The World and I

World and I is an encyclopedic journal that includes world news; developments in science, the arts and philosophy; book reviews; and photo essays. Since it was founded in 1986, it is printed monthly. The journal is published by Washington Times Corp.Subjects for World and I include science; literature and literary reviews; food and cooking; art; travel and tourism; politics; philosophy; music and musical instruments; drama and theatre. The editor is Steve Osmond.

Articles from Vol. 15, No. 11, November

[1] Help! My Computer's Down with a Bug! Three Classes of Digital Bugs
According to computer security experts, digital bugs can be grouped in three main classes: viruses, worms, and Trojan horses. Computer viruses. In the realm of malicious software or coding, computer viruses are the best-known type. Like their biological...
A Better Life - A Music for Everybody
Panamanian jazz pianist Danilo Perez, recently named his country's cultural ambassador, reflects the broad diversity of Panama City on a series of recent recordings. His 1998 release on Impulse Records, Central Avenue, was inspired by life on the street...
A Better Life - Immigrants Shape Panamanian Diversity
Daya Gokalbhai peers through the display windows of his store in a ritzy shopping district on V'a Espa-a, Panama City's most important thoroughfare. He sees much more than the busy boulevard crowded with late-model cars, packed buses, and pedestrians...
A Better Life - New Lives, Old Traditions
Hindu merchant Daya Gokalbhai, who was born in Panama, remembers when the latest movies from Bombay's storied film studios were screened in a local theater. The movies brought the Hindu community together, providing a kind of social interaction that's...
African Gateway - with a Backdrop of Elegant Old World Charm and Unsurpassed Natural Diversity, Cape Town Has Played a Pivotal Role in Continental Politics
"This cape is the most stately thing and the fairest cape we saw in the whole circumference of the earth." ----Sir Francis Drake, 1580 "I have a question for you, my friends." Our tour guide broke into an expansive, if somewhat practiced, smile...
All Politics Is Local - Both Parties Are Competing Fiercely to Win State Legislative Seats and Control Congressional Redistricting
With the bulk of media attention this election season focused on candidates for national office, it is tempting to disregard the contests within the states. In fact, 2000 promises to be one of those rare years in which voters' decisions at the state...
An Agonizing Choice
In a previous editorial I stated that I could vote for neither Bush nor Gore. However, I did state that if Bush recognized the need for preschool education for poor children, particularly those from single- parent families, I might support him. ...
Autumn's Bounty
Originating mostly as vines in tropical and subtropical jungles, pumpkins, squashes, and their kin boast a variety and versatility that delight and amaze us. Autumn would not be complete without fields of pumpkins and displays of jack-o'-lanterns...
Blown Away in Patagonia - A Windswept Paradise Enchants Travelers with Snowcapped Mountains, Glaciers, Fjords, and Roaming Guanacos
Patagonia's wind may be unlike any other. We got blasted, again, midway into a tranquil hike to Lago Sarmiento. My guide, Natalie Grabinsky, and I were following a quiet trail in the scrubby steppe, blessed by sunshine, in the shadow of the glacial...
Cairo: A Torrent of Frightening Disclosures - Holy Terror as the Vanguard of Globalization
Khalid Duran is the editor of TransIslam Magazine, published in Washington, D.C. In the 1980s a new generation of Islamists came of age. For them, jihad is not a matter of moral rearmament (as many Muslims wish it to be understood) but of armed...
City on a Hill - Blacks and the Building of Washington
When the federal city was first surveyed, a small population of blacks, most of them slaves, lived in the area. Despite their small numbers, blacks had a central role in the construction of the capital. After LOEnfant was fired for spending a year...
City on a Hill - Capitol Ghosts
Perhaps the most famous--or infamous--apparition in the Capitol isn't that of a man at all but of the Demon Cat, sometimes referred to flippantly as "'DC." The cat makes its home in the catacombs under the crypt, a circular room that contains models...
City on a Hill - Haunted Washington
The original ghost reportedly still roaming the corridors of the Capitol belongs to a stonemason whose body was sealed into a wall while the building was under construction. Supposedly a hotheaded carpenter smashed his skull and buried him. He has...
City on a Hill - Haunted White House
Every president since John Adams has occupied the White House, and it seems many of them have found it hard to leave. The ghost of Abigail Adams has been seen with both arms outstretched, as if carrying a large load of laundry, and her presence leaves...
City on a Hill - the White House and the Capitol Building Turn 200
November 2000 marks the two hundredth birthday of our nation's capital. On November 1, President John Adams and First Lady Abigail Adams moved into the White House, then called the President's House. On November 17, sixteen blocks east, the first session...
Educate Every Child
All around this country, I have argued that our prosperity must have a higher purpose. Its purpose should be to make sure that the American dream touches every willing heart--that it leaves no one behind. This noble aspiration will remain a distant...
Elephant Bazaar - the Sonepur Fair in Bihar, India
The Sonepur Fair is the biggest cattle fair in Asia. Centuries old, it is famous for its Haathi Bazaar, where hundreds of elephants are bought and sold each year. The fair lasts two weeks and begins on Kartik Purnima, the autumn full moon, one of the...
God Walks among the Cooking Pots - Spain's Rich Religious Tradition Has Produced Hundreds of Convents, Which Are Repositories of the Country's Many-Faceted Cuisine
Food has always played a fundamental role in Spanish culture. Although Spain has shed its image as a picturesque, slightly backward stepchild of the Western world to take its place as a modern European power, it has not left behind its rich, multicultural...
Help! My Computer's Down with a Bug!
The recent spate of digital viruses has wiped out massive amounts of data, hindered productivity, and shaken public confidence. Experts suggest a number of remedies but caution that no "silver bullet" offers complete protection. Chris Foresta was...
Howard Eberle - the Power of Simplicity
"The spirit of my work," says Pennsylvania artist Howard Eberle, "lies in the thoughtful composition, humble objects, and the peacefulness born of that simplicity." Although the self-taught, 56-year-old artist has been painting since 1973, he has...
In Batsirai's Classroom - an Innovative Biology Class in Zimbabwe
In an examination-driven educational system, "spoon-feeding" is not uncommon: the teacher lectures and students memorize information. But even in such traditional systems, one may encounter teachers who seem to start with the students rather than the...
In the Wake of Homer
Theater boat Odyssee 2001, based in Marseilles, France, will soon be celebrating the arts and cultures of the Mediterranean nations on an epic voyage. I was in Marseilles to launch a boat, a theater boat. Since the vessel itself had yet to arrive...
Leaders Discuss World Economy
More than 150 presidents, prime ministers, and kings pledged to "spare no effort" to improve the lives and prospects of their citizens at the conclusion of the historic UN Millennium Summit. The five-day summit, held in September, was the largest-ever...
My Plan for Lifelong Learning Starts with a Child's Earliest Years .
"My plan for lifelong learning starts with a child's earliest years, ensuring that every child starts school ready to learn. This year, the administration has proposed investing an additional $1 billion in Head Start--the largest single funding increase...
New Old Words - the Struggle for Norway's Nynorsk Language
For over a hundred years, Norway has officially been bilingual. In May 1885, the Storting, its parliament, passed a motion saying that "the Norwegian folk language should be equal with the ordinary book language." These two languages are known today...
Northern Dawn - Auroras Inspire Folk Mythology
The aurora borealis, or northern lights, is the most puzzling and myth- inspiring of all celestial phenomena. These majestic lights, often called "nature's most beautiful display," reveal processes in the upper atmosphere that humans have feared and...
Planetary Wombs and Stellar Cannibals
Although the birthing of planets and dying of paired stars are similar in that they both occur within an accretion disk, a pancake of diffuse matter, they are also notably different. Just as with people on Earth, much of the universe is middle aged....
Plan for Lifelong Learning
Today's economy is also a changing economy. We are now in the early stages of an information revolution--not just in our high-tech industries but in our core industries and manufacturing as well. Clearly, today's workplace is becoming more high tech...
Porcelain Perfect - Vienna's Augarten Manufactory
Building on a 300-year-old tradition of fine porcelainmaking, the tableware of Austrian royalty is becoming increasingly well known to collectors and connoisseurs alike. For three centuries, the Vienna Porcelain Manufactory Augarten has lived up...
Ritalin - Better Living through Chemistry?
Leonard Sax, M.D., Ph.D., is a physician and psychologist in private practice in Montgomery County, Maryland. In 1961, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a medication named Ritalin for use by children with behavior problems. In 1975,...
Technothriller Creator and Freedom Advocate
Tom Clancy has two great passions in his life: writing and freedom. And those two may actually boil down to freedom alone, for as he summons the best plots and prose he can from the crucible of his creative energies, he constantly weaves in themes...
The Congress: Split Decision? the GOP's Six-Year Rule of Both Houses of Congress May Be at an End. Can the Democrats Regain Complete Dominance?
In his valedictory address to the Democratic National Convention, Bill Clinton conjured a vision of a Congress with a "Speaker Dick Gephardt and Majority Leader Tom Daschle." For the first two-term Democratic president since FDR, who has had to grapple...
The Copland Century
Aaron Copland embodied in his music the simple, independent spirit and wide-open spaces of America, yet this European-trained Russian Jew from Brooklyn also reflected the divergent impulses of his era. For the first century and a half of its existence,...
The Division of the World
The dualistic modern worldview undergirding Western culture's intellectual mainstream and undermining its Judeo-Christian heritage traces its roots to the science of Copernicus, Galileo, and Newton and the philosophy of Descartes and Kant. The birth...
The Elections and the Supreme Court
During presidential campaigns, the Supreme Court is often cast as the big bad wolf lurking in the bushes. The candidates warn voters about the grave danger of a wayward Court and expound upon the many evils that would befall the electorate and the...
The Multilaterals
Gary M. Quinlivan is professor and chairman in the economics, political science, and public policy departments at St. Vincent College, Latrobe, Pennsylvania. The second half of the twentieth century witnessed the birth and evolution of numerous...
The Race for the Presidency - Are Americans Ready for a Change, or Do They Want to Keep the Status Quo?
The United States is in the midst of the longest economic expansion in its history. It is, despite peacekeeping duty in numerous world hot spots, essentially at peace. Even some key social indicators, like crime and teenage pregnancy rates, have declined....
The Race for the Presidency - the Vote That Really Counts
The most important number in the 2000 presidential race is 270--a majority of the total 538 electoral votes. Vice President Gore and Governor Bush understand that the popular vote is only a means to the end of a victory in the electoral college. ...
The Structure of the Education System
How can we improve educational achievement in the United States? The answer to this important question must address the structure of the educational system. The most vigorous debate today centers around the basic method of delivery for educational...
The Tate Modern Is the Toast of London
The first major museum in London devoted entirely to modern art has opened its doors amid great fanfare. Its unusual presentation--grouping works by genre--yields unexpected insights. In May, London unveiled the Tate Modern to a buzz of glittery...
The Un Millennium Summit - UN Power Failure
GREAT BRITAIN--The fundamental conflict between the jealously guarded sovereign powers of nation states and the constantly evolving but as ever ill-defined supranational role of the UN overshadows the New York millennium summit. In theory, more than...
The View from Higher Education
The dismal scenario posited by the editors is the product of many factors, not least among which is the steep decline in undergraduate education standards that has occurred at many American colleges and universities. Ever-increasing numbers of students...
Title Ideas:Dancing to Chaos - Sakiko Oshima's Wild Choreography
H*Art*Chaos, a highly energized, all-female, avant-garde dance troupe teetering on the very edge, breaks the mold on what it means to be culturally liberated in today's Japan. H*Art*Chaos, the all-female Japanese dance troupe founded by choreographer...