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.
Tensions mount as Israelis continue to encroach on al-Aqsa Mosque, a hotly contested religious site for Muslims, Christians, and Jews. To Muslims, al-Aqsa is the place from which the Prophet Muhammad ascended into heaven. To Jews, the site is known as the Temple Mount, and is considered the holiest place in all of Judaism. The […]
Every year thousands of people, most of them women, emigrate from the Philippines to the United States. Unbeknownst to them, many will end up living in slave-like conditions. Rampant poverty, unemployment, and violence in the Philippines push many to seek a better life abroad. Many emigrate to the US with pre-arranged contracts as domestic workers. Unfortunately, […]
In November 2016, the FBI arrested a young Muslim named Samy Mohamed Hamzeh in an undercover sting that allegedly halted a plan to commit a mass shooting with the intention to kill dozens; however, as the details of the case developed, the accused began to look more like the victim. Although Hamzeh was arrested attempting […]
Drug trafficking in Tumaco Colombia, has led to the killing of coca farmers, human rights defenders, and social leaders, like Jose Jair Cortes who was murdered in October, 2017, Telesur and other news outlets reported that month. The levels of criminal activity and the death toll continued to rise even after President Juan Manuel Santos […]
On October 23, 2017, civil rights organizations, including the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Poverty & Race Research Action Council (PRRAC), Public Citizen Litigation Group, and others, sued the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), challenging its decision to suspend the enactment of the Small Area Fair Market Rent (Small Area […]