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.
An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposal that would allow oil companies to dump unlimited amounts of fracking chemicals and wastewater directly into the Gulf of Mexico is drawing opposition from environmentalists—including the Center for Biological Diversity—on the grounds that the draft plan is in violation of federal law, Mike Ludwig reported for Truthout in September […]
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) manages the largest prison population in the US and the most prisons of any state. It is also, Jason Renard Walker reports, one of the most “profitable prison systems in the nation, thanks to prison labor.” Many of the state’s more than 140,000 prisoners, held at more than […]
The planet may have reached a point where the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere will never go below 400 parts per million (or PPM), Brian Kahn reported in September 2016 for Climate Central. The 400ppm level exceeds the figure of 350ppm that most scientists consider “safe” levels of CO2 concentration. The concentration of CO2 in […]
One of the biggest causes for the disappearance of orcas in the Puget Sound region is a dwindling food supply and abnormal activity, Dahr Jamail reports for Truthout. Jamail reports on the research of Dr. Paul Spong, who has devoted four decades of his life to studying orca’s lifestyle. Spong’s OrcaLab, based in British Columbia, […]
The UN General Assembly’s September 2016 meetings in New York lacked representation for some 400 million indigenous peoples, Clare Church reports for Open Democracy. Church found that although poverty, displacement, and malnutrition were subjects covered at the General Assembly meetings, indigenous peoples—some of who are the most impoverished, displaced, and malnourished peoples on Earth—were not […]