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April 2001

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 April 2001 issue of NGM.

A River Dammed

Columbia River salmon are in decline as their migrations up and down the river to spawn are impeded by a lengthy series of dams. Now environmentalists, Indian tribes, and commercial and sport fishermen are calling for part of the dam system to be dismantled, an idea that breeds controversy. Why should dams be breached to save salmon? And when should nature's needs be put ahead of our own? Share your thoughts. Enter >>

Pursuing the Minke

Cruising the waters of every ocean, minke whales are the most common baleen whale and, with as many as a million, perhaps the most abundant of all whales. Despite a 15-year worldwide moratorium on commercial whaling, minkes are the only whale still extensively hunted by Norway and Japan. Should whaling nations be allowed to expand the hunt for minkes? How can countries take whales as a food supply and avoid depleting the population? And should whales be considered a commodity? Join the discussion. Enter >>

Gypsies: The Outsiders

Despite persecution and contempt from outsiders, Gypsies have kept their numbers strong and held on to their ethnic distinction. Some have assimilated into broader society while others remain on the fringes. What are the similarities and differences between Gypsies and other minority and immigrant groups around the world? How do such groups retain their culture in the face of pressure to assimilate? Join the discussion. Enter >>

  Los Gitanos: Los Perpetuos Extraños

A pesar de haber sido perseguidos y marginados, los gitanos se han mantenido firmes y se han aferrado a su etnia. Algunos se asimilaron a sociades mas amplias mientras algunos se mantuvieron al margen. ¿Cuales son los parecidos entre los gitanos y otras minorías y grupos inmigrantes alrededor del mundo? ¿Cómo mantienen su cultura frente a la presión de asimilarse? Comparta su historias. Entrada. >>
ZipUSA: Harlem, New York 10027

With the influx of retail chains and housing renovations, some would say that Harlem, a traditional center for African-American culture, is undergoing a second renaissance. But some Harlemites have mixed feelings as old neighborhood establishments are bulldozed. How can tight communities maintain their own character in the midst of gentrification? What places do you know that have changed gracefully? Tell us about them. Enter >>
Hip Zips

Nominate your favorite 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 as well. 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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