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November 2000

We invite you to speak your mind on these hot topics and global issues plucked from the pages of National Geographic Magazine. For more on the subject go to the online feature page, or read the November 2000 issue of NGM.

Libya: An End to Isolation?

An international outcast for decades, Libya is stepping out of isolation, shedding its outlaw image, and reaching out to the rest of the world. After owning up to terrorist acts, can Libya be trusted? Enter >>
  Libia: ¿ el fin del aislamiento?

Vista como una paria internacional durante décadas, Libia empieza a salir de su aislamiento, despojiéndose de su pésima imagen y extendiendo su mano al resto del mundo. ¿ Podemos confiar en Libia ahora que admiten haber cometido actos terroristas? Entrada >>
Remote Russia: Expedition to the Putorana Plateau

Belching noxious plumes that are visible 50 miles (80 kilometers) away, pollution-spewing Norilsk—a Soviet-era metallurgical center—accounts for 8 percent of all the air pollution in Russia. The rugged beauty of nearby Putorana Plateau would be spoiled if not for prevailing winds blowing from the opposite direction. What would you be willing to have your government do to clean up pollution that threatens the environment? Would you support higher taxes or cutbacks in education and subsidized housing, for example, to fund clean-up projects? Enter >>

Photographer Carsten Peter Goes To Hell

To explore inside the fiery vents of volcanic Mount Marum on the South Pacific island of Ambrym, the expedition team hired porters to ferry tons of equipment up the mountain into the danger zone and then down again. Rivalry and growing fear among the porters set off a chain of events almost as threatening as the expedition itself. Refusing to continue to work, some of the porters made off with valuable equipment and food and held some of the team members captive. A helicopter rescue plan was even secretly set in motion.
What should happen when human life and an expensive expedition are put at risk in such circumstances? Who holds responsibility when such situations deteriorate? What can explorers and travelers to remote foreign locales do to ensure their safety? Enter >>
Pueblo Ancestors Return Home

After some 80 years, the remains of 2,000 Native Americans were returned to New Mexico from museums for reburial among their own people. How much effort should museums make to return ancient remains and artifacts to cultural descendants? Who should initiate such actions? Enter >>
Hip Zips

Nominate your favorite zip or postal code for coverage in the pages of National Geographic. Our new magazine series—ZipUSA—takes a periodic peek at special corners of the country by zip code. We like the concept so much that we’re going global and extending our stories to include international postal codes too. So describe a weird, wacky, or wonderful locale of your own choosing—it just might make it into the magazine—and read postings from other folks too. Enter >>

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