OM’s Chatter: Africa Bits & ME Skits

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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

Cyber Security: Ransomware and You

Chances are you’re one of the 3 billion-plus people in the world who owns and uses a smartphone or computer, which means you’re probably part of the nearly 50% of the global population with Internet access. All at a click of a button you can reach endless information, unfettered pornography, and communicate with other users all around the world, in real time. Now imagine one day you’re firing up the computer or opening your phone and instead of that familiar screensaver of your cat (probably), you’re faced with a malware message informing you your data is currently being held hostage, decryption attempts are futile, and to just pay the money if you want the device to live. You and your personal

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

Corruption Protests & Inquests

The Round-Up Three Elections Gunman Referendum

The World in a Flash The Round-Up this week is very purposefully un-Trumped. Instead, we look at the new President of Haiti, continued protests in Romania, continued corruption drama in South Korea,  chaos in South Africa's parliament, & the police strikes in Espirito Santo.  1. Haiti's New President: Jovenel Moise Jovenel Moise was sworn in this week as Haiti’s 58th President and has a daunting road ahead of him. The tiny half-island is still in the midst of recovery from 2010 earthquake, last year’s Hurricane Matthew, the UN-assisted Cholera outbreak and the UN World Food Programme estimated that 2.5 million Haitians live in poverty. The 12-year-old UN peacekeeping force is also due to leave the island nation later this year. Though Moise also faces

It’s Raining Trump

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This week on OM's Chatter is pretty much all about Trump. Before we rain on all the parades (and inaugurations), we talk a little bit about Gambia, mostly because Jammeh's finally out and Barrow is inbound from Senegal to start fixing the country. Why did Jammeh loot the place before he left? And what might The Gambia's post-conflict resolution strategy look like? Just for kicks, here's a fun article about the other Dictators who have taken from everyone and given to themselves: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-38717136. We then move on to the main event: Trump and the ripples his initial cringe-worthy days in office have sent through the world. We start off with the 'Mexico City Policy' and what this means for aid organizations and

The Future of the Financial (in)Action Task Force

Financial (In)Action Task Force

When it comes to terrorism and the consistent recurrence of suicide attacks, bombings, and killings many feel, despite international efforts to combat groups such as ISIS, Al Qaeda, and Boko Haram, terrorism is getting worse – not better. Unfortunately, while disheartening to say, this sentiment isn’t exactly wrong.  In 2015, it was reported that deaths by terrorism in OECD countries increased by 650%. Furthermore, in 2016, The Global Terrorism Index concluded that while the number of terrorist bombings decreased throughout the year, the bombs that were detonated in 2016 were more efficient, more lethal and more deadly than ever and had engaged in tactics to maximize fatalities. To put it simply, if an entire terrorist operation were to be looked

2017 & the Return of OM’s Chatter

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Observatory Media's Chatter is back, and the team hopes everyone had a super awesome holiday and happy new year! To ring in 2017 the gang starts off in Istanbul to discuss how the hunt for the gunman is going, and why the struggle is real for the Turkish government and their plethora of detained suspects. Then we move to North Korea, where we ponder whether the threats of an ICBM capable of reaching the US are credible and if Trump is throwing fuel on the fire with incendiary wild-card twitter diplomacy. Next up is Israel, the United Nations, and the United States, and their settlement drama. Will tensions increase or decrease when Trump takes over? Is Obama trying to pidgeon-hole the President-Elect? Last on

Pipeline Grumbles & Diplomatic Stumbles

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On this episode of OM's Chatter we talk good news out of west Africa, sad news for the nationalists in Europe, which politicians dropped the ball this week (hint: they're the ones you expect to), the continuing saga that is the Dakota pipeline protests, & more. First, the gang celebrates some good news from around the world including a loss for the Austrian far-right presidential candidate Norbert Hoffer, and a victory for Gambia, which saw the election of Adama Barrow and the end of Yahya Jammeh's 22-year reign. We also check out some noteworthy topics: Trump's "Twitter diplomacy", Boris Johnson being Boris Johnson and fumbling on Brexit, the possibility of a Ban Ki-moon South Korean presidency, veterans protecting protesters at Standing Rock, and what

An Election, a Party, & a Referendum

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  This week's Chatter starts in our own backyard, with a discussion of the possible picks for the Conservative Party of Canada leadership and what the 'Trump Phenomenon' moving North might mean for Canada's 2019 election. We then touch on the new Colombia-FARC deal, which might be a second chance at peace in the wake of the last peace deal which failed to pass in a referendum. Turning our gaze northward, we then discuss President-Elect Trump's picks for his administration and what their opinions and beliefs might signal for America's policies for the next four years. Finally, we each nerd out (really just Nate, Nate is the nerd) on one-minute topics of our choosing, including a shout out to Radio New Zealand presenter Vicky McKay,

Breaking Up & Shaking It Off

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On this week's episode of Chatter the gang is reunited to talk about the beginnings of a dramatic international break-up and efforts to shake off the oppressive reins of a quasi-dictator, plus zoom in on some stories that are of particular interest to each of us. We start off with the Walloon-headed CETA blockade and what this might mean for the economic futures of the countries involved. Then we pop over to Iraq to talk about the fluid situation that is the ongoing Mosul offensive and the retaliation from ISIS in the wake of coalition forces advancements. Nate then brings all of us non-tech heads up to speed on the recent DDoS attacks and what these breaches might mean for the upcoming US election,