OM’s Chatter: The Reunion

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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

It’s Raining Trump

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This week on OM's Chatter is pretty much all about Trump. Before we rain on all the parades (and inaugurations), we talk a little bit about Gambia, mostly because Jammeh's finally out and Barrow is inbound from Senegal to start fixing the country. Why did Jammeh loot the place before he left? And what might The Gambia's post-conflict resolution strategy look like? Just for kicks, here's a fun article about the other Dictators who have taken from everyone and given to themselves: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-38717136. We then move on to the main event: Trump and the ripples his initial cringe-worthy days in office have sent through the world. We start off with the 'Mexico City Policy' and what this means for aid organizations and

Just a Little Bit of a Hot, Disordered Mess

The Round-Up Three Elections Gunman Referendum

The World in a Flash The Round-Up this week shakes its head at the hot, disordered mess that is our world at the moment. It includes two elections with issues, a forum with some global health implications, another candidate for the Conservative leadership race in Canada, some terrifyingly warm weather, and the panic of two British banks as they realize Brexit might suck.   The Trump Era Begins As trump is sworn in, there is much to unpack and likely more to come. Trump has been throwing week long cash for access parties in his ramp up to inauguration. The price tag to get into ‘fortress Washington’ on the day of the inauguration is at its cheapest a staggering $25,000, even though there is

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 www.bensound.com

Impeachment Trials & Electoral Tribulations

The Round-Up Three Elections Gunman Referendum

The World in a Flash This first Round-Up of 2017 finds us dealing with the ghosts of 2016, but also celebrating moving forward. We look at what questions the Israeli police had for Prime Minister Netanyahu, what on earth is happening in The Gambia, China's renewable energy investment, the trials of South Korea's President and her 'confidant', the continued food insecurity issues in Venezuela, and the resignation of the top UK ambassador the EU.    1. Netanyahu Questioned by Police Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hit the headlines this week as part of a corruption probe by police investigators. According to Israeli police, the Prime Minister was questioned for more than three hours at his residence. The questions surround his receipt of illicit gifts

Pipeline Grumbles & Diplomatic Stumbles

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On this episode of OM's Chatter we talk good news out of west Africa, sad news for the nationalists in Europe, which politicians dropped the ball this week (hint: they're the ones you expect to), the continuing saga that is the Dakota pipeline protests, & more. First, the gang celebrates some good news from around the world including a loss for the Austrian far-right presidential candidate Norbert Hoffer, and a victory for Gambia, which saw the election of Adama Barrow and the end of Yahya Jammeh's 22-year reign. We also check out some noteworthy topics: Trump's "Twitter diplomacy", Boris Johnson being Boris Johnson and fumbling on Brexit, the possibility of a Ban Ki-moon South Korean presidency, veterans protecting protesters at Standing Rock, and what