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.
After six years of negotiations, the Transpacific Partnership (TPP) is dead. While establishment media focused on Donald Trump’s intent to stop the TPP, James Trimarco reported for YES! Magazine on how “a small, international group of affordable-medicine advocates” worked to undermine the TPP’s passage “in a years-long drama that pitted consumer advocacy against corporate interests.” […]
The US government refuses to acknowledge its responsibility for the health impacts of US military “burn pits” in Iraq, despite new evidence of their harmful effects on children, Sarah Lazare of AlterNet reported in August 2016. Burn pits were a common way to dispose of waste at US military sites in Iraq and Afghanistan. As […]
Migrant labor camps in the US fail to meet basic human rights standards. These camps are supposed to offer labor workers a place to live while working. Laws require that workers’ residences meet minimal health and safety standards. However, as Robert Holly reports for the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting and In These Times, this […]
On October 4, 2016, Russia’s Civil Defense Day, national authorities launched a military exercise to prepare 40 million citizens for emergency evacuation drills of “at-risk areas” in Russia. The four-day drill mobilized 200,000 rescue professionals and tens of thousands of vehicles. As Jon Queally reported for Common Dreams, this year’s drill took place shortly after […]
Since 1967 fossil fuel companies have known about but continued to deny the connection between the creation of injection wells used in hydraulic fracking and increased seismic activity, Calvin Sloan reported for PR Watch in November 2016. In 1968, geophysicist J.H. Healy and his associates published research in one of the nation’s leading scientific journals […]