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.
The earth has reached a breaking point on the amount of greenhouse gases the atmosphere can handle. According to 350.org, in March 2017, “the world’s carbon dioxide atmosphere levels surpassed 400 parts per million.” Scientists around the world have come to an agreement that safe levels of CO2 should stay below 350 parts per million. […]
On December 23, 2016, President Obama signed the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. As Sarah Lazare reported for AlterNet, the 2017 NDAA included a provision to create a new federal center with “sweeping” surveillance powers to counter foreign “propaganda and disinformation.” The Global Engagement Center, Lazare wrote, will be granted “broad and ill-defined powers to […]
Since opening in 1978, Ben and Jerry’s has been globally recognized as one of the best and most socially conscious businesses in the world. Priding itself on three missions, including social, economic, and product, Ben and Jerry’s sets the standard on super premium ice cream. Lately however, their dairy practices have been contributing to the […]
Rightwing computer scientist and hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer was the top donor to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. He contributed $13.5 million and laid the groundwork for what is now called the Trump Revolution. Mercer also funded Cambridge Analytica (CA), a small data analytics company that specializes in “election management strategies.” CA boasts on its […]
More than 400,000 Afghan children are expected to stop attending school this year—approximately 1,100 every day—according to a March 2017 report by Save the Children. As Shereena Qazi and Fatima Faizi reported for Al Jazeera, expanding insecurity in Middle Eastern countries has a direct impact on school attendance. In Afghanistan, an estimated 3.7 million children […]