A bloodthirsty zombie version of the Uncle Sam character bites the neck of a foreign man in a promotional video the Obama administration is using to catch the attention of Pakistani youth.
Voice of America, through a local cable company, currently distributes “Zindagi 360,” a program VOA uses to target young adults in Pakistan, but the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors is setting its sights higher.
BBG now is aiming for a Pakistan-wide broadcast of the show, which “focuses on topics that resonate with young people in Pakistan,” such as music and “life in America.”
The topics apparently include the stars-and-stripes-adorned killer-zombie adaptation of Uncle Sam, the traditional personification of the American government.
While the promo clearly is intended to be humorous, if not satirical, BGB is using it as a calling card in its search for a distributor capable of spreading its message.
The video features two Urdu-speaking male and female cast members wearing contemporary, non-ethnic clothing, giddily venturing through what appears to be an American city.
At one point, a bloodied Uncle Sam attacks the male host, sinking his teeth into the young man’s neck. Meanwhile, a Roy Rogers movie poster hangs in the background.
Later the host returns to the street adorned with a Superman T-shirt, accompanied by his female co-host.
BBG is insistent that any network agreeing to broadcast the program must air it “in its entirety, without pre-emption, alteration, abridgement or excerption,” according to a project Statement of Work, or SOW, that WND discovered via routine database research.
Despite the declaration, selected networks or cable and satellite providers in which the show is sold “shall have the right to determine whether the program is in accordance with the laws of Pakistan, and may recommend changes.”
Included in the SOW was a link to the Vimeo promo, which required a password to access it. At that time, the password was “urdu.”
“This show reaches young people in Pakistan by focusing on things that they are interested in, things that are unique to United States,” VOA Director David Ensor was quoted saying in 2012.
“We are a news organization, but ‘telling America’s story’ is a part of our mandate, and this show not only draws in an audience it builds understanding between the two countries.”
The Obama administration separately is recruiting a senior police adviser to deploy to Pakistan, where the privately contracted in-country adviser would be tasked with implementing civilian law-enforcement assistance efforts.
The Islamabad-based adviser will work for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, or INL, providing “expertise to INL-Pakistan on all law enforcement matters.” Annual salary is $81,535 to $119,737 before factoring in danger pay and other possible allowances.
Since the energy sector is “one of the most openly corrupt” industries in Pakistan, USAID is sending an energy adviser there to provide key advice and technical expertise in its energy aid programs. The slot offers an annual salary in the $100,624 to $130,810 range.
USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives, or OTI, separately is recruiting an Islamabad-based OTI country representative. The selected candidate would oversee initiatives specific to Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas, or FATAs, plus targeted areas in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, or KP, Karachi, and southern Punjab.
Initiatives such as the Pakistan Transition Initiative program support “Pakistan’s development efforts to better integrate FATA into the political and economic mainstream of Pakistan.”
The salary range is $85,544 to $130,810.
In other global initiatives, USAID has launched a $25 million program in Honduras to “lift 15,000 households out of poverty” while reducing under-nutrition by 20 percent in select communities.
The agency will use a private contractor to promote “greater household productivity” in 10,000 existing aid-recipient households and 5,000 newly recruited ones.
Households and families “that have the will, conditions, and assets to break out of poverty” are eligible to participate, USAID said in a Statement of Work.
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