Different sides of the same coin

by Ellen Ratner -- Saddam is dead; Moktada al-Sadr is alive. The two men are, to use an expression I heard from a student at the University of Damascus, ''two sides of more…

Musharraf the next Saddam?

by Ellen Ratner -- Pakistan is supporting terrorism and the United States has propped up another dictator, another man who was not "elected" because he is being "helpful" in the war on more…

Bush bellies up to the salad bar

by Ellen Ratner -- The president's reaction to the Iraq Study Group's recommendations did not come as a surprise to me after covering his presidency for the last six years. Being fond more…

Love thy planet

by Ellen Ratner -- Recently Rev. Joel Hunter, the elected president of the famed Christian Coalition, founded by Pat Robertson, stepped down due to what appears to be irreconcilable differences over how more…

From Russia with Polonium 210?

by Ellen Ratner -- Can Russia be trusted is the question of the day following the murder of former Russian KGB spy Alexander V. Litvinenko. Litvinenko was poisoned in London with Polonium more…

Gonzales taps into the Air Force

by Ellen Ratner -- This weekend several hundred cadets at the United States Air Force Academy heard a defense of wire tapping from Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. The Air Force Academy has more…

A 2nd chance for Bush

by Ellen Ratner -- The elections are over with most races clearly decided. The Senate and House are now controlled by the Democrats. Lots of pundits are spending their time discussing how more…

Hardly a November surprise

by Ellen Ratner -- They have convicted Saddam Hussein one week before the election – color me surprised. Historians may argue for the next one hundred years about the possibility that the more…

Slime, mud and the Rove machine

by Ellen Ratner -- There is a great cartoon this week showing a man sitting in a chair in front of his television with mud from head to toe. His wife asks more…

See Bush run – away from reality

by Ellen Ratner -- The mental health experts call it ''reality testing.'' According to www.behavenet.com, the term ''refers to an individual's ability to discern, perceive, appreciate or "test" the qualities of their more…