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: 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: Donald’s Quest & Morocco’s Protest

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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

T for Trump: America’s Swan Song

T for Trump: America's Swan Song

Remember, remember the Eighth of November. I know I do. It was 2 am on a Tuesday night, technically November 9, and I was slumped into my couch, drunk off whiskey. My face was twisted and scrunched up, tears welling, still hoping by some miracle that the numbers on the TV were wrong. By 2:30 am the CNN banner proclaimed ‘Donald Trump wins.’ I frantically googled “US election results,” wondering if this was actually some nightmare dream sequence instead of reality. But I was awake, and it was true: Donald Trump won the 2016 US Electoral College. I called my mom in the middle of the night. I sobbed. For a large pocket of Americans the win brought a sense of relief and

People Need to Feel Heard

People Need to Be Heard IMG

I’ve heard a lot of different predictions about what will happen in this year’s St. Albert election. One person suggested to me that either the people who support the ‘status quo’ of spending on City projects or the people who support cutting back on different kinds of spending, will win a majority on Council. Another person predicted that all the incumbent members of Council would be removed. Meanwhile, social movements like Idle No More and Black Lives Matter speak on behalf of people of colour who feel as though the rest of society doesn’t listen to them or care about their concerns. Politicians like Rob Ford and Kellie Leitch portray themselves as getting a lot of their support from ‘ordinary’ citizens who

Postmodern Politicians & Border Games: OM’s Mini RoundUp

The Round-Up Three Elections Gunman Referendum

The World in a Flash The Round-Up this week is miniaturised since everyone on the OM team is a little swamped. That being said, we've picked our favourites from today that you might have missed. They include fun with border crossing, vote-rigging: the Canadian edition, and the 'postmodern politician'. Laugh so you don't cry? A new video game created by a Texan lets you have fun with catchy Mario Bros.-type music while trying to avoid helicopters and Border Agents, and search for water. The trailer is only a little disturbing and might end up triggering a full-out game review section if the OM team can try it out.     So postmodernism was 'created', so to speak, to find new ways of looking at issues and aimed

The Question of Canadian Values

Canada Map Canadian Values

During the federal Conservative leadership race, Kellie Leitch has gotten more attention than most candidates, due in large part to her proposal to screen new immigrants for “Canadian values”. The proposal has gotten Leitch a lot of support, but it’s also gotten her a lot of criticism from people who say that the proposal is racist. White ethnic nationalists have even latched onto Leitch’s campaign, in much the same way as their American counterparts have to President Donald Trump. Since then, Leitch has denied that her campaign is based on ethnic nationalism. Instead, she says, it is based on civic values. Her campaign website indicates that the “Canadian values” she promotes include gender equality, freedom of religion, freedom and tolerance. The

Trump’s Twitter Tirades

Trump Twitter Tirades

President of the United States Donald Trump’s Twitter tirades have been a point of focus on social media since he joined in 2009. Now, as the President of the United States, Trump continues to tweet from his original @realDonaldTrump account. With a whopping 23.2 million followers on Twitter and a rapidly increasing 34.4k tweets, compared to @POTUS44 Barack Obama’s 14.9 million followers and 352 tweets, the world is watching Trump become less presidential by the tweet. In just 140 characters, he bashes on media outlets like The New York Times and The Washington Post, berates Democrats, and to top it off, uses poor vocabulary. In our increasingly digital culture, Trump’s rash tweets are gaining popularity as unintelligent, inappropriate, and yet

Obamagate, North Korea, & a Little Tinhattery

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On this episode of OM's Chatter, Karan & Vennesa take on Obamagate(s) and look at all the reasons former President Obama is responsible for current President Trump's woes. Then we move on to the second edition of Trump's travel ban and what it might actually mean regarding public perception and legality this time around. Continuing on the Trump-ish tip, we move over to North Korea, it's missiles, and what aggression from all sides might mean for the conflict brewing in the Sea of Japan. Finally, we take a stab at all things Wikileaks and what the latest document posting might do to consumer confidence and corporate telecoms trust in the new administration.