OM’s Chatter: From NoKo to NATO

OM's Chatter: From NoKo to NATO

This week's episode of OM's Chatter might be a day late, but it's still great! Join the gang for a lively discussion of Jared Kushner's peacemaking attempt, the Queen's Speech, NoKo rhetoric, and more! First, we ask whether the Israel-Palestine conflict has been resolved by Trump's son-in-law yet since it's allegedly super easy and uncomplicated. Sigh. Next, we turn to Macron's sweeping victory in all the French elections and what it might mean for Brexit negotiations. Speaking of Brexit, we mull over the Queen's Speech, what her hat might have meant, and whether Theresa May has any cards left to play against the Merkron duo. What is 'buzzing'? Nate lets us all know, and we talk about whether the jet-related drama between the US/NATO

OM’s Chatter: Misstep May & Sessions’ Day

OM's Chatter: From NoKo to NATO

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,

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

OM’s Chatter: Election Edition

OM's Chatter: From NoKo to NATO

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

OM's Chatter: From NoKo to NATO

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

People Need to Feel Heard

People Need to Be Heard IMG

I’ve heard a lot of different predictions about what will happen in this year’s St. Albert election. One person suggested to me that either the people who support the ‘status quo’ of spending on City projects or the people who support cutting back on different kinds of spending, will win a majority on Council. Another person predicted that all the incumbent members of Council would be removed. Meanwhile, social movements like Idle No More and Black Lives Matter speak on behalf of people of colour who feel as though the rest of society doesn’t listen to them or care about their concerns. Politicians like Rob Ford and Kellie Leitch portray themselves as getting a lot of their support from ‘ordinary’ citizens who

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

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

Postmodern Politicians & Border Games: OM’s Mini RoundUp

The Round-Up Three Elections Gunman Referendum

The World in a Flash The Round-Up this week is miniaturised since everyone on the OM team is a little swamped. That being said, we've picked our favourites from today that you might have missed. They include fun with border crossing, vote-rigging: the Canadian edition, and the 'postmodern politician'. Laugh so you don't cry? A new video game created by a Texan lets you have fun with catchy Mario Bros.-type music while trying to avoid helicopters and Border Agents, and search for water. The trailer is only a little disturbing and might end up triggering a full-out game review section if the OM team can try it out.     So postmodernism was 'created', so to speak, to find new ways of looking at issues and aimed