OM’s Chatter: From NoKo to NATO

OM's Chatter: From NoKo to NATO

This week's episode of OM's Chatter might be a day late, but it's still great! Join the gang for a lively discussion of Jared Kushner's peacemaking attempt, the Queen's Speech, NoKo rhetoric, and more! First, we ask whether the Israel-Palestine conflict has been resolved by Trump's son-in-law yet since it's allegedly super easy and uncomplicated. Sigh. Next, we turn to Macron's sweeping victory in all the French elections and what it might mean for Brexit negotiations. Speaking of Brexit, we mull over the Queen's Speech, what her hat might have meant, and whether Theresa May has any cards left to play against the Merkron duo. What is 'buzzing'? Nate lets us all know, and we talk about whether the jet-related drama between the US/NATO

OM’s Chatter: Misstep May & Sessions’ Day

OM's Chatter: From NoKo to NATO

On this week's episode of Observatory Media's Chatter the gang talks about Theresa May's giant misstep and Jeff Sessions' day in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee. First up is poor ol' Jeff, whose insistence on the 'inappropriateness' of questions about his interactions with President Trump got him blasted by members of the SIC, including the sasstacular (and foxy) Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.). We also ponder what his testimony might mean for the bigger picture repercussions for the Trump White House. Next, we turn to our UK Correspondent Karan for the latest on the snap-election snafu that cost Theresa May and the Tory's their majority, and what an alliance with the Democratic Unionist Party might mean for Brexit negotiations. Macron also weighed in,

British Shake n’ Canadian Break

OM's Chatter: From NoKo to NATO

On this episode of Observatory Media's Chatter, we check out a shake-up of British politics and a sort of break-up on Canada's side of the world. First up, though, is the political drama that has engulfed the Gulf. Saudi Arabia and some its closest friends cut off diplomatic and transportation ties to Qatar this week, citing the tiny nation's alleged support for terrorism and Iran. Is this a shock or has it been a long time coming? What does it mean for the citizens of Qatar? Will it impact OPECs efforts to raise the price of crude? Next up, we pop over to Canada to talk Chrystia Freeland and what her break-up speech signals for US-Canada relations moving forward. Did we throw

OM’s Chatter: Donald’s Quest & Morocco’s Protest

OM's Chatter: From NoKo to NATO

On this week's episode of OM's Chatter, we take peek at what's happening a la Arab Spring in Morocco, how the ex-leader of the free world's trip went, and more! First, the gang unites to recap the facets of Trump's Abrahamic Religions Roadtrip and the G7 & NATO Summits that closely followed. Did he really embarrass himself that badly? What does his agenda mean for the future of the "free world," and the alliance that has stood for nearly 70 years? Next up we swing by the Philippine's to ponder how Duterte's "war on drugs" is going, and whether his strongman styles are causing any dip in his approval ratings (spoiler alert: most people are apparently okay with the way things are

A Week of Terror

The Round-Up Three Elections Gunman Referendum

The World in a Flash The week's RoundUp is short and sweet, with just enough room for some of the key stories from the week. First up is the Manchester bombing and how the United States has annoyed one of its closest allies. Second, we discuss the attacks in Jakarta. Third, a quick look at the martial law in the Philippines. Finally, a quick look at what you need to know about the NATO summit.  Manchester Bombing This past Monday, Salman Abedi detonated a homemade bomb at the Manchester Arena during a concert by Ariana Grande. 22 people have been killed and 116 people are injured as a result. Many of the victims are children making the tragedy even worse. In response, the UK has

OM’s Chatter: Africa Bits & ME Skits

OM's Chatter: From NoKo to NATO

On this episode of OM's Chatter, Vennesa and Karan discuss Trump, Venezuela, OPEC, and a new segment called 'Africa Bits'. First up is Trump's wander in the Middle East and what effect the show he's putting on will have on his awful ratings (if any). Then we wander over to Brazil to catch up with VP turned President Temer and why his new title might be short lived (spoiler: more or less the same reason Rousseff got the boot). Third, we take a look at the recent OPEC meeting and what it means for Venezuela in light of continued hyperinflation, protests, and food and medical shortages. Last, but certainly not least, we turn to Vennesa's maybe regular 'Africa Bits', in which she continues to pick

OM’s Chatter: It’s All Happening So Fast

OM's Chatter: From NoKo to NATO

On this week's episode of Chatter Nate and Karan try to keep up without Vennesa. First, they attempt to catch up to Trump's lightning fast train of thought that even his own communications team can't keep up with. Second, they tackle North Korean nuclear developments that may be happening faster than analysts expected. Then they note Egypt's proposed policy to heavily restrict access to social media, which is troubling but has supporters. Finally, Karan – our de facto UK correspondent – explains some tactics of the Labour Party in the upcoming UK elections. Thanks for listening! Music by: www.bensound.com  

A Week of Misdirection

The Round-Up Three Elections Gunman Referendum

The World in a Flash The week's RoundUp is short and sweet, with just enough room for some of our favourite articles and stories from the week. From Trump's making of history by firing an FBI Director that is investigating the president, a leaked political manifesto in the UK, a plea to help gay men in Chechnya, and finally a desperate cry for weapons.  Trump Fires FBI Director Amid the FBI’s investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 US Presidential Elections, President Trump has fired the head of the FBI on the advice of the Department of Justice. Trump had praised the FBI chief during the election campaign as being ‘courageous’ in going public with Secretary Hillary’s email controversy. However, in a bizarre –

This Week’s Happenings

The Round-Up Three Elections Gunman Referendum

The World in a Flash The RoundUp this week covers Trump's action towards NAFTA, the unrest in Venezuela, the credit ratings of Caribbean countries, tensions surrounding North Korea and the Front National in France. Trump Wants to Roll the Dice on NAFTA After taking jabs at Canada’s dairy industry and imposing tariffs on Canadian lumber, President Donald Trump – still trying to demonstrate the ‘art of the deal’ – is seeking to renegotiate NAFTA. The trade agreement between the US, Mexico, and Canada is worth approximately $1.2 trillion USD a year with the US exporting $584 billion USD a year. However, Trump continues to stick to his guns that NAFTA is the worst deal ever. Thankfully, in the most liberal use of the word, Trump

OM’s Chatter: The End Might Be (But Maybe Isn’t) Nigh

OM's Chatter: From NoKo to NATO

On this week's episode of OM's Chatter, Nate abandons Karan and Vennesa, leaving them to fend for themselves against the suspense that is the upcoming 2nd Round of the French Elections, a brief discussion about whether or not the end is nigh, and why maybe we'll at least manage to stamp out Malaria before that happens. First up, they discuss what a Marine win might mean for relations within the country, why she's decided to jump ship at the last minute, and how it might not matter anyway because Macron seems to be smoking her in the polls like a legalized marijuana cigarette. Next, they tackle Trump and the fascinating tale of his first 100 days. What has he accomplished? Why is he