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.
As Project Censored has previously covered, the world’s worst polluter is the U.S. Department of Defense. A new report by Sara Flounders for the International Action Center updates this story. Not only does the Pentagon contribute immensely to our climate problems, it has a blanket exemption in all international climate agreements. In fact, Flounders reports, […]
The U.S. Navy is aiming to run new aerial war games over Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest in Washington State using electromagnetic weapons, Dahr Jamail reports for Truthout. The name of the training games is the Northwest Electromagnetic Radiation Warfare training program. This program would allow the Navy to fly 36 of its […]
The pesticides that farmers use are supposed to kill nerve cells in crop pests, but they may also be leading many farmers to depression and suicide. As Brian Bienkowski reports for Truthout, an October 2014 study published in Environmental Health Perspectives links seven specific pesticides to depression. As Karen Lo reports, the 20-year study, sponsored […]
Methane gas, a main component linked to damaging climate change, is being released in record amounts in the Four Corners region where Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah meet. The Four Corners regions is one of the prime location for fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, the process of extracting natural gas from shale rock layers deep […]
Currently the official government measure of poverty under-represents the number of poor in the United States. The seemingly simple formula, created in the 1960s, has set the national poverty threshold for decades. Last year the official poverty threshold was about $23,600 for a family of two adults and two children. Yet our official poverty yardstick […]