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A large crowd of protestors at Washington Square Park holding up signs and Iranian flags. Some of the signs read “WOMAN LIFE FREEDOM,” “FREE IRAN,” and “IRAN 2022 REVOLUTION NO ISLAMIC! TO REPUBLIC!”

Opinion: Islam didn’t start the Iranian protests

While there has been widespread support for Iranian women’s rights, the media has misinterpreted the true intentions of these protests.
Afnan Abbassi, Contributing Writer Nov 21, 2022

Following the murder of Mahsa Amini, protests rapidly spread across the globe from Washington Square Park to London. The attention that Iranian women have received in the media...

An illustration of Iranian climber Elnaz Rekabi mounting a climbing wall. She has her black hair tied into a ponytail. She wears a white, red and green colored shirt — the colors of the Iranian flag. The back of her shirt reads “IRAN 009” and her left hand holds onto a blue boulder.

Guest Essay: The Islamic Republic’s mandatory rule limits its female athletes

Iranian climber Elnaz Rekabi competed without a hijab, violating the Islamic Republic’s mandatory rule. What does that mean for other Iranian athletes?
Nicky Kashani, Guest Contributor Nov 2, 2022

On Oct. 16, Iranian rock climber Elnaz Rekabi disobeyed the Islamic Republic’s restrictions on female athletes and competed in an international tournament in Seoul without wearing...

An illustration of the silhouettes of two people facing one another, against a blue background. A text bubble is drawn, showing the person of the left saying “Can I call you “blank” for short?” to the person on the right.

Opinion: Stop trying so hard to pronounce our names right

We’re just as embarrassed as you are when you pronounce our names wrong.
Aksha Mittapalli, Contributing Writer Oct 5, 2022

It’s move-in day. You and your entire family, grandparents and all, spill into your smaller-than-expected dorm room. You'll hang the clothes that you'll probably never wear,...

A crowd of protesters standing under Washington Square Arch holding the Iranian flag and signs with a person holding a wood stick with a strand of black hair hanging by the end of it.

Opinion: NYU should speak up about the violence in Iran

As an institution that prides itself in global diversity, NYU should be actively supporting Iranian women and students.
Molly Koch, Contributing Writer Oct 3, 2022

NYU prides itself on its diversity. The class of 2026 represents 107 countries — five more than the previous year. When a major crisis happens in one of those countries, then,...

A group of people dressed in different outfits look up at several pillars with the American national flags hanging off them.

Opinion: U.S. media coverage of international news is half-baked

American newspapers take a sensationalized approach to covering global affairs, and it is polluting the identity of developing nations.
Aksha Mittapalli, Contributing Writer Sep 13, 2022

Another summer has passed, and the United States continues to grace the world with its unsolicited, international involvement. As a global superpower, the United States continuously...

A close-up image of a blue-and-yellow Ukrainian flag. In the blue part, the word “Ukraine” is written in Ukrainian in yellow text. In the yellow part, the country’s name is written in English in blue text. On the right, a person’s arm extends into the frame. They are wearing a red-and-black flannel.

Guest Essay: The war in Ukraine and the danger of World War III

Oppose Putin’s regime without supporting U.S. imperialism and oppose U.S. imperialism without supporting Putin, IYSSE President Karsten Stoeber writes.
Karsten Stoeber, Guest Contributor Apr 21, 2022

Karsten Stoeber is the president of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality chapter at NYU. Millions around the world are shocked by the war in Ukraine. The...

Six protesters stand by the Washington Square Park fountain holding up cardboard posters and a Ukrainian flag in support of ending the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

Opinion: Stop publishing pieces on how to ‘cope’ with the invasion of Ukraine

Coverage of the war should focus on how to help Ukrainian people, not how to destress.
Jules Roscoe, Deputy Opinion Editor Mar 8, 2022

I was walking out of a morning class on Feb. 28, just four days after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Two of my classmates strolled...

A concrete guard tower overlooks rubble and trash lying in the shadow of the tall, concrete Israeli West Bank separation barrier, which is covered in graffiti.

Opinion: NYU, shut down the Tel Aviv study abroad site

Amnesty International released a report last month concluding that Israel is guilty of perpetrating apartheid and other violations of international law against Palestinians. NYU’s Tel Aviv academic center and partnership with Tel Aviv University is nothing short of complacency and, by extension, complicity.
Trace Miller, Managing Editor Mar 1, 2022

NYU should shut down its Tel Aviv study abroad site. Maintaining an academic center in Israel signals complacency toward — and, thereby, complicity in — the apartheid, crimes...

Ties with the United Arab Emirates hamper freedom of academic expression at NYU’s Abu Dhabi campus. (Staff Photo by Roshni Raj)

Opinion: NYU must take a stand for academic freedom abroad

Multiple NYU study-away sites have been forced into academic censorship. Enough is enough.
Zach Banks, Staff Writer Feb 14, 2022

Our university’s torch logo should symbolize academic freedom and justice. Instead, it has come to stand for unfettered capitalism — selling out academic freedom to pad an...

On March 12, nine NYU Shanghai students were detained in two separate drug sweeps by police officers. NYU students are just the latest victims in international tensions. (Photo by Casey Kwon)

Opinion: NYU Shanghai students’ detainment was absolutely political

NYU’s complacency and inability to protect its students from being used as political tokens is a disturbing and troubling precedent.
Jack Li, Staff Writer Apr 29, 2021

On March 12, nine NYU Shanghai students were detained in two separate drug sweeps by police officers. WSN reported that two students were approached at a bar, while seven others...

NYU Senior Leadership has announced mandatory vaccinations for all students returning in-person for the Fall 2021 semester. This is expected to most negatively impact international students, who may come from countries with low vaccine availability. (Staff Illustration by Manasa Gudavalli)

Opinion: Mandatory vaccine policy for Fall 2021 overlooks international students

NYU administration has announced that all students must be vaccinated — with the exception of those unable to due to health and religious reasons — before returning to campus in the fall. How will this impact NYU’s international student body in the Global South?
Srishti Bungle, Staff Writer Apr 26, 2021

On April 19, senior NYU administrators sent out an email notifying the student body that NYU students returning to the city must be vaccinated for the fall semester. NYU leadership...

America’s press should not be the arbiter of Bolivian democracy

America’s press should not be the arbiter of Bolivian democracy

News outlets have created a narrative around the latest political developments in Bolivia. However, there’s good reason to be skeptical of media interpretations.
Max Tiefer, Contributing Writer Mar 30, 2021

Jeanine Áñez, the former interim Bolivian president, was arrested by President Luis Arce’s administration on March 13. Áñez governed for a year, during which she presided...