James North

@jamesnorth7

James North has reported from Africa, Latin America, and Asia for four decades. He lives in New York City.

Bangladesh garment factory

Sweatshops Won’t Help the World’s Poor, but Unions Could Sweatshops Won’t Help the World’s Poor, but Unions Could

Influential liberals said low-paid manufacturing jobs would help the Global South. They were wrong then—and they’re especially wrong now.

Sep 15, 2021 / James North

Democratic Republic of Congo

Do African Lives Matter? Do African Lives Matter?

The response of the outside world to the latest disaster in the Democratic Republic of Congo suggests the answer is no.

Jun 11, 2021 / James North

Steven Donziger

Steven Donziger Wants to Convince ‘a Different Jury’ Steven Donziger Wants to Convince ‘a Different Jury’

Denied legal judgment by his peers, the lawyer who took on Chevron wants the world to know about his persecution.

May 18, 2021 / James North

Waorani Ecuador

Save the Planet or End Poverty? How to Escape the Extractivist Dilemma. Save the Planet or End Poverty? How to Escape the Extractivist Dilemma.

A nearly forgotten proposal could help keep oil in the ground and reduce inequality.

Apr 29, 2021 / James North

Steve Donziger Rally

The Ongoing Persecution of Steven Donziger The Ongoing Persecution of Steven Donziger

The environmentalist lawyer marks 600 days under house arrest—with no end in sight.

Mar 30, 2021 / James North

Steven Donziger

A New Justice Movement Emerges to Defend Steven Donziger A New Justice Movement Emerges to Defend Steven Donziger

The lawyer who helped win a historic Amazon cleanup deal faces six months in prison, but will still not have a jury trial.

Sep 10, 2020 / James North

Steven Donziger

Chevron Tightens the Screws on Steven Donziger Chevron Tightens the Screws on Steven Donziger

With the aid of two federal judges, the oil giant continues to torment an environmental lawyer.

May 28, 2020 / James North

Kalpona Akter poses at the #BoFVOICES event

Coronavirus at the Bottom of the Supply Chain Coronavirus at the Bottom of the Supply Chain

Bangladeshi union leader Kalpona Akter explains why garment workers are in the streets.

Apr 23, 2020 / no-paywall / James North

How a Human Rights Lawyer Went From Hero to House Arrest

How a Human Rights Lawyer Went From Hero to House Arrest How a Human Rights Lawyer Went From Hero to House Arrest

Lawyer Steven Donziger helped win a $9.5 billion judgment for rain forest cleanup. Then Chevron hit back.

Mar 31, 2020 / Feature / James North

Canaan Haiti

Can Haiti Rise From the Ashes? Can Haiti Rise From the Ashes?

Over the past decade Haitians have suffered a devastating earthquake, a failed reconstruction effort, and chronic political corruption. But resistance continues, and there are sign...

Jan 10, 2020 / James North

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