unquestioning obedience from people lucky enough to be deemed citizens.

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 READ MORE



Detained Undocumented Mothers Launch Hunger Strike, Vow to Leave ‘Alive or Dead’

The women and their families at a Pennsylvania “residential center” have wound up on the cruel end of the Obama administration’s immigration policies, but they’re not accepting their treatment without a fight.

Posted on Aug 18, 2016 READ MORE


Live at Truthdig: What Does It Mean to Be a Powerful Woman in 2016?

Truthdig sat down with special guest Sonali Kolhatkar to discuss women, politics and social activism in the 2016 election season.

Posted on Aug 10, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Why Are Police So Afraid of Bold, Black Women Like Korryn Gaines?

It is incredible that during this time of heightened public awareness of police brutality, officers continue to behave with impunity.

Posted on Aug 5, 2016 READ MORE



Disruptions by Angry Bernie Sanders Delegates Were the Best Part of the Democratic Convention

The Vermont senator’s supporters provided vital reminders of reality amid the carefully orchestrated political theater at this year’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Posted on Jul 31, 2016 READ MORE


Activist Shines Light on Clinton’s Dirty Foreign Policy in Honduras (Video)

Sha Grogan Brown traveled in a caravan from the Republican convention in Cleveland to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. He explains how neither of the major-party candidates represents the interests of Grassroots Global Justice Alliance members.

Posted on Jul 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



How the Democratic Party Befriended Megacorporation Uber for Its Convention

It’s no mistake that the Democratic Party, which historically has claimed a stake in labor unions’ interests, has cozied up to Uber, one of the least worker-friendly businesses, to service its national convention.

Posted on Jul 28, 2016 READ MORE


Norman Solomon on the Dynamics Between Political Parties and Movements (Video)

On Day 4 of the Democratic National Convention,  the writer, activist and media critic spoke with Truthdig contributor Sonali Kolhatkar.

Posted on Jul 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Former Philadelphia Police Capt. Ray Lewis Speaks Out on Poverty in His City (Video)

Outside the Democratic National Convention, Truthdig columnist Sonali Kolhatkar spoke with the retired officer about social justice and his political activism.

Posted on Jul 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Insiders and Outsiders Mingle at the Democratic National Convention

This presidential election has generated exciting levels of political participation among U.S. citizens. In the long run, that can only be good for American democracy.

Posted on Jul 27, 2016 READ MORE


Bernie Rebels Are Fed Up With Democratic Party’s Corporate Values (Video)

Some Sanders supporters still do not like Hillary Clinton, and even though she is the Democratic presidential nominee, they are not going to follow the senator’s lead and vote for her.

Posted on Jul 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Jill Stein: ‘The Floodgates Opened Into Our Campaign’ After Sanders Endorsed Clinton (Video)

On Tuesday, Truthdig’s Sonali Kolhatkar caught up with the Green Party’s presumptive presidential nominee, who managed to gain entry to the Democratic National Convention—and gain a significant security detail—on Day 2 of the political confab in Philadelphia.

Posted on Jul 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Thousands Demonstrate Outside Democratic Convention, With Some Arrests (Video)

As the Democratic National Convention began, Truthdig contributor Sonali Kolhatkar joined a massive group of demonstrators just outside the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia to record the sights and sounds of dissent against the Democratic Party.

Posted on Jul 25, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Protesters Take to the Streets of Philadelphia in ‘March for Our Lives’ (Video)

Reporting from Philadelphia, Truthdig contributor Sonali Kolhatkar reported from the March for our Lives, organized by the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign. Watch a speech from Truthdig contributor Chris Hedges and interviews with protesters.

Posted on Jul 25, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Truthdig Speaks With Sanders Delegates on First Day of the Democratic National Convention (Video)

Reporting from Philadelphia, Truthdig contributor Sonali Kolhatkar interviews Bernie Sanders delegates on how they feel about Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s resignation and how they plan to show their dissent at the convention.

Posted on Jul 25, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Debbie Wasserman Schultz Will Resign From the DNC, but Progressives Shouldn’t Celebrate Just Yet

Just after Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced her resignation on Sunday afternoon, Hillary Clinton did something ironic, seemingly without irony.

Posted on Jul 25, 2016 READ MORE



Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Alicia Garza Reflects on the Movement’s First Three Years

The activist talks about what has changed—and what hasn’t—on this third anniversary of the birth of the nation’s most important contemporary struggle for social and political justice.

Posted on Jul 7, 2016 READ MORE



Our Skewed Politics on Gun Ownership Are a Deadly Joke

The National Rifle Association and lawmakers who pander to it bear much of the blame for our ridiculous gun laws, but it’s up to ordinary Americans to fix the problem.

Posted on Jun 30, 2016 READ MORE



Truthdig Wins Five Southern California Journalism Awards

Truthdig made a strong showing at the 58th annual Southern California Journalism Awards, presented by the Los Angeles Press Club on Sunday night.

Posted on Jun 27, 2016 READ MORE



Making Sense of Orlando

Although mainstream media outlets and presidential candidates rushed to make sure their interpretation of the Pulse Orlando massacre prevailed, the story and significance of the tragedy are more complex and deserve careful consideration.

Posted on Jun 16, 2016 READ MORE



Partial Victory for Black Lives Matter Activist Jasmine Richards

The case that the 28-year-old community organizer represents is another reason why the movement it has galvanized is more crucial than ever.

Posted on Jun 9, 2016 READ MORE


Black Lives Matter Activist Jasmine Richards Is Convicted of ‘Felony Lynching’

Commentator Sonali Kolhatkar discusses the case with professor and Black Lives Matter organizer Anthony Ratcliff. Richards was the first African-American to be tried on the controversial charge, after allegedly attempting to intervene when police were detaining a woman.

Posted on Jun 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Racism Fueled Outrage Over Cincinnati Gorilla Killing

In comparison with a hundred other news stories from around the world of social, political and human significance, the gorilla story was utterly insignificant. A kid’s life was at stake, and the gorilla was killed. That is as it should be.

Posted on Jun 2, 2016 READ MORE



The Real 9/11 Conspiracy

Despite recent claims that U.S.-Saudi relations are strained, close ties between the two countries count for far more than uncovering what really happened on Sept. 11, 2001.

Posted on May 19, 2016 READ MORE



Facebook Needs to Be an Open Book on News Feeds

Charges that workers at the social media giant manipulated story choices should deeply concern its users.

Posted on May 12, 2016 READ MORE



Bashar Assad’s Brutality in Syria Is Matched by U.S. Devastation Across the Region

Why should Facebook users come down harder on the Syrian leader than on the United States government when it comes to horrific actions and war crimes in that part of the world?

Posted on May 8, 2016 READ MORE


Behind the Scenes at ‘Rising Up With Sonali’

Get a glimpse of the two-woman operation behind “Rising Up With Sonali,” the daily radio and television show hosted by Truthdig columnist Sonali Kolhatkar and broadcast online and on KPFK.

Posted on May 4, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Two Weeks Into a Major Uprising, French Activists Still Staying ‘Up All Night’

Like the Occupy Wall Street movement, the Paris “Nuit Debout” protests over labor reforms are fueled by social media, which allow people to communicate instantly with one another and bypass corporate media when it ignores them.

Posted on Apr 14, 2016 READ MORE



Caravan for Peace, Life and Justice Is Saying ‘No’ to the War on Drugs

A group of Latin American activists is winding its way to New York City, where it will participate in a special session of the U.N. General Assembly in order to shine a spotlight on the global horrors wrought by the illicit drug trade.

Posted on Apr 10, 2016 READ MORE



‘This Is a Coup’: Brazil’s Workers Party Faces Its Greatest Test

Left-leaning parties like the PT face a conundrum in Latin America: that liberalism and its tolerance for political activity offer openings to right-wing parties that have no qualms about exploiting democratic expression in order to quash democracy.

Posted on Mar 24, 2016 READ MORE


Fight for Police Reform in Chicago Gets a Boost as Voters Oust State’s Attorney (Audio)

After demonstrations by Black Lives Matter over the 2014 police killing of Laquan McDonald, Chicago-area voters rejected longtime official Anita Alvarez in a primary this week. Sonali Kolhatkar speaks to journalist Sarah Macaraeg about political activism in the city.

Posted on Mar 18, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The U.S. Is Becoming a Terrifying Nation for Women

Self-induced abortions are on the rise as ever more restrictive laws threaten to return the nation to the dark days that existed before Roe v. Wade.

Posted on Mar 17, 2016 READ MORE



Fighting Black Lives Matter Instead of Police Violence

Prosecutors in Los Angeles and environs are coming down harder on protesters than on the officers who abuse and even kill African-Americans. The plea deals being offered to activists are much harsher than those in some other areas of the U.S.

Posted on Mar 13, 2016 READ MORE



Both Parties Are to Blame for Donald Trump’s Proximity to the White House

The Republican front-runner is providing cover for the worst strains of American demagoguery, and neither the GOP nor the Democratic Party is doing enough to stop him.

Posted on Mar 3, 2016 READ MORE



India’s Right-Wing Hindu Supremacy Rises in Parallel With Donald Trump’s Bigotry

A fundamentalist, upper-caste crackdown on dissent is roiling Indian society. Why should we care? Because it’s spreading to the U.S. by way of Indian-American support of presidential candidate Trump.

Posted on Feb 26, 2016 READ MORE



A Woman in the Presidency Is Simply Not Enough

Hillary Clinton is touting her gender as one of the central appeals of her campaign, but as recent history in Afghanistan shows, simply giving women a “seat at the table” doesn’t necessarily improve women’s lives.

Posted on Feb 18, 2016 READ MORE



All Sides in the Syria War Have at Least One Thing in Common: Slaughtering Civilians

The conflict will be remembered for its horrific death toll and massive refugee exodus. But it will also be remembered as the site of yet another Great Game involving Russia, the West and its allies.

Posted on Feb 11, 2016 READ MORE



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

As we—led by the media—get caught up in what has become the circus of the long primary season, the real and critical news tends to get lost in the fray.

Posted on Feb 3, 2016 READ MORE



Flint’s Water Crisis Is a Warning to Us All

We assume as a basic human right the easy access to clean water, and for most Americans it flows from the tap whenever we want. But as the lead contamination in Michigan shows, we’re more vulnerable than we think. 

Posted on Jan 27, 2016 READ MORE



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

A film by Renee Tajima-Peña revives the historical context for our ongoing mistreatment of undocumented immigrants—and reminds us why it shouldn’t be forgotten.

Posted on Jan 21, 2016 READ MORE



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

When I was visiting abroad recently, my non-American friends were quite candid with me: They see my country as increasingly intolerant, violent and inhospitable.

Posted on Jan 15, 2016 READ MORE



2015 in Review: Truthdig’s Best Columns of the Year

At the start of 2016, Truthdig takes a look at some of the columns we published last year that were our favorites.

Posted on Jan 2, 2016 READ MORE


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