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.
Abnormalities in the brain may make some people more likely to become drug addicts, according to scientists at the University of Cambridge. They found the same differences in the brains of addicts and their non-addicted brothers and sisters. The study suggested addiction is in part a “disorder of the brain”. Experts were unsure whether drugs […]
Farms in the West African nation, Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire) are responsible for more than 40-percent of the world’s cocoa beans. Here cacao trees produce flowers that develop into pods filled with cocoa beans. Workers harvest the pods, and cut them open, usually with machetes, to collect the white coated cocoa beans within. The beans […]
US military officials confirmed that US drones are flying of over Syria in intercept government and military communications to “make a case for widespread international response.” Growing concerns over the recent bombings in Damascus and Aleppo have raised concerns of al-Qaeda involvement in Syria. While fighting and assassinations continue to mount within Syrian borders, the Western […]
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 […]