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 November 2012 it was reported that the Hamas, a Sunni Islamist group, was leaving the anti-US alliance of Iran, Syria and Hizbollah. Hamas was the only Sunni member of the axis and it was said that cracks first appreared in the axis when the Hamas angered the Tehran government for maintaining its loyalty to […]
The growth in the working poor coincides with the continued growth in income inequality. Even with both parents working the number of families that have fallen into poverty has dramatically increased over the last couple years. Many social programs have failed to respond to this growing need, the only programs that has been responsive to […]
Since beginning of 2009, the United States has demonstrated a fundamental interest in the Arctic Region, specifically regarding matters of: missile defense and early warning, deployment of sea and air systems for strategic sealift, strategic deterrence, maritime presence, and maritime security operations. In 2012, NATO has individually and collectively increased their “military presence and war […]
Barely having 25,000 town residents, Paragould, Arkansas seems to have no problem finding trouble. Paragould has had a property crime index rating more than double the national average since 2007. Rapes, burglaries, thefts and assaults per capita are also well above the mean. Now in order to curb the rising crime rate, the city is […]
An August 2012 Gallup poll showed 18.2 percent of Americans lacked sufficient money for needed food at least once over the previous year. To make matters worse, the worst drought in half a century impacted 80 percent of agricultural lands in the country, increasing food prices. Despite this, in 2012 Congress considered cutting support for […]