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 August 2012, Lakhdar Brahimi replaced Kofi Annan as special envoy from the United Nations and the Arab League to Syria. In announcing the appointment, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon declared that Brahimi would employ “his talent and extraordinary experience” to lead Syria toward a “political transition in accordance with the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian […]
According to new information acquired by the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights, the government of Bangladesh maintains a blacklist for targeting and firing garment workers who seek their legal rights. In July 2012, Institute director Charles Kernagahn stated: “The Bangladesh Government is in direct violation of many of the International Labour Organization’s core […]
America’s mothers are dying in increasing numbers. The U.S. had the highest rate of maternal mortality of all developed nations in 2009 with 16.1 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births, an increase from 6.6 deaths per 100,000 live births in 1987, according to the U.S Department of Health and Human Services. Definitive answers to why […]
Although the corporate media have covered secession movements by political conservatives in Texas and other states following President Obama’s November re-election, they ignored Russell Means’ declaration, in September 2012, that the Lakota Sioux Nation had left America. Speaking less than a month before his death, the long-time Native American radical leader Means declared, “We are […]
The content of WebMD, the popular medical and health information and advice web site, reflects a fundamental conflict between “a business model that is reliant on pleasing BigPharma and other advertisers, and unbiased healthcare information that serves the public,” reports Terry J. Allen of In These Times. For example, in 2010, no matter how you […]