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.
Retired Marine General James Mattis, a man who has served over forty years in the Marine Corps, was sworn in as the US Secretary of Defense in January 2017. Before his confirmation, he was under public scrutiny—for instance, for his controversial comments on “political Islam” at the Heritage Foundation in 2015—but, Dahr Jamail reports, the […]
States across the US are incarcerating massive numbers of women for violent crimes that should be considered self-defense. As Victoria Law reported for Truthout in October 2016, many women are incarcerated for committing violent crimes as a result of defending themselves against abusers. According to Law’s report, 34,000 women are currently serving time in state […]
Since 2010, when Haiti suffered the worst earthquake in history, the Clintons’ promises to rebuild Haiti fell through. During Bill and Hillary Clinton’s 1975 honeymoon in Haiti, they felt a strong connection with the country. In 2009, when Hillary Clinton became Secretary of State, Haiti became one of her top priorities for redevelopment. The earthquake […]
“Continuity of Government” (COG), as implemented by Vice President Dick Cheney on September 11, 2001, had pre-planned impacts that continue to reverberate, according to a report by Peter Dale Scott in the Journal of 9/11 Studies. He reports that, under cover of COG, Cheney used “devious means to install a small cabal of lawyers–most notoriously […]
Pharmaceutical companies that produce antibiotics are creating dangerous superbugs when their factories leak industrial waste, Madlen Davies of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism reported in September 2016. Superbugs are bacteria that become resistant to antibiotics. Pharmaceutical factories in China and India—the places where the majority of the world’s antibiotics are manufactured—are releasing “untreated waste fluids” […]