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--A judgment that the growth rate for industrial production in the USSR this year will be the lowest since the end of World War II if first-quarter trends continue.
--A report on Syria's severe financial setback, caused by a temporary suspension of subsidy payments by Saudi Arabia and other Arab donors, the recent cut-off of oil pipeline transit payments by Iraq, and the cost of Syrian operations in Lebanon-estimated at $750,000 a day.
--A discussion of Moscow's attitude toward Syria's policy in Lebanon.
--A situation report on Lebanon.
The Daily devoted pages 2 and 3 to:
--A feature on EC relations with the Arab states.
--A feature on Botswana's policy toward Rhodesia.
--The outlook for the Free Democrats in West Germany.
--Observations on the similarity between the assassination of the Bolivian ambassador to France in May 1976 and the murder of the Uruguayan military attach6 in France in December 1974.
--An assessment of the Peruvian president's campaign to shift his government to a more centrist position.
Page 4 carried the continuations of three articles from page 1, plus:
--The reactions of Italy's non-Communist parties to Communist chief Berlinguer's call for the creation, after the election in June, of an emergency government consisting of all parties except the neo-fascists.
--Discussion of a statement on the Eritrean problem by the chairman of Ethiopia's ruling military council.
--Reporting on arrangements for Cuba to train Jamaican police officers in techniques to counter urban guerrilla warfare.
Other items of intelligence available for the issue of May 17, 1976, were set into type but were not published, because of space limitations. These items were held as "overset," available for publication at a later date.
Just as strong players on the bench give a football team depth, so solid items in "overset" give the Daily a reservoir of material that it can play at the appropriate time. Analysts, naturally, prefer to see their articles played immediately rather than to have them placed for a day or two in "overset," which they view as limbo. Editors, on the other hand, see great utility in "overset." It increases their options and sharpens the selectivity process. They can draw from it and replenish it-that is, have their cache and eat it, too. "Overset," properly managed, helps reconcile uneven production with steady consumption.
The Daily has some of the content of other intelligence publications, but differs from them in form; it has some of the form of commercial newspapers, but differs from them in content.
The Daily was never intended to compete with or duplicate the commercial press on foreign news coverage, for it does not have the space to do so. Still, it must be more
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