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.
A black woman named Heather Ellis is looking at 15 years in prison for cutting in line at a Wal-Mart store. Ellis, who is a teacher and has been described as respectable, joined her cousin in a check-out line that was moving faster than the line she was previously in. After Ellis joined this line, […]
James Neal Blue, who helped devise the Predator unmanned aircraft that are in use in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, is the director of a company that bought the Four Mile uranium mine in Australia. Blue is the chairman of Quasar Resources, which is affiliated with General Atomics, a major United States weapons and nuclear […]
President Obama has nominated Islam Siddiqui, a vice president at CropLife America, for the position of Chief Agricultural Negotiator in the Office of the US Trade Representative. CropLife America is a coalition of the major industrial powers in the pesticide industry, and includes Syngenta, Monsanto, and Dow Chemical. Siddiqui is also a former lobbyist for […]
Several individuals residing in the province of Samaná in the Dominican Republic blame a U.S. power company for an increase in birth defects throughout the small town. Six years ago a contractor from Delray Beach brought over 50,000 tons of coal ash from a Virginia-based Applied Energy Services Corporation to a port near the town […]
Despite the Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold the policy in a June 2009 case, President Obama is still committed to his campaign promise to repeal the controversial “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. Since its establishment by the Clinton administration in 1993, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” has removed thousands of well-qualified military officers solely because of […]