27 January 2011

Just a Glimpse of Davos Annual Madness

First thing about Davos 2011, I would like to handover my gratitude from numerous world-caliber economic analysts for their heady articles written in several media, to Andrew Ross Sorkin, New York Times’s dealbook columnist who wrote worth to read “A Hefty Price for Entry to Davos” on January 24th, 2011.  Mr. Sorkin comprehensively clarify in his article about how much is the price for becoming Davos attendee, and the answer… is not-surprisingly enormous.

According to Mr. Sorkin’s article, there are several levels of Davos’s membership, first, is the "Basic level" where you have to pay 50,000 Swiss Franc ($52,000) and the invitation for the event will follow. The ticket itself costs 18,000 Swiss Franc ($19,000) plus tax, so it’s gonna costs $71,000 for both the membership and the entrance fee (remember, it is for one person only).  The second level is “Industry Associate Level”, which will enable the member to stick together with billionaires in private sessions, and it costs $137,000, so the membership plus the ticket fee is gonna be $156,000. To upgrade your membership from “Industry Associate Level” into “Industry Partner Level” in which you might be able to bring along your business colleagues, you have to pay $263,000 plus the two tickets fee ($301,000 in total). Now how about big boss needs to be accompanied by his/her team which consist of (let say) 5 people? Let’s go to “Strategic Partner Level” with the price tag $527,000 and plus not to forget one person entrance fee (still) costs $19.000/person. Honestly, I’m pretty bad with math, so please stop these whole calculations…. here.

17 January 2011

23 and 32, Years Tunisia and Indonesia Have to Pay in Future

For independent (slash) junior (slash) unexperienced researcher like me, finding fresh and up-to-the-minute topics to be developed in my personal blog is somewhat  difficult thing to do. But that’s turn out to the opposite when it comes to Tunisia and it’s political fiasco for the last couple weeks in which all started from three weeks protests mostly by unemployed youths in coalition with lawyers, political campaigners, and students. Sounds like “Bangkok’s Red Shirt” on May 2010? Scratch that thought out, this one is more than just ousted prime minister and his group attacking current government, this is 23 years of waiting for justice and degree of social peace ever since President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali overthrew Tunisia’s last President, Habib Bourguiba (who is declared by his physicians unable to continue assuming the duties of the office) in a bloodless coup. Ben Ali was served his fifth consecutive five-year term as president, strongly supported by military army and World Bank loans. Nowadays, Tunisians throwing great celebrations after Mr. Ben Ali stood down as president and left the country.