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…

Time to let Latinos in

by Ellen Ratner -- I love party themes. I have party themes for guests at dinners that are Western, butterfly, pizza, luau and, of course, 4th of July. This 4th of July, more…

We're being cooked by government

by Ellen Ratner -- I just got back from South Sudan. Most of the country has no access to electricity, let alone the Internet. For those lucky enough to have a cell more…

Why media don't fight Obama's spying

by Ellen Ratner -- The last few weeks in the world of Washington reporting have been stressful and unbelievable. First, we had the Associated Press revelations. There were phone records seized from more…

Healing and spiritual experience

by Ellen Ratner -- Amidst the rain and cold this Memorial Day weekend, I attended a service in Cambridge, Mass., to honor the life of my friend, Eugene Taylor Ph.D. His work more…