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.
Evaluator: Peter Phillips Obama’s new Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has close ties to the US Military. While administrator of the Chicago Public Schools Duncan offered a key role in public education to the military. Chicago’s school system is currently the most militarized in the country, boasting five military academies, nearly three dozen smaller Junior […]
Student Researcher: Curtis Harrison Faculty Evaluator: Cynthia Boaz Greece’s opposition accused the ruling conservatives of allowing U.S. arms shipments to Israel via a Greek port for over a year, despite the government’s denials. The U.S. military said it cancelled the shipment of 325 containers of ammunition from the western Greek port of Astakos to a […]
The US spent over $52 billion on nuclear weapons and related programs in fiscal year 2008, while only 10 percent of that went toward preventing a nuclear attack according to a study by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Only 1.3 percent ($700 million) of the nuclear security budget was devoted to preparing for the […]
Student Researcher: Ashleigh Hvinden Faculty Evaluator: Erv Peterson The international body that advises most major governments around the world on energy policy is obstructing a global switch to renewable power because of its ties to the oil, gas and nuclear sectors, according to Energy Watch, a group of politicians and scientists. A report published by […]
Student Researcher: Erin Galbraith Evaluator: Andy Merrifield, Ph.D and David McCuan, Ph.D The devastating Israeli firepower, unleashed largely on Palestinian civilians in Gaza during the three week attack starting December 27th, was fueled by US supplied weapons paid for with US tax dollars. F-16 fighter planes, Apache helicopters, tactical missiles, and a wide array of […]