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While Papa John’s international announced last week that it was suspending its corporation operations in Russia, like other American brands including McDonald’s and Starbucks, 190 Papa John’s restaurants have remained open and are still operational.
These select Papa John’s locations are owned primarily by Russians via a franchise agreement with an entity owned by Colorado native Christopher Wynne. Wynne has lived and worked part time in Russia for the better part of two decades.
“The best thing I can do as an individual is show compassion for the people, my employees, franchisees and customers without judging them because of the politicians in power,” he told the New York Times.
Wynne says that though various Western sanctions being imposed on Russia make international financial transactions extremely difficult, internal Russian credit card systems are working the same way they always have.
Wyneee says in this time of stress, during which “the vast majority of Russian people are very clearheaded and understand the dark gravity of the situation they’re in,” everyone appreciates “a good pizza.”
Ultimately, Russian-based franchisees across a variety of recognizable American brands are reluctant to shut down their operations because they, the owners, and not the franchises are the one who have assumed significant financial risk in opening the stores. Closures for franchisees could spell financial ruin.
“I have a perspective where my interest is first and foremost my employees and franchisees and keeping the lines of cultural exchange with the Russian people open,” said Wynne. “Papa John’s is worried about the corporate and political winds that, on a day-to-day basis, I cannot focus on.”
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Will America-First News Outlets Make it to 2023?
Things are looking grim for conservative and populist news sites.
There’s something happening behind the scenes at several popular conservative news outlets. 2021 was bad, but 2022 is proving to be disastrous for news sites that aren’t “playing ball” with the corporate media narrative. It’s being said that advertisers are cracking down, forcing some of the biggest ad networks like Google and Yahoo to pull their inventory from conservative outlets. This has had two major effects. First, it has cooled most conservative outlets from discussing “taboo” topics like Pandemic Panic Theater, voter fraud, or The Great Reset. Second, it has isolated those ad networks that aren’t playing ball.
Certain topics are anathema for most ad networks. Speaking out against vaccines or vaccine mandates is a certain path to being demonetized. Highlighting voter fraud in the 2020 and future elections is another instant advertising death penalty. Throw in truthful stories about climate change hysteria, Critical Race Theory, and the border crisis and it’s easy to understand how difficult it is for America-First news outlets to spread the facts, share conservative opinions, and still pay the bills.
Without naming names, I have been told of several news outlets who have been forced to either consolidate with larger organizations or who have backed down on covering certain topics out of fear of being “canceled” by the ad networks. I get it. This is a business for many of us and it’s not very profitable. Those of us who do this for a living are often barely squeaking by, so loss of additional revenue can often mean being forced to make cuts. That means not being able to cover the topics properly. Its a Catch-22: Tell the truth and lose the money necessary to keep telling the truth, or avoid the truth and make enough money to survive. Those who have chosen survival simply aren’t able to spread the truth properly.
We will never avoid the truth. The Lord will provide if it is His will. Our job is simply to share the facts, spread the Gospel, and educate as many Americans as possible while exposing the forces of evil.
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