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“Give me a place to stand and a lever long enough and I will move the world.”

—Archimedes, 220 BC

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Photojournalist Mark Dye in Haiti
Photojournalist Mark Dye went to cover the effects of the earthquake in Haiti for AOL News and This American Life. Mark used to live in Potsdam, where he reported for the Watertown Daily Times.
Malawi
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Help, and hope, for Malawi
In the summer of 2008, eight North Country churchwomen traveled to Malawi, bringing donated medical supplies, eyeglasses, soccer balls.
Malawi
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Lebanon, First-Hand
Prairie Summer lived in southern Lebanon for half a year in 2006, working with teenagers. While there, she finished her master’s degree in International Educational Development from Columbia University.
Audio Series
Farm to Farm, Family to Family: David Sommerstein travels with NC dairy farmers to a Mexican village many of their migrant workers call home.
Photo Audio Essay
10th Mountain Peacekeepers in Kosovo
David Sommerstein spends a week living and patrolling with 10th Mountain Division troops on a peacekeeping mission in the Serbian province of Kosovo.

North Country woman remembers better days of Haiti's past

There are still only estimates of the death toll from Tuesday's earthquake in Haiti. Authorities say it could reach 50,000 people. Meanwhile, survivors are coping with continuing aftershocks as they wait for help.

Emergency aid workers in Haiti say tempers are growing short and more security is needed. There are reports of looting in Haiti's capital. The U.N. World Food Program says it doesn't yet know how much is missing from its pre-earthquake stockpile of 15,000 tons of food.

Dylia Claydon is watching closely from her home in West Stockholm, near Potsdam. She grew up in Haiti, the daughter Christian Lanoue, who, she says, was prime minister in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Claydon is now 82. Her family fled the country in 1958, after Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier rose to power.
She told Jonathan Brown she has family on the island.  Go to full article
By car, tractor, donkey...and snowshoe. Photo by Carol Pynchon.

On the road: 'round the world hitchhiker pauses in the North Country

Frenchman Jeremy Marie is about halfway through his world tour. It's a slow trip. He figures it will take him five years, because he's hitchhiking, ride by ride, from his home in Normandy and back.

The 25 year-old has been through Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He crossed the Atlantic by crewing on a catamaran from South Africa to Panama. The it was north through Central America, Mexico and the west coast to Alaska and across Canada. Now he's thumbing his way south through the U.S.

He's ridden in cars, trucks, on tractors and donkeys. His budget is seven dollars a day, and he's slept on people's couches, outdoors at gas stations in the middle of the desert -- anywhere he can find a bed.

This past week he's been on "pause" in the North Country, with home base in Canton. He says this is the coldest place he has been, but also one of the most hospitable. Martha Foley spoke with him after his talk at the Canton Rotary Club, on his first day in town.  Go to full article
From left, Jon Rosales and SLU students Ben Ross, Jordan Garfinckle, Lauren Vorhees and Nicole Szucs at the COP15 meeting in Copenhagen.

A veteran observer reports out from the COP15 climate talks in Copenhagen

International attention to last month's climate change meeting in Copenhagen was intense. Tens of thousands of people were there, inside and outside the two-week long COP15 negotiations. There were street protests, traffic jams, lots of congestion and confusion as NGOs and heads of state gathered. A handful of developed nations, including the U.S. and China, reached a last-minute accord that fell short of hopes for a binding agreement on carbon reduction targets.

Reports and analysis since the climate change talks closed have not been enthusiastic. Jon Rosales teaches environmental studies at St. Lawrence University. He was in Copenhagen with four students, who blogged from the conference for NCPR. Rosales is a veteran observer; it was his eighth COP meeting. He spoke with Martha Foley about how the Copenhagen gathering was different, and what that could mean for future climate change negotiations and policy.  Go to full article

Moving the World: life in the Peace Corps in Mali

When Sara Snider volunteered for the Peace Corps she had one request: an assignment in a small town. She grew up in Waddington, along the St. Lawrence River, and studied...  Go to full article
Grace Chiumia at a campaign rally in Malawi.

More help and hope for Malawi

A Malawi woman who first visited the North Country a few years ago, as part of an effort to help widows and orphans in her homeland, has been elected to the Malawian...  Go to full article
Carol Foster at the Selamta Project in Ethiopia.

Inspiring change in Ethiopia

In our occasional series, Moving the World, we meet North Country people who take their skills, expertise and resources to share with communities around the globe. A group...  Go to full article
Drew Pynchon. Tunaweza - in Kenya, it means "we can."

To the inauguration - from Kenya to the Capitol

Hundreds of people in the region are doing their best to be at the Obama Inauguration next week.
The trip will close a circle of sorts for Drew Pynchon. Drew is a recent...  Go to full article
John and Terese Hart

Moving the World: Congo's flora and fauna as inspiration

In our occasional series, Moving the World, we meet North Country people who take their skills, expertise and resources to share with communities around the globe. Today we...  Go to full article
Holding hands with widows in Mchengatewa, Malawi.

Moving the World: help, and hope, for Malawi

In our occasional series, Moving the World, we meet North Country people who take their skills, expertise and resources to share with communities around the globe.
...  Go to full article
Jacob Edgar pulls a CD from his vast archives at the home of Cumbancha Records.

Cumbancha Records: world music with Vermont roots

Walk into a coffeehouse or boutique almost anywhere, and you may see a display of brightly-colored world music CDs. Putumayo Records' compilations are famous for bringing...  Go to full article

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