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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.

Smoking Marijuana Does Not Cause Lung Cancer

Research at UCLA shows that while smoking marijuana damages cells in respiratory tissue but somehow it prevents the cells from becoming malignant. Something in Marijuana exerts an anti-cancer effect, reports UCLA Medical School professor Donald Tashkin. Tashkin’s team interviewed 1,210 cancer patients and found that increased marijuana use did not increase cancer, where as smoking […]

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Paraguay’s Sex Traffic Hub Imperils Female Teens

In Paraguay, an intricate system of sex trafficking and exploitation centers in the city of Ciudad De Este. The tri-border location of this city links Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina making Paraguay a prime location for the system of sex trafficking. Weakening travel regulations and absence of authority allow the transportation of young girls and teens. […]

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Madagascar: Poverty Forces 2 Million Children into Hard Labor

Poverty has increased significantly this past year in Madagascar forcing hundreds of thousands of children to skip school and work. The drastic change in poverty is due to a protest movement in January of 2009 that led to a major socio-economic crisis in the country.  This year alone the number of children working has risen […]

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Private Prison Riots for Human Rights

Non-violent immigrant prisoners at Reeves Detention Center in Texas took resistive action on two separate occasions this year.  Inmates tired of the inhuman treatment and being denied due process, broke cell windows, ripped sinks off the walls, and took two-prison guards hostage. Inmates were upset with every aspect of the prison including the lack of […]

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There’s Virtually Zero Percent Chance of There Ever Being a Real Afghan Army—So What’s the Pentagon Talking About?

Recruits to the Afghanistan army come from a world of desperate poverty. Many are malnourished and underweight and lack the upper body strength to manage the normal 50 lbs of equipment that American trainers expect them to use. Training the Afghan army is being done by US, Great Britain, and other allied countries as well […]

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