Sunday, February 13, 2005

News There, Just Not News Here 

The New York Not-in-Times has a big story on their front page about the Industrial Food biz desperately trying to find a new kind of fat to fry things in. They don't have this little item, oddly enough. It's in English, even. And not exactly gossip of dubious provenance; note who wrote the report. But one must have priorities:

(via Deccan (India) Herald)
Pakistan will be a “failed” state by 2015 as it would be affected by civil war, complete Talibanisation and struggle for control of its nuclear weapons, premier US intelligence agencies have said in an assessment report.

Forecasting a “Yugoslavia-like fate” for Pakistan, the US National Intelligence Council (NIC) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in a jointly prepared Global Futures Assessment Report have said “by year 2015 Pakistan would be a failed state, ripe with civil war, bloodshed, inter-provincial rivalries and a struggle for control of its nuclear weapons and complete Talibanisation.”

“Pakistan will not recover easily from decades of political and economic mismanagement, divisive policies, lawlessness, corruption and ethnic friction,” said the report quoted by former Pakistan High Commissioner to United Kingdom Wajid Shamsul Hasan in an article in the South Asia Tribune.

Titled ‘Will Pakistan Army invade Balochistan as per the NIC-CIA Plan,’ the former senior diplomat said “in the context of Balochistan, one would like to refer to the 2015 NIC report. It forecast a Yugoslavia-like fate for Pakistan.

“The military operation that has been put in motion there would further distance the Baloch people from rest of the country. That perhaps is the (NIC-CIA) Plan,” Mr Hasan said. “Nascent democratic reforms will produce little change,” he added.
Papers all over south Asia are carrying this. Here? Not so much...

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