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.
“For more than a century black men and women traveling through predominantly white neighborhoods have been questioned for no reason – simply because police officers felt they didn‘t belong there,” the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) wrote in an open letter to members of the U.S. Senate. The ACLU’s letter urges the Senate to pass […]
The pharmaceutical industry and the FDA have found some popular asthma drugs including Symbicort, Advair Diskus, and Foradil can cause asthma related deaths in children and African Americans. The FDA and the pharmaceutical industry use warning labels, but the drugs are still in widespread use and the companies continue to downplay and conceal the risks. […]
Rape victims in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are being forced to work in conditions of slavery in mines producing the coltan and tin ore used in cell phones, jewelry, and laptops. The US is the largest consumer of such minerals, and continues to depend on these resources as technology expands. The market for […]
On August 8 2011, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit approved a lawsuit filed by citizens, Donald Vance and Nathan Ertel, regarding a case that threatened their constitutional rights. The suit was against the former Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, who authorized techniques that allowed them to endure physical and psychological torture […]
The United States, Britain, and the European Union have been the largest donors to Ethiopian development, but reports of abuse of citizens within the country and of misuse of aid have failed to initiate action from Western officials. Ethiopia receives billions of dollars in development aid annually, and recently it has been given additional emergency […]