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.
Seth Freed Wessler reports on deadly conditions in eleven privately-owned prisons in the US that are used exclusively for non-citizens. The medical care provided at the facilities is the biggest issue these prisons face. From 1998 to 2014, 103 men died inside these prisons. In twentyfive cases, reviewers found indications that inadequate medical care likely […]
In January 2016, for the first time a high level governmental commission entered an infamous prison in Colombia to investigate whether the abysmal conditions merit its closure as mandated by the court. The prison, known informally as La Tramacua, was built in 2000 with the US Federal Bureau of Prisons and USAID funds, as part […]
Five years after the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that destroyed the nuclear power plant at Fukushima, Dahr Jamail reports that TEPCO officials in charge of the plant continue to release large quantities of radioactive waster water into the Pacific Ocean. Arnold Gunderson, a former nuclear industry senior vice president, stated that Fukushima is “the biggest […]
Although environmental campaigners and scientists have urged the Japanese government to change its fishing policies to help protect Bluefin tuna stock, Japan continues to move in a direction that will lead to extinction of one of the most prized fish species in the world. Approximately 80% of the worlds’ catch of Bluefin tuna is consumed […]
In a fight to stand up against corporate greed, Germany has chosen not to sign the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The partnership agreement has an Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provision that would allow transnational corporations to take legal action against individual governments if their laws would violate a trade agreement. According to […]