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Mira Sys

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2021

Good relationship with China more important to the University of Groningen than academic freedom

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Anne de Vries & Mira Sys

Anne de Vries & Mira Sys

Although they knew they were propaganda vessels for the Chinese Communist Party, three Dutch knowledge institutions deliberately acquired a Confucius Institute. A reconstruction made by FTM shows how these institutions risk their academic freedom, hoping to establish a better trade relationship with China.

MH17 was no obstacle to gas talks with Putin – they just had to be carried out secretly

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Mira Sys & Ties Keyzer

Mira Sys & Ties Keyzer

After flight MH17 was downed by a Russian missile in 2014, the Netherlands froze diplomatic and trade relations with Russia. At least, to the outside world. Behind the scenes ties were quickly reestablished, which the Dutch government concealed from parliament. The reason: Russian gas.

2020

‘We must take the global water crisis as seriously as the current pandemic’

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Mira Sys

Mira Sys

Washing your hands thoroughly with soap is one of the most effective ways of combating the coronavirus. But what if you don't have access to clean water, a reality for over two billion people worldwide? Follow the Money speaks to Maude Barlow, a Canadian human rights activist who helped ensure that water was recognised as a fundamental right by the UN.