A great American humanitarian

by Ellen Ratner -- Having just returned from Sudan (see last week's column), I made the usual rounds of telling people the story of what I had seen. My traveling partners and more…

Change comes to new South Sudan state

by Ellen Ratner -- I am bone tired as I have just arrived in Kenya from Southern Sudan. South Sudan is going to be the world's 193 country on July 9. The more…

Time for news media to wake up!

by Ellen Ratner -- As news media, we are supposed to be reporting the news, not making it. However, in the last two weeks – during Libya and before the Japan earthquake more…

Bigger news than Charlie Sheen!

by Ellen Ratner -- On Friday, a confluence of two events happened. I had dinner with a friend who has done the math and wants to make sure that we increase the more…

Significance of Wisconsin union battle

by Ellen Ratner -- We are not seeing an end to the protests that are occurring in Wisconsin. The Democratic senators in that state have "gone missing," and people around the world more…

A better, more diverse CPAC

by Ellen Ratner -- I have attended CPAC for years, occupying a booth at "Radio Row." I have had an opportunity to interview candidates for president as well as various spokespersons for more…

2 conversations America must have

by Ellen Ratner -- Some friends I know owned land in Florida many years ago. It was swampy, but soon they were offered a chance to sell their land to what would more…

Let's see the Republican health plan

by Ellen Ratner -- Last Tuesday, the president gave a State of the Union speech. It was too long, but it was friendly and conciliatory. It bridged political gaps and was meant more…

What planet are they on?

by Ellen Ratner -- The conservative members of the House Republicans known as "The Republican Study Committee" have released their plans for the new budget. There is not much chance that they more…