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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.

US Media Hypocrisy in Covering Ukraine Crisis

Russia’s occupation of Crimea has caused US corporate media and government officials to call for a stern US response. Secretary of State John Kerry declaimed the Russian intervention as “a Nineteenth Century act in the Twenty-first Century.” What Russia’s US critics seem to forget, Robert Parry reports, is the United States’ own history of overthrowing […]

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Before Snowden: Corporate Media Weak in Connecting Dots on NSA Surveillance

Previous to Booz Allen Hamilton contractor Edward Snowden’s leak of classified records to The Guardian, major U.S. newspapers did mediocre reporting on the National Security Agency’s (NSA) domestic surveillance program STELLARWIND (Stellar Wind) that collected “bulk metadata.”  Initiated under the Bush Administration and identified as the “President’s Surveillance Program,” STELLARWIND ended in 2011, as Glenn […]

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Apple’s Rotten Business: Malpractice, Tax Dodging, and Surveillance for Profit

Apple’s Rotten Business: Malpractice, Tax Dodging, and Surveillance for Profit

Apple is the most valuable brand in the world, worth an approximate $98 billion. One would expect that such a company would be above taking financial short cuts but a January 2014 assessment by Nicki Lisa Cole at Counterpunch reveals disturbing malpractices by the company, including profiting from unregulated tin mining in Indonesia, unlawful labor […]

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Distorting Russia: Media Cold War Propaganda Revisited

As tensions between super powers grow due to the crisis in the Ukraine, US media outlets fan the flames of conflict with a full front of propaganda to vilify Russia and its leader, President Vladimir Putin. As Stephen Cohen reports, from coverage of seemingly dystopian, third world living conditions and high terror tension at the […]

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Ukraine Crisis: A New Cold War for Oil and Influence

The growing conflict between Russia and Ukraine with Russian military encroaching on Ukraine’s border has sparked great tension between the Obama administration and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime. As Nafeez Ahmed reports, Ukraine finds itself between the two superpowers and their ongoing struggle for influence in the Eurasian oil market. Russia’s Gazprom Company already controls […]

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