Friday, December 19, 2014
Used to be each nation had its own special identity, richness and uniqueness which displayed itself in its religious tradition, culture, customs, history and unique aspects of every day life such as clothing, music and food.
Now with a few exceptions here and there everyone has been indoctrinated into some facet or another of Americanism.
~ Mini McDonald's in Shanghai
Everyone pretty much now dresses like us (from wearing stupid polo playing horsey shirts to kids trying to look 'gangsta') and listens to our music (everyone around the world knows who Justin Timerberlake and Taylor Swift are, but odds are most Americans have no clue who your top local artists are)
The rest of the world watches the utter crap television and movies we create through Hollywood and everyone from Britain to Bombay (Mumbai) to Bangkok eats our terrible fast food..
Our secularism; the belief system of making money taking priority above all other values have like a virus, contaminated more cultures over the last 50 years than we can ever begin to know
And it really is a shame.
~ South Africa
So back to McDonalds.. There are actually 7 nations where blessedly you will not find a single one of their fast food restaurants.
Shockingly you will find them in places like Cuba, Venezuela, Iran, Mongolia and some of the darkest parts of Africa.
We can't say for certain all of following 7 nations are devoid of US fast food chains completely, but at least there are no golden arches...
1) North Korea
We mentioned this the other day; Probably the #1 reason the US hates this country-- they do not allow US corporations inside their borders and be profited from.
McDonald's restaurants operated in Bolivia for a period of 14 years, but ultimately shut down following a fairly unorganized political movement to prevent the company from turning a profit.
The Bolivian President Evo Morales stepped up pressure on the fast food chain, citing the company’s desire for global dominance. “They are not interested in the health of human beings, only in their earnings and corporate profits,” said Morales.
McDonalds was reportedly considering opening up branches in Ghana by early 2011. But plans were put on hold when it appeared that the citizens of the African nation wouldn’t have enough income to become regular customers.
In other words, No tickee? No laundry.. No money? You can go starve for all we care
Macedonia is located in the Balkan peninsula in southeastern Europe surrounded by Albania, Serbia, Bulgaria and Greece.
Until May, 2013, McDonald's operated seven fast food restaurants in Macedonia for about 16 years. But a dispute between McDonald’s European head office and Macedonian company that runs the franchises has apparently led to the termination of their agreement.
No telling is McDonald’s has plans to continue operating in Macedonia.
In 1999, construction of the first McDonald’s stopped due to protest and the subsequent passage of a government law that bans franchised restaurants in the country.
During the fight to pass the law, one person spearheading the drive against McDonald's wrote in the local press: "It is not Bermudian. McDonald's cheapens wherever it goes."
Its food also clogs the arteries.
In 2010, there was talk about opening up the first-ever chain in the country that is led by President Robert Mugabe – one of Africa’s longest-serving dictators. McDonald’s says it’s still looking for the right company to run its franchise –someone of “high integrity, “ and business experience.
That’s good, because the country is enjoying a rebound in its economy from its illegal trade in blood diamonds—among other things.
Plus for a $500 million Zimbabwe dollar bill, that's sure to buy at least a McChicken & small french fries.. Just not sure if it will also cover a soft drink
McDonald’s closed in Iceland in 2009 due to the collapse of the Icelandic krona.
Within a couple years, Iceland's economy greatly strengthened and they were smart enough to not let McDonalds back into their beautiful country
Enjoy your weekend..
Posted by Susquehanna at Friday, December 19, 2014