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.
The Japanese government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, is supporting overhauling the media and school curriculum to promote nationalism and militarism. This reflects Abe’s agenda of boosting the military and taking a more aggressive stance toward China. Katsuto Momii, the appointed chairman of Japan’s public broadcaster, NHK, expressed his desire for NHK […]
Based on Edward Snowden’s revelations, opposition to National Security Agency (NSA) spying has spread across the world, upsetting diplomatic relations and threatening shifts in global power balances. However, as Cyril Mychalejko reports, the NSA network also includes an equally far-reaching, though lesser-known operation called the Open Source Indicators (OSI) Program. The OSI Program involves “academics […]
The Israeli oil exploration company Givot Olam has reported the discovery of oil reserves estimated at up to 3.5 billion barrels of oil under its Meged 5 oilfield site. However, as Jonathan Cook reports, “Only one cloud looms on the horizon. It is unclear how much of this new-found oil wealth actually belongs to Israel. […]
A report from the Economic Policy Institute finds that low-wage workers are robbed far more often than banks, gas stations and convenience stores combined. The culprits are employers who fail to adhere to minimum wage laws or pay overtime. “The country suffers an epidemic of wage theft, as large numbers of employers violate minimum-wage, overtime, […]
A study by Elizabeth Woodworth, a former manager of library services for the British Columbia Ministry of Health, suggests that the Google and YouTube websites, two of the world’s most dominant internet portals, worked to bury the Russia Today (RT) network’s Truthseeker series episode examining the history of “false flag” terrorism, and the relationship between […]