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PAKISTAN : Talibanization will precede Balkanization

QUOTES FROM AN EXPERT "As far as Pakistan is concerned, the country has failed to emerge as an effective federation because of continued sentiments of alienation in many parts of the country. Countries, as you know, are made of people, not just land. If people of a country do not want to live together for whatever reasons, it is only a matter of time when they split. The future of not just this regon but the entire world lies in the concept and creation of nation-states and given the growing interest of the US in the region for its own benefits of course, this trend may be tiggered sooner rather than later and Pakistan will be the most vulnerable at this juncture. " "... reasons of my hypothesis .... These include: instability and chaos in a nuclear Pakistan, unreliability of the leadrship in Pakistan, continued threat from Iran, growing economic threat from China and India (remember, Pakistan is the only country in the world that has borders with America's two b

How Telenor Chooses its Consultants to Counter Alfa

Source : IntelligenceOnline The Norwegian telecoms group Telenor has taken on consultants who know a lot about Alfa in order to do battle with the Russian group. Altimo , the telecoms branch of the Russian conglomerate Alfa Group , has just sent its Norwegian rival Telenor a file that accuses it of retaining several consultants to pull the rug from under Mikhail Friedman ’s group. (see Page 5). Altimo and Telenor are fighting for control of the Russian mobile operator VimpelCom . Some companies cited in the file sent to the Norwegian concern, including Garda World and Marks & Sokolov , contest the authenticity of the documents used by Altimo to back its claims. The consultants targeted by Altimo form part of a broad network built up over the years by Telenor to fight Alfa (see graph).Alfa is highly familiar to most of the law firms, investigative companies and lobbying concerns recruited by the Norwegian group. The law firm Marks & Sokolov and Orrick know all about the leg

An Analytic Software Application That You Should Know

Source: IntelFusion.Net Here’s a chance to do some analytic work on an actual historical event - the WTC bombing of 1993. If you’re following Project Grey Goose, you may have seen screenshots of Palantir in our first report. Palantir is the analytic platform behind Grey Goose and the software is broadly in use across the intelligence community. The company certainly doesn’t need my recommendation. The engineering and design of the application speaks for itself. I’ve put up this post because I strongly believe that analytic success is comprised of two parts - the inquisitive and intuitive mind of the analyst and having the right tools for the job. Palantir, in my opinion, is precisely the right tool for this type of work. READ MRORE