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New York University: A center of militarism, mass surveillance and censorship

Part 3: NYU and the efforts to censor the Internet

By the IYSSE at NYU, 21 March 2018

New York University, the largest private research university in the US, in heavily involved in the preparations for war against Russia and China, the mass surveillance efforts of the NSA and the Internet censorship campaign by the state, Google, and Facebook.

Tenants sue New York City Housing Authority over horrific conditions

By Philip Guelpa, 20 March 2018

The city’s public housing complexes have suffered decades of underfunding, resulting in severe deterioration of its infrastructure.

New York University: A center of militarism, mass surveillance and censorship: Part 2

NYU’s role in “cybersecurity” and mass surveillance

By the IYSSE at NYU, 20 March 2018

The largest private research university in the US is heavily involved in the preparations for war against Russia and China, the mass surveillance efforts of the NSA and the internet censorship campaign by the state, Google, and Facebook.

New York University: A center of militarism, mass surveillance and censorship: Part 1

NYU and the preparations of US imperialism for world war

By the IYSSE at NYU, 19 March 2018

New York University, the largest private research university in the US, is heavily involved in the preparations for war against Russia and China, the mass surveillance efforts of the NSA and the internet censorship campaign by the state, Google, and Facebook.

“These sorts of things have been happening for several years, but people have been less secure in publicizing them”

Interview with Arang Keshavarzian, NYU professor barred from the UAE

By Josh Varlin, 26 February 2018

For years, the United States has forged an anti-Iranian alliance with reactionary Sunni Persian Gulf oil monarchies, including Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

New York City limousine driver kills himself in protest over poverty wages

By Sandy English, 8 February 2018

Schifter’s suicide note blamed corporations and Mayor de Blasio, Governor Cuomo and former Mayor Bloomberg for destroying his livelihood.

Deliberate neglect leads to inmate death at New York’s Rikers Island

By Leslie Murtagh and Philip Guelpa, 3 February 2018

The planned closure of Rikers Island will do nothing to stem police brutality and abuse of prisoners in New York City.

Activist detained and 18 arrested at Manhattan immigrant rights protest

By Isaac Finn, 12 January 2018

Prominent immigrant rights activist Ravi Ragbir was taken into custody on Thursday morning during a regularly scheduled appointment with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The policies and atmosphere of the second Gilded Age

Metropolitan Museum of Art implements mandatory admission charge for non-New Yorkers

By Fred Mazelis, 11 January 2018

The new policy embodies what one critic called “the continual degrading and privatizing of public space.”

Gentrification fueling eviction crisis in New York City

By Steve Light, 6 January 2018

The rise in eviction cases demonstrates the increasing unaffordability of housing in working class neighborhoods in New York City.

Second Bronx fire in less than a week injures 23

By Philip Guelpa, 3 January 2018

New York City officials have tried to obscure inadequate fire prevention measures by blaming the victims.

Deadly Bronx fire: A tragic product of inequality and social crisis in America

By Fred Mazelis and A. Woodson, 30 December 2017

In every sphere of life, New York remains what newly reelected Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio hypocritically promised to change four years ago: two worlds in one city.

New York prepares military-style occupation for New Year’s celebration in Times Square

By Philip Guelpa, 30 December 2017

Thousands of heavily armed, uniformed personnel, including police snipers, are being deployed to impose a military-style occupation of Times Square in connection with the annual New Year’s Eve celebration.

US fire death toll in 2017 reaches 2,152

By Steve Filips, 23 December 2017

A heart wrenching increase in the deaths of children in fatal house fires highlights the substandard housing conditions and poverty widespread within the US.

House fire in Brooklyn kills four

By Alan Whyte, 19 December 2017

A three-alarm fire in the Homecrest section of Brooklyn, ravaged a house and killed four members of a family and injured another four.

Police mobilize in New York City after bomb detonated in subway system

By Sandy English, 12 December 2017

According to police, the device was hidden on the person of a 27-year-old Bangladeshi immigrant worker, Akayed Ullah, who has lived in Brooklyn for seven years.

Reports highlight the crisis of New York mass transit

By Alan Whyte, 12 December 2017

Three recent reports reveal mounting crisis of the New York metropolitan area’s mass bus, subway and railroad systems.

Brooklyn defense attorneys protest courthouse immigration arrests

By Mark Ferretti, 4 December 2017

On November 28, defense attorneys at Brooklyn criminal court staged a walkout after ICE arrested an undocumented immigrant worker.

New York Mayor de Blasio covered up for city’s failure to test for lead contamination in public housing

By Philip Guelpa, 23 November 2017

De Blasio and the New York City public housing authority covered up the city’s failure to conduct mandated lead paint inspections for four years.

Workers killed in upstate New York industrial accidents

By Steve Filips, 22 November 2017

A worker was killed in an explosion at a cosmetics factory 60 miles north of New York City, and two others in the northern part of the state.

Clerical workers union and New York University extend contract expiration date

By Alan Whyte, 16 November 2017

The union for New York University clerical workers has made an agreement with the school to postpone the contract expiration date until the end of November.

New York University departments call for boycott of Abu Dhabi campus after UAE denies visas to professors

By Josh Varlin, 13 November 2017

This is not the first time the UAE, abetted by NYU, has infringed on academic freedom.

New York City police officer acquitted of murder charges in killing of Delrawn Small

By Sandy English, 8 November 2017

Isaacs was the first police officer in New York State to be tried under Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2015 executive order.

New York police officers charged with raping teenage suspect in custody

By Daniel de Vries, 4 November 2017

A grand jury indicted two NYPD detectives this week on 50 counts of kidnapping and raping a teenage woman while she was handcuffed in a police van.

Trump demands death penalty in New York City attack

By Fred Mazelis, 3 November 2017

There are no fundamental differences between Republicans and Democrats in the bipartisan “war on terror.”

Trump uses New York terror attack to call for restrictions on immigration and democratic rights

By Sandy English, 2 November 2017

Right-wing Republicans have called for Trump to dispense with legal protections for the suspect, who is a legal US resident entitled to full constitutional rights.

Truck attack kills eight in New York City

By Josh Varlin, 1 November 2017

Before any investigation has taken place, the attack is being used to demonize immigrants and justify the further militarization of the New York Police Department.

Five years after Superstorm Sandy, millions remain vulnerable to future catastrophes

By Philip Guelpa, 1 November 2017

Preparations to protect against the predicted increase in the frequency and scale of future storms are completely inadequate to address the threat.

Exhibition at American Jewish Historical Society in New York

“1917—How One Year Changed the World”

By Fred Mazelis, 20 October 2017

The displays consider the Russian Revolution, US entry into World War I and the Balfour Declaration’s support for a Zionist homeland in Palestine.

New York employers, insurers seek to gut workers’ compensation system

By Philip Guelpa, 17 October 2017

Proposed changes to New York State workers’ compensation regulations would severely reduce the benefits workers receive for work-related injuries and illnesses.

Right-wing Zionist campaign against new director of Center for Jewish History in New York City

By Fred Mazelis, 16 October 2017

The cancellation of two programs by the American Jewish Historical Society is in response to a broader effort to derail the appointment of David Myers to head the CJH.

New York City mayor de Blasio virtually unopposed for reelection

By Fred Mazelis, 14 October 2017

The Democrat has long since discarded most of his “progressive” image, and presides over a city that is more socially unequal than ever before.

International Youth and Students for Social Equality wins club status at New York University

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 3 October 2017

The IYSSE won the support of hundreds of students, and was granted club status after a year of rejections.

New York City workers collecting aid express anger at Trump’s response to Puerto Rico disaster

By a WSWS reporting team, 2 October 2017

Working people at a South Bronx event to collect aid for people in the US territory spoke to the WSWS about their anger over the Trump administration’s lack of response to the devastation of Hurricane Maria, which struck nearly two weeks ago.

Two New York construction workers die at separate job sites

By Mark Witkowski, 28 September 2017

The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health released a report noting that construction worker deaths are rising in the city.

Immigrants arrested by plain-clothes ICE agents outside Brooklyn courthouse

By Mark Witkowski, 25 September 2017

The blatantly anti-democratic act of arresting immigrants who are attending court hearings for minor violations acts as a mechanism for justifying the crackdown on immigrants.

Bus crash in New York City kills three and leaves others injured

By Mark Witkowski, 20 September 2017

Three people died when a privately-operated charter bus struck a New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus in Queens on Monday morning.

Rural New York schools grapple with declining population, increasing poverty

By Jason Melanovski, 20 September 2017

A new report documents the crisis of rural school districts.

New York governor postures at bridge dedication while transportation infrastructure crumbles

By Philip Guelpa, 16 September 2017

The ostentatious opening of the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement is being used to obscure decades of neglect.

New report counts 100,000 homeless students in New York City public schools

By Fred Mazelis, 25 August 2017

The number of homeless students has jumped by 50 percent during the past six years, alongside new Wall Street highs and amid the “economic recovery.”

New York Mayor De Blasio makes token gesture against evictions

By Philip Guelpa, 21 August 2017

The Democratic mayor is making token moves in response to a mounting housing crisis and growth of homelessness.

Manhattan couple commit suicide due to “financial spiral”

By Isaac Finn, 31 July 2017

Glenn Scarpelli and Patricia Colant jumped to their deaths from a building in mid-town Manhattan on Friday. In their suicide notes, the couple explain they “cannot live with” their “financial reality.”

ICE arrests over 100 immigrants in New York in 11 days

By Isaac Finn, 29 July 2017

The crackdown on immigrants paves the way for a police-state regime and attacks on workers more broadly.

New York governor and mayor trade charges as transit chaos deepens

By Fred Mazelis, 26 July 2017

Mayor Blasio and Governor Cuomo, both Democrats and equally beholden to Wall Street, have no solution to the transport crisis in the US financial and cultural capital.

New York and New Jersey transit woes mount

By Alan Whyte, 21 July 2017

A series of incidents in the last number of days and weeks have revealed a deepening crisis in transit in the New York and New Jersey area.

New York Democrat Sheldon Silver’s corruption conviction is overturned

By Philip Guelpa, 17 July 2017

Under recent rulings by the US Supreme Court, the ability of politicians to engage in legally protected corruption has been greatly expanded.

SEIU cuts short three-day strike of New York airport workers

By Isaac Finn, 13 July 2017

Following a walkout on July 11 of roughly 700 workers at Newark Liberty International Airport, SEIU 32BJ ended a threatened three-day strike against PrimeFlight Inc., after the company agreed to negotiate.

New York City commuters voice anger at decay of mass transit system

By our reporters, 12 July 2017

The WSWS spoke to train commuters in New York City about the dangers and frustrating conditions that have overwhelmed the mass transit system in recent months.

Number of New York City street homeless grew by nearly 40 percent in one year

By Philip Guelpa, 11 July 2017

Deteriorating economic conditions combined with inadequate social services lead to sharp rise in New York’s homeless population.

Delays in transit service continue as repairs begin on New York’s Penn Station

By Alan Whyte, 11 July 2017

Two months of emergency repair work began Monday on the busiest train station in the US, escalating the crisis of transportation in the New York City area.

Governor declares “state of emergency” for New York City transit system

By Alan Whyte and Sandy English, 3 July 2017

The American Society of Civil Engineers says New York City’s transit system needs at least $68 billion over the next 20 years.

New York City transit workers, commuters describe breakdown of subway system

By our reporters, 3 July 2017

Subway workers and passengers spoke about the dangers due to decay of the transit system.

New York City doctor opens fire on former coworkers, killing one

By Isaac Finn, 1 July 2017

Dr. Henry Bello opened fire Friday on his former coworkers at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital after being fired from his job two years ago.

Hundreds of New York Times workers stage walkout to protest job cuts

By Fred Mazelis, 1 July 2017

The newspaper announced plans to lay off dozens of copy editors, along with “voluntary” buyouts that could also lead to layoffs of reporters.

New York City subway train derailment leaves 34 injured

By Isaac Finn, 29 June 2017

On June 27, an A train in upper Manhattan derailed, injuring 34 riders, including 17 who were taken to the hospital.

Concentration of poverty in New York City neighborhoods on the rise

By Philip Guelpa, 27 June 2017

Both the absolute rate of poverty and the degree to which the poor are segregated into effective ghettos have increased since the 2008 crash.

Notorious New York City landlord Steve Croman sentenced to jail

By Katy Kinner, 21 June 2017

The real estate mogul, who has forcibly evicted hundreds of people, was sentenced to a year in jail for crimes against the banks, not tenants.

New York agency details crisis of subway signal system

By Alan Whyte and A. Woodson, 20 June 2017

In a city that is home for 82 billionaires, the subways are still using a signal system with technology that dates back to 1904, posing significant dangers.

New York mayor rejects discount transit fares plan for poor residents

By Isaac Finn, 19 June 2017

New York Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio declined last week to fund a $50 million pilot program to provide half-priced fares for poor New Yorkers, as part of the fiscal 2018 budget.

Indebted New York City Housing Authority plans to lease public housing land to private developers

By Katy Kinner, 5 June 2017

Plans for luxury housing to be built on NYCHA property in Manhattan will leave hundreds of prospective low-income tenants in “affordable” units without sunlight.

Trump budget proposal signals new attacks, with devastating impact on New York City

By Philip Guelpa, 2 June 2017

Cuts to social programs will severely affect the living conditions of workers who already suffer from poverty and a lack of affordable housing.

After years of neglect, New York City faces transit crisis this summer

By Alan Whyte, 2 June 2017

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has warned Amtrak’s emergency repair work at Pennsylvania Station will “create a summer of hell” in the city.

No to war and militarism! Oppose political censorship at NYU! For equality and socialism!

Vote Isaac Oseas for NYU Student Senate

By Isaac Oseas—IYSSE candidate for NYU GSAS Student Senator, 12 May 2017

The IYSSE at NYU is running a candidate for NYU Student Senate to build a socialist, anti-war movement on campus and defend academic freedom.

New York governor implements phony free tuition program for public higher education

By Fred Mazelis, 19 April 2017

The Excelsior Scholarship will reach only a small number of students, and will not cover most of the expenses associated with attending college.

New York University’s ties to Trump, Wall Street banks and Gulf monarchies

By Sandy English, 29 March 2017

The university is led by a series of Trump administration officials, a multitude of Wall Street bankers and a host of other financial speculators.

New York transit agency raises fares again

By Alan Whyte, 28 March 2017

For the sixth time since 2007, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority increased fares and tolls by about 4 percent on buses, subways, commuter railroads, bridges and tunnels.

New York City: Army veteran kills 66-year-old black man in racist attack

By Fred Mazelis, 27 March 2017

The murder of Timothy Caughman by James Jackson, who confessed to plotting to kill as many black men as possible, is another in a series of racist crimes committed in recent months.

New York University Student Activities Board rejects IYSSE appeal on club status: An act of political censorship

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality at NYU, 27 March 2017

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality at NYU calls on all students to oppose the perfunctory rejection of the IYSSE’s appeal for club status for the second semester.

Arrest of family in Geneseo, New York by US Border Patrol draws protest

By our reporters, 25 March 2017

Over the course of a three-hour traffic stop, some 100 people gathered, despite sub-freezing temperatures, to oppose the anti-democratic proceedings.

“We refuse to be thrown away like the bakery’s garbage”

Immigrant workers at Queens, New York bakery face firing and deportation threat

By Philip Guelpa, 24 March 2017

An estimated 30 Hispanic workers at the Tom Cat Bakery have received letters giving them two weeks to prove their legal status or face termination and possible deportation.

New York mayor’s shelter plan will not reduce the city’s growing homeless population

By Philip Guelpa, 21 March 2017

Bill de Blasio’s latest housing proposal would merely shift homeless people from one form of temporary and thoroughly inadequate shelter to another.

Free speech under attack at NYU: IYSSE appeals second rejection of club status

By Isaac Finn, 18 March 2017

On Wednesday, the International Youth and Students for Social Equality appealed a recent decision by the New York University Student Activities Board’s denying the group club status.

Power outages leave six dead in western New York

By Jason Melanovski, 15 March 2017

All of the deaths came after the windstorm itself had passed and were the result of a social and economic system ill-prepared to deal with such crises.

UAW blocks strike by New York University adjuncts despite 94 percent authorization vote

By Alan Whyte, 10 March 2017

NYU has been intransigent in its opposition to adjuncts’ demands despite the fact the university has an endowment of about $3.5 billion.

New York University students denounce decision against IYSSE club status

By a WSWS reporting team, 9 March 2017

New York University’s Student Activities Board has rejected the IYSSE’s application for club status for the second semester, even though students completed all necessary requirements.

New York University rejects club status for IYSSE for second semester

By Daniel de Vries, 8 March 2017

NYU rejected the group’s application, even though the IYSSE met or exceeded all requirements for new clubs, including hundreds of students signing petitions in support of the group.

Corruption probe at City College of New York points to decline of public higher education

By Fred Mazelis, 4 March 2017

The president of CCNY was forced to resign last October after she was targeted in a corruption probe which continues to expand.

New York University professor Bertell Ollman supports IYSSE fight for club status

By Isaac Finn, 4 March 2017

An IYSSE representative recently sat down with NYU professor Bertell Ollman to discuss the issues around the club application process at NYU.

New York University professors speak out to defend IYSSE club status and support free speech

By our reporters, 2 March 2017

Several professors have written to the NYU Student Activities Board demanding an end to efforts by the university to prevent the IYSSE from organizing a club on campus.

New York police kill Brooklyn teen for pointing a fake gun

By Steve Light, 22 February 2017

A string of shootings by police of people with fake guns has occurred in recent years, including the killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio.

New York transit union pushes through concessions contract

By Alan Whyte, 20 February 2017

Less than one-third of those eligible to vote actually ratified the 28-month-long contract, which does nothing to improve wages, health and pension benefits and work conditions.

ISO endorses IYSSE application for club status at New York University

By Isaac Finn, 16 February 2017

In replying to the IYSSE’s call that it end its silence on political censorship at NYU, the ISO said it supports the democratic right of students to form an IYSSE club while denouncing the IYSSE’s “aggressive sectarianism.”

New York transit workers’ opposition builds against contract sellout

By Alan Whyte, 13 February 2017

With ratification ballots due back February 15, workers have expressed substantial opposition to the tentative deal pushed by the Transport Workers Union (TWU).

“The working class should defend immigrant rights”

New York transit workers denounce contract, Trump

By a WSWS reporting team, 13 February 2017

A WSWS reporting team interviewed transit workers and found a lot of hostility to the contract.

Open Letter to the International Socialist Organization

Reverse ISO position supporting political censorship at NYU

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 10 February 2017

On February 7, the IYSSE wrote the ISO to demand that it reverse its anti-democratic position supporting NYU’s decision to bar the IYSSE from campus.

New York City schools overwhelmed by student homelessness

By Steve Light, 7 February 2017

The effects of record homelessness on children in New York City are compounded by inadequate resources for public schools.

Hundreds attend IYSSE rallies to defend immigrant rights in New York and San Diego

By our reporters, 3 February 2017

Chapters of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality led campus rallies to defend immigrant and refugee rights against the policies of the Trump administration.

Workers killed on the job near Rochester, New York

By Steve Filips, 1 February 2017

Workplace fatalities will be certain to increase under the administration of Trump, which has pledged to gut what little remains of federal workplace safety regulations.

“This situation is bad for democracy”

New York University students and workers support IYSSE campaign in defense of immigrants

By our reporters, 1 February 2017

The IYSSE gathered dozens of student signatures in support of its application for club status and is holding a rally and meeting on Thursday, February 2.

New York raises transit fares as train and bus workers vote on concessions deal

By Alan Whyte, 27 January 2017

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation voted Wednesday to increase its fare and tolls about 4 percent.

NYPD to take over security at New York City homeless shelters

By Christopher Tiberio, 20 January 2017

With an explosion of the city’s homeless population, the NYPD has taken control of security in the shelters as a way to monitor and terrorize their temporary residents.

“We should take a stand and reject this contract”

New York transit workers denounce sellout agreement

By a WSWS reporting team, 20 January 2017

New York transit workers will be voting on a tentative agreement that will continue the erosion of their living standards and working conditions.

Union reaches deal to block New York transit workers from recouping concessions

By Alan Whyte, 18 January 2017

Transport Workers Union Local 100 announced an agreement Monday that will do nothing to stop the erosion of living standards for 38,000 bus and subway workers in New York.

New York transit workers denounce sellout

By our reporting team, 18 January 2017

Transit workers spoke to the World Socialist Web Site after the Transport Workers Union announced a deal for a new four-year agreement covering 38,000 bus and subway workers employed by the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA).

New York University: College, Inc.

NYU’s corporate-dominated expansion plan

By Isaac Finn, 17 January 2017

New York University announced last month that it will spend more than $1 billion on the construction of a single building, partially financed through contributions from ultra-wealthy individuals.

New York City transit workers and riders made to pay for system’s ballooning debt

By Philip Guelpa, 16 January 2017

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which runs New York City’s buses and subways, is tens of billions of dollars in debt.

Long-delayed Second Avenue subway extension opens in New York City

By Mark Witkowski, 13 January 2017

New York City’s Second Avenue subway, which opened at the start of the year amid media fanfare, is geared mostly to the interests of the wealthy and the city’s real estate industry.

An attempt to appease anger over student loan debt

New York Governor Cuomo proposes free tuition for state and city university systems

By Josh Varlin, 11 January 2017

Whether or not Cuomo’s proposal is enacted this year, it is clearly aimed at appeasing the anger among workers and young people at growing inequality and attacks on living standards.

As contract expiration nears, union moves to block fight by New York transit workers

By Alan Whyte, 9 January 2017

Transport Workers Union Local 100 officials have praised state Democrats who have overseen the attack on workers’ wages and pensions.

New York City schools fail lead-in-water tests

By Steve Light, 29 December 2016

Officials claimed the levels of lead in drinking water in the city's public schools were safe, but the testing was exposed as deceptive.