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.
Researched by Kerry Headley and Daniel DelMonte Columbian President Alvaro Uribe seeks to ensure a third presidential term by bypassing a provisional election and proposing a series of amendments to the Columbian constitution that would relinquish various powers related to the country’s Supreme Court and the capacity to investigate existing congressional politicians and state officials […]
Researched by Leora Johnson and Elizabeth Vortman Human rights groups released a report revealing the Bush Administration’s blocking of “potentially lifesaving” aid to Haiti in order to meddle in the impoverished nation’s political affairs. In addition to being the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti also has some of the worst water in the […]
Researched by Leora Johnson and Rob Hunter The US government plans to expropriate and demolish the homes of hundreds of Haitians in the giant shantytown of Cite Soleil to make room for expansion of a military base. The infamous US government contractor DynCorp, a quasi-official arm of the Pentagon and the CIA, is responsible for […]
Researched by Ian Bridges and Lizbeth Malmstead Efforts to clear the more than one million cluster bombs Israel dropped throughout south Lebanon during the last days of its devastating 34-day war with Hezbollah in the summer of 2006, will stop due to lack of funding. Demining teams, comprised of the Lebanese Army, UN Forces and […]
Researched by Edward Martin and Ashley McLoud In a further escalation of the attack on democratic rights, the Labour government of the UK is proposing a huge increase in state surveillance. It is implementing new measures under the pretext of the “war on terror” to intrude ever deeper into the private lives of people who […]