Sonali Kolhatkar interviewed on Democracy Now, on August 22, 2008
Read/watch/listen to the entire interview here.
JUAN GONZALEZ: NATO has denied a report in the French newspaper Le Monde that ten French soldiers killed in Afghanistan earlier this week died as a result of friendly fire from allied planes. A NATO spokeswoman said Thursday that Le Mondeâ€™s claims were â€œcompletely unfounded.â€
The Le Monde report had quoted French soldiers who had survived the Taliban ambush. The soldiers told the newspaper that NATO planes arrived four hours after the ambush and accidentally hit French troops.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy visited survivors in Kabul earlier this week and vowed to continue the fight against terrorism. He said no regrets about the sending of 700 additional troops to Afghanistan, despite the soldiersâ€™ deaths.
At a memorial service in France Thursday, Sarkozy justified maintaining the French presence in Afghanistan.
Sonali Kolhatkar remembers Afghanistan, even if the rest of us donâ€™t
By GUSTAVO ARELLANO in the OC Weekly
Thursday, May 17, 2007 – 3:00 pm
Remember Afghanistan? The Taliban? Hamid Karzai? That weird game Afghans play involving a goat carcass? Of course not. If the Iraq War is our latest Vietnam, then Dubyaâ€™s Afghanistan adventure is our Philippine-American War: a major incursion that became a quagmire no one talks about.
One of the few media figures who bother to pay attention is Sonali Kolhatkar, host of KPFK-FM 90.7â€™s popular Uprising morning show. Sheâ€™s involved with various Afghan charities and is the author, along with her husband, of Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords, and the Propaganda of Silence. Kolhatkar will talk about the book and show slides from her visits this Saturday at the Centro Cultural de MÃ©xico. But first, she talked to the Weekly.
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Bleeding Afghanistan reviewed by Harold Lavender
Spring 2007 Issue of New Socialist. Download PDF.
Canadian troops may be fighting in Afghanistan, but (war propaganda aside) many of us know little of the real history and impact of foreign intervention. Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords and the Propaganda of Silence is therefore a work very much worth reading.
This 2006 work by Sonali Kolhatkar and James Ingalls, coordinators of the US non-profit Afghan Womenâ€™s Mission, is rooted in the experience of the Afghani womenâ€™s movement, especially the Revolutionary Womenâ€™s Association of Afghanistan (RAWA). The book opposes the role of imperialism, warlordism
and Islamic fundamentalism. Instead, it raises the urgent need for a democratic and secular (though not anti-Islamic) society that respects and promotes womenâ€™s rights.
It does an excellent job of exposing the huge gulf between imperial rhetoric and the reality of womenâ€™s lives in Afghanistan. The authors …