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Good morning Vietnam, you are now free to enjoy a nice venti, sugar-free, non-fat, vanilla soy, double shot, decaf, Mocha Latte, no foam from Starbucks whenever you want! Last month was the opening of the first Starbucks in Vietnam. Normally, a Starbucks opening in Asia wouldn’t merit much coverage. After all, the Seattle-based behemoth already has more than 3,300 stores in 11 Asian countries, China, Japan, India, being their major markets. But this one was the first ever in Vietnam, opening right in the heart of Ho Chi Min City which is named of course for  the Communist revolutionary who was leader of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam who faught and won a war against the U.S. Imperialists, not that long ago either and probably wouldn’t be too happy about  Western Capitalist Corporations expanding their franchise in his backyard, but he’s dead. So let that be a lesson to any budding Marxist revolutionary out there. You can fight wars for decades, huddled in tunnels eating nothing but rice, with only the shirt and the gun on your back. You can go up against a Capitalist Superpower and even emerge victorious. But they will still be building Starbucks on every corner within 50 years of your death. They’re are currently lots of Starbucks in South Korea, but as of yet none in North Korea. Look out Kim Jong Un, you’re next.

Kim Jong Un

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