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.
Researched by Elizabeth Vortman and Ashley McLoud More than 400 would-be university students remain trapped in the Gaza, unable to leave for studies abroad. Since Hamas won elections in Gaza more than a year ago, Israel has sought to isolate the territory and its 1.5 million people, limiting fuel, food, and other supplies while sharply […]
Researched by Kerry Headley and Jennifer Gibson An award-winning American filmmaker was deported from Nigeria after being arrested and imprisoned on spying charges. Andrew Berends had been living in Nigeria making a film about life in the oil-rich Niger Delta, where military factions, acting on behalf of multinational corporations like Chevron and Shell Oil have […]
Researched by Kerry Headley and Daniel DelMonte Columbian President Alvaro Uribe seeks to ensure a third presidential term by bypassing a provisional election and proposing a series of amendments to the Columbian constitution that would relinquish various powers related to the country’s Supreme Court and the capacity to investigate existing congressional politicians and state officials […]
Researched by Leora Johnson and Elizabeth Vortman Human rights groups released a report revealing the Bush Administration’s blocking of “potentially lifesaving” aid to Haiti in order to meddle in the impoverished nation’s political affairs. In addition to being the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti also has some of the worst water in the […]
Researched by Leora Johnson and Rob Hunter The US government plans to expropriate and demolish the homes of hundreds of Haitians in the giant shantytown of Cite Soleil to make room for expansion of a military base. The infamous US government contractor DynCorp, a quasi-official arm of the Pentagon and the CIA, is responsible for […]