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.
Nearly 30,000 people have died from drug related violence since Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s War on Drugs campaign began in 2006. Worse yet, the violence is spreading. The Article, Mexican Police Killed as Wave of Violence Continues, highlights that the ambush and killing of nine Mexican police officers is the sixth mass killing in the […]
Due to the mistreatment of the native Kalahari Bushmen there is currently a boycott on Botswana diamonds, which are mainly purchased by United States jewelers. The Botswana diamond trade is well-known because of the amount of revenue that diamonds generate every year. The boycott of these diamonds, however, is not as public. Launched in November […]
Great Britain unveils Taranis the £140m Un-manned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in July of 2010, to show the world the future of combat warfare, which not only uses satellites to control the drone, but is the first drone to come equipped with artificial intelligence. In the Warton Aerodrome station located in Lancashire, the BAE released information […]
According to documents uncovered by investigator Allan Nairn, Indonesia’s special security forces, Kopassus, have systematically targeted civilian political targets and these acts have been supported by the U.S. government since July 2010. Nairn asserted that the Kopassus has targeted churches and engaged in torture, rape, invasion, and extrajudicial murder of civilian targets. Indirect U.S. support […]
Historically corrupt public relations firms Human, Cigna, and APCO, led giant multi-million dollar efforts to plant favorable stories in the media. Former Senior Public Relations Officer, Wendell Potter described how his chief function working for two of the largest for-profit health insurance companies in the United States, Human and Cigna, was to perpetuate myths that […]