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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.

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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Discovery Channel’s ‘Gang Wars: Oakland’ Series Spreads All the Wrong Messages About Poverty and Minorities

The Discovery Channel is spreading dangerous myths and racial stereotypes using sensationalized police footage to depict crimes of poverty.  A recent show aired on The Discovery Channel, titled, “Gang Wars: Oakland,” provides sensationalized misinformation on the minority community in Oakland.  The show contained brutal action scenes of Oakland Police Officers raiding houses, chasing down gang […]

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Columbia Medical School’s 200 Dirty Little Secrets

Abbott Laboratories gave Columbia Medical School an unrestricted $150,000 grant to test a drug that turned fatal. Columbia Medical School administered a drug called hetastarch to open-heart surgery patients. Hetastarch can induce hemorrhaging and resulted in the deaths of two people and harmed over two dozen more. Columbia gave this drug to 200 heart patients […]

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