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.
In January 2014, three biotech giants, Dow Chemical Co., DuPont Co and Syngenta AG sued to block Ordinance 960, a recently passed law that aims to protect environmental and public health on Kauai by requiring the three companies, along with the biotech firm BASF, to publicly disclose information about pesticide sprays and to establish buffer […]
Driftnet fishing has been a major problem in California due to the killing of marine mammals and endangered species that occur with the use of driftnet technology. On March 13, 2014, federal fishery managers in Sacramento decided not to expand driftnet fishing into protected waters, where many endangered whales, sea turtles, and dolphins make their […]
The Oceans are in a drastic state. Fish and sea creatures are dying from over fishing and a multitude of human by-products accumulating in the oceans. According to the World Wildlife Fund, three quarters of the world’s fish stocks are being harvested faster than they can be replaced. Scientists at Vanderbilt University and New York […]
Two important new papers show mobile phone use as a cause of increased brain tumors. Any wireless phone, i.e. cell phone or cordless phone, emits radio-frequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMFs) when it is in use. One paper shows that RF-EMF exposure from mobile (and cordless) phones should be regarded as an IARC class 1 human carcinogen […]
In April 2013, an Iranian court sentenced a male convict to wear a traditional Kurdish woman’s dress in public. This was supposed to be a degrading punishment for the man. Soon after, men from Marivan, a city in Iran’s Kurdistan Province, began to protest this punishment by purposely dressing in Kurdish women’s robes and posting […]