Friday, April 06, 2007

Moroccan American Center for Policy gangfight

As an astute anonymous commenter pointed out in earlier posts, the hapless henchmen at the Moroccan-American Center for Policy are employed by Edelman, a large public relations firm. Edelman seems happy to take Morocco's money in exchange for, but now someone is calling Edelman out for its complicity in the occupation of Western Sahara.

Edelman's eponymous head, Richard Edelman, has a blog. In late February, he wrote about Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe and his fondness for dictatorship. Edelman worked with Mugabe in the 1980's. Here's what Edelman writes about the risks of working with tyrants.
The risk to business leaders doing business with politicians who promise that electoral freedoms will follow deregulation of markets and economic liberalization. Business needs to be careful not to become a pawn in a game that it cannot win. There are certain risks that are not worth taking and values not worth compromising.
Has Richard Edelman not heard of Morocco or the Moroccan American Center for Policy? Even if he hasn't, someone has. A commenter named Charles Liebling connected the dots:
I read with interest your blog about Robert Mugabe -- especially in view of Edelman's client relationship with the Moroccan-American Center for Policy (MACP), which is a registered agent of the Moroccan government. I find Edelman's collusion with the Moroccan government through MACP highly disturbing.
Liebling goes on to point out how hypocritical Edelman is being, lamenting business relationships with Robert Mugabe while at the same time misleading the world about human rights abuses in the Western Sahara. Peter Segall, Edelman's Washington general manager, responded and defended the MACP. Liebling shut him down, and pointed out something especially dishy: Western Sahara and Zimbabwe have the same dismal Freedom House ranking.

I haven't been able to find Liebling on the internet. If you know who he is, can you get us in touch? He's a sharp guy.



  1. Anonymous10:00 AM

    Lobby Marocain aux Etats-Unis
    ( Moroccan Lobby in USA – in French )
    ”The Torture’s Lobby”

    The original text is in French language you can find it in the net too

    There is EDELMAN lobbing for Morocco but there are others
    After a bad results with Cassidy and Associates they asked others:
    Solomon Group et Bob Livingston
    Moroccans also asked Livingston LLC to organize a meeting with high US officials in Rabat, Casablanca and Marrakech concerning the issue of why they called “Sahara”
    They use one of the biggest Media Manipulators former FBI agent Lauri J.Fitz-Pegado

    Also Morocco recruited former US ambassadors in Rabat like: Marc Ginsberg et Edward Gabriel
    Last one specialized in lucrative clients so called “ revolving door”. and have mandate from Morocco government to take a big role to release the POWs
    They even succeeded to involve the charismatic Senator from Arizona, John Mc Cain

    Moroccan American Center of Policy (MACP) managed directly by King of Morocco and Moroccan security agents became a machine of propaganda in USA.
    The principal Mass-Medias are , online daily « Morocco Times » directed by Moroccan information Ministry

    In the original French full text you can read about the important promoters of MACP and many interested issues


  2. Anonymous12:12 PM

    Lawyer profile :

    Charles B. Liebling
    Firm: Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf LLP
    Address: 120 Albany Street Plaza
    New Brunswick, NJ 08901
    Phone: (732) 448-2526
    Fax: (732) 846-8877
    E-mail: Contact Us

    See also Comments of Mr Charles Liebling on WS:

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  4. Morocco's adept at manipulating public opinion. They need to be. But then, so was King Leopold, and we know what happened to him!

    I'll get in touch with Liebli. Thanks for the tip, Chasli. And if it's not the same Liebling--fake Liebling, Western Sahara is nothing to be ashamed of!

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