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.
It’s no secret that the billionaire Koch brothers, David and Charles, are willing to spend millions of dollars to influence elections and further their economic policy views. Since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United bestowed corporations with unprecedented rights to freedom of expression, it is now legal for corporations to express political views to their employees. […]
Each year in October, corporations such as General Mills and Johnson & Johnson adorn their products in pink to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research; however, many of these companies’ products contain cancer-linked chemicals and toxins. As Brittany Shoot reports, “Food manufacturing giants use packaging full of cancer-linked chemicals, yet partner with breast […]
Texas was one of 26 states that enacted 69 anti-choice measures in 2011, and the effects of those measures on women’s health are now becoming starkly evident. Anti-choice public health policies advanced by the state’s Republican are leaving the poor and uninsured women of Hidalgo County with limited sources for the birth control and healthcare […]
How much does food consumption adversely affect the global environment? According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, livestock accounts for nearly 18% of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Since 1965, the number of animals slaughtered each year has increased from 10 billion to 55 billion. This in turn means that 9% of total greenhouse […]
In October 2012, Icelanders voted in an advisory referendum regarding six proposed policy changes to the nation’s 1944 Constitution. In response to the question, “In the new Constitution, do you want natural resources that are not privately owned to be declared national property?” Iceland’s citizens responded with a decisive “yes.” 81% of those voting supported […]