OM’s Chatter: Pegging Down NAFTA & Vanishing Princes

Pegging Down Nafta & Vanishing Princes

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: When Mother’s Away…

Pegging Down Nafta & Vanishing Princes

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: Tin Hats & International Spats

Pegging Down Nafta & Vanishing Princes

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: From NoKo to NATO

Pegging Down Nafta & Vanishing Princes

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

British Shake n’ Canadian Break

Pegging Down Nafta & Vanishing Princes

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

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

Pegging Down Nafta & Vanishing Princes

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

A Divorce, a Former President, & a Coup-ish

The Round-Up Three Elections Gunman Referendum

The World in a Flash The Round-Up this week is short and sweet, with just enough room for some of our favourite articles and stories from the week. From Venezuela's Supreme Court drama to the UK's messy divorace, and the Rohingya in Myanmar, we've got all the headlines from the week and a few stories you might have missed!  First on the docket is Venezuela, where Maduro is in some hot water as the Supreme Court takes over legislative duties from the Congress, in what most are calling a coup. Several legislators have flat out called Maduro a dictator and unsurprisingly, the international community has chimed in with demands for an electoral timetable and fourteen North and South American countries have chimed in

Obamagate, North Korea, & a Little Tinhattery

Pegging Down Nafta & Vanishing Princes

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.    

A Little Good News, but Mostly Impending Doom

The Round-Up Three Elections Gunman Referendum

The World in a Flash The Round-Up this week gives you a little bit of good news, but it's mostly impending doom on the international front. From man-made famines in Nigeria, South Sudan, and Yemen, an Amnesty International report warning about human rights rollbacks around the world, and Trump's reconsideration of transgender bathroom rights, things don't seem to be going well. On the bright side, Syrian peace talks are getitng underway and Iraqi forces take the ISIS-held airport in Mosul.  Amnesty International Report Has Stark Warning An Amnesty International report is warning that divisive rhetoric in mainstream politics a threatening to roll back human rights records around the world. The Secretary General of Amnesty International Salil Shetty listed President Trump in a non-envious