Obama: The 1st 100 hours

by Ellen Ratner -- Pundits have a problem writing about Barack Obama and his administration: There's both plenty to say, and it's just too soon to say anything. Most reporters are dwelling more…

Leon Panetta: A dissenting view

by Ellen Ratner -- I think Leon Panetta is a first-rate choice to run the CIA. I'll be the first to admit that there are plenty of people, and not just conservatives, more…

Why the conflict now?

by Ellen Ratner -- I was sitting in the New Delhi airport while watching the latest news with a bunch of fellow passengers. Each viewed the invasion of Gaza with their own more…

Saving India from terrorism

by Ellen Ratner -- Greetings from the world's largest and loudest democracy. This last column of the year comes to you from New Delhi where I have spent the past few days more…

Bush weighs in for America

by Ellen Ratner -- Democrats, liberals and other traditional President Bush detractors must always give credit where credit is due, and this time the president deserves the credit. He bucked his own more…

Strength of a nation

by Ellen Ratner -- Thanksgiving weekend is often marked by movie going, and this weekend was no exception. I purchased tickets to "Milk" the Sean Penn movie about "gay" activist Harvey Milk. more…

Bail out the auto industry

by Ellen Ratner -- When I was growing up my mother belonged to an investment club. Every week the ladies would gather and invest $10. In between meetings they would do their more…

My week in Dubai

by Ellen Ratner -- I just returned from a week in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Dubai is a microcosm of the world with 85 percent of the population coming from more than more…

Does the winner lose?

by Ellen Ratner -- For the past year Americans have been losing friends, making enemies and in general, being their old partisan selves over the question of who is best qualified to more…

Stopping the arms trade

by Ellen Ratner -- With our economy a mess and the world economy messy as well, it is easy to forget about other problems. One of those "other problems" is the proliferation more…