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
Today in history many an interesting thing happened; we take a look at the most relevent, ridiculous, or disastrous events, and notable (or infamous) people who were born or died. 1543: King Henry VIII (England) marries Catherine Parr, his sixth and final wife. After a first marriage that ended the start of the English reformation and divorce, Henry VIII continued his quest to produce a male heir until finally accomplishing his goal with his third marriage to Jane Seymour. Catherine Parr was more of a nurse than a wife and outlived her husband. 1789: Camille Desmoulins, the radical French journalist, gives a speech which results in the storming of the Bastille two days later. He served as Secretary-General to Georges Danton, and
OM Chatter: Episode 10 On this episode of Chatter, the Observatory Media Team go through the debate on Brexit. We wade through all the acronyms and get to the heart of the matter. Can the 'leave' camp justify their position on any economic principles? Is the migration debate based on anything other than fear or racism? Can the 'remain' camp insight the same kind of excitement as the 'leave' camp? What if Brexit actually happens? We get into the possible spinoff effects for the UK. What will Scotland do? How will the UK negotiate new trade deals? In the Rundown Ramble this week we cover: The new report coming out of the UNHCR that outlines the large spike in refugee and migrant populations worldwide.
The World in a Flash This week's Round-Up covers submarines in Australia, Trump & the GOP's losing battle, Kim Jong-un's Power Play, the Panama Papers (part two), Syrian airstrikes, and Indian laser walls. Socialism Works? The Venezuelan government announced this week that public sector employees will temporarily work only two days a week, Monday and Tuesday, in an effort to reduce constraints on energy. The country is currently facing a drought crisis which is affecting its ability to produce power. The opposition has been highly critical of the government’s handling of the crisis, but the on-going theme within the government is that they are just ‘waiting for the rain.’ They have asked for international help, but this recent addition to their woes is