OM’s Chatter: Who’s Running These Countries?

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The gang's reunited after a long hiatus due to the relocation of Nate back to Vancouver. First up, the gang Boeing and Bombardier and the dispute brought in Northern Ireland. Next up, our UK correspondent discusses the Catalan independence movement and some of the contradictory messages coming from the leaders of Catalonia. Third, we have the Africa Bits section with serious trouble brewing in Kenya with the new election date coming up for October 26 and whether or not everyone will participate. Second, in this section, we discuss a small bout of the plague hitting Madagascar. Finally, Nate notes some interesting developments regarding the repealing of the Obama-era Clean Power Plan in the United States and its consequences.

No Disasters Here, Metaphorical or Otherwise

No Natural Disasters Here, Metaphorical or Otherwise

Yay, we're back! On this episode of OM's Chatter, Karan and Vennesa are ditched by Nate, but they muddle through, somehow, to bring you a whole episode devoid of disasters, metaphorical or otherwise (aka no Trump, no Harvey, no Irma). First off, they talk Myanmar & the Rohingya crisis, who's behind the violence, and whether Aung San Suu Kyi should really be catching this much international heat for failing to condemn the ethnic cleansing. Then they pop over to Kenya for an unofficial Africa Bit, and Vennesa brings us up to speed on what's happening with the now-annulled Kenyan elections, what the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission in the country plans to do about it, and whether the Kenyan economy could be hurt by

OM’s Chatter: From Doctrines to Duterte

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The gang's reunited at our new Thursday night slot to talk Trump's on and off teleprompter personas and what this means for NAFTA, whatever happened in Arizona, and what the future might look like under the 'Trump Doctrine'. Next up, our UK correspondent brings us up to speed on the latest, incredibly uninteresting piece of the saga that is the Brexit divorce. Third, Nate weighs in with this week's Africa Bit and enlightens us all about the new strategy the South African government is using to fight the illicit market for Rhino horn. Next up another Africa bit, also of the South African variety: Gucci Grace has made the headlines again by being given diplomatic immunity. The wife of Zimbabwean strongman Robert Mugabe

OM’s Chatter: Pegging Down NAFTA & Vanishing Princes

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On this episode of OM's Chatter, the gang reunites to try to peg down what each side might want out of NAFTA and discuss the vanishing Saudi princes. First up, though, we have a quick conversation expressing our disgust and dismay over the recent events in Charlottesville and recommend the Vice documentary to any and all. We then move on to the start of NAFTA negotiations, and what the disbanding of Trump's business councils in the wake of CEO abandonment might mean moving forward. Across the pond, we turn to our UK correspondent to bring us up to date on the continuing saga that is the Brexit divorce negotiations. Is anyone else having Brexit fatigue? Next up, the mysterious case of the vanishing Saudi princes. What

OM’s Chatter: Guam & Venezuela & Stuff

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This week Vennesa & Nate fly solo to talk why poor Guam is being dragged into the hyper(?)power/North Korea drama, and whether things will be escalated, toned down, or level off. Is Guam going to suffer a nuclear strike even though they don't have full rights as US citizens? They also talk the new Venezuelan Constituent National Assembly (different from the National Assembly) that has convened and declared itself supreme (though not a hyperpower, strangely enough) in the aftermath of Maduro's suspicious referendum. Next up are the Africa Bits, which include the Kenyan and Rwandan elections results, and US sanctions on Sudan. Then there's an argument about whether yesterday's image was a squirrel baby or a chipmunk baby. It was a squirrel, so you

OM’s Chatter: When Mother’s Away…

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This week "mother" aka. Vennesa is away, so Karan and Nate decide to go ham. Just kidding. They discuss the continuing saga that is the calamitous situation in Venezuela, and what the changes to the constitutional assembly might mean. Next, they move on to talk about the crackdown on freedoms and dissidents in Turkey and what an increasingly aggressive Erdogan means for the country's relationships, before moving over to talk about Pakistan and recent developments of the Kashmiri variety. Then they pop over to the states for an update on the opioid crisis, and how not well that is going given the mediocre attention to health care this administration seems intent on giving the mother of all drug epidemics. Shouldn't Jared Kushner have

OM’s Chatter: Two Votes & A Mooch

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On this episode of OM's Chatter we start off in the US where we discuss attempts to discuss what a repeal of Obamacare might actually look like (Repeal the whole thing? Half of it? The Republican's can't seem to decide) and briefly discuss the latest WH sycophant, Anthony "The Mooch" Scaramucci, and what this 'loyalty' based merit system is doing to the administrations image. Next up, we pop over to Britain to discuss what impact the banning of diesel and petrol cars and vans will have on lower-income people and those living in the developing countries that supply the ingredients to make electric and hybrid car batteries. Second last, Karan chimes in with a bit about an escalation of tensions at the

OM’s Chatter: The Short & Sweet Episode

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Like the title says, this episode of OM's Chatter is short and sweet! We start off with the general list of goals recently released by the US regarding NAFTA renegotiations and what it means for Canada's automotive and agricultural industries. Next up, we check in with Venezuela and what the recent nonbinding resolution might mean for the crisis-wracked country. Lastly, we've got two African Bits updates on voting and Cholera in Kenya, and parliamentary elections in Congo-Brazzaville. Thanks for listening! 'See you' next week!

OM’s Chatter: Tin Hats & International Spats

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On this episode of OM's Chatter, Vennesa takes out the tin hats to talk about Qatar & the GCC, some population control measures in India from Karan, and Nate picks a bone with Haiti's desire for a military. First up though, we talk Brexit updates, including Boris Johnson making word sounds with his mouth but not saying much and David Davis' 'Plan B'. Secondly, we move to SoKo to discuss the new test of the THAAD system, what regional fallout drama can be expected, and debate whether Trump will add fuel to the fire with some antagonistic 4 am tweet. Next, Vennesa gets her tin hat out to debate GCC motivations in Qatar with Nate, before moving over to Haiti and having a

OM’s Chatter: Feelings Hurt and Miniskirts

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This week on OM's Chatter, Nate and Vennesa fly solo to discuss all things G20, Junker's hurt feelings and the future of the EU, and Uganda's war on miniskirts. First off though, we briefly discuss what North Korea's latest missile launch means for US security, regional security, and what this might mean for the flaming bag of geopolitics that the G20 is shaping up to be, especially in the wake of all the hurt feelings and smack talk that has been in the air between world leaders. Next up, Nate nerds about EU Parliament vs. Commission, and we take a look at the tragic state of the EU, at least at the moment Jean-Claude Junker decided to put MEPs on blast. Finally, Vennesa rounds things