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Warren Weertman

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Warren has been specialising in information technology and intellectual property law for the past eight years and has become rather good at it during this time. His experiences have involved some interesting journeys along the information superhighway, including dealing with pirates in one form or another, mostly software though. Warren also has an MA in political studies and has been known to comment on matters including politics, economics, and international relations. Why? Because he can. The legal bit: any thoughts expressed on this blog are purely his own and can in no way be blamed on his parents, siblings or other immediate or extended family.

Latvia and the politics of permanent austerity

In 2008 Latvia was hit by the economic crisis that saw its economy shrink substantially. In the fourth quarter of 2008 alone, Latvia’s GDP slumped…

Why exchange controls aren’t going anywhere

So there is the on-going saga that is exchange controls. Every year there is also the usual pontificating, at national budget time, on the future…

Greece, an African tragedy

When the troika (the IMF, European Central Bank and European Commission) rode into town, the Greeks didn’t have to look far too to see what…

Egypt: How not to do a political transition

You’ve been elected in your country’s first democratic election. Well done. That’s the easy bit done. Now you need to actually start governing. That, as…

Predistribution

I recently finished reading The Spirit Level by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett. I last read the book shortly after it was first released in…

Another year, another Commonwealth blog

Its possibly part of my genetic makeup, but I am a firm believer in consensus (or what the Dutch call “poldermodel”) and multilateralism. In essence,…

The passing of a maidriarch

All of last week I was thinking that I need to contact one of the most important people in my life — my nanny, Florence…

Are we the ‘Germany’ of Southern Africa?

I have recently been doing some research on the concept of hegemony and the various theoretical models used in political science to analyse this concept.…