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.
Fourteen years ago, after the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, the United States government initiated its “war on terror,” with the invasions of Afghanistan in 2001, which expanded into Pakistan, and of Iraq in 2003. The conventional methodology of American politics emphasizes American financial, strategic, and human costs. Since then, the corporate […]
Climate change is drastically affecting many organisms in our environment. One serious concern is that a bacteria called Trichodesmium, whose its job is to convert nitrogen gas into other materials that are essential for other forms of life in the ocean, is being depleted. In a September 2015 issue of Nature Communications, scientists reported the […]
Student debt and tuition cost have skyrocketed in recent years; however, college professors are still being paid a small/lesser amount overall. Considering the amount of work and hours that any teacher puts into their job, teacher salaries do not account for the rise in students’ rising tuitions. The overall institutional integrity of higher education is […]
The United Nations is working on a preventative ban on “Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems,” machines that can kill without human operators, and the United States and United Kingdom are delaying this ban in hopes of gaining a military edge. Weapons that can work autonomously are clearly dangerous. They are essentially killer robots that we are […]
In 2015 the US has expanded its military reach throughout the world to 135 nations, an increase of 80% since 2010. Today, roughly seventy percent of the world’s nations now have US troops in them. As Nick Turse reports, the funding of this expansion has tripled in the last ten years. Special Ops funding totaled […]