12 Nations That Give America the Cold Shoulder

Ephraim Obare
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Welcome, armchair travelers! Buckle up for a virtual journey that’s slightly less warm and fuzzy than your usual. We’re about to take a whistle-stop tour around the globe to visit twelve nations that aren’t exactly throwing a ticker-tape parade for America.

Yes, not all countries roll out the red carpet for the USA. So, grab your (virtual) passports and your sense of adventure; this promises to be a ride as bumpy as it is enlightening. Here’s a look at international relations and exploration of these frosty receptions. Have you got your parka on? Good. Let’s go!

Cuba

Cuba
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Not exactly a fan of the Stars and Stripes, Cuba has been at odds with the USA since the Cold War. Despite some recent thawing of relations, it’s still a bit frosty.

North Korea

North Korea
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Hoo boy, where do we begin? Despite the historic summits, North Korea and the USA are trading more insults than pleasantries.

Iran

Iran
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US-Iran relations? Oil’s well that ends well, right? Except it hasn’t ended well. Sanctions and nuclear disagreements keep things, well, nuclear.

Syria

Syria
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With civil war, chemical weapons, and alleged US interference, Syria isn’t sending Americans any love letters.

Venezuela

Venezuela
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Economic crises and political disagreements have turned Venezuela from a buddy to a begrudger.

China

China
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Trade wars, tech wars, a whole lot of fights. Things are pretty tense between the two biggest kids on the block.

Russia

Russia
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The Cold War might be over, but it’s still pretty chilly between the USA and Russia. Hacking, election meddling, you name it.

Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, in comments posted by the press service of his Concord catering firm on Russia’s Facebook equivalent VKontakte, said, “We have interfered (in U.S. elections), we are interfering and we will continue to interfere. Carefully, accurately, surgically and in our own way, as we know how to do.”

Afghanistan

Afghanistan
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Despite America’s military presence, Afghanistan isn’t exactly throwing a ticker tape parade. It is among the countries the US doesn’t want its Citizens to travel to.

Turkey

Turkey
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A NATO ally on paper, but recent years have seen Turkey and the US drift apart, mainly over Syria and defense disagreements.

Iraq

Iraq
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You’d think Iraq and the USA would be best buds after two Gulf Wars. Not quite. And they are among countries advising their citizens not to travel to the USA.

Sudan

Sudan
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Despite recent removal from the terrorism sponsor list, Sudan remains wary of the USA.

Libya

Libya
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After the US-led intervention in 2011, Libya has been, let’s say, less than enthusiastic about the USA.

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  • Ephraim Obare

    Ephraim Obare is a versatile member of the Frenz Hub writing team, bringing a rich background in economics to his work. An avid swimmer, reader, and cyclist, Ephraim blends analytical insights with his diverse interests.

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