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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. 16, No. 1, January

Agenda for a New President
Mr. President, your first concern should be for the kind of country you want our children and grandchildren to live in. Therefore, you must be sensitive to how your policies help them to become intelligent, cultivated, humane, and informed individuals,...
America's Big Cat
Equally at home in nearly every habitat from tropical rain forests to cacti deserts, the swift and fearsome cougar is the top carnivore in the Americas. For natives of the Baja region, the cougar was a benevolent god that provided deer carcasses...
Art in the Year One
In honor of the true beginning of the new millennium, the Metropolitan Museum of Art offers striking examples of world art from around a.d. 1, revealing the rich cultural variety and little-known interconnections active two thousand years ago. The...
A Tale Told and Untold - Margaret Atwood: Works
Margaret Atwood was born in Ottawa, Ontario, in 1939. The daughter of an entomologist who conducted research in the rural northern areas of Ontario and Quebec while his three children were young, she was educated at home--where she taught herself to...
A Tale Told and Untold - the Bridge
Ten days after the war ended,. my sister Laura drove a car off a bridge. The bridge was being repaired: she went right through the Danger sign. The car fell a hundred feet into the ravine. smashing through the treetops feathery with new leaves, then...
At Home in the Sky
NASA's new superpressure "pumpkin" balloon promises long-term access to the upper atmosphere for scientific, commercial, and military purposes. In the early hours of a crisp June day a huge "pumpkin" rises from eastern New Mexico's high mountain...
Blessing of the Badnjak - Serbian Orthodox Christmas in Missouri
On this cold midwinter night in St. Louis, the faithful gather outdoors around a small bonfire. A gold cross, a tall candle, and a dried sprig of basil in a bowl of holy water sit on a table nearby. Behind it stands a priest in blue and gold vestments,...
Blood and Feathers - Masculine Identity in East Timorese Cockfighting
Cockfighting boasts a long pedigree around the world, even in the United States, where the sport is illegal. Rules and etiquette vary from culture to culture and can be quite elaborate. Special vocabularies denoting the physical attributes of cocks,...
Charity Done Right - How San Francisco Recovered from the 1906 Earthquake and Fire
Daniel T. Oliver (doliverciate at the Washington, D.C.--based Capital Research Center and a freelance writer. At 5:12 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18, 1906, an earthquake measuring nearly 8.3 on the Richter scale shook the city of San Francisco. It...
Danger Signs in Venezuela
Venezuela is important to the United States in at least three ways: oil, democracy, and antidrug efforts, and threats to all of these have U.S. national security officials concerned. Those threats center around one man: Venezuelan President Hugo...
Danger Signs in Venezuela - Antidemocrats Waiting in the Wings
Although democracy has sprung up across Central and South America during the past 15 to 20 years, its roots are shallow. Thus U.S. analysts fear that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's anti-American fulminations will encourage coup plotters and antidemocrats...
Fifteen Years of World & I Excellence
Welcome to the fifteenth anniversary issue of The World & I. Back on December 18, 1985, the first issue (January 1986) emerged from the printers. It marked the start of a unique publishing journey. As you read this, you probably think of the magazine...
Heated Debate over a Hot Theory
Popularly known as global warming, the theory of climate change has aroused intense controversy regarding the extent to which human activities affect global temperatures and weather patterns. On the second day of the summer of 1988, when temperatures...
Hip-Hop: A Raging Business
Perhaps the most influential American cultural phenomenon of the quarter century, hip-hop, once fresh and vital, has taken a disappointing turn toward crass materialism and a menacing style. In an apparent attempt to ingratiate itself with the community...
If the Truth Be Damned
Jude P. Dougherty is Dean Emeritus of the School of Philosophy, the Catholic University of America. Respect for the truth is an indispensable condition of meaningful discourse, indeed of civil society itself. Acknowledgment of this axiom did not...
Ingenuous and Not at All Austere - A Profile of Italo Calvino
Linda Simon is associate professor of English at Skidmore College. Beginning his career in the political and social volatility of postwar Italy, Italo Calvino, like many of his European contemporaries, questioned the meaning of literature and the...
Joel Philip Myers - A Passionate Pursuit
If there ever is a Glass Artist Hall of Fame, Joel Philip Myers will surely be inducted on the first ballot. He has been an innovative figure in the highly demanding field since the Art Glass Movement started by Harvey Littleton and others began at...
Keys to Controlling AIDS in Africa
Take the population of Seattle. Now kill everyone there. Now do it again next year, the year after, and the year after that. Pretty soon, someone might notice. Such is the situation in sub-Saharan Africa, where about 2.2 million people died of AIDS...
Lobster Town - for Almost Five Decades, the Tiny Village of Puerto Nuevo, on Mexico's Pacific Coast, Has Attracted Visitors from All over with Its Special Way of Preparing the World's Favorite Crustacean
The table spread in front of me is beautiful. There isn't any fine china, Irish linen, or crystal in the presentation--not an Art Deco plate, or piece of silver. The napkins are paper and the dishes are cheap, but the effect is mouthwatering, nonetheless:...
Malta's Masterpieces - Constructed by the Knights Who Originally Aided Sick Pilgrims to the Holy Land, the City of Valletta on the Mediterranean Island of Malta Survives as a Testament to Its Builders
On a map, the three islands of Malta look like a spatter of freckles on the face of the Mediterranean. But all my thoughts of diminutive dimensions disappeared as I flew over Valletta, the capital city. Massively walled and buttressed with forts, it...
'Mother' of Dozens
Riding a Harley through the streets of her inner-city Washington, D.C., neighborhood, Hannah Hawkins sees a metastasizing cancer that takes many horrible forms. One is the "chemical beast" of drug and alcohol abuse. Another is unwanted children--"boarder...
Paddling Away Stress - A Trusty Canoe, Two Paddles, and Time Can Be All One Needs to Escape the Hectic Pace of Modern-Day Life and Find Inner Peace
On a warm January evening I pulled my canoe onto the white sands of a small, subtropical island off the wild southwest coast of Florida. I was paddling through the Ten Thousand Islands, a maze of mangroves, shell mounds, and hardwood hammocks on the...
Profits and Prophets - the Global Economy and the Erosion of the Family
Elizabeth Fox-Genovese is Eleonore Raoul Professor of the Humanities at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.This article was first presented at the Eighth International Congress of Professors World Peace Academy in Seoul, Korea, February 10--14, 2000...
Pro Sports and Personal Disabilities
Walk the course." That's the rule of the Professional Golf Association (PGA). And though America's 25 million "other" golfers often cruise the links in battery-powered carts, not so the elite 200 or so masters who qualify for the PGA Tour. No golf...
Quantum Underpinnings of Religious Currents
The Bohr-Einstein extended debate about the interpretation of atomic and subatomic physics was a pivotal event whose outcome has shifted the foundations of Western culture toward Eastern and New Age religions. When Albert Einstein said "God does...
Rebuild America's Morals - We Will Not Be Able to Address Questions of Justice and Security Unless We Revitalize the Practice of Public Virtue
Dear Mr. President-Elect: You have just won a closely contested political battle, and you deserve the congratulations and prayers of all Americans as you assume, this month, the most powerful political office on earth. Despite the closeness of the...
Setting Domestic Priorities - We Need a Federal Government That Encourages Individual Freedom and Responsibily
Both Governor Bush and President Clinton have talked at length about the place of responsibility and the need to enhance it. Responsibility is hardly enhanced, however, by massive and complex government, with involved, intrusive and detailed regulations...
The 2000 Presidential Election - If the System Is Wrong, Change It
GREAT BRITAIN--The argument that Gore won the election is at first glance overwhelming. With almost all votes tallied, he led Bush by approximately 250,000 votes nationwide. So by any rational measure, surely, the banner headline would be: Gore Wins!...
The Dutch, Down under - Staying Connected in South Australia
The dike-enclosed, lush green farmland of the Netherlands is worlds away from South Australia, the driest state on the driest continent on earth. So it is no wonder that each year, as the scorching summer of South Australia drifts into fall, a proud...
The Importance of Global Leadership - It Is in Our National Interest to Promote a World of Free Trade and Free Peoples
Several vital interests form the essential basis for U.S. national security policy. The most vital is protecting all 50 states from attack or political intimidation by threats to use missiles or terrorist operations against them. Unlike many other...
The Legend Lives - Ballets Russes Share Notes
Dancers from two highly influential troupes and their colleagues meet in New Orleans to review the past and eagerly speculate about ballet's future. The Legacy of the Ballets Russes in the Americas was the title of a four-day symposium held in New...
TV's Morbidity Morass
During the 1980s, sex sold everything from bar soap to underwear and even saturated the news. The American public heard ad nauseam of the sexual exploits of politicians, ministers, and movie stars. In addition, the sex lives of Joe and Jane Doe filtered...
When Will It End?
Perhaps at the root of it all was a gallbladder. The day after the 2000 election, Reform Party nominee Patrick Buchanan pointed out that his health problems in September had kept him from campaign dates in Florida. As it was, the pugnacious former...
Whites and Blacks - Epiphany in the Colombian Andes
One of South America's most ancient and unusual festivals is the Carnival of the Whites and Blacks, held in the Colombian town of Pasto, more than eight thousand feet above sea level in the northern Andes. The two days of festivities are little known...