Obama's impressive record of change

by Ellen Ratner -- Being in Washington, you hear all sorts of things about the person occupying the White House, and it doesn't matter if it is occupied by a Democrat or more…

Celebrating 70 years of the United Nations

by Ellen Ratner -- Seventy years ago, the United Nations was formed. It began in the aftermath of World War II. The League of Nations, which had been founded after World War more…

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…