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.
Bryan Schatz in Mother Jones reports how a new generation of “armchair” intelligence analysts are using new digital technologies—and repurposing existing ones—in order to document war crimes and debunk propaganda. Schatz describes “a small army of armchair analysts who are venturing into territory occupied by government intelligence agencies by virtually investigating conflict zones where access […]
The Rwandan government is currently in the process of creating a rebel force composed of Burundi refugees. Former UN official Jeff Drumatra served at Rwanda’s Mahama Refugee camp near the Rwandan Burundian border. There are approximately 45,000 refugees at any given time. The recruitment of refugees takes place during night when fewer officials oversee the […]
Nearly 3,000 civilians have been killed and millions displaced by strategic bombings of Yemen’s civilian infrastructure by Saudi Arabia’s air force. Leaked UN documents confirm that civilian buildings are the targets. Saudi Arabia is backed by the US and UK. While the US and UK each claim to have no role in the attacks, the […]
Seth Freed Wessler reports on deadly conditions in eleven privately-owned prisons in the US that are used exclusively for non-citizens. The medical care provided at the facilities is the biggest issue these prisons face. From 1998 to 2014, 103 men died inside these prisons. In twentyfive cases, reviewers found indications that inadequate medical care likely […]
In January 2016, for the first time a high level governmental commission entered an infamous prison in Colombia to investigate whether the abysmal conditions merit its closure as mandated by the court. The prison, known informally as La Tramacua, was built in 2000 with the US Federal Bureau of Prisons and USAID funds, as part […]