Robert van Voren
Author archives

  • Op-ed

    Ukrainian psychiatric hospitals: engraved in my eyeballs

    There are some images that remain engraved in your eyeballs for the rest of your life. For me one of those images dates back to 1991, more than 25 years ago, when I for the first time entered a Soviet psychiatric hospital. It was in Kyiv,...

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    Social care homes: the Ukrainian “Gulag”

    Imagine your brother decides to marry and needs more space in the flat your deceased mother left behind, in order to be able establish a family. He manages to find a psychiatrist to declare you legally incapable and delivers you to a...

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  • International, Op-ed

    Robert van Voren: A new history of disasters, or how the world...

    Imagine 2019. President Trump has been around for three years, bogged down by court cases in connection with shady deals with among others Saudi Arabia and Russia, dealing with accusations of sexual abuse, the bankruptcy of some of his...

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  • Op-ed

    Robert van Voren: Third anniversary of Maidan: I have lost my hopes,...

    It is clear the honeymoon days are over. Three years after the start of Maidan, it is evident that many of the hopes that Maidan created did not materialize, and that the process of transforming Ukraine into a democratic society based on...

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  • Op-ed

    Waking up in a new world

    “Their world is collapsing. Ours is being built”. With these words the chief strategist of French right-wing leader Marianne Le Pen welcomed the news of Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States. Also Dutch right wing...

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  • Op-ed

    MH17: Crime without punishment

    It was supposed to be an effective public relations move, creating doubt and sowing distrust among the Western European public. Two days before the presentation of the report of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) on the downing of the...

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    The globalization of Putinism

    The year 2016 will go down in history as a turning point. Whatever happens during the second half of the year will not alter that fundamentally, it may only make the significance even bigger. A possible further incursion of Russian troops...

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  • Op-ed

    Ukraine: 25 years of wandering in the desert

    It took Moses forty years to lead the Israeli people out of the desert into the Promised Land, enough to let the generation die that grew up in slavery in Egypt. In the end, the people that found their final home were free and hardened by...

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  • International, More

    The rapidly changing landscape in Europe

    Thirty years ago the political landscape on the European continent seemed stable and fixated for decades to come. The continent was divided between the free West and the Eastern Bloc, dominated by the totalitarian Soviet imperium. A new...

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    How public should the Soviet KGB archives be?

    One of the results of the Maidan is the transfer of the KGB archives to the National Memory Institute and access to the files for the Ukrainian public. A major step, considering the fact that Ukraine was the second largest Soviet republic,...

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