What world leaders
are really saying

by Ellen Ratner -- Bush Braces for Meeting With French and German Leaders –Recent New York Times headline What's the best metaphor to describe President Bush's upcoming meeting with French President Jacques more…

Salute to Sen. Byrd

by Ellen Ratner -- In politics, there is often a lot of empty preening about "speaking truth to power." It's an image that both the right and left would love to possess more…

The Gray Lady

by Ellen Ratner -- This week I rise to the defense of the New York Times, and especially its two senior editors, Executive Editor Howell Raines and Managing Editor Gerald Boyd. I more…

Let's get real

by Ellen Ratner -- Time to give my favorite party, the Democrats a little unsolicited – but well meaning – advice: Dump the criticism of President Bush's barnstormer landing on the USS more…

Guns in Baghdad

by Ellen Ratner -- As we speak, the National Rifle Association's nightmare scenario is unfolding in Baghdad. Unchecked, ruthless military authorities, operating in the absence of any constitutional restraints, without search warrants more…

What a difference a war makes!

by Ellen Ratner -- What a difference a war makes! In the wake of the (mercifully) quick U.S. victory in Iraq, some of what's happened since has been completely predictable. For example, more…

In defense of Tim Robbins

by Ellen Ratner -- "The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding." – Associate Justice Louis D. Brandeis,Olmstead vs. United States Today I more…

Immigrant bashers

by Ellen Ratner -- On March 21, near the Iraqi port town of Umm Qasr, 28-year-old Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jose Gutierrez was one of several U.S. soldiers who, as required by more…

Embed or in bed?

by Ellen Ratner -- Having spent several days as an embedded reporter aboard the USS Kitty Hawk, as well as having placed three other reporters in the field (two with the Marines more…

Politics and war

by Ellen Ratner -- "War is not merely a political act, but also a political instrument, a continuation of political relations, a carrying out of the same by other means."– Karl von more…