"The Ambassador raised economic liberalization, noting the importance of opening up to franchising. El Materi agreed, noting that he would be pleased to assist McDonald’s to enter Tunisia, suggesting they begin at the new cruise port in La Goulette. He complained about the unhealthy food served by McDonald’s, however, adding it is making Americans fat.
- 09TUNIS516: TUNISIA: DINNER WITH SAKHER EL MATERI, http://18.104.22.168/cable/2009/07/09TUNIS516.html
This is an extract from a wikileaked diplomatic cable by US Ambassador to Tunisia Robert F. Godec reporting on a dinner with a wealthy Tunisian businessman.
US diplomacy serves the corporations. That we always knew. It is part and parcel of the imperial system of cultural and economic domination and that is why it is so important. The businessman whose knows about the impacts of Mac Do on health but proceeds anyways: this is the private sector at work.
Does anyone remember that the late King Hussein came personally to open the first Mac Donald in Amman?