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The world via Pizza Hut

Globalization is a strange, strange thing.

America exports products all over the world, and often has no idea how those products will assimilate into different cultures.

The latest case? Pizza.

In Pakistan, Pizza Hut advertised an all-you-can-eat buffet to those fasting for Ramadan, but then withdrew the offer, enraging not a few hungry Pakistanis.

After this news broke today, GlobalPost wondered (with all its global-ness) what it would be like to see the world through the eyes of Pizza Hut.

The results were surprising.

Here's a collection of photos, with captions explaining Pizza Hut's uneasy history with globalization.

Pakistani fire-fighters extinguish a burning Pizza Hut after an angry mob set it on fire in Karachi on July 15, 2006. Protestors torched the restaurant, gas stations and a dozen cars after the funeral of Shiite cleric, Hassan Turabi, who was killed in a suicide bombing the previous day. (Photo by Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty Images).

Delivery boys attend an opening ceremony for a Pizza Hut delivery service on Jan. 18, 2007 in Nanjing, China. Pizza Hut has 37 stores in Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Guangzhou and Nanjing. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)

A Pizza Hut employee looks from a window broken during an anti-globalization protest on Sept. 12, 2003, in Cancun. Demonstrators, protesting the fifth World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference, claimed the WTO benefits the rich and not the poor. (Luis Acosta AFP/Getty Images).

Long lines formed outside Kentucky Fried Chicken and Pizza Hut in Nepal on Nov. 25, 2009. Nepal's first international fast-food restaurants opened in the capital Kathmandu on that day, reflecting the country's cautious attempts to attract more investment from Western companies. (Subel Bhandari AFP/Getty Images).

A US soldier eats Pizza Hut pizza at Talil military base near Nasiriyah in southern Iraq on Dec. 1, 2003. Pizza Hut was one of several American restaurant chains that served troops at US military bases in Iraq.

Pedestrians pass a Dunkin' Donuts and Pizza Hut in Brooklyn, NY. On July 2006, New York City Council member Joel Rivera proposed legislation that would limit the number of fast food restaurants in the city (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

On Dec. 23 1997, the last Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev shared Pizza Hut pizza with his granddaughter Anastasia. This picture is from a commercial shown on Russian TV on Jan. 1 that year. In the 30-second bit Gorbachev was seen as implying capitalism was better than communism because it makes luxuries like Pizza Hut pizza available.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/120808/the-world-pizza-hut