Celebrating World Mental Health Day

by Ellen Ratner -- On Saturday, in Juba, South Sudan, Dr. Atong Ayuel Longar, who is the only practicing psychiatrist in the world's newest country of South Sudan (population of 11 million people), more…

Why Americans want Warren to run

by Ellen Ratner -- Elizabeth Warren was the guest of the hour at the Washington Ideas Forum hosted in Washington, D.C., by the Atlantic and the Aspen Institute this week. She emphasized more…

Mickey Mouse for president in 2016

by Ellen Ratner -- Mickey Mouse should run for president of the United States. Of course, you can't have a cartoon character running for president, but what Disneyland has accomplished in terms more…

America wins with new Muslim group

by Ellen Ratner -- This week, a new Muslim group, the American Muslim Institution, or AMI, announced its existence and said it is going to be different than the other groups that more…

They're Syrian refugees, not migrants

by Ellen Ratner -- Migrants? Refugees? The sanitized word for news consumption is "migrants." Let's face it: The people who are arriving in Europe are refugees. Unfortunately, this is not the first more…

10 years since 'America's Great Storm'

by Ellen Ratner -- Aug. 29 was the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. For many people in America, it brought back horrifying memories; however, one talk-show host said, "No one cares, they more…

Time to get honest in your relationship

by Ellen Ratner -- The website Ashley Madison, which was hacked and had its private information about members released this week, has Washington and others abuzz. First, for those of us who more…

Dems have strong candidates other than Hillary

by Ellen Ratner -- Washington, D.C., is on vacation, but that is not preventing either side from vocalizing its view of the presidential sweepstakes. One frequent refrain is that the Democratic Party more…