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: 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

OM’s Chatter: From NoKo to NATO

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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

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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’

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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