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.
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 […]
Oil industries create their own version of federal energy bill after spending $80 billion on public relations and lobbying regarding policy debate on climate legislation. The industry’s “”Creating Renewed Economic Activity through Energy Jobs Act of 2010″ bill dispenses with the key word “clean” — as in clean energy jobs — in its title and […]
Despite the billions poured into Homeland Security, one staple of American society remains unprotected: the electrical grid. One nuclear-tipped missile detonated at a height of 40-400 kilometers above ground could “degrade 70% of the nation’s electrical service, all in one instant,” according to a 2004 Department of Defense commission report. The weakness lies in high […]
On November 3 members of the proposed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), “a new intellectual property enforcement treaty,” met in Seoul, North Korea for a closed discussion of “enforcement in the digital realm.” According to a leaked memo from the conference, the United States is pushing for a Three Strikes/ Graduated Response policy and proactive policing […]
On January 30, 2009 IndyMedia, an alternative on-line new source, received a subpoena from the Southern District of Indiana Federal Court for the “IP addresses, times, and any other identifying information” of all the site’s visitors on June 25, 2008. IndyMedia was then prohibited from notifying visitors of this release of otherwise private and protected […]