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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.

International Energy Agency Underplays Peak Oil

The world’s supply of oil is much closer to running out than official estimates admit. A whistleblower from the International Energy Agency (IEA) admitted that the agency has been underplaying the threatening shortage to avoid the devastating effects of unveiling real estimates, which could trigger “panic” buying of oil around the world. The senior official, whose identity […]

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Afro-Brazilians Face Discrimination and Poverty

Millions of Afro-Brazilians, who in some states like Bahia account for 75 per cent of the population, are mired in poverty, lack access to basic services and employment opportunities, and face serious discrimination, injustice and violence. These are some of the key conclusions that UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has reached after a just ended weeklong visit […]

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More Than 190 Million People World-Wide Are Migrants

More than 190 million people in 125 countries all over the world are migrants, according to statistics compiled by the International Organisation of Migration (IOM) in 2005. In southern Africa, migrants fall into different categories. There are forced migrants (asylum seekers and refugees); labor migrants (seasonal and permanent workers; internal migrants; and undocumented migrants (skilled and unskilled); […]

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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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