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 March 2017, Jean Pierre Misago reports for Al Jazeera that violence against immigrants has been on the rise in South Africa. The underlying cause of violence against immigrants is the combination of popular feelings of resentment towards immigrants and what Misago described as “a dreadful lack of competent, decisive and trusted leadership at all […]
Children refugees have increased to 50 million children worldwide with over 75% of them from ten countries. Syria and Afghanistan alone contribute to half of all children refugees under the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees according to UNICEF. Over 70% of children in Syria alone show signs of toxic stress due to conflict-related exposures, […]
As drought in Somalia looms, the nation is “on the brink” of its third famine in twenty-five years, according to information posted by the World Health Organization (WHO) in February 2017. According to the WHO’s alert, there 360,000 acutely malnourished and 70,000 severely malnourished Somali children in need of immediate medical attention. The WHO alert […]
According to a five-year policy plan released by China’s National Energy Administration, the country will be investing $361 billion towards renewable energy by 2020 Yizhu Wang reported for Who.What.Why in January 2017. China’s plans, Wang wrote, contrast with what the US appears to be poised to do under newly elected President Donald Trump. While Trump […]
Threatened with violence, and blackmailed with sexual encounters for job security, Romanian women are facing relentless abuse on Sicilian farms, Annie Kelly and Lorenzo Tondo reported in the Guardian in March 2017. In an effort to escape the bleak reality of extreme poverty in their home country, these women are consciously deciding to expose themselves to such abuse […]