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.
For 14 years, Chiquita Brands International has been linked to guerrilla groups and the right-wing paramilitary group AUC in Colombia. These groups would protect Chiquita Brand International and in turn Chiquita paid them. In March 2007, Chiquita pleaded guilty to paying over 1 million dollars and illegally distributing guns to these groups. Their punishment was […]
A matrix of closely tied university-based strategic studies ventures, the so-called Grand Strategy Programs (GSP), have cropped up on a number of elite campuses around the country, where they function to serve the national security warfare state. In tandem with allied institutes and think tanks across the country, these programs, centered at Yale University, Duke […]
The disaster at Fukushima nuclear plant has released more radiation and caused greater ongoing health hazards than the Japanese government has acknowledged. Recent studies indicate the impact of Japan’s disaster on Canada. Those impacts are in fact worse than Canadian officials had anticipated, and they are cause for concern. A Health Canada monitoring station in […]
Common household cleaning products may be more dangerous than we realize. A study conducted by Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE), an organization whose self-described mission is to “eliminate toxic chemicals that impact women’s health by changing consumer behaviors, corporate practices and government policies.” The study investigates the presence of dangerous chemicals in twenty […]
On July 22, 2011, NATO bombed Libya’s main water source. The supply facility, operated by the Man Made River Corporation, provided water to approximately 70% of Libya’s population. With this plant damaged much of Libya’s population living in the desert does not have access to water. As if bombing the plant itself wasn’t enough, NATO […]