Russia president Vladimir Putin, who uses Ketchum for PR, earned a powerful New York Times op-ed placement today, in which he warned that a U.S. strike against Syria would destabilize the Middle East and northern Africa.
On the day the Egyptian military stormed the camps of supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi and slaughtered 150 people (or 2,200 according to the Muslim Brotherhood), Bahrain activists put western PR firms supporting the King's government on notice, threatening cyber-attacks on their websites.
Nigeria, Africa's most populous country and major oil supplier that is being rocked by an bloody insurrection, has hired an Omnicom firm to enhance bilateral diplomatic, economic and security relations between it and the U.S.
The Asia-Pacific Economic Corporation, the global free trade forum for 21 countries in that region, is on the hunt for an "internationally recognized" PR firm to draft a communications strategy for the next four years.
Levick Strategic Communications has sued a large Pakistani fertilizer producer, seeking $400K in damages for breach of contract after the firm said it gave months of PR counsel without payment as Fatima sought state backing for a factory in Indiana amid concerns that its fertilizer is a key ingredient for improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan.