Detention centers, past and present

by Ellen Ratner -- We hear so much about immigrants coming to the U.S. illegally, and the detention centers we use for them. Last week when I was in Israel attending a more…

A Broadway play everyone needs to see

by Ellen Ratner -- Many years ago, Shakespeare wrote a line: "The play's the thing wherein I'll catch the conscience of the King." It was in a different context then (it was more…

The ugly truth about climate change

by Ellen Ratner -- I like it hot. I am only comfortable at about 80 degrees, so at first glance climate change and the warming of the planet seem welcome. That is, more…

We have no respect for indigenous people

by Ellen Ratner -- I spent part of this last week in Guatemala. I was invited there for "Day of the Dead," which is celebrated the day after Halloween. Day of the more…

When a joke is not a joke

by Ellen Ratner -- There are very few things that shock me in and around Washington. However, President Trump managed to do so – and get my attention. On Thursday night in more…