Persebaya (Almost) Falls Victim to U-20 World Cup

*This post was published in Indonesian language in on 8 February 2020.

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By: Renata Melati Putri

Banners conveying satirical message “World Cup for now, Persebaya forever” were seen in various parts of Surabaya city. Posts with similar tone were also seen circulating on social media, echoing up the message.

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Presentation: What They Don’t Talk About When They Talk About the Olympic Games

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On 24 January 2019, I had an opportunity to attend an event as a conductor. The invitation was exhilarating by the fact that I could tailor my presentation based on my interest. Woohoo!

Against the backdrop of Indonesia’s official application to run for the 2032 Summer Olympic bid, I took the liberty to bring issues regarding the Olympics to the session. For your information, the government of Indonesia (GoI) has started a “mild” campaign on how the event offers an economic boost for the host city. Interestingly, most economists around the Olympic studies have debunked the economic benefits. Nevertheless, like other pro-growth governments that host the Olympics, the GoI is happy to go about their marketing promises on the economic impact. Continue reading “Presentation: What They Don’t Talk About When They Talk About the Olympic Games”