Instructive how quasi-official Oman Observer handled the US Embassy press release on the Free Trade Agreement. For a benchmark I'm using Times of Oman (below), which earnestly revealed its source. Highlights:
1. Change the original headline from a theme of mutual benefit to Advantage Oman.
2. Insert token statement of friendship:The Free Trade Agreement (FTA) signed between Oman and the United States in January 2009, has boosted bilateral trade and investment between the two countries, by strengthening the bond of economic ties between the two countries.
3. Mentions of plain vanilla "Oman" are insufficient. Change a few to "The Sultanate".
4. Most importantly, remove the following inconvenient fact:The FTA allows US investors to wholly own their companies without requiring a local sponsor, although many choose to partner with Omani companies to leverage local expertise and to facilitate business.
See for yourself :http://omanobserver.om/node/170241/
(oh yeah.. just noted the
article dateline. Belated happy 4th of July)