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.
Researched by Kerry Headley and Chelsea Davis Tainted imports from China continue to threaten the safety of consumers due to nonbinding safety agreements between the US and China that allow shipments of toxic products into the US, including lead-tainted toys, salmonella-infected toddler snacks and DDT-contaminated seafood. Dozens of people died after receiving bad batches of […]
Researched by Krisden Kidd Coal and power companies are exploiting the notion of “clean coal” from so-called “capture ready” power plants to justify building new coal-fired power stations with no guarantee that carbon capture and storage (CCS) can ever be retrofitted. Coal-fired power stations are the largest single source of CO2 emissions and the greatest […]
Researched by Allison Murray Jurors ruled that global warming activists were justified in causing damage to a coal-fired power station in England in order to prevent greater damage caused by climate change. Kingsnorth power station in Kent, England was the center for mass protests by climate activists and last year, three protesters managed to paint […]
Researched by Elizabeth Vortman and Ashley McLoud More than 400 would-be university students remain trapped in the Gaza, unable to leave for studies abroad. Since Hamas won elections in Gaza more than a year ago, Israel has sought to isolate the territory and its 1.5 million people, limiting fuel, food, and other supplies while sharply […]
Researched by Kerry Headley and Jennifer Gibson An award-winning American filmmaker was deported from Nigeria after being arrested and imprisoned on spying charges. Andrew Berends had been living in Nigeria making a film about life in the oil-rich Niger Delta, where military factions, acting on behalf of multinational corporations like Chevron and Shell Oil have […]