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.
Hundreds of tons of Depleted Uranium (DU) were used during the invasion of Iraq. The US forces have forbid any kind of (DU) related exploration programs or research. They have also covered up and denied DU’s damaging health effects, and refused to release information on the amounts, types and locations of these weapons within Iraq. […]
Barnegat Bay in New Jersey is no longer a safe place to go swimming as there has been a dramatic shift in the marine ecosystem. Excess nutrients from the nitrogen fertilizer people commonly use on their lawns are causing an occurrence in the water such as an increase in red algae blooms, sea nettle infestations […]
The dangers of shallow water drilling are acknowledged in a new report stating, “there is a fire once every three days on offshore oil facilities…Including 16 on Mariner Energy’s platforms since 2007”. This was released on the heels of yet another explosion occurring on a Mariner Energy shallow water platform. The press release stated that […]
More than 15 million Americans are unemployed, homelessness has increased by 50 percent in some cities, and 38 million people are receiving food stamps, more than at any time in the program’s almost 50-year history. The rise in poverty rates from 2009 show the biggest year-to-year increase in recorded history. An additional 5.7 million people […]
South Asian countries face a catastrophic impacts from global climate change. At a UN Summit in Sept 2010, several people stressed the importance of the UN taking charge on the issue of a climate change in South Asian countries. These nations and other less developed countries with high poverty rates, poor economic infrastructure, and health […]