Liberation theology and healing the Church

by Ellen Ratner -- Everyone has been commenting on Pope Francis' interview this week. Francis, who is well liked in his home of Argentina, is rattling some cages at the Vatican. More more…

Russia: Where 1 percent still reigns

by Ellen Ratner -- I just spent the last week in Moscow. I had been there twice before, once in 1978 and once in 1993. The visible change is staggering. In 1978, more…

Why is Syria any different than Iraq?

by Ellen Ratner -- This week, the House Foreign Affairs Committee had its hearings on action or inaction in Syria. Much of what was said was in the predictable category. Secretary of more…

Syria solution: Send in John Kerry

by Ellen Ratner -- Last week, I wrote a column about the need to do something concerning the Syrian chemical weapons attack and genocide. I received some comments from readers about not more…

America must respond to Syria massacres

by Ellen Ratner -- Sunday's news began with a statement from the secretary general of the United Nations on the use of chemical weapons in Syria. His spokesperson said, "The mission is more…

FDA must approve life-saving drugs

by Ellen Ratner -- Barbara Kopple's documentary film, "Fight to Live," concerns the ability to get drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA approves drugs and approves the clinical more…

My family's Holocaust roots

by Ellen Ratner -- I've been to Iraq twice. Both times I paid attention to the Iraqi culture and wore a head scarf and covered up pretty well. The first time I more…

Big Brother spying has to stop

by Ellen Ratner -- Just about two weeks ago, the ACLU released a report titled, "You Are Being Tracked: How License Plate Readers Are Being Used to Record Americans' Movements." This report more…

Helen Thomas would be amused

by Ellen Ratner -- It was hard getting the news on Saturday that Helen Thomas had died. She was a friend and mentor. When I began covering the White House in 1993, more…

Let's move beyond gay bashing

by Ellen Ratner -- I choose to come to Iceland for a vacation. I had been here before on a layover and wanted to explore the beautiful land and the hot warmth more…