British Shake n’ Canadian Break

No Natural Disasters Here, Metaphorical or Otherwise

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

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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: Africa Bits & ME Skits

No Natural Disasters Here, Metaphorical or Otherwise

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

A Week of Misdirection

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The World in a Flash The week's RoundUp is short and sweet, with just enough room for some of our favourite articles and stories from the week. From Trump's making of history by firing an FBI Director that is investigating the president, a leaked political manifesto in the UK, a plea to help gay men in Chechnya, and finally a desperate cry for weapons.  Trump Fires FBI Director Amid the FBI’s investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 US Presidential Elections, President Trump has fired the head of the FBI on the advice of the Department of Justice. Trump had praised the FBI chief during the election campaign as being ‘courageous’ in going public with Secretary Hillary’s email controversy. However, in a bizarre –

This Week’s Happenings

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The World in a Flash The RoundUp this week covers Trump's action towards NAFTA, the unrest in Venezuela, the credit ratings of Caribbean countries, tensions surrounding North Korea and the Front National in France. Trump Wants to Roll the Dice on NAFTA After taking jabs at Canada’s dairy industry and imposing tariffs on Canadian lumber, President Donald Trump – still trying to demonstrate the ‘art of the deal’ – is seeking to renegotiate NAFTA. The trade agreement between the US, Mexico, and Canada is worth approximately $1.2 trillion USD a year with the US exporting $584 billion USD a year. However, Trump continues to stick to his guns that NAFTA is the worst deal ever. Thankfully, in the most liberal use of the word, Trump

Three Elections, a Gunman, & a Referendum

The Round-Up Three Elections Gunman Referendum

The World in a Flash The RoundUp this week covers Turkey's referendum results, Trump's attempts to boost his approval ratings, an early bit about the shooting in Paris (actual motives/affiliations still unconfirmed), and a quick look at the upcoming French, UK, and Iranian elections. Turkey’s March From Democracy This past week President Erdogan of Turkey secured new, expanded powers with an affirmative win in the country’s latest referendum. The yes camp, which the President was championing, allows for a significant constitutional overhaul. With a meagre win of 51.2%, President Erdogan – after the 2019 elections – will be able to rule with virtually unchecked power as he continues his march to consolidate the state behind him since the recent failed coup attempt against

A Week of Big Decisions

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The World in a Flash The week's RoundUp is short and sweet, with just enough room for some of our favourite articles and stories from the week. From Trump's busy week of sorting out his policies, troubles in Brazil, Liberian school teachers, responses to the deadly Syrian attacks, and the peacekeeping mission in Haiti.   Trump’s Busy Week This has been a busy week for the Trump Administration which has been posed with serious foreign policy issues. Firstly, the tragedy in Syria which compelled the President to launch missiles at a Syrian airfield. This has set back Russia-US relations which Donald Trump has described as being at an ‘all-time low.’ Both Syria and Russia have denied that forces loyal to Assad used chemical weapons.

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

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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

Political Scandals and Suspicions

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The World in a Flash The Round-Up this week gives you a brief glance at the news dominating headlines around the world. From political tensions in the United Kingdom to France's Presidential Elections to US Cabinet scandals and much more!   Jeff Sessions latest in Russian Ties Drama Attorney General Jeff Sessions is the latest member of Trump’s administration to be dogged by questions regarding his relationship with Russian officials. He has been accused of perjury during his Senate hearing when he lied about having had contact with anyone connected to the Russian government with regard last year’s elections. Sergei Kislyak, winner of most-distanced-from-individual 2016/17 and Russia’s ambassador to the US, is at the heart of this newest controversy which is making waves mainly