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.
Barack Obama did not tell the whole story when he tried to make the case that Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack near Damascus on 21 August, 2013. He failed to acknowledge something known to the US intelligence community: that the Syrian army is not the only party in the country’s civil […]
Revolution newspaper reported last May that Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP) was barring the May 1, 2013 issue (#302) of its paper from a number of subscribers at PBSP. This was reported by prisoners to the Prisoners Revolutionary Literature Fund (PRLF), which raises the funds to provide prisoners with subscriptions to Revolution newspaper. PBSP officials […]
When Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States, died on January 27, 2010, then-Governor of Indiana Mitch Daniels got on his computer and fired off an email to the state’s top education officials: “This terrible anti-American academic has finally passed away.” Governor Daniels, who is now president of Purdue University, was […]
A 47-second video apparently recorded on a cellphone camera seems to show popular African-American gospel singer Kevin Terry, lead singer of Kevin Terry and Predestined, performing oral sex on an unidentified male partner. As the video went viral online in early November 2013, predictable pockets of the blogosphere–from atheist YouTube channels to gay-activist blogs–responded with […]
The mother of a 3-year-old girl, 24-year-old Tania Velasquez, has been separated from her child for over a year. Tania was stopped in San Diego last year with her husband, who was arrested for drug possession. Their daughter was taken away and has been staying with a friend. Tania was coerced into pleading guilty, even […]