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.
Over 50,000 low-income homes in Detroit have had their water services terminated since 2013. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes dismissed a lawsuit that argued that terminating water services is denying individuals the right to life. Rhodes ruled that free or affordable water is not a “fundamental right.” Furthermore Rhodes stated that the banks and bondholders […]
A small Danish farm, Pilegaarden (Willow Farm) in Hvidsten fed pigs under United Kingdom guidelines which allowed farmers to use GMO enhanced soy products containing glyphosate and Roundup that produced illness, birth defects and decreased healthy birth rates among swine. These pigs were slaughtered and sold to local markets and consumed by community members including […]
In August 2014, thirty Palestinian refugees in Sweden, mostly young men from the West Bank and Gaza, began a hunger strike to demand asylum from the Swedish government. As Åsa Jansson reports for Electronic Intifada, this hunger strike has taken a toll on these young refugees, but in coordination with local activists, they have persisted […]
The link between the rights of women and girls and menstrual hygiene management is clear and important, but underappreciated and underreported. In response, on May 28, 2014, a coalition of nongovernmental organizations launched Menstrual Hygiene Day, to raise global awareness about a fundamental health concern that women often keep to themselves. As Amanda Klasing reports […]
Although the corporate media have provided exhaustive coverage of how an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, in this article Reuben Fischer-Baum puts Brown’s death in larger, systemic context. Fischer-Baum’s FiveThirtyEight report asks how often people are killed by police and examines flaws in the methods used […]