A moment of silence

by Ellen Ratner -- In the spirit of Memorial Day, I am going to take a break from finding fault in our government. Instead, I ask each reader to take a moment more…

Sarbanes-Oxley for the Bush administration

by Ellen Ratner -- Remember Enron, Global Crossing, MCI, Tyco? Do the names Ken Lay, Gary Winnick, Bernie Ebbers, Dennis Kozlowski ring a bell? They were the men who violated the public's more…

Trust us

by Ellen Ratner -- The Bush administration's motto is "Trust us." The people should never completely trust the government. Our Constitution was founded on the principle that no governing body deserves the more…

3 strikes and you're out!

by Ellen Ratner -- Editor's note: Cholene Espinoza, former U-2 pilot and twice-embedded journalist with the military in Iraq contributed to this column.The ever-evolving justification for the Iraq war has included weapons more…

A picture's worth a thousand words

by Ellen Ratner -- The pictures that were made public last week on "60 Minutes II" said it all to those who argue that the U.S. occupation of Iraq is about dominating more…

Marching in place

by Ellen Ratner -- As far as the Bush administration is concerned, the hundreds of thousands marching for the right for individuals to control the destiny of their bodies and lives, might more…

The poison in the wound of terrorism

by Ellen Ratner -- Uri Avnery is a well-known peace activist in the Middle East. He is an Israeli and he is a Zionist. I share in his passionate belief that Israel more…

Occupation 101: Professor A. Sharon

by Ellen Ratner -- Last June, I traveled the 12-hour journey by car from Jordan to Baghdad and back. Shortly after crossing into Jordan on the return leg, we stopped at a more…

Mind the gap

by Ellen Ratner -- The Bush administration is flirting with a credibility gap that may threaten its survival. A new CBS poll reveals that seven out of 10 Americans believe the Bush more…

Pass the buck, please

by Ellen Ratner -- Harry Truman (a Democrat, by the way) had a sign on his desk as a constant reminder that the president of the United States is ultimately accountable. It more…