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.
When the first Canadian case of mad cow disease was discovered in Canada in 2003 sensationalist news coverage sparked widespread fear over the safety of Canadian beef. Forty-one countries closed their border to Canadian beef, and in the following 18 months producers suffered $5 billion in losses. To date only 19 cases of mad cow […]
Paul Weyrich, who helped build a nationwide right-wing political infrastructure following the reelection of Richard Nixon, founded the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in 1973. Members of ALEC’s board represent major corporations such as Altria, AT&T, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Koch Industries, Kraft, PhRMA, Wal-Mart, Peabody Energy, and State Farm. Such corporations represent just a […]
The CIA’s drone campaign in Pakistan has killed dozens of civilians who had gone to help rescue victims or were attending funerals, an investigation by the Bureau for the Sunday Times (Feb. 4) has revealed. The findings are published just days after President Obama claimed that the drone campaign in Pakistan was a ‘targeted, focused effort’ […]
The US, Britain, France, and some conservative Arab allies have funded and armed the Syrian rebellion from its start a year ago. In fact, the US has been funding anti-Asad groups since the mid 1990’s. Arms and munitions are said to be flowing to Syria’s rebels through Jordan and Lebanon. Extreme rightwing groups in Lebanon, […]
“AquAdvantage” salmon, a genetically modified (GM) salmon altered to secrete growth hormone year round resulting in twice the size of a normal salmon, have tested positive for infectious salmon anemia (ISA) according to the Cohen Commission of Canada. ISA, a viral disease that causes severe anemia in fish, has been reported to have a devastating […]