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.
Student Researcher: Rosemary Scott Faculty Evaluator: Kelly Bucy On October 17th 2008, just three days after Bank of America Corp. received $25 billion in federal bailout funds, they hosted a conference call aimed to organize opposition to the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA). The EFCA would potentially allow workers to form unions by holding a […]
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 […]