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. 18, No. 4, April

A Matter of Scale
To the Editor: I am looking forward to the series on water. Unfortunately, the first article, "The Making of a Water Wonderland" by Marc J. Defant [December 2002, p. 128], has a serious mistake of scale. The article states, "The approximately 6...
A Singing Faith - Composer John Tavener
In works informed by Eastern Orthodox spirituality and now by his exploration of Eastern mysticism, British composer Sir John Tavener looks past the present world of confusion and decadence to the dawning of a golden age of righteousness and peace....
A Vinegar Barbecue - on the Coastal Plain of North Carolina, Whole-Hog Barbecuing Is a Community Event Where Vinegar-Based Sauces Are King
It was perfect barbecuing weather in eastern North Carolina. The frost was in the air and on my breath. At dusk, I had to return to my car to put on some warm socks. Back in Newport=s city park, eighty teams of barbecue experts and enthusiasts were...
Beyond the Culture Factory
In an age when "culture" is offered in urban arts complexes as a commodity rather than experienced as a daily way of life, how are we to find the soul necessary to maintain a vibrant civilization? I'm standing on a walkway over Sixty-seventh Street...
Finding Their Place - Moroccans Celebrate in Israel
If you happen to see an Israeli politician with a fez on his head, and a crepe or sweet pancake in his hands or mouth, you can be pretty sure that he is attending a Moroccan Mimouna [Maimona] celebration. He'll certainly be there in hopes of winning...
From This Month's Menu
Today American warplanes can leave an aircraft carrier in the Indian Ocean before dawn, patrol the skies of southern Iraq, drop tons of ordnance on antiaircraft defenses, and return to their ship in time for lunch. It is startling to recall that it...
Functional Completen - the Art of Pekka Paikkari
Finnish ceramic artist and designer Pekka Paikkari knows how to bend an object. Both flawless and functional, his vases, fruit bowls, and cake trays challenge our concepts of balance and gravity. The surfaces of Pekka Paikkari's designs appear to...
Happy Anniversary? This Year We "Celebrate" the Ninetieth Anniversary of the Passage of the Sixteenth Amendment: "Congress Shall Have Power to Lay and Collect Taxes on Incomes, from Whatever Source Derived, without Apportionment among the Several States, and without Regard to Any Census or Enumeration."
You can blame it on Jeff Davis! Or Abe Lincoln, depending on your point of view. Before 1860 the U.S. government depended on two major sources of income: tariffs and sales of federal lands, but once Confederate guns opened fire, the fiscal situation...
Hurtling to Life - the Land Divers of Pentecost Island
The twelve-year-old boy moves to the tip of the narrow, rickety platform. He stands, outlined against the sky, some twenty-five feet above the ground. Arms spread, he sways in time to the song rising from the near-naked people dancing behind the tower....
Medicine-Man Youth Worker
Chief Ernie Peters Longwalker got his name from his 1978 cross- continent walk aimed at defeating congressional legislation that would have dissolved the Native American reservation system. The protest began with ceremonies on Alcatraz Island in San...
Neil Paulino - the Beauty of the Everyday
"I find inspiration in the simplicity of everyday life, things that are so commonplace their innate beauty can go unnoticed," says New Jersey artist Neil Paulino. Born in 1962, he has felt driven to create art since early childhood. Paulino studied...
Newstainment - Cable News Goes for the Oomph
It's a long way from network to cable news shows, where hosts are as likely to talk about the latest reality series and the George Bush windup doll as they are about the "hard news" events of the day. The challenge for the news networks is to balance...
Our Perilous Dependence on Groundwater
Widespread and widely accessible, aquifers can be a constant and reliable source of water, provided they are not overpumped or contaminated. Seventeen-year-old Jason Tuskes must have realized his hopeless predicament. Before he was found, drowned,...
Oyster Boats Alive - Saving the Chesapeake's Skipjack Fishing Fleet
It's the Thomas Clyde's turn on the boatyard railway in St. Michaels on Maryland's Eastern Shore. The old sailboat sits high on an iron and wood pedestal. Work crews carefully replace rotting planks and caulk the seams on its hull. The Thomas Clyde...
Partners for Life
Constituting a hardy alliance of organisms from two or three kingdoms, lichens occur in every type of habitat, promote soil development, reveal air quality, and serve as sources of food, dyes, and medicines. From the poles to the tropics, in both...
Reforming the Fourth Estate
Henry David Thoreau once had a few choice words for the broadsheets of his day. "I am sure that I never read any memorable news in a newspaper," he wrote. If readers learn of "one steamboat blown up, or one cow run over on the Western Railroad, or...
Secret Spreading
In the 18 years since it was declassified by the U.S. military, spread spectrum radio has found uses ranging from garage door openers to cordless phones and wireless Internet connections. "Spread spectrum is an absolute revolution in communication,"...
Taxes around the World - the European Union and United Nations Are Working to Make Sure That the Whole World Is Sharing the Pain of Taxation
If you think taxes are high in the United States, don't even consider getting a tax break in any of the European Union nations. The EU imposes dramatically higher taxes than does the United States. While U.S. taxes average about 30 percent of GDP,...
Tax Policy
Whenever I see economists or politicians argue that economic theory mandates a particular policy on taxation, I have an urge to tear out what remains of my hair. There are no certain things in life. But what comes closest to certainty is that we will...
The Great Weaver from Reykjav'k - Iceland's Treasured Independence Became Both Matrix and Subject for Novelist Halld-R Laxness
Bruce Allen is a contributing editor to Kirkus Reviews and a freelance reviewer for the Boston Globe, Sewanee Review, and other publications. He lives in Kittery, Maine, and reads and writes about contemporary, foreign language, fantasy, and supernatural...
The Many Faces of Tax Reform - President George W. Bush Has Called for Acceleration of Tax Cuts. Democrats, Contrary to Their Popular Image, Responded Not with Calls for Higher Taxes but with Tax Relief Proposals of Their Own
President George W. Bush's announcement on January 7 that he wants to accelerate many of the tax cuts scheduled to come on line slowly over the next seven years and also eliminate the double taxation of corporate earnings caught most lawmakers and...
'UM Schmum' - the UN and the Iraqi Question
Stephen Blank is professor at the Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, in Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. In Hebrew, UM represents the acronym for the words United Nations. As for "shmum," that is obviously dismissive. The quote...
Warming Bodies and Souls - Pilot Roger Shea Braves a Frozen Frontier to Deliver Food, Compassion, and a Message to the People of Remote Russia
Roger Shea, a bearded man with blue eyes, looks through a frozen windshield, maneuvering his small airplane through spiteful winds and daunting ice storms above the Bering Sea. Except for the space he and a copilot occupy, the ten-seat Cessna Caravan...
Water Ills: Quenching the World's Thirst
Each day, the newspapers publish the price of commodities we take from nature, such as oil, gold, copper, and other minerals. We know that these goods can only be had at a price and that the price varies depending on demand, war, politics, and other...
What to Do with Billy Bulger
Imagine a big city's most notorious gangster--the killer of more people (22) than Billy the Kid--controlling a regional FBI office as a double- dealing informant and, through his younger brother, the president of the state Senate, also controlling...
Whispering Wings - A Personal Meeting with Angels
Ron Potts is a writer who now resides in West Virginia. His Black Moon was published by Warner Brothers. He is presently working on a crime thriller which centers around a small West Virginia town. I have the dubious distinction of being diagnosed...