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.
Over 6,000 Pennsylvania inmates infected with Hepatitis-C are currently being denied life-saving medication due to the high cost of treatment, under the guise of a “treatment protocol” that is only treating four inmates. Besides the fact that the state’s Department of Corrections (PA DOC) is blatantly ignoring their prisoners’ eighth amendment right not to be […]
If your stress levels are unusually high you may want to look into a frequently overlooked cause—discrimination. In March 2016, Kenrya Rankin of Colorlines reported on a new study from the American Psychological Association (APA) that says the effects of discrimination can increase stress levels and affect the overall health of an individual. This study […]
Bryan Schatz in Mother Jones reports how a new generation of “armchair” intelligence analysts are using new digital technologies—and repurposing existing ones—in order to document war crimes and debunk propaganda. Schatz describes “a small army of armchair analysts who are venturing into territory occupied by government intelligence agencies by virtually investigating conflict zones where access […]
The Rwandan government is currently in the process of creating a rebel force composed of Burundi refugees. Former UN official Jeff Drumatra served at Rwanda’s Mahama Refugee camp near the Rwandan Burundian border. There are approximately 45,000 refugees at any given time. The recruitment of refugees takes place during night when fewer officials oversee the […]
Nearly 3,000 civilians have been killed and millions displaced by strategic bombings of Yemen’s civilian infrastructure by Saudi Arabia’s air force. Leaked UN documents confirm that civilian buildings are the targets. Saudi Arabia is backed by the US and UK. While the US and UK each claim to have no role in the attacks, the […]