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.
Mass surveillance has “badly shaken writers’ faith that democratic governments will respect their rights to privacy and freedom of expression,” according to a January 2015 PEN America report based on the responses of 772 writers from fifty countries. Reporting for Common Dreams, Lauren McCauley has covered not only the PEN America report, but also a […]
On January 8, 2015, alleged “eco-terrorist” and radical environmental activist Eric McDavid was granted immediate freedom after serving nine years of his initial nineteen-year federal prison sentence. In 2007, McDavid was charged with conspiring to commit eco-arson acts deemed by the FBI as alarming domestic terror plots. However, tangible evidence withheld during McDavid’s trial has […]
In an increasingly neoliberal society, advocates of free-market competition are pushing harder for privatization in industry and reducing the scope of government services. However, on March 23, 2015, Truthout reported findings from several exposés revealing that hiring private contractors and privatizing industries costs taxpayers billions more than using federal service employees in the same field […]
Today’s water wars occur on a global scale, not only pitting local farmers against ranchers or urbanites, but also involving new corporate water barons, including Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, the Carlyle Group and other investment groups that are purchasing water rights from around the world at an unprecedented pace. At the same time, corporate […]
The United States has five percent of the world’s population but nearly 25% of the world’s prisoners. Both in raw numbers and by percentage of the population, the US has the largest prison population of any nation. Its prison population has grown 700% since 1970 with the addition of drug crimes, which now account for […]