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.
Five years after the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that destroyed the nuclear power plant at Fukushima, Dahr Jamail reports that TEPCO officials in charge of the plant continue to release large quantities of radioactive waster water into the Pacific Ocean. Arnold Gunderson, a former nuclear industry senior vice president, stated that Fukushima is “the biggest […]
Although environmental campaigners and scientists have urged the Japanese government to change its fishing policies to help protect Bluefin tuna stock, Japan continues to move in a direction that will lead to extinction of one of the most prized fish species in the world. Approximately 80% of the worlds’ catch of Bluefin tuna is consumed […]
In a fight to stand up against corporate greed, Germany has chosen not to sign the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The partnership agreement has an Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provision that would allow transnational corporations to take legal action against individual governments if their laws would violate a trade agreement. According to […]
In an evolutionary sense, we humans are a social species with the innate capacity to collaborate and associate with others. Millions of years of collaborative habits around food gathering and shared problem solving have shaped human existence. Feeling that you belong, that you are part of an identified group—a community—is part of what it means […]
Have you noticed that most “news” is about what we fear—natural disasters, human failures, fraud, theft, murder and war? The constant reporting of possible threats supports a worldview that is “mean and dangerous.” This fear-based perspective can be overwhelming, and it leaves out the vast amount of human behavior that is cooperative, caring and mutually […]