OM’s Chatter: Tin Hats & International Spats

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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: Misstep May & Sessions’ Day

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On this week's episode of Observatory Media's Chatter the gang talks about Theresa May's giant misstep and Jeff Sessions' day in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee. First up is poor ol' Jeff, whose insistence on the 'inappropriateness' of questions about his interactions with President Trump got him blasted by members of the SIC, including the sasstacular (and foxy) Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.). We also ponder what his testimony might mean for the bigger picture repercussions for the Trump White House. Next, we turn to our UK Correspondent Karan for the latest on the snap-election snafu that cost Theresa May and the Tory's their majority, and what an alliance with the Democratic Unionist Party might mean for Brexit negotiations. Macron also weighed in,

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

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

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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

OM’s Chatter: Election Edition

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This week we're talking about all the elections. First up though, is Trump's Trumpiness in the form of MOAB, the Georgia 6th District Elections, and whatever seems to be exploding (or hopefully not) in North Korea. Then we get into the meat of the episode. First up, the French elections and what the options might be in the aftermath of the first round. We do a little hypothesizing on what each of the candidates' victory might mean for France and the EU as a whole. Finally, we take a swing at the UK's snap elections, why May reversed her earlier promises, what the results might mean for a hard v. soft Brexit, and what an upset (aka a Labour or Lib Dem win) could

Shame & Silence: Authoritarianism in Spain

Since the 1980s, the Western European political landscape has undergone a transformation the likes of which hasn’t been seen for decades, and which reminds many pundits rather uncomfortably of a similar trend in the 1930s: namely, a rise in public support for far right-wing parties. These organizations, classified as “Populist Radical Right” parties by the Dutch political scientist Cas Mudde, differ in size, popularity, methods, and even some policy, but they generally share three main ideological priorities: authoritarianism, nativism, and populism. Countries with histories of fascism like Italy and Germany have both experienced resurgences of their respective PRR parties. Spain, however, has somehow remained unreceptive to any significant infiltration of PRR groups or members into their parliamentary politics. Despite, or

A Resignation, a Motion, an Election, & more

The Round-Up Three Elections Gunman Referendum

The World in a Flash The Round-Up this week checks out the resignation of Michael Flynn, the election of a new Hamas leader, and a battle over semantics in a Canadian anti-racism motion. We also take a look at the continuing violence in South Sudan, the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement, and bombings in Pakistan and Afghanistan.  Cabinet Kerfuffle This has been another rough week for the Trump presidency as he continues to struggle to fill his entire cabinet. He now holds the distinction of having it take the longest time to fill his cabinet since Reagan. First, National Security Advisor Michael T. Flynn resigned after information came to light to support allegations that he spoke to Russia’s ambassador to the US during the

Just a Little Bit of a Hot, Disordered Mess

The Round-Up Three Elections Gunman Referendum

The World in a Flash The Round-Up this week shakes its head at the hot, disordered mess that is our world at the moment. It includes two elections with issues, a forum with some global health implications, another candidate for the Conservative leadership race in Canada, some terrifyingly warm weather, and the panic of two British banks as they realize Brexit might suck.   The Trump Era Begins As trump is sworn in, there is much to unpack and likely more to come. Trump has been throwing week long cash for access parties in his ramp up to inauguration. The price tag to get into ‘fortress Washington’ on the day of the inauguration is at its cheapest a staggering $25,000, even though there is

OM’s Chatter: A Circle of Madness

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This week on OM's Chatter, Karan and Vennesa fly solo and make a global circle of madness, to talk about press freedom, Brexit, Nigeria, The Gambia, Ukraine, and Obamacare. First, they talk about Trump's anti-press drama and what it means for the future of press freedom and government transparency in the United States. We then move across the pond to talk about Theresa May's speech, clearing up what she's previously said about Brexit. Wandering south, Vennesa has a wee ramble about the Nigerian air force either 'misfiring' or 'misidentifying' a refugee camp, and Jammeh still being Jammeh in The Gambia. Heading east, we talk about Ukraine picking the bone with Russia about Crimea at the International Court of Justice, and whether that'll actually bear any

OM’s Chatter: Notables of the Week

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This week the OM Chatter team is all about the notables. We've got quick run-downs on all the things you might have missed this week including Rafsanjani, Jeff Sessions, and awful weather in Europe.   Also on the docket this week: Israel's parliamentary plot against British politicians, updates on The Gambia's elections, Swiss issues with Muslim girls swimming lessons, and Trudeau's cabinet shuffle here in Canada. music by www.bensound.com