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.
Many people do not realize that there is a swirling mass of plastic in the middle of the Pacific ocean that qualify as the planet’s largest garbage dump. The 5 Gyres Project estimates that there are 315 billion pounds of plastic in the ocean right now. Much of the world’s trash has accumulated in part of […]
A United States drone targetted and engaged a tribal area outside the regional capital, Miranshah. The earliest reports said that many militants were among the dead, because the area is a known al-Qaeda and Taliban stronghold. This was found to be untrue as bodies were identified, though reports of an accurate count are impossible due […]
“Participatory Budgeting” (PB) is a process that allows citizens to decide directly how to allocate all or part of a public budget, typically through a series of meetings, work by community “delegates” or representatives, and ultimately a final vote. It was first implemented in the city of Porto Alegre, Brazil, in 1990, and has since […]
On March 25th 2011, Dr. Larry James, retired Army Colonel and 2003 Chief Psychologist at Guantanamo, shared his excitement as a newly appointee to the White House’s task force termed, “Enhancing the Well-Being of the Military Family”. After numerous allegations of his involvement in the psychotic degradation of Guantanamo’s inmates and being banned in the […]