British Shake n’ Canadian Break

OM's Chatter: From NoKo to NATO

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

OM’s Chatter: Africa Bits & ME Skits

OM's Chatter: From NoKo to NATO

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

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

Leadership Races & Kenya Braces

The Round-Up Three Elections Gunman Referendum

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

Corruption Protests & Inquests

The Round-Up Three Elections Gunman Referendum

The World in a Flash The Round-Up this week is very purposefully un-Trumped. Instead, we look at the new President of Haiti, continued protests in Romania, continued corruption drama in South Korea,  chaos in South Africa's parliament, & the police strikes in Espirito Santo.  1. Haiti's New President: Jovenel Moise Jovenel Moise was sworn in this week as Haiti’s 58th President and has a daunting road ahead of him. The tiny half-island is still in the midst of recovery from 2010 earthquake, last year’s Hurricane Matthew, the UN-assisted Cholera outbreak and the UN World Food Programme estimated that 2.5 million Haitians live in poverty. The 12-year-old UN peacekeeping force is also due to leave the island nation later this year. Though Moise also faces

Torture, Law Suits, & Baby Steps

The Round-Up Three Elections Gunman Referendum

The World in a Flash The Round-Up this week sees Brexit take some baby steps towards completion, Mexico's President cancels his meeting with Trump at the White House, communities in the Niger Delta will have to sure the Dutch Shell oil company in Nigerian court, President Adama Barrow lands in The Gambia to begin his administration, and The Donald defends torture but needs Congress on board to legislate.  1. Bill to Begin Brexit Following the UK Supreme Court decision this week that limited the British Cabinet’s power to invoke Article 50 and begin the Brexit process. According to the ruling, parliament approval is required to formally trigger the process to remove the UK from the European Union. Following that, the government has published

Reversed Successes & International Failures

OM's Chatter: From NoKo to NATO

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

Rhino Horn & ICC Scorn

The Round-Up Three Elections Gunman Referendum

The World in a Flash This week Trump's impact on international relations began to become apparent with China and Japan weighing in, the fight against ISIS takes on a new dimension, South Africa's Security Minister reels from a Rhino horn scandal, the crisis in South Sudan gets grimmer, and even more countries withdraw from the International Criminal Court.  1. China Hits Back at Trump on Climate Change ‘Hoax’ Climate change was in large part left out of the general election in the United States. President-elect Trump had little say on the issue other than climate change is a hoax created by the China. Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin took some time this week to remind Trump that it was the US in

The Non-Election Episode

OM's Chatter: From NoKo to NATO

This week OM's Chatter does its best to present the Non-Election episode; we're all pretty over it here in the "studio". We instead talk about how things continue to go wrong for Jacob Zuma and the ANC in South Africa, and what the latest corruption report and recommendations might mean for the party and leader moving forward. Is this just another "misrepresentation of democracy" or a way forward for a party mired in corruption scandals for years? Next we turn to the Nicaraguan election (yes, there are other elections happening this year) which saw Daniel Ortega be elected for his third term. The opposition is arguing that up to 70% of voters abstained and international monitors were not allowed in; what does