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.
Ritual killings in Tanzania of people with albinism continue to increase according to reports released by United Nations human rights officials. Rooted in superstition and carried out through tradition, people are mutilating children and adults with albinism for witchcraft purposes. The attacks peak during political elections, as politicians pay thousands of dollars to obtain body […]
The year 2014 was exceptionally devastating for Palestinian children, the human rights organization Defence for Children International-Palestine (DCI-Palestine) reports. Over 500 children have been killed by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) 50-day military offensive on the Gaza Strip. Several hundred thousand more have been injured, left homeless, or traumatized after the IDF’s latest campaign. “Kids […]
Compared with other capitalist countries, the U.S. is unquestionably different when it comes to the level of state violence directed against minorities, reports Richard Becker. Using 2011 figures, Becker reports that, on a per capita basis, “the rate of killing by U.S. police was about 100 times that of English cops in 2011.” Similarly, U.S. […]
Although both the corporate and progressive press focused public attention on the Senate Intelligence Committee’s December 2014 report on the CIA’s secret program of abductions, “brutal” interrogations, and torture of terrorism suspects, Nafeez Ahmed reports that media coverage of the Senate report has “whitewashed the extent to which torture has always been an integral and […]
British intelligence services have “routinely been intercepting legally privileged communications between lawyers and their clients in sensitive security cases,” reported Owen Bowcott in the Guardian. Internal documents from MI5 (the UK’s domestic counter-intelligence and security agency), MI6 (the British Secret Intelligence Service) and GCHQ (the Government Communications Headquarters) reviewed by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal document […]