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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. 18, No. 5, May

Action Reigns at the Berlinale
This year's Berlin International Film Festival was well-rounded and richly varied, but a common denominator in nearly all the offerings was pumped-up action and violence. Action, action, and more action seemed the leitmotif of the Berlin International...
A Running Family Feud - Canada and the United States Share a Common Border and Similar Problems. They Have Also Come to Each Other's Assistance, as Exemplified by an Unforgettable Story from the Iran Hostage Crisis
There was a time when most citizens of the United States thought that Canada was the country where Nelson Eddy wore the striking red uniform of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, had a great hat, and sat on a horse singing love songs to Jeanette MacDonald....
Canada: America's Northern Neighbor
The relationship between the United States and Canada started on a rocky note. The United States attacked Canada during the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, failing to convince its northern brethren of the necessity of throwing off the shackles...
Canadians of the Shire - like the Kind, Simple, and Hearty Hobbits Created by Tolkien, Canadians Display a Sense of Peacefulness That Is Not Affected by Great Events-Such as 9/11 and Iraq
The price of influence is that we do not leave the U.S. to face the tricky issues alone. I mean the ones which people wish weren't there, don't want to deal with, and, if I can put it a little pejoratively, know the U.S. should confront, but want the...
Cast Its Own Spell - Prague Inspires and Provokes
The Gothic towers and attenuated spires of Prague rise on the hills above the now placid Vltava River. The visitor naturally straightens his posture as he strolls along. He can be forgiven for wondering if this is middle Europe or J.R.R. Tolkien's...
Death and the Law
Lawrence Rudden is director of research for the Graham Williams Group in Washington, D.C. He writes on politics and culture. Evelyn was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997. She spent the next four years dying. At first she waged war on the cancer,...
Death and the Law - WHY THE GOVERNMENT HAS AN INTEREST IN PRESERVING LIFE
Gerard V. Bradley is professor of law at the University of Notre Dame. Attorney General Ashcroft wants to stop doctors who kill. He has good reason: doctors have a special responsibility to show by word and deed, in season and out, that intentionally...
Death and the Safety Net
There are two important and controversial articles in Currents in Modern Thought this issue: "Rethinking America's Safety Net" by Thomas O'Brien and "Death and the Law" by Lawrence Rudden. Although I do not agree with either, they raise issues that...
Farm Subsidies or Feeding People
Richard Tolman, head of America's National Corn Growers Association, recently told the Wall Street Journal, "Farm supports [subsidies] are essential to keep farmers in business so the food supply can be constant and affordable." This is an old,...
From Lighting to Writing
Although it is a rare metal produced in relatively small quantities each year, tungsten improves our lives in applications ranging from lightbulb filaments and high-speed cutting steels to ballpoint pens and fine jewelry. In the early years of the...
From This Month's Menu
Modern war is, of its nature, fast-moving and unpredictable. Consequently, covering the U.S.-led campaign against the Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq is a tough proposition for a monthly magazine, where most of what you read has been written several...
Honor Killings in Jordan
There are many laws that influence honor killings, from shari'a (Islamic law) to ancient Bedouin traditions. Article 340 of the Jordanian Penal Code states, "He who discovers his wife or one of his female relatives has committed adultery and kills,...
Italish Does It Better - Loanwords and Newspeak in Italy
It is a sunny Sunday. I sit in the Piazza Duomo, the main square in Como, Italy, sipping a cappuccino and idly watching the world go by. A middle-aged man leans over from the next table. "Do you speak English?" he asks in Italian. When I respond "I...
Land of the Deer - the Charming Coastal City of Mazatlan Is Dedicated to Attracting Tourists with an Appreciation for History, Art, and Culture
A puff of black exhaust belched out of the bus in front of us. For a moment, I envied the air-conditioned comfort of the passengers inside, but that feeling passed as quickly as the cloud of diesel. When our open-air pulmon'a--the taxicab cousin to...
Magical Glimmerglass - Opera's Intimate Summer Retreat
Every summer opera buffs head to Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown, New York, to see innovative productions that will be traveling to companies thoughout America. Santa Fe Opera has its sunsets, Glyndeborne its gardens and lawns; Bayreuth beckons...
Milton Hershey - America's Chocolatier
Craig Lancto is the education editor for The World & I. His deeds are his monument. His life is our inspiration. Dedication on Hershey's statue in Founder's Hall In July 2002, the Milton Hershey Trust announced that it would divest itself...
Pioneering Welfare
Barry R. Bishop is a former newspaper publisher. Three figures buffeted by cold winds approached a log cabin near Rochester, New York. After huddling in the late autumn sun, they pounded on the cabin door. "Who's there?" shouted a voice from...
Reinventing the Ballet Russes - Stunning Tributes to Diaghilev
French choreographer Thierry Malandain's company, Biarritz Ballet, honors the seminal Russian dance impressario Sergei Diaghilev with innovative versions of Ballets Russes classics. Hold on to your theater seats--I'm about to give you a crash course...
Reputation Is Everything - Coerced to Kill
The status of Palestinian women has improved slightly in recent years. A poll indicates that 43 percent of Palestinian women in the West Bank chose their own marriage partners. The figure is even higher in the Gaza Strip. Nevertheless, Palestinian...
Reputation Is Everything - Honor Killings and Islam
An alarming increase in honor-related crimes during the last few years is attributed to the influence of radical Islamic movements and terrorist organizations. The reluctance of government officials to prosecute honor killings is due in part to their...
Rethinking America's Safety Net - How to Redesign Program Incentives for Better Outcomes
Thomas O'Brien is former research director of Horizon Institute for Policy Solutions. America's policymakers ought to reexamine our safety net policies in order to deal more effectively with society's least employable adults and needy children....
Robert Hartman - Aerial Art
Robert Hartman photographs the California landscape from a unique and exciting perspective. With the control stick between his knees, while flying 80 to 100 MPH, Hartman banks his restored 1949 Piper Clipper and photographs the landscape. The resulting...
South Asia's Politics of Hate
On December 13, 2001, a group of militants with alleged links to Pakistan staged an unprecedented terrorist attack in India, striking Parliament, the very heart of Indian democracy. This assault set off a chain of events that ended up with the biggest...
Stoppard Stops Short
Tom Stoppard's much-anticipated trilogy, The Coast of Utopia, left one feeling stranded, high and dry, on the beach. Fortunately, the British playwright is big enough to afford such setbacks. The reputation of British playwright Tom Stoppard is...
St Petersburg at 300 - Vast Beauty, a Turbulent History, and Remarkable Endurance Characterize Russia's Cultural Capital, the City of St. Petersburg
The Neva is clad in granite Bridges hang poised over her waters Her islands are covered with dark green gardens And before the younger capital, ancient Moscow Has paled, like a purple clad widow Before a New Empress. --Alexander Pushkin...
The Arrest of Khalid Sheik Mohammed - an Enemy Seized
UNITED STATES--How much can one arrest advance the war on terrorism? A great deal, according to the emerging accounts of Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the al Qaeda leader captured in Pakistan. The Kuwaiti-born extremist is now believed to have been the architect...
The Challenge of Regionalism - Canada Has Six Distinct Regions: Atlantic Canada; Quebec; Ontario; the Prairie West; British Columbia; and the Far North. Such Divisions Are Arbitrary and Do Not Reflect the Many Nuances of These Regions
Amid the excitement of the political change in Mexico that brought Vicente Fox to power and the drama of Bush versus Gore, North America's other national political contest in 2000 appeared to be an uneventful confirmation of the status quo. Canadians...
The Challenge of Regionalism - Canada's System of Government
Under the parliamentary system, the executive and legislative branches of government are fused, with the prime minister and cabinet (all elected members of Parliament) responsible to Parliament. In reality, the propensity for Canada's electoral system...
The Growing Fields - Two Kinds of Growth Take Place in the Grassroots Garden Tended by Merry Bradley and Her Volunteers, One of Plants and the Other of People
One must cultivate one's garden. --Voltaire There are furrows yet to dream of in these fields tucked behind St. Thomas Episcopal Church. Once an idle wetland, these two reclaimed acres of earth are being plowed, planted, weeded, and reaped--one...
The Quest for Clean Water
As water pollution threatens our health and environment, we need to implement an expanding array of techniques for its assessment, prevention, and remediation. In the 1890s, entrepreneur William Love sought to establish a model industrial community...
Thriving amid the Chaos - the Chinese of Northern Ireland
Selina Lee was driving home from her family's Five Star Take-away with her ten-year-old daughter when a masked man leaped out of the shadows and fired two shots at her car. One bullet penetrated the windshield and hit forty-year-old Lee in the chest....
To Catch a Conspirator
The news is full of terrorist "cells" operating in the country, plotting heinous crimes. For months ahead of time, they may be doing nothing but talking, planning, and plotting--not acting. No crime has yet been committed. But the act of two or more...
Transfigured Sites - the Aerial Photography of Robert Hartman
Photographer Robert Hartman's intriguing images of the earth, taken at various heights from his restored 1949 Piper, appear more as abstract paintings than mere geographical features. Born in 1926 in Sharon, Pennsylvania, Robert Hartman grew up...
Warm Wooden Spans - Covered Bridges of Ohio
The covered bridges of Ohio span more than the rivers and streams lacing the state's meadows and woodlands. They span time. They reach from yesterday to today and even tomorrow, for they're still being built and rebuilt. There are many stories connected...