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.
Poverty is often seen as an issue that affects other countries but not the United States. However, as Dean Paton reports for YES! Magazine, in 2012, over 46 million Americans —including over 21% of the nation’s children—live below the standard U.S. poverty line of $23,492 per year for a family of four. Summarizing figures from […]
In northern Pakistan, a military campaign aimed at Taliban militants has led to a humanitarian crisis for hundreds of thousands of civilians, including especially pregnant women, Ashfaq Yusufzai reports for Inter Press Service. On June 15, 2014, Pakistan army air raids in Northern Pakistan forced many civilians from their homes and into neighboring provinces. Officials […]
“Deadly Environment,” a report by the non-governmental organization Global Witness. revealed that from 2002 to 2013 at least 908 people were killed globally due to their environmental advocacy, with the rate of murder doubling in the last four years. Latin America and the Asia-Pacific show the highest rates of violence as tensions over limited natural […]
In September 2014, the Intact Forest Landscapes initiative, made up of organizations such as Greenpeace and the World Resources Institute, reported that since 2001 Canada has led the world in deforestation, despite being overshadowed by reports of the forests in Brazil and Indonesia. With only ten percent of the world’s forests, Canada now accounts for […]
The Global Summit to End Violence Against Women in Conflict held in London on June 10-13, 2014, helped spread awareness and offered solutions concerning violence against women in war zones. Reporting for Al Jazeera English, Bina Shah points out two important but unaddressed aspects of the problem—first, the summit’s lack of awareness about the causes […]