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

—Archimedes, 220 BC

Special Reports

Audio Slideshow:
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.
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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.
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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.

Saving a school to save a remote town in the Adirondacks

Schools have been closing and consolidating across the North Country for decades. Declining birth rates and shrinking class sizes threaten schools in nearly every district. When schools close, communities often lose their youngest generation as families move to other districts. This can be a tipping point for the home town. But as Jonathan Brown reports, a tiny Adirondack village has a plan that could reverse this slide.  Go to full article
Students Maribel Torres and Marta Cuellar lived with host families in Saratoga Springs and Lake Luzerne while attending Adirondack Community College. Marta is a student at Skidmore College.

North Country activists work toward a better world for Central Americans

Today, we continue our occasional series of reports and interviews that focus on North Country activists who are making a difference around the world. Todd Moe profiles a group in the southern Adirondacks working to improve life in Central America by preparing the next generation of leadership. Nueva Esperanza del Norte, or "New Hope from the North," was founded two years ago and is based in Warrensburg. It works to replace a legacy of despair among young Central Americans with the possibilities generated by an educational experience in the U.S. Todd talks with founder Kevin O'Brien and two students from El Salvador, Marta Cuerta and Samuel Reyes. Kevin O'Brien will talk about the creation of "Nueva Esperanza del Norte" this Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Canton at 10:30 am.  Go to full article
In the Whallonsburg Grange, divisions fall away (Photos:  Brian Mann)

North Country activists, families nurture change & dialogue in Middle East

This morning we begin an occasional series of reports and interviews that focus on North Country activists who are making a difference around the world. From Antarctica to Rwanda to Siberia, people from this region are helping to fight poverty, protect the environment, and support traditional cultures. This morning, Brian Mann profiles a group of organizers in Essex County, who are working to ease tensions in the Middle East, one family and one conversation at a time.  Go to full article

Sustaining a better life in Malawi

A group of women from Canton and Watertown leaves for south-eastern Africa this summer. It's part of an on-going mission by the Presbytery of Northern New York to help...  Go to full article

Eyewitness to Kenya post-election

Kenya, previously one of the most stable countries in Africa, degenerated into violence after Dec. 27 presidential elections that international observes say were rigged. More...  Go to full article
Gregory Warner (center) with a group of Afghan men.

Eyewitness to Afghanistan

Afghanistan is sliding, politically, militarily, and in human terms. Six years after the Taliban was driven from the capital city of Kabul the conventional word for the...  Go to full article
Sierra Leone's Refugee All-Stars

Refugee All-Stars: songs of war turn to hope

A chance encounter by two filmmakers in a refugee camp in Guinea, West Africa brings us our next story. Zach Niles and Banker White met the Sierra Leone Refugee All-Stars in...  Go to full article

Malawi youth choir begins tour

Thirteen members of the Mzuzu Youth Choir from Malawi begin a month-long tour of the North Country this week. Their visit is sponsored by the Presbytery of Northern New...  Go to full article

McKibben leads national climate change rally

A Vermont activist has sparked a national protest over global warming set for this Saturday, with more than 1300 events planned in all 50 states. Late last summer,...  Go to full article
Mohawk chief Jim Ransom addresses his Venezuelan guests.

For Mohawks, CITGO spells relief

Leaders of the St. Regis Mohawks and eleven other tribes from Maine and Minnesota gathered in Akwesasne Tuesday night to give thanks to an unlikely source. CITGO, the U.S....  Go to full article

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