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

Scout, South Korea, & Tech Support

The Round-Up Three Elections Gunman Referendum

The World in a Flash The Round-Up this week features a hotly contested Trump Travel Ban, a possible Scout (Scotland getting out of the UK), South Korea's Presidential chucking, and Wikileaks hooking tech companies up with details of the Vault7 leaks.    Hawaii First to Contest New Travel Ban Trump’s second edition of the Travel Ban/Muslim Ban isn’t even a week old and already multiple states are over it. Oregon, Washington, New York, and Massachusetts have now joined Hawaii in opposing the second attempt. Most opponents, including several of the suing states, argue that the new ban isn’t different enough from its predecessor to necessitate a lifting of the federal restraining order which led to the initial halt. At least this time there was

Impeachment Trials & Electoral Tribulations

The Round-Up Three Elections Gunman Referendum

The World in a Flash This first Round-Up of 2017 finds us dealing with the ghosts of 2016, but also celebrating moving forward. We look at what questions the Israeli police had for Prime Minister Netanyahu, what on earth is happening in The Gambia, China's renewable energy investment, the trials of South Korea's President and her 'confidant', the continued food insecurity issues in Venezuela, and the resignation of the top UK ambassador the EU.    1. Netanyahu Questioned by Police Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hit the headlines this week as part of a corruption probe by police investigators. According to Israeli police, the Prime Minister was questioned for more than three hours at his residence. The questions surround his receipt of illicit gifts

The Ghosts of Strongmen Past

Ferdinand Marcos Ghosts of Strongmen Past

The recent Philippine Supreme Court decision leading to the burial of former President and dictator Ferdinand Marcos has been the source of much controversy among Filipinos. Amidst a growing list of policies being criticized both domestically and internationally, the ensuing political tension has reflected poorly upon President Rodrigo Duterte’s capacity as a policymaker. THE MARTIAL LAW ERA On February 23, 1986, hundreds of thousands of Filipinos gathered in solidarity to oust President Ferdinand Marcos, reacting to more than two decades’ worth of violence and oppression. Between 1973 and 1986, there were an estimated 3,257 victims of extrajudicial killings, nearly 70,000 arrests, and around 35,000 people tortured at the hands of the Marcos regime (McCoy 2010).  Following Marcos’ ouster after the success of

An Earthquake & A Climate Change ‘Debate’

The Round-Up Three Elections Gunman Referendum

The World in a Flash This week the Round-Up is short and sweet. We look at Renzi's resignation, the earthquake in Indonesia, Trump's pick for the EPA, and a possible peace deal for Aleppo.  1. Italy’s PM Resigns Following Referendum Following a constitutional referendum on Sunday, Matteo Renzi, the Italian Prime Minister, handed in his resignation three days later. The PM supported a change the national parliament’s upper chamber among other reforms in an attempt to pass legislation through quicker. However, the referendum failed, and the PM followed through on his promise to resign. The Italian President, Sergio Mattarella, has officially received Renzi’s resignation and is now in the process to speaking to major political parties in parliament to designate a new PM. The

Some Things Stay the Same and Some New Beginnings

The World in a Flash This week the Round-Up covers events from the Middle East, Africa, Asia and North America as to what is shaping the news.    What is Happening in Aleppo? The calamity that is the ongoing saga in Aleppo intensified this week as Syrian government forces pushed rebel fighters out of the eastern part of the city. The rebels responded by forming a new alliance with members of the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army group Jabha Shamiya. Meanwhile, the White Helmets report that the situation in Eastern Aleppo continues to deteriorate, with many pointing to inadequate access to water and medical services and supplies.There are still rumblings of negotiations regarding ceasefires and safe corridors between the Russians/Syrian government and rebels, but it

Uncertainty & Apprehension

OM's Chatter: From NoKo to NATO

On this episode of OM's Chatter there's a lot of uncertainty, apprehension, with more questions than answers. We cover Trump's latest shenanigans, a tsunami hitting Fukushima has stirred up apprehension, Russia puts missile launchers in Kaliningrad and NATO freaks, & Karan talks about coal in Canada. What is Trump doing? What is the 'alt-right' doing? What are we going to do about it? Why was Fukushima on high alert this week? What does the recurrence of tsunamis mean for urban planning on Japan's east coast? Why are missile launchers in Kaliningrad? Why is NATO mad? What is NATO going to do about it? What is happening to coal in Canada? Why are some provinces mad about it? What will Trump's desire to reinvigorate coal

Drama, Death, & Lake Draining

OM's Chatter: From NoKo to NATO

On this week's episode of Observatory Media's Chatter, the usual suspects welcome Marc Attallah to the "studio" to give us a background on Lebanon & what new drama could unfold as the newly elected President takes over. We then turn to the snowballing advisory scandal in South Korea, that has so far taken the jobs of the prime minister and finance minister, and what it means for the future of the Asian nation. Next, we move to the US to look at the North Dakota pipeline and new Clinton email drama unfolding barely a week before the elections. Finally, we take a minute to look at the latest rounds of arrests in Turkey, what a fishmonger's death has to do with protests in

Why Peace Isn’t Easy in Kashmir

More than 40 people have been killed and over 3,000 injured in Indian-controlled Kashmir in clashes between civilians and police forces during the last two weeks. Civilians protesting the killing of Burhan Wani, a militant of the separatist group Hizbul Mujahideen, set fire to a number of police stations and posts. Wani was widely considered to be one of Kashmir’s most popular secessionist militants since the violent insurgency began in 1989. The insurgency, which had lost ground to more peaceful forms of resistance in the face of military crackdowns, has seen an upsurge in new militants - a fact that many attribute partially to Wani’s charismatic social media presence. Police responded with lethal force, firing upon protesters with bullets and sharp

Background: Kargil & Conclusions


The team at Observatory Media takes a look at the evolution of the conflict over Kashmir and resulting wars between India and Pakistan. The information will be released in five segments. In the Finale we take a look at the 1999 Kargil War and hear some concluding thoughts. 1999: Kargil The Kargil War, which took place from May to June of 1999, was fought mainly along the Line of Control (LOC), the de facto border between the Indian and Pakistani-controlled sections of Jammu and Kashmir. In early May 1999, Pakistani and guerilla Kashmiri forces infiltrated the Indian-controlled section of Kashmir and occupied strategic locations. The Indian government responded by mobilizing ground forces and using the Indian Air Force to bomb strategic Pakistani base locations