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.
In November 2013, North Korea executed 80 people for charges including possession of a Bible, watching South Korean television, and watching pornography. Simultaneous executions by firing squad took place in seven cities. Some of the executions were public—at one site, Shinpoong Stadium, an audience of 10,000 people, including children, watched as officials used machine […]
There are currently 3,281 prisoners in the US serving a life sentence—with no chance of parole—for minor, non-violent crimes, according to a November 2013 report by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Louisiana, one of nine states where inmates currently serve life sentences for non-violent crimes, has the nation’s strictest three-strike law, which states […]
Down the east coast of Florida lies one of nature’s most amazing lagoons. The Indian River Lagoon stretches though six different counties and covers 353 square miles. The lagoon is home to over 4,300 different animal and plant species. One third of the nation’s manatee population, hundreds of bottlenose dolphins and many different sea turtles […]
Paul Brandus, an award-winning member of the White House press corps, reports for The Week, on his visit to a gun show in Fairfax County, Virginia. There he witnessed unlicensed firearm dealers and private transactions. The Association of Firearm and Toolmark Examiners (AFTE) estimates that 25 to 50 percent gun show sales are by […]
During the past thirty years the agriculture industry has attempted to turn the cow into the perfect food-producing machine. In an attempt to maximize beef and milk production, while simultaneously lowering costs, the diets of beef and dairy cattle have been altered from mostly grass to mostly corn and corn byproducts. This change in […]