International terrorism brought the US troops to the islands….to advise and assist…‘and its clearly paying off’.
And look, the Filipino Jollibee restaurant chain is opening up franchises….
‘The place is a bit safer now but also a bit more American too.’
Do I detect a bit of regret about that?
Gotta celebrate that diversity and cosmopolitan atmosphere generated by all those ‘foreign’ food restauraunts as in the UK where having Chinese, Indian, Thai, Pizza and US burger chains all add to the wonderful multi-cultural mix that is the UK.
Seems a little bit of doubt about that applying to American food chains in non Western countries perhaps?
Much as Western influences were polluting the pure and noble savages of Qatar where the BBC’s Razia Iqbal suggests: ‘ ‘importing’ Western culture such as orchestras will dilute what it is to be Qatari’……only to be rebuffed with a dose of reality: ‘No, we have opportunities now beyond our wildest dreams in education and business and in daily life.’
The Qatar Philharmonic was established in 2008, the first western symphony orchestra in a Gulf state, and just one of a number of institutions intended to demonstrate the country’s cultural ambitions.
Razia Iqbal visits Katar, the official cultural village of Doha, and talks to members of the orchestra, many of whom have been imported from Europe. And she interviews the country’s ‘culture queen’, Sheikha Mayassa Al-Thani, daughter of the Emir of Qatar.
No such concerns about diluting British culture and what it is to be British from the BBC.