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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.

Behind World Cup—Brazilians Protest Brutal Gentrification

Behind World Cup—Brazilians Protest Brutal Gentrification

  In a soccer-obsessed Brazil, violent protests have flared amidst preparations for the 2014 World Cup. Thousands of Brazilian citizens and indigenous communities gathered together to fight against development projects encouraged by the International Federation Football Association (FIFA), a multi-billion dollar industry, and the Brazilian government. Thousands of people have been removed from their homes […]

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Global Corruption’s Hidden Players

  Charmian Gooch, co-founder of NGO Global Witness, investigates global corruption. After years of research, she has discovered the roots of corruption that keep poor countries poor. Money flows from corrupt business dealings with the assistance of international banks and ‘anonymous companies’ to disguise the nature of illegal transactions. Banks gain substantial profits by accepting […]

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Ice911: Slowing Down Glacier Melt to Buy Time for Long Term Climate Solutions

  Chief among climate scientists’ concerns is the loss of the reflective power of Arctic ice when it melts due to rising ocean temperature. The dark water that replaces reflective ice absorbs more solar radiation, warming the ocean even more. This process of “Arctic melt” is causing one-third of the increases in temperature, and climate […]

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Manifesto Calls Tech Professionals to Rethink Priorities, Help the World

  There’s a problem in the tech world. In the race to create the next superfluous billion-dollar sexting app or game saga, the tech community is failing to apply its workers’ prodigious skills for the betterment of society. Cole Peters, a Canadian designer, is pushing back. He’s created a manifesto, “First Things First 2014,” that urges designers, […]

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Five Positive Ways to Prepare for Climate Change and Future Resilience

  Knowing the repercussions of climate change can motivate us to prepare for what is coming. And our best line of defense for a volatile future is resilience. Suzanne Lindgren reports five simple and enjoyable things anyone can do to prepare for a resilient future: The first step: cultivate diversity, i.e. genetic diversity is the […]

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