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.
Student Researcher– Trudy Kaiser Faculty Evaluator– Vicky Brockman, Ph.D. Southwest Minnesota State University In September 2008, the site of the 2008 Republican National Convention was transformed into a forbidding police state. St. Paul, Minnesota officers in full riot gear arrested hundreds of marchers, beating some and using tear gas and pepper spray on people […]
Student Researcher: Drew Kurtz Faculty Instructor and Evaluator: Bryan Sacks Nine years have passed since extremist Albanians destroyed homes in Mitrovica, Kosovo. Three refugee camps were created by the UN to house about 500 people whose homes were destroyed during the uprising. During the construction of these camps, it was stated that the camps were […]
The surplus dollars pouring into the rest of the world for yet further financial speculation and corporate takeovers is forcing foreign central banks to bear the costs of America’s expanding military empire. Keeping international reserves in “dollars” means that when U.S. deficit payment pumps “paper” into foreign economies, these banks have little option but to […]
Student Researcher: April Pearce Service Employees International Union (SEIU) President Andy Stern is facing growing internal criticism that he is seeking to consolidate unions to increase size and leadership power at the expense of rank-and-file members. Most recently, the SEIU’s executive board has taken over one of its largest locals, California’s 150,000-member United Healthcare Workers […]
Student Researcher: Curtis Harrison Faculty Evaluator: Keith Gouveia The International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor announced that they were at last issuing the long-threatened but first ever indictments against a sitting head of state, Omar al-Bashir, the Arab President of Sudan. Following the announcement the story was broadcasted all over the Western media system and […]