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 Niger on October 3, 2017, twelve members of a US Special Operations Task Force and 30 Nigerien soldiers on a secret mission were ambushed by fifty attackers, believed to be ISIS-affiliated terrorists, leaving four US soldiers dead. The deaths of these soldiers were eventually announced to the public, leading to inevitable questions about what […]
In an October 2017 report for YES! Magazine, Mark Trahant wrote, “We don’t think of Californians as climate refugees yet, but we should.” Trahant was referring to the victims of the wildfires that devastated Californian communities around the cities of Santa Rosa and Santa Barbara. As his YES! Magazine article noted, the World Meteorological Organization […]
Studies and policies addressing the dangers of low-level lead exposure normally focus on children, and the IQ points they stand to lose when too much of the metal reaches their developing brains. But lead also poses less-discussed threat to adults: it damages a number of organs, especially the heart. Adult exposure to lead, even at […]
Roughly 40 percent of the world’s population—2.3 billion people—lives in water-stressed areas. According to the World Health Organization, another billion don’t have access to clean, piped water. To address the issues of water scarcity and food security, many areas of the world are now using solar powered desalination plants to produce fresh water and encourage […]
Between fiscal years 2014-2016, the Pentagon sent US Africa Command (AFRICOM) and Central Command (CENTCOM) a combined $496 million to oversee and facilitate counter-narcotic activities in Africa. The funding was intended for a myriad of projects—from the construction of border outposts in allied nations, to training personnel in policing skills like evidence collections. Yet the […]