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.
The National Security Agency (NSA) has hacked cellphone networks worldwide for many years, according to a report by The Intercept based on documents leaked by Edward Snowden. Ryan Gallagher’s article analyzes the contents of at least nine NSA documents that show how the NSA has spied on hundreds of companies, as well as other countries […]
You might be familiar with the concept that the NSA is capable of tracking your every move, but recent information has brought to light just how they’ve gone about doing so. According to documents released by Edward Snowden to independent news website The Intercept, the NSA and its British counterpart, the GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters), […]
Since his appointment in 2011, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has consistently transferred ownership of public assets, such as infrastructure and education, to companies that seek to turn them into a profit, a trend called privatization. A former investment banker, Emanuel is drawing criticism for brokering many of these billion-dollar deals with his hedge-fund comrades, big […]
Since late 2013 the Kichwa people of Sarayaku in the Ecuadorian Amazon has successfully fought off oil companies from using their land for profit. As David Goodman reports for YES! Magazine, members of Sarayaku are not only defending their land, but also aiming to stop oil exploration and begin a movement to save the earth […]
It’s increasingly well-known that Apple uses suppliers throughout China to reduce the costs of producing its popular electronic products—and that this practice results in callous labor and environmental violations that have cost many Chinese workers their homes and livelihoods. As Nicki Lisa Cole and Jenny Chan report for Truthout, despite Apple’s claims that it is […]