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: Election Edition

Pegging Down Nafta & Vanishing Princes

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

T for Trump: America’s Swan Song

T for Trump: America's Swan Song

Remember, remember the Eighth of November. I know I do. It was 2 am on a Tuesday night, technically November 9, and I was slumped into my couch, drunk off whiskey. My face was twisted and scrunched up, tears welling, still hoping by some miracle that the numbers on the TV were wrong. By 2:30 am the CNN banner proclaimed ‘Donald Trump wins.’ I frantically googled “US election results,” wondering if this was actually some nightmare dream sequence instead of reality. But I was awake, and it was true: Donald Trump won the 2016 US Electoral College. I called my mom in the middle of the night. I sobbed. For a large pocket of Americans the win brought a sense of relief and

OM’s Chatter: The Reunion

Pegging Down Nafta & Vanishing Princes

The gang's all back this week for the latest reunion episode of the Chatter! This week we start off with Trump's strikes in Syria, how much good they did, what this might say (if anything) about US policy towards the Syrian government, and what the strike means for US-Russia relations and the region. We then pop over to South Africa to ponder the latest protests against Jacob Zuma, what the split(s) in the ANC might mean after he leaves, who might take over, and how racism continues to be used as a political propaganda tool. Then moving to France, we check out Marine Le Pen's latest exploits and comments and what if anything they might do to her chances in the upcoming

Leadership Races & Kenya Braces

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The World in a Flash The Round-Up this week we've got cyber crimes in Kenya, refugee camp attacks in Nigeria, wiretapping in the US, and party leadership races in Canada.  Kenya’s Tax Hacker Kenya’s Revenue Agency joined the global list of corporate victims of cyber crime. According to the prosecution, Alex Mutungi Mutuku is part of an international ring of cyber criminals that has stolen money from multiple state bodies. Mutuku, a 28-year-old IT expert, has pled not guilty to the charges. According to the Kenyan cyber crime unit, the country has lost about $220 million (CAD) from hacking in 2016 alone, and ten suspects have been charged. Many western countries have also been embroiled in cyber crime saga's recently, and it remains to

The Question of Canadian Values

Canada Map Canadian Values

During the federal Conservative leadership race, Kellie Leitch has gotten more attention than most candidates, due in large part to her proposal to screen new immigrants for “Canadian values”. The proposal has gotten Leitch a lot of support, but it’s also gotten her a lot of criticism from people who say that the proposal is racist. White ethnic nationalists have even latched onto Leitch’s campaign, in much the same way as their American counterparts have to President Donald Trump. Since then, Leitch has denied that her campaign is based on ethnic nationalism. Instead, she says, it is based on civic values. Her campaign website indicates that the “Canadian values” she promotes include gender equality, freedom of religion, freedom and tolerance. The

Scout, South Korea, & Tech Support

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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

OM’s Midweek Madness

In lieu of an OM Chatter episode, we have for you midweek madness. This substitute episode includes Trump quotes from the joint session of Congress, a French misfire, and war crimes from everyone (according to the UN).    Trump’s Address to Joint Session of Congress In what is being hailed as ‘Trump 2.0’, the President’s address to Congress earlier this week included no jabs at the “lying” mainstream media outlets, no comments about celebrities, and kept warmongering to a minimum, demonstrating once again that if the bar is set low enough, anyone can make it over. Critics have correctly pointed out that his ability to read from a teleprompter for just over an hour makes his alternate facts and the associated policies no

A Little Good News, but Mostly Impending Doom

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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

A Resignation, a Motion, an Election, & more

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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