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.
Recruits to the Afghanistan army come from a world of desperate poverty. Many are malnourished and underweight and lack the upper body strength to manage the normal 50 lbs of equipment that American trainers expect them to use. Training the Afghan army is being done by US, Great Britain, and other allied countries as well […]
The Discovery Channel is spreading dangerous myths and racial stereotypes using sensationalized police footage to depict crimes of poverty. A recent show aired on The Discovery Channel, titled, “Gang Wars: Oakland,” provides sensationalized misinformation on the minority community in Oakland. The show contained brutal action scenes of Oakland Police Officers raiding houses, chasing down gang […]
Abbott Laboratories gave Columbia Medical School an unrestricted $150,000 grant to test a drug that turned fatal. Columbia Medical School administered a drug called hetastarch to open-heart surgery patients. Hetastarch can induce hemorrhaging and resulted in the deaths of two people and harmed over two dozen more. Columbia gave this drug to 200 heart patients […]
There are eight states and the District of Columbia where insurance companies claim that getting beaten up by your spouse is a pre-existing condition for which you can be denied health insurance coverage. Victims of domestic violence are legally denied health insurance by companies who say that this condition is a pre-existing and cannot be […]
The conventional wisdom in the US corporate media, that the Iranian election was fraudulent, may in fact be incorrect and simple a propaganda ploy by US interests. Robert Parry reports on a new poll that was taken at the end of September showing that about 81 percent of Iranians had confidence with the election outcome […]