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 January 2017, Republicans in the US Congress introduced the “Heartbeat Protection Act,” which proposed that any doctor performing an abortion must check for a heartbeat beforehand. As Moira Weigel wrote in the Atlantic, “Opponents of the heartbeat bills have pointed out that they would eliminate abortion rights almost entirely—making the procedure illegal around four […]
For most people, work isn’t just about money. Fulfilling work also provides purpose and structure for our lives. It helps us feel part of the collective experience with shared goals and meaningful roles in our communities. But today, work isn’t working for many Americans. Wages haven’t increased above inflation in 40 years. Many companies are replacing […]
Peter Thiel, founder of Palantir Technologies and current defense advisor to President Donald Trump, is setting up for a September 2017 launch of his $20 billion data mining firm newest and possibly most controversial creation to aide Trump’s ambition to deport millions of people living undocumented in the United States. Theil’s technology is called Investigative […]
On December 23, 2016 outgoing president Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act for 2017. The law included a section titled “Countering Foreign Propaganda and Disinformation Act” and authorized $160 million dollars to be used fight propaganda deemed unfavorable to US interests. Writing for Consortium News, Rick Sterling highlighted several examples where the real […]
A PEN America article titled “Aggressive Interrogation of Artists and Writers at U.S. Border” reported that in response to the Trump administrations immigration policies, artist and intellectual travelers have been detained and subjected to traumatic interrogations at American airports. Following Trump’s executive order travel ban targeting select countries, individuals with no criminal records were “subjected […]