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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.
In the Whallonsburg Grange, divisions fall away (Photos:  Brian Mann)
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 widows and orphans in Malawi rebuild their homes and lives. Todd Moe has more.  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 than 1,000 deaths have been reported since then. Last week, the Peace Corps announced it was pulling the last of its volunteers out of the country. Most had been brought home in January. A spokeswoman in Washington said none of its people had been targeted and that the organization hopes it can return very soon.

St. Lawrence University has sent students to its "Kenya semester" program for 34 years. The school has a home base in Nairobi, but students typically combine study time in the capitol with weeks of home-stays in a rural, agricultural community and two long field trips. Not this semester. Early in January, the college had thought its program could go ahead, but when the violence got worse instead of stopping, and the political and ethnic picture became more and more difficult, St. Lawrence cancelled.

Dan Schafer is a senior at SLU. He's an alumnus of the Kenya program, and was in the country as that decision was being made, scouting NGOs for a trip he planned to lead there next summer. He arrived Dec. 29, two days after the polls had closed. That evening, the election results would be announced. He told Martha Foley the protests and violence had already begun.  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
Peggy Bakker

Rural Ontario market offers global crafts and culture

What if your family could combine a love of travel with a knack for shopping, and turn it all into a big, shared adventure? That's the attraction of "The Third World...  Go to full article
Prairie Summer

Lebanon, first-hand

World leaders are beginning to call for deployment of an international peace force in Lebanon. British Prime Minister Tony Blair said an international force could stop the...  Go to full article

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