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.
A September 30, 2014 report by YahooNews! highlighted how recent US air strikes on ISIS militant targets in Iraq and Syria reflect the US’s relaxation of its standards for killing civilians by ignoring a 2013 policy meant to reduce civilian deaths. The report followed the Obama Administration acknowledging for the first time that the strict […]
On September 27, 2014, Will Potter broke news on his website, Green is the New Red, that four individuals had been arrested and prosecuted in Utah for breaking agriculture gag laws after taking photographs of facilities belonging to Circle Four Farms. The four individuals, representatives from a non-profit organization known as Farm Animal Rights Movement […]
In 2008, the US Department of Defense founded the Minerva Initiative, a “social science research initiative” which focused on regions of “strategic importance to US national security policy.” The initiative focuses on results that can be used in the field (that are “warfighter relevant,” in the words of the Minerva Initiative website). The DoD is […]
In October 2014, the international anti-poverty group Oxfam, released a report entitled Even it Up: Time to End Extreme Poverty which reveals that inequality has spiraled out of control, with the number of billionaires worldwide more than doubled since the 2009 financial crisis. Following its release, Sarah Dransfield, Oxfam’s Senior Press Officer, posted a press […]
It has been over 50 years after the passing of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and Native Americans (both Indians and Alaska Natives) still do not possess equal access to voting polls, as Stephanie Woodward reports for In These Times. Unequal voting access has produced lower voting turnout among Natives for two distinct reasons. The […]