No Disasters Here, Metaphorical or Otherwise

No Natural Disasters Here, Metaphorical or Otherwise

Yay, we're back! On this episode of OM's Chatter, Karan and Vennesa are ditched by Nate, but they muddle through, somehow, to bring you a whole episode devoid of disasters, metaphorical or otherwise (aka no Trump, no Harvey, no Irma). First off, they talk Myanmar & the Rohingya crisis, who's behind the violence, and whether Aung San Suu Kyi should really be catching this much international heat for failing to condemn the ethnic cleansing. Then they pop over to Kenya for an unofficial Africa Bit, and Vennesa brings us up to speed on what's happening with the now-annulled Kenyan elections, what the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission in the country plans to do about it, and whether the Kenyan economy could be hurt by

OM’s Chatter: From Doctrines to Duterte

No Natural Disasters Here, Metaphorical or Otherwise

The gang's reunited at our new Thursday night slot to talk Trump's on and off teleprompter personas and what this means for NAFTA, whatever happened in Arizona, and what the future might look like under the 'Trump Doctrine'. Next up, our UK correspondent brings us up to speed on the latest, incredibly uninteresting piece of the saga that is the Brexit divorce. Third, Nate weighs in with this week's Africa Bit and enlightens us all about the new strategy the South African government is using to fight the illicit market for Rhino horn. Next up another Africa bit, also of the South African variety: Gucci Grace has made the headlines again by being given diplomatic immunity. The wife of Zimbabwean strongman Robert Mugabe

OM’s Chatter: When Mother’s Away…

No Natural Disasters Here, Metaphorical or Otherwise

This week "mother" aka. Vennesa is away, so Karan and Nate decide to go ham. Just kidding. They discuss the continuing saga that is the calamitous situation in Venezuela, and what the changes to the constitutional assembly might mean. Next, they move on to talk about the crackdown on freedoms and dissidents in Turkey and what an increasingly aggressive Erdogan means for the country's relationships, before moving over to talk about Pakistan and recent developments of the Kashmiri variety. Then they pop over to the states for an update on the opioid crisis, and how not well that is going given the mediocre attention to health care this administration seems intent on giving the mother of all drug epidemics. Shouldn't Jared Kushner have

OM’s Chatter: Tin Hats & International Spats

No Natural Disasters Here, Metaphorical or Otherwise

On this episode of OM's Chatter, Vennesa takes out the tin hats to talk about Qatar & the GCC, some population control measures in India from Karan, and Nate picks a bone with Haiti's desire for a military. First up though, we talk Brexit updates, including Boris Johnson making word sounds with his mouth but not saying much and David Davis' 'Plan B'. Secondly, we move to SoKo to discuss the new test of the THAAD system, what regional fallout drama can be expected, and debate whether Trump will add fuel to the fire with some antagonistic 4 am tweet. Next, Vennesa gets her tin hat out to debate GCC motivations in Qatar with Nate, before moving over to Haiti and having a

OM’s Chatter: From NoKo to NATO

No Natural Disasters Here, Metaphorical or Otherwise

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

No Natural Disasters Here, Metaphorical or Otherwise

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

No Natural Disasters Here, Metaphorical or Otherwise

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

A Divorce, a Former President, & a Coup-ish

The Round-Up Three Elections Gunman Referendum

The World in a Flash The Round-Up this week is short and sweet, with just enough room for some of our favourite articles and stories from the week. From Venezuela's Supreme Court drama to the UK's messy divorace, and the Rohingya in Myanmar, we've got all the headlines from the week and a few stories you might have missed!  First on the docket is Venezuela, where Maduro is in some hot water as the Supreme Court takes over legislative duties from the Congress, in what most are calling a coup. Several legislators have flat out called Maduro a dictator and unsurprisingly, the international community has chimed in with demands for an electoral timetable and fourteen North and South American countries have chimed in

Political Scandals and Suspicions

The Round-Up Three Elections Gunman Referendum

The World in a Flash The Round-Up this week gives you a brief glance at the news dominating headlines around the world. From political tensions in the United Kingdom to France's Presidential Elections to US Cabinet scandals and much more!   Jeff Sessions latest in Russian Ties Drama Attorney General Jeff Sessions is the latest member of Trump’s administration to be dogged by questions regarding his relationship with Russian officials. He has been accused of perjury during his Senate hearing when he lied about having had contact with anyone connected to the Russian government with regard last year’s elections. Sergei Kislyak, winner of most-distanced-from-individual 2016/17 and Russia’s ambassador to the US, is at the heart of this newest controversy which is making waves mainly