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 the southwestern region of Ethiopia known as Gambella, the government is overtaking private land and leasing it to outside investors under a program known as “villagization.” In April 2012, citizens in the Gambella region who oppose the government’s resettlement program attacked a commercial farm owned by Saudi Star Agricultural Development (SSAD). In the April […]
In October 2012, Imran Kahn, the former Pakistani cricket star who is now a politician, led an international group of human-rights activists, including Americans from Code Pink, into Pakistan’s remote tribal areas. Their journey aimed to draw global attention to the civilian casualties caused by the CIA’s ongoing drone missile campaign in Pakistan. Their journey […]
Some of the world’s leading scientists have concluded that the current global population may have to drastically decrease its intake of animal products in order to feed the additional 2 billion people that are expected to be alive in 2050. The International Water Management Institute has stated that there is sufficient water and agricultural land […]
In January 2012, the Brazilian Amazon rainforest was sentenced to death. The Brazilian government stepped over human rights, the rights of the indigenous people, and its own Constitution in the name of “progress.” The ongoing construction of the Belo Monte Dam on the Xingu River and the Madeira Dam on the Madeira River, and the […]
The Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) has acted as a fact-finding organization. It has no direct authority over police officers. It consists of 13 city appointees who sit atop a large investigative apparatus of roughly 100 civilian investigators and their supervisors who do the actual work of looking into allegations of police misconduct. In New […]