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 an increasingly neoliberal society, advocates of free-market competition are pushing harder for privatization in industry and reducing the scope of government services. However, on March 23, 2015, Truthout reported findings from several exposés revealing that hiring private contractors and privatizing industries costs taxpayers billions more than using federal service employees in the same field […]
Today’s water wars occur on a global scale, not only pitting local farmers against ranchers or urbanites, but also involving new corporate water barons, including Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, the Carlyle Group and other investment groups that are purchasing water rights from around the world at an unprecedented pace. At the same time, corporate […]
The United States has five percent of the world’s population but nearly 25% of the world’s prisoners. Both in raw numbers and by percentage of the population, the US has the largest prison population of any nation. Its prison population has grown 700% since 1970 with the addition of drug crimes, which now account for […]
On March 26, 2015, FAIR reporter Adam Johnson published an article concerning the sexual abuse of Colombian children by the U.S. military. According to a recently published 800-page report commissioned by the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), U.S. military personnel raped at least fifty-four children in Colombia between 2003 and […]
Young Johanna Romo of Kern County in California never made it to her first day in seventh grade. She has been hospitalized and has suffered three seizers, multiple nosebleeds and exhaustion by causes unknown to her, her family and even her doctors. Kern County in the Central Valley is home to large farms, intense heat […]