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.
A study published by the journal Environmental Science & Technology in May 2012 reported that large dairy farms are a “primary source” of estrogen contamination in the environment. Lactating cows excrete estrogen in their waste, which is thrown into wastewater pools and later used as crop fertilizer. The study found that when the estrogen is […]
In August 2012, Angolans will go to the polls for their nation’s third election since gaining independence from Portugal in 1975, and their second election in peacetime. However, the anticipated election is ridden with controversy, including concern over election fraud, state media bias, and violent crackdowns on activists and protesters. Twenty-seven parties and coalitions have […]
The recession that began in 2007 and ended in 2009 has strongly affected suicide rates in the past five years. After banks failed to release new loans, in concert with higher interest rates and the foreclosure of over thousands of homes, , people have been reverting to suicide to deal with these problems. From 2007 […]
Imagine being the parent of a black child with special needs living in a poverty ridden section of a major U.S. city. You live in a so-called “failing” school district, but you nonetheless do everything in your power to convince the school to give your child the extra help and services he or she needs. […]
By all indications, the United States public mental health system is in shambles. Studies have shown that one in every four Americans, or 57.7 million people, meet the diagnostic criteria for a mental illness every year. This makes the U.S. number one as far as the rate of mental illness among its citizens. Yet, in […]