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. 21, No. 12, December

Angkor Wat: Mount Meru in the Jungle
Native rumors that a huge temple, engulfed by the jungle, was hidden near the ancient city of Angkor originated centuries ago, but few gave credence to this story. So astonishment and delight must have been present in equal measure when the French...
Assateague Island
Grasses in graduated tones of green, gold and wheat sway like members of a gospel choir beneath the wide arc of a periwinkle sky. The crunch of oyster shells underfoot breaks the silence along winding paths that open onto marshy vistas. This is...
Introduction
This month's Special Report may surprise you, because the topic is one you're surely familiar with. You may even think you already know all about it. Foreign aid is pretty straightforward, right? It's just like it sounds: One country gives a lot...
Introduction
No matter where you look in the news, Iraq seems omnipresent. The American-led military operations in the Middle Eastern nation have continued for over three years now since coalition forces toppled the Baathist regime of Saddam Hussein. The effort...
Lafcadio Hearn: Wandering Ghost, Lucky Immigrant
With the continuing interest in immigration, Lafcadio Hearn's life (1850-1904) and career are both interesting and colorful. Known to many by his Japanese name, Yakumo Koizumi, he was a journalist, translator, educator and writer, and his works were...
Meet Your Mind: Instincts, Intellect and Their Impact on Human Behavior
On the true lessons of history Once a documentary claimed that in the past five thousand years the world had lived in true peace only for forty-one days. I was skeptical on one hand and intrigued on the other, so to verify this claim I randomly...
Much-Honored Geophysicist Also Upbeat Debunker
One person you will never see standing on a street corner holding up a sign saying "Repent! The End is Near!" is Dr. John Herman. If Herman were to grace a street corner with a poster, it would more likely read: "Rejoice! A New Dawn May Be Coming!"...
My (Big Fat) Greek Christmas
A few years ago when Hollywood released My Big Fat Greek Wedding, my brother Kosta refused to see it, even while other members of the family were flocking to theaters for a repeat viewing. Why patronize a movie, Kosta reasoned, that stereotypes and...
On Your Way to Paradise? You Must Be in Valparaiso, Chile!
a mystery for which i've no word except alive--that is, completely alert with not merely a mind and a heart but unquestionably a soul ... U.S. poet e. e. cummings wrote these words about a bespangled clown he saw on Eighth Street in New York City....
Please Stop the Aid
Nancy Salvato works as a Head Start teacher in Illinois. She is the president of The Basics Project, a non-profit, non- partisan 501 (C) (3) research and educational project whose mission is to promote the education of the American public on the basic...
Russia's De-Democratization
In late January 2004, Egor Gaidar, a prominent Russian democratic leader, was asked on television to assess the parliamentary election procedures and talk about the total debacle of his political party. Unlike many of his comrades- in-arms, Gaidar...
Shark Teeth: Form and Function
Mouth size, tooth shape and jaw morphology are well adapted to prey that is available to each shark species. The mouth of most sharks is situated on the undersurface of their head. A plausible explanation for the sharks' mouth position is that these...
The Brao and the Elephant
Hao, my guide, drove me out along a bumpy, dirt road through the jungle to a Brao tribal village, where I was to meet my elephant. Checking my pockets, I cursed myself for having forgotten my peanuts. The village was small with only fifteen houses....