Validated Independent News stories (VINs) report information and perspective that the public has a right and need to know, but to which it has limited access. Before being posted as a VIN, each story undergoes evaluation by student researchers and faculty evaluators to determine that it is important, timely, fact-based, well documented, and under-reported in the corporate media. These VINs are candidates for inclusion among the top 25 stories in Project Censored’s annual book.
Humanity is facing an urgent and significant crisis–a towering rise in inequality. This great inequality is not only morally unacceptable, it also hinders economic growth and community development. Building strong local economies combats inequality because it creates and maintains wealth in local communities, and pushes us to rethink how our economy is built. Developing local […]
The Guardian published a February 2015 report documenting a secret Chicago Police Department facility where officers denied detainees’ rights and subjected them to abusive interrogation methods and other practices. The prisoners at the facility known as Homan Square were physically abused, denied their rights to attorneys, and handcuffed to benches “for up to 24 hours […]
Mendocino County was the first county in the nation to ban Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) back in 2004. So it comes as little surprise that in November 2014, Mendocino County became the first county in California, and the second in the nation, to pass into law a powerful local ordinance that declares local self-governing rights […]
On December 14th, 2014, RT News published an alarming article explaining that Japan’s destroyed Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant must decontaminate and then dump into the Pacific Ocean its stored radioactive water from the 2011 tsunami and meltdown disaster. According to the RT piece, the Fukushima Prefectural Federation of Fisheries Co-operative Associations is calling on […]
In February 2015, the Guardian published an article which stated that atmospheric warming is capable of reaching thousands of meters below Greenland’s ice sheet, potentially increasing the glacier’s rate of flow and creating pools of “meltwater” trapped below the ice. As a result, Greenland’s meltpools are contributing to rising sea levels. Cornell University Geologist Michael […]