Helping the mentally ill in South Sudan

by Ellen Ratner -- The mentally ill in South Sudan have extra burdens. The country has been at war for almost 45 of the last 60 years. Last week, I wrote about traumatic more…

How goats can help save South Sudan

by Ellen Ratner -- I have never taken a sabbatical, but decided to this year. My sabbatical is in South Sudan, the world's news country. There were two wars, one from 1955-1973 more…

A story of faith and hope

by Ellen Ratner -- I was on a plane on Saturday going from Los Angles to Miami. Although my foster son from South Sudan was not sitting with me, I decided to more…

America losing press freedom

by Ellen Ratner -- For those of us concerned with freedom of speech, the events this past week in France have left us speechless. I am on the American advisory board of more…

Top 7 priorities for Congress this winter

by Ellen Ratner -- Congress comes back this week, sort of. It's having ceremonial swearings-in, but it will not meet as a deliberative body until the president's State of the Union toward more…