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. 16, No. 8, August

A Landscape of Broken Dreams - Congolese Novelist Emmanuel Dongala Limns the Tragic Political Biography of His Homeland, a Nation Conceived in Hope but Nurtured (Thanks to the Treachery of Its Leaders) into Hopelessness
Okey Ndibe is the author of the novel Arrows of Rain (Heinemann, 2000). An editorial writer at the Hartford Courant, he is at work on a second novel, Native Tongues. In reading the work of Emmanuel Dongala, one is compelled to consider the fraught...
An Early Report on the Bush Administration
The Special Report in July's Current Issues section summed up the record of the Clinton administration. In my opinion, despite Clinton's middle-of-the-road credentials as a "New Democrat," his administration quickly became a vehicle for knee-jerk liberal...
Berlusconi Wins in Italy - Conservative Victory in Italy
UNITED STATES--The victory of Silvio Berlusconi in the Italian elections brings to office a conservative government in one of the leading European countries. This is exceptional in itself. Berlusconi's House of Liberty coalition has a majority large...
Betrayal in the Balkans
Upon the successful completion of his mission to Sarajevo, H.K. Roy received an award from the CIA's deputy director of operations. He has since resigned from the Agency to form an international consulting firm and spend more time with his daughters....
Bred in the Bone - the Fiction of Canadian Author Robertson Davies
J.B. Cheaney is a freelance writer living in the Ozarks of Missouri. Her first novel, The Playmaker, was recently published by Random House. A reddish band of wintry twilight broods over the prairie as two boys make their way home from an afternoon...
Can It Maintain Its Edge? Education and R&D Will Determine New England's Economic Future
New England's relatively small and slow-growing population and strong economic position make it unique in many respects. The populations of the six states vary from over 6 million in Massachusetts to just over 600,000 in Vermont. The region is home...
Coaching for Life - A Coaching Tool
As a reporter, I was having a difficult time grasping how coaching differs from therapy. Even after I had conducted many interviews, complete understanding eluded me. So, as part of my research, I enlisted the expertise of Peter Reding, master certified...
Coaching for Life - Athletic Coaches Have Long Been Respected as Voices of Experience. Now a New Brand of Business and Life Coaches Unlock the Inner Potential of People at Work and Play
Twenty-nine-year-old Katherine Muir was in shock. Sitting on a Pacific Northwest beach in the fall of 1989, she felt the immensity of what she'd done sink in. A department manager for a large firm in Seattle, she had suddenly walked out of her office...
Decoys Fly High
A window on America's past, the traditional folk art of hand-carved and painted wildfowl has become a subject of soaring interest among serious collectors, museums, and galleries. Since the earliest times, man has been captivated by birds, enjoying...
How to Combat Terrorism
A lot has happened in counterterrorism over the past year that invites a quick review of our policy toward terrorism, what terrorists are up to, and the threats that should cause us the most concern. One of the most significant areas to be considered...
'Jazz and I Get Born Together' - Louis Armstrong at 100
The beloved Satchmo was early recognized as "the greatest trumpeter in the world" but later vilified by boppers as a "moldy fig." Now, a century after his birth, he is universally hailed as a revolutionary yet foundational figure in popular instrumental...
Maximizing Men
Edwin Louis Cole recounts how Al Gore, during his first term as vice president, commissioned a study to pinpoint the reason for the rise of crime, drug use, and sexually transmitted disease in America. The resulting report identified the No. 1 cause...
New England: Surprisingly Strong
As the nation works its way through an economic slowdown, what are the prospects for New England, usually the first region to feel the pain and the last to recover? Surprisingly, because of sound fiscal management and strong growth in the 1990s,...
Play It Again, Vaclav - the Wisdom in Havel's Plays
Czech President Vaclav Havel's plays capture the surrealism of the former communist state but still offer much insight into the nature of the human condition. In 1986, when I reviewed Vaclav Havel's play Temptation for London's Times Literary...
Porn Nation
America's alabaster cities are saturated with pornography from sea to shining sea. It's big business, and it's not confined to the "dirty" bookstores and peep shows in the sleazy part of town. Porn is piped into homes, hotels, and corporations in every...
Portugal's Northern Star - Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a European City of Culture for 2001, Porto Welcomes the World with Its Charm, Culture, and Cuisine
When people find out that I'm a travel writer and photographer, they always say something like, "How nice it must be to travel all over the world." What's especially fun, I've found, is having the opportunity to learn about--and fall in love with--an...
Probing the Phenomena Called Ghosts
Persistent and puzzling reports of spectral presences have fostered the emergence of independent, mostly amateur investigators who use scientific instruments to capture evidence of anomalous energy dynamics in apparently unoccupied places. While...
Probing the Phenomena Called Ghosts - Ghost Evidence and Pathological Science
G. Carroll Strait is an editor in the Natural Science section of The World & I. In a speech he gave in 1953, Nobel laureate chemist Irving Langmuir coined the term pathological science, and the name has remained in circulation ever since. It...
Realize the Divine - Hippie Hasidism in New York
The Carlebach shul rocks. Literally. On this blustery Friday night on the swank Upper West Side, New York City's grayish version of foliage appears to dance every time the synagogue's back door opens. Inside, the congregation is praying at frenzy pitch....
R. Garrett - Acrylic Innovations
"The thing that I try to do with all my pieces," says acrylic sculptor R. Garrett, "is to create the illusion of motion from a static object. Every angle you view a piece from will have a different color revelation, and the pieces will, in a sense,...
Russia's Most Dangerous Profession
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union at the end of 1991, one Russian journalist per month has died while doing his (or her) job--often in mysterious circumstances and seldom with anyone being charged. As a result, journalism has become the most dangerous...
Russia's Most Dangerous Profession - the Andrei Babitsky Affair
Russian political and military authorities were so stung by the reports of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's Andrei Babitsky on the war in the breakaway Russian province of Chechnya that they had him arrested, held incommunicado, beaten with a truncheon,...
The Case for Transformational Government
President George W. Bush and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld have the correct approach in insisting on a review of the opportunities and requirements of national security rather than simply asking for more money for the traditional system. Furthermore,...
The Land of Eternal Spring - Contrasting Landscape, Varied Ecology, and the Confluence of Three Cultures-Mayan, Spanish, and Modern-Day- Entice Visitors to Guatemala
Standing at the edge of the Pacaya volcano's caldera just below its blasts of fume, I felt the ground tremble, murmur, and shudder under my feet. Puffs of steam spewed continuously from the cone. Sometimes it looked like a chimney belching dark smoke,...
The Law and the Links
Whether by "compassionate" jurisprudence or "Alice in Wonderland" reasoning, a 7--2 Court has held that the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to the PGA Tour, the top professional golf tournament, and a golfer who otherwise qualifies but...
The Second Zion - Medieval Capital of Gondar
About fifty years after King Lalibela died, the Zagwe dynasty gave way to the line of rulers who claimed their sovereignty from King Solomon. To cut their ties from the Zagwe, the new kings drifted south to the shores of Lake Tana, the source of the...
The Second Zion - Step outside Your Hotel
Traveling to Ethiopia, you must keep an open mind and possess a healthy pair of legs. If you are rich enough and unwilling to get your hands dirty, you can stay at a four-star hotel in Addis Ababa, watch BBC and CNN in your room, eat rich food, sunbathe...
The Second Zion - the Wonder of Ethiopia's Lalibela
Egyptian hieroglyphic records indicate that as far back as 2700 b.c., the pharaohs obtained frankincense and myrrh from Ethiopia and the Somali coast. Not long after David reigned in Israel, a kingdom was established that conducted its foreign trade...
The State of Education - A Classroom Teacher's View
Robert Rubinstein has taught in middle school for thirty-two years. He is the author of Hints for Teaching Success in Middle School as well as three other books, four recordings as a professional storyteller, and numerous articles on teaching and education....
Though the World Intrudes - Preservation and Development in Sabah, Borneo
To the ears of an untutored Westerner, the din of the rain forest in Sabah is chaotic. But savvy locals can discern each cry with dead reckoning: the screech of the proboscis monkey, the call of the Sunda ground cuckoo, the trill of a cell phone? ...
Transforming the U.S. Military - from Revolutionary Rhetoric to Strategic Effectiveness
Gregory D. Foster is a professor at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, Washington, D.C., where he previously has served as George C. Marshall Professor and J. Carlton Ward Distinguished Professor and director of...
Vienna: A Classic Mix
From the stately Burgtheater to the outrageously flamboyant, Modernist Kunsthaus Wien, Austria's capital boasts the world's largest collection of historic architecture. For the attentive explorer, Vienna's history is written in its buildings. The...
Wealth of Life
Given that humans are entirely dependent on the resources of our planet's abundant species and ecosystems, we must make every effort to preserve the world's priceless biodiversity. Spaceship Earth is home to an incredible array of life-forms that...
'What Else Is True?'
An Interview With Piet Hut While pioneering computational astrophysics and probing our ways of knowing, our featured scientist sees signs that science and mystical religion may be meeting in the corner into which objective science has painted itself....
Yankee Ingenuity - New England Cut Taxes, Controlled Costs, and Used High Tech to Diversify Its Economy
While it's true that New England's rich history and natural beauty draw thousands of visitors each year, it's also true that the six-state region has often weathered economic crags rivaling its rocky coasts. New England suffered one of its most severe...