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.
Yanis Varoufakis, previous finance minister for Greece, offers insights as an economic insider about the current workings of global finance. He suggests the key challenge of our time is a lack of democracy to balance today’s unchecked capitalism. Capitalism without democratic oversight can become a very uncivilized system—brutish and destructive. This current imbalance threatens the […]
Has anybody heard of the black and brown people uniting to stop deportation raids? Writing for Truthout, Kelly Hayes reported on a massive protest in Chicago on February 15, 2016 at the regional Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) field office. The protest took place as presidential candidates including Donald Trump were in town for Super […]
In the “Last Mexican of Venice,” Rip Rense reports for This Can’t Be Happening! on the story of Dr. Jeannine Mendoza, a substitute teacher in Venice, California who lost her home. Before gentrification transformed Venice, Mendoza and her family had the American Dream in their grasp, Rense reports: She and her late husband were the […]
Conflict between populist social movements and national governments that aim to silence dissent by criminalizing them is on the rise across Latin America, Jeff Abbott reports. Abbott’s report first focuses on Guatemala, where two indigenous leaders—Rigoberto Juarez and Domingo Baltazar—have been targeted with arrest for their leadership in a fight against proposed hydroelectric dams in […]
Tasasha Henderson of Truthout documents another instance in the alarmingly increase of African-American women who have died while in police custody. In January 2016, sixteen-year-old Gynna McMillen was found unresponsive in her cell at the Lincoln Village Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. She had been brought into custody after a domestic dispute occurred […]