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: Rosemary Scott Faculty Evaluator: Tim Ogburn In November 2008, Ecuador became the first country to undertake an examination of the legitimacy and structure of its foreign debt. An independent debt audit commissioned by the government of Ecuador documented hundreds of allegations of irregularity, illegality, and illegitimacy in contracts of debt to predatory international […]
Researched by Victoria Masucci Evaluated by Professor of Business Administration Robert Girling Sonoma State University As the US is hit by global economic crisis, developing countries are being hit much harder, in large part due to bad advise from the World Bank. In its 2008 World Development Report, the bank acknowledged its trade policies, which […]
Student Researcher: Christine Wilson Faculty Evaluator: Mary Ann Walker, PhD Top-rung Republican IT Guru Mike Connell—who was facing subpoena in connection with 2004 Presidential election fraud in Ohio (allegedly the central figure in a longstanding plot to electronically flip votes to Republicans) mysteriously died in a private plane crash. Cliff Arnebeck, lead attorney for the […]
Student Researchers: Jocelyn Rapp and Caitlin Ruxton Evaluator: Samual Mikhail Ph.D. Economics Indian River State College and Sonoma State University Federal lawmakers responsible for overseeing the US economy have received millions from Wall Street firms. Since 2001, eight of the most troubled firms have donated $64.2 million to congressional candidates, presidential candidates and the Republican […]
Researched by Ryan Larkin and Jennifer Donahue The Vatican has threatened to excommunicate well-known Catholic priest and longtime peace advocate Father Roy Bourgeois unless he recants his support for the ordination of women into the priesthood. In August 2008, he took part in a ceremony to ordain a member of the group called Roman Catholic […]