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Validated Independent News

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.

Massacre in Peruvian Amazon over US Free Trade Agreement

On June 5, 2009 World Environment Day, Peruvian Amazon Indians were massacred by the government of Alan Garcia in the latest chapter of a long war to take over common lands—a war unleashed by the signing of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Peru and the United States. Three MI-17 helicopters took off from the […]

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Global Censorship Technology Used in U.S.

Deep packet inspection technology monitors everything that goes through the internet. It is readily available in the United States and there’s no legislation that prevents the US government from employing it. Deep packet inspection is currently used in Iran. The Iranian Government has the ability to look through everything, land line telephones, mobile telephones, email, […]

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President Obama’s Signing Statement Ignores IMF and World Bank Abuse

President Obama used his sixth signing statement to negate provisions of US legislation that would have compelled the World Bank to strengthen labor and environmental standards.  Obama also refused to require the Treasury department to report to congress on the activities of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).  One section negated would have compelled US World Bank representatives […]

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Iranian Election not Stolen

Because the issue of whether the election was stolen will remain relevant, both to our understanding of the situation and to US-Iranian relations, it is important to recognize the legitimacy of the Iranian election results. Title: Iranian Elections: The ‘Stolen Elections’ Hoax Author: James Petras, Source: Global Research, 6/18/2009 Student Researcher:  Meg Carlucci Faculty Evaluator:  Janet Hess, […]

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Internet’s Expanding Carbon Footprint

The internet’s increasing appetite for electricity poses a major threat to not only companies such as google and the future of internet use, but is also having a negative impact on the environment.  “In an energy constrained world, we cannot continue to grow the footprint of the internet…we need to rein in the energy consumption” (Suodh […]

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