Tuesday, December 02, 2008

McDonald's tells truth about Western Sahara, apologizes


Ronald McDonald in Fez

McDonald's accidentally blundered into the Western Sahara conflict last week by printing kid's meals packages in Morocco with maps that didn't include Western Sahara as part of Morocco.

For a second I thought they were apologizing for including Western Sahara as part of Morocco, but that's just wishful thinking.

Photo by Josiehen

28 comments:

  1. This makes me not eating at McDonalds soo much easier.. nuts.. nuts.. nuts.. :) no.. why would they apologize for disregarding the UN point of view.. erh..

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  2. Anonymous1:51 PM

    hi Will
    below is the official Western Sahara map according to UN and international law.:

    http://www.un.org/Depts/Cartographic/map/dpko/minurso.pdf

    Dsrtmn

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  3. Anonymous2:51 PM

    a new happy meal called: Mac-Khzen
    ( Makhzen is an legacy/historical name of Morocco still used)
    more on arso

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  4. Heh, the Mckhzen! Driss Basri would gobble it up.

    Thanks for the UN map, Desertman. It's pretty sad that McDonald's knows the real status of Western Sahara but is willing to lie about it to keep selling Big Macs. I understand their position, but better just to never publish a map.

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  5. Makhzen is not the historical name of the country, but Maghreb is. The Makhzen (from magasin, or warehouse in english) is the state institution, or the court. It is not defined by borders. And that's a problem.
    The name for Morocco in Arabic is Maghreb, which means the West. Keep it in mind when a Moroccan says he has a "pro-western" position. It could be a joke. They are full of jokes like this a

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  6. well McDonalds in morocco has big succes like every useful thing from the west, we are pro west aren't we? :)
    there is a lot of McDonalds in the country they won't risk to lose money for a stupid map.
    a Mcdonald in algeria will face the same problem if it include our sahara in morocco :p
    just business..

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  7. about the pro west thing a news to see how morocco works on it image :

    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-11/29/content_10430559.htm

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  8. Anonymous8:54 AM

    We have to make a huge campign against McDonalds because is violating the international legality and supporting a feudal regime like the Moroccan´s King. Long live to the peaceful people of Western Sahara!.
    Thank you for what you are doing: giving awareness on the conflict of this last colony in the African continent.

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  9. The pro-west attitude of Moroccan agents also clearly shows in Mauretania:

    “After the third night, at about 10.00 in the evening, some Moroccans came to interrogate me. They wanted me to confess to belonging to the ‘Salafist’ group and that I was in favour of Jihad…They said that if I didn’t confess, it would cost me my life. They said that what the Mauritanians had done to me so far would be like heaven compared to what they would do to me….They used the same methods, including the ‘jaguar’. They were worse than the Mauritanians, who would stop from time to time, and sometimes the Mauritanian guards would smuggle some water to you. With the Moroccans, though, there was no let-up.”

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  10. interresting news that shows that Mauritiania is in fact moroccan, morocco recognized this country not until 10 years after its creation because it was part of morocco for us. but well with the w.s and the morocco influence in mauritania i guess we have something...

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  11. hey Saad, why do you use the name Morocco where you should use Maghreb? You are so confused...

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  12. It's worth mentioning that McDonald's is a franchise; therefore, the Moroccan entity of the company is run separately from the American one, and all others as well.

    Not that McDonald's isn't disgusting anyway. If you were eating there prior to this, you've got bigger problems.

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  13. It should be mentioned a campaign is going on:
    If Mcdonald’s gets in, you should get out! Free Western Sahara!

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  14. so no news about what happening ? about the 400 people killed, ah yeah that's not the doing of the mean morocco but the nice and democratic israel...at the same time moroccan sahara is so peaceful best kisses from here my blind friends

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  15. Who is blind Saad?
    The Israeli attitude towards Palestinians is like the Moroccan towards Saharawis; both peoples are denied the rights on their land and both territories are divided by a military wall. But there is a big difference too: Saharawis share their religion with their enemy but Palestinian and Israeli religions differ. Which gives the opportunity to turn it into a religious war, a jihad. You know, like the GIA staged in Algeria with the support of the Moroccan king.

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  16. so no news about what happening ? about the 400 people killed, ah yeah that's not the doing of the mean morocco but the nice and democratic israel...at the same time moroccan sahara is so peaceful best kisses from here my blind friends

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