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: 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

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 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

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

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

Reversed Successes & International Failures

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On this week's episode of OM's Chatter, we shake our collective heads at the new developments and failures this week and wrap up the podcast for the year. We start out in the Gambia, discussing why ECOWAS has had to intervene in the developing political situations and why the argument could turn violent. After, we turn our attention to Aleppo and the 'peace deal' that seems to have taken hold and what the reported end of the conflict means for the rebels and displaced citizens of the city. Then, regrettably, we talk Trump's latest cabinet picks. Most recently: Rex Tillerson (Exxon CEO) for Secretary of State and Rick Perry to run the Department of Energy (yes, the same guy who forgot he wanted

Some Things Stay the Same and Some New Beginnings

The World in a Flash This week the Round-Up covers events from the Middle East, Africa, Asia and North America as to what is shaping the news.    What is Happening in Aleppo? The calamity that is the ongoing saga in Aleppo intensified this week as Syrian government forces pushed rebel fighters out of the eastern part of the city. The rebels responded by forming a new alliance with members of the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army group Jabha Shamiya. Meanwhile, the White Helmets report that the situation in Eastern Aleppo continues to deteriorate, with many pointing to inadequate access to water and medical services and supplies.There are still rumblings of negotiations regarding ceasefires and safe corridors between the Russians/Syrian government and rebels, but it

Drama, Death, & Lake Draining

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On this week's episode of Observatory Media's Chatter, the usual suspects welcome Marc Attallah to the "studio" to give us a background on Lebanon & what new drama could unfold as the newly elected President takes over. We then turn to the snowballing advisory scandal in South Korea, that has so far taken the jobs of the prime minister and finance minister, and what it means for the future of the Asian nation. Next, we move to the US to look at the North Dakota pipeline and new Clinton email drama unfolding barely a week before the elections. Finally, we take a minute to look at the latest rounds of arrests in Turkey, what a fishmonger's death has to do with protests in