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. 19, No. 3, March

A Public Relations Director
Jihan Hayek is director of public relations for the Ministry of Information. When I met Jihan, she was organizing the flow of credentials for all the journalists streaming into Jordan to cover the war in Iraq. Chain-smoking at the improvised office...
Ascent: A Profile of Nikos Kazantzakis
Lee Congdon writes regularly on modern literature. He is professor of history at James Madison University. Of the late work of his fellow Cretan Domenicos Theotocopoulos, called El Greco ("The Greek"), Nikos Kazantzakis wrote that "the human soul...
At Peace amid Turmoil: Costa Rica's Unexpected Story of Success
Ben Barber has contributed to the Culture section of The World & I since 1990. For anyone who has lived and traveled in Latin America and the Caribbean, Costa Rica stands out from its neighbors by all the things that it lacks: graffiti, trash,...
Bridging Two Cultures: Ceramicist Isamu Noguchi
Fred Stern, currently based in Leonia, New Jersey, is a writer on art and architectural subjects for Artnet and other publications. A Renaissance man of the arts, Noguchi embraced his native soil and appreciated Western visual arts. In the process,...
Bright Spots in Africa
In Botswana, the government, the giant pharmaceutical company Merck, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are collaborating in spending $150 million to fight HIV by treating the population with state-of-the-art antiretroviral combination therapies....
Computers and Cancer
Sterling Thomas is a cofounder of and chief scientist for Canswers Inc., a bioinformatics firm. He has been working to develop bioinformatics tools and introduce them to the cancer-care market. Computing technologies are providing powerful tools...
Cyprus: Powder Keg No More?
Martin Gani, a British freelance writer of Turkish Cypriot origin who is based in Italy, writes on culture, travel, and the arts. In the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), life is no bed of roses--and the anguish there is...
Does National Identity Matter?
Jude P. Dougherty is professor emeritus and dean emeritus of the School of Philosophy at the Catholic University of America. The present generation, for the first time in history, is experiencing a unity such that nothing essential can happen anywhere...
Education Is Not a Luxury
Stephen Joel Trachtenberg is president and professor of public administration at the George Washington University, Washington, D.C. Even less than a hundred years ago, America was an agricultural society. Most people worked in farming or in finishing...
Fluff and the Right Stuff: Friends and Carnivale
Stephen Henkin is an editor for the Arts section of The World & I. If NBC's soon-to-depart Friends is like a Chinese meal, leaving you hungry a half-hour later, HBO's new dramatic series Carnivale is a feast for the mind, eye, and soul. This...
G.B. SHAW: Creative Evolutionist
Michael Timko is professor emeritus of the City University of New York. His article "Florence Nightingale: Fantasy and Fact" appeared in the July 2003 issue of The World & I. The death of paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould caused many to think...
Graciela Iturbide: The Soul of Mexico
Graciela Iturbide has emerged as one of Mexico's prominent photographers. Although indebted to Tina Modotti and Manuel Alvarez Bravo, the former dean of Mexican photography, she has created her own unique vision, which focuses on Mexico's indigenous...
Homosexuality and Health
Little is heard today about the devastating health effects of homosexual promiscuity. A panoply of diseases--not only the well-publicized AIDS but lesser-known scourges such as hepatitis A, B, and C; herpes; cytomegalovirus; gay bowel syndrome; amoebiasis;...
Introduction: The Hazards of Promiscuous Sex
Back in the 1980s, Pat Benatar sang about love being a battlefield. Today, with the spread of pornography, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and the propensity for couples to cohabit rather than marry, the American societal landscape is littered...
Lucent Dreams: The Art of Sanford R. Gifford
Judith Bell is an art historian and writer based in Arlington, Virginia. A leader of the second generation of Hudson River School artists, Luminist Sanford R. Gifford created painting not so much of scenery as of atmosphere. "Atmosphere," wrote...
Muhammad the Wise: Swahili Fables: Part One
Jan Knappert spent four years collecting fables and epic tales in the towns of the Swahili people, such as Lamu, Pate, Malindi, Mombasa, Dar es Salaam, and others. He holds a doctor's degree in Swahili poetry, history, and cu and has taught at universities...
Myths of the JFK Assassination Coverage
Chris Chandler is a broadcast journalist based in Louisville, Kentucky, whose coverage from Israel and Ground Zero, New York, recently won several awards. He is also a broadcast historian who has written extensively on the history of radio, particularly...
Not-So-Cozy Cohabitation
Phyllis H. Witcher is founder of Protecting Marriage Inc., an educational nonprofit organization focusing on marriage and divorce policy issues. She is a recognized expert and activist on divorce law. The general public has been told that cohabitation...
Once They Took Heads: The Tribes of Sarawak, Borneo
Mark Downey is a freelance photographer and longtime contributor to the Culture section. He was recently declared the 2004 Photographer of the Year by the Society of American Photographers. Each year, the former head-hunting tribes of Sarawak, Borneo,...
Overdosing on Porn
Rebecca Hagelin is vice president and director of communications and public relations at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. Recently, the availability of pornography has exploded, particularly on the Internet. Today, 1,000 U.S.-based firms...
Promiscuous Plague
Karen Testerman is executive director of Cornerstone Policy Research, a family policy think tank located in Concord, New Hampshire. She has taught anatomy and physiology at the secondary-school level and sits on the New Hampshire Abstinence Task Force....
Secrets of Bark
Dwight G. Smith is professor and chairman of the biology department at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven. He is currently writing a textbook on ornithology. The outer covering of the stems and roots of trees and shrubs may seem...
Sex and Public Health
The Special Report in Current Issues deals with the impact of contemporary sexual practices on health and longevity. The immediate cause of this serious impact on public health is unsafe sex, including but not limited to the failure to use condoms....
Skating in a Sari
Edward Hower's nine books include his latest novel, A Garden of Demons, and The Pomegranate Princess, a volume of folktales he collected while on Fulbright grants in India. He has also received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts,...
Skiing the Gaspe
Brian Mohr is a freelance writer and photographer living in Moretown, Vermont. He can be reached at skimohr Backcountry skiing is a perfect way to discover Quebec's remote Parc de la Gaspesie, nestled between the shores of the Gaspe Peninsula. ...
Special Forces and the Campaign against Terror
Alan W. Dowd is director of the Hudson Institute in Indianapolis, where he researches U.S. foreign policy, civil society, and philanthropy. He is a frequent contributor to The World & I and other national publications. When able to attack, we...
STDs: Yesterday and Today
The basic types of organisms responsible for STDs are bacteria, parasites, and viruses. Bacterial diseases are treatable with antibiotics such as penicillin, but the organism often develops a resistance to the antibiotic, complicating treatment. Most...
Stephanie Kwolek: The Woman Who Created Kevlar
Robert R. Selle is an editor in the Current Issues section of The World & I. Stephanie Kwolek's father worked amid the red-hot furnaces and molten metal of a Pennsylvania steel foundry, but the delight of his life was to take his daughter exploring...
Success Story in Latin America
Mark Holston writes about Latin American political, economic, and cultural topics for a number of international publications, including Americas, Hispanic, and Seis Continentes. The cooperation of InterContintental Hotels Group in making this report...
Summit of the Americas
The triumph of NAFTA UNITED STATES--When President Bush and Mexican President Vicente Fox sit down together at the Summit of the Americas in Monterrey, Mexico, they might begin with a toast to the North American Free Trade Agreement [NAFTA]. The...
The Global Face of AIDS
Ed Susman, a freelance writer, is a regular contributor to United Press International. This global overview of the HIV/AIDS pandemic is adapted from a series he wrote for UPI. The immune system disease caused by a virus and spread through sex, injecting...
The Hidden Midlands
Marie Whitla O'Reilly, a native of Dublin, lives in Darien, Connecticut. She gratefully acknowledges assistance from Tourism Ireland, Shannon Development, and Murray's Car Rental. The two Irish counties of Laois and Offaly form the heartland of...
The Rise and Fall of the Baghdad Bulletin
Line Thomsen is a freelance journalist based in London. She was the Baghdad Bulletin's London correspondent. Although a new English-language newspaper in Baghdad failed on its first attempt, the idealistic team behind it hopes for its revival. ...
Unmasking Mexico: The Photography of Graciela Iturbide
Susan Tenaglia, currently based in Westport, Connecticut, is an arts writer, critic, and historian. For Iturbide, photography has been a passage to the mystery of daily life in her native Mexico. Her images capturing the iconography of Mexican Indians...
Using the SAT in a High-Stakes Racial Gamble
Reid Emil is a freelance author who writes on education, science, media, and politics. In an extraordinary case of the tail wagging the dog, the mammoth University of California has influenced the College Entrance Examination Board to undertake...
Walks of Life: Eight Women in Jordan
Vivian Ronay is a freelance photojournalist based in Washington, D.C. When a photojournalist follows a story, particularly in a city not her own, she often travels within the bubble of a specialized topic of interest. And so it has happened with...