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.
Millions of people every year board cruise ships for luxury vacations to tropical locations like the Caribbean or the Bahamas, yet most are unaware of the appalling working conditions that crew members experience. A $37 billion business in the United States alone, the cruise industry is booming, hosting over 20 million passengers annually. Since 1980, […]
Prime Minister Stephen Harper is attempting to use his clout as Prime Minister to have controversial Bill C-51 passed into law as soon as possible. Bill C-51’s broad and general language means just about anything the government takes an issue with, such as First Nations people protesting pipelines, could be considered a “threat to Canada.” […]
On Jan. 22, 2015, a 4.4 magnitude earthquake occurred near Fox Creek, Alta., after a swarm of tremors already caused concerns about the hydraulic fracturing of the province’s Duvernay shale. On Jan. 29, Andrew Nikiforuk, award-winning journalist for the independent online magazine The Tyee, wrote an in-depth analysis on the Fox Creek tremor. Nikiforuk reported […]
In Jamaica, lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender citizens – as well as people perceived to be LGBT – are taunted, fired from employment, thrown out of homes, stoned, beaten, raped and accused of breaking, “buggery laws,” according to a Human Rights Watch report, Jamaica: Unchecked Homophobic Violence, released in October 2014. “Buggery laws,” prohibit anal […]
On Oct. 31, 2014, at least 221 women and girls were raped in Tabit, Darfur, while the men of the village were driven to the outskirts of town, beaten and tied up by members of the Sudanese Army, according to a Human Rights Watch report. The report also cites, “rape and other serious abuses against […]