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February 2005


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 February issue of NGM.

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Author and journalist Charlie Cobb has a long history in the fight for civil rights. He participated in the sit-in movement, which started February 1, 1960, and led to the formation of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). He was among a number of students who dropped out of college, believing the movement so important that it required their full commitment. Cobb contributed to the cause by serving as SNCC field secretary in the Mississippi Delta's cotton plantation country from 1962 until 1967. He also proposed the "freedom schools" that came to define the Mississippi Summer Project of 1964. After years of involvement, Cobb continues his work with the publication of an upcoming book on places crucial to the civil rights cause. How has the civil rights movement had an impact on your life? Enter>>

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Movies from India's Bollywood are entertaining audiences in the Middle East, Central Asia, Africa, Latin America, as well as in the United States and Europe. In some parts of the world, Bollywood outpaces movies produced in the U.S. What is the attraction of these music-laced films? And could the recently released big-screen tale of two lovers from India and Pakistan have an impact on relations between the enemy nations? Enter>>

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Kispum, the ritualistic sharing of meals between the living and the dead, was already ancient when practiced in the Syrian kingdom of Qatna. The ceremonial meal was held during the new moon, when the worlds of the living and the dead were believed to draw close. How has this ancient practice influenced modern religion? Enter>>

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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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