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.
Animal rights activists may now be legally restricted for rising evidence against their industrial agriculture factories that continue acts of animal torture and abuse. Iowa and Florida have proposed a new law that would make undercover recording of these abuses illegal. In order to prevent the outside world from seeing these atrocious acts of cruelty […]
The war in Afghanistan and the US Special Operations Forces (SOF) has had far more deaths than the reports are leading us to believe. The Human Rights unit of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) jointly with the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) stated a total of 80 civilians were killed in […]
Families of victims in Colombia’s civil war are suing the biggest banana importer in the United States for its role in funding illegal armed groups in the country’s conflict. Relatives of 931 people killed by left-wing guerrillas and right-wing paramilitaries want compensation after Chiquita Brands admitted paying the groups at various times during the conflict […]
There has been a significant bloom in “toxic blue-green algae” in Lake Eerie and surrounding Ohio inland lakes. Recently, there have been “30 complaints linked to human sickness or irritation from exposure to algae”. The algae outbreak seems to be only getting worse, and may continue to threaten public health if the water becomes toxic. […]