The politics of 'cha-ching'

by Ellen Ratner -- I can't stand "isms" of any kind. Fascism, communism, Islamism, extremism, they only produce three things: death, destruction and a lot of tedious conversation. It's the predictability that more…

Right vs. Left, or
Right vs. Wrong?

by Ellen Ratner -- My fellow Democrats are at a strategic crossroads. As the loyal opposition, they have a duty to speak for those who have a different view from the Republicans more…

Back the democracy!

by Ellen Ratner -- I had planned a sort-of funny, end-of-the-year column – you know, like handing out my Osama bin Falwell Award or asking America's school children to donate $1 each more…

Beyond the veil

by Ellen Ratner -- Nobody knows what the next stop will be on the president's Anti-Terrorism Express. There's certainly no shortage of candidates: Iraq, Sudan, Yemen, Somalia, Syria, Lebanon or Iran – more…

John Walker Lindh

by Ellen Ratner -- John Walker Lindh has become a symbol for every armchair patriot and jingoist – and even many Americans who are understandably wondering how any young man, especially one more…

Investigate – now!

by Ellen Ratner -- There is an elephant in the parlor so big and fat that everybody – politicians, journalists, cops, soldiers and citizens – has to squeeze real tight just to more…

A liberal's manifesto

by Ellen Ratner -- Over the last 20 years, there's been a lot of confusion about what a liberal is and what a liberal stands for. Well, we're in a shooting war more…

It can't happen here
– or can it?

by Ellen Ratner -- Editor's note: Reporter Gareth Schweitzer contributed to this column.Writing last April in the Washington Post, E.J. Dionne, Jr. compared President Bush's tax cut to a frog dropped in more…

Our 'good friends,' the Saudis

by Ellen Ratner -- Editor's note: Reporter Gareth Schweitzer contributed to this column.During the Cold War, America was often criticized for supporting dictators and corrupt regimes abroad just because they happened to more…

A tactical mistake

by Ellen Ratner -- Editor's note: Reporter Gareth Schweitzer contributed to this column.If you believe that the possibility of nuclear destruction ended with the Cold War, give ear to what some of more…