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: April Rudolph The Israelis who bombed Gaza will be the primary financial beneficiaries of the rebuilding of Gaza. They bombed it and now will sell construction materials and oversee contracts to rebuild what they have bombed. Israel sealed Gaza off from any trade, which has led to the crumble of their economy. Recent Israeli […]
Researched by: Melissa Robinson and Ashley McLoud Evaluated by: Michael Hooper Long cleared of terrorism charges, 17 ethnic Uyghurs have been held for years at Guantanamo Bay, often in dungeons in solitary confinement. The Uyghurs remain at Guantanamo as the US is unable to find a country to take them and won’t return them […]
Student Researcher: Aimee Drew Evaluator: Robert Girling In December, the bank holding company, Goldman Sachs reported its first quarterly loss since going public and also lowered its income tax rate. On the heels of this announcement, Goldman Sachs issued a statement confirming that its tax rate was dropping from 34.1 percent to 1 percent. The […]
Student Researcher: Rosemary Scott Faculty Evaluator: Kelly Bucy On October 17th 2008, just three days after Bank of America Corp. received $25 billion in federal bailout funds, they hosted a conference call aimed to organize opposition to the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA). The EFCA would potentially allow workers to form unions by holding a […]
Evaluator: Peter Phillips Obama’s new Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has close ties to the US Military. While administrator of the Chicago Public Schools Duncan offered a key role in public education to the military. Chicago’s school system is currently the most militarized in the country, boasting five military academies, nearly three dozen smaller Junior […]