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March 2003

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 March issue of NGM.

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico's Divided Passion

Every so often Puerto Ricans must once again decide their island's future: Should they continue as citizens of a U.S. commonwealth, free of federal income taxes but with limited voting rights? Should they become residents of the 51st state? Or should they seek independence? Enter>>

Revolution From the Top Down

Qatar's Revolution From the Top Down

Poised to become, per capita, the world's richest nation, tiny Qatar reflects all the trappings of its oil and natural gas wealth. Women enjoy political rights and the freedom to pursue careers and advanced degrees, part of a revolutionary move toward democracy encouraged by their ruler. Yet Qatar is second only to Saudi Arabia as the most conservative and traditional society in the Persian Gulf. Somehow Qataris have found a balance between Western ways and following a strict interpretation of Islam. What does Qatar's recent revolutionary move toward democracy mean for the Middle East? Enter>>

Hotspots: Islands of the Pacific

Hotspot: Islands of the Pacific
Since humans started arriving in the Pacific Islands 3,500 years ago, three-quarters of the original vegetation has already disappeared or changed. Today the threat of extinction still looms as non-native species, logging, and development encroach on the hotspot's 3,334 endemic species. But some islanders are fighting back. One mayor in the Marquesas is protecting his island's seabird colony from poachers and Palua's agriculture bureau is eradicating invasive grass. But can local initiatives like these save the region's rich, yet fragile, biosphere? Will this "Hotspot" approach to conservation work? Enter>>

Hip Zips

Hip Zips

Nominate your favorite zip or postal code for coverage in the pages of National Geographic. Our 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, 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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