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: Amie Shirkey Faculty Evaluator: John Sterner Southwest Minnesota State University In Ecuador, there is a new movement called Gravity Birthing. These birthing rituals started small but have become more popular due to the amazing results they have had. These births are shown to reduce complications at the hospitals. Ecuador has a lot of […]
Student Researcher: Alexander Rott Faculty Evaluator: Michael J. Munford, Director of Campus Security Southwest Minnesota State University The number of people being killed in the United States by police is on the rise. In just two years police killings have gone up 13 percent, from 622 deaths in 2003, to 703 deaths in 2005. […]
Student Researcher: Brittany Sandager Faculty Evaluator: B. C. Franson, J.D. Southwest Minnesota State University While the world press focused on Barack Obama’s election, Israel broke the ceasefire with Palestine on the U.S. election day. Israel’s bloody bombing of Gaza began on November 4 while the truce which began Jun. 19, 2008 was still in […]
Student Researcher: Valerie Janssen Faculty Evaluator: BC Franson, J.D. Southwest Minnesota State University Swiss banking giant, Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS) enabled wealthy Americans to use tax schemes to cheat the IRS out of $20 billion over recent years according to the Department of Justice. UBS, a sponsor of the Miami Art Basel took […]
Student Researcher: Demarco Butts Faculty Evaluator: William Du Bois, Ph.D. Southwest Minnesota State University Breathtaking corruption overran the U.S lending industry and led to the economic crisis. Credit agencies committed out and out fraud. Lenders negligently made risky loans that couldn’t possibly be good business. But everybody was doing it so nobody thought they’d […]