OM’s Chatter: When Mother’s Away…

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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: From NoKo to NATO

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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

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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,

British Shake n’ Canadian Break

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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: Donald’s Quest & Morocco’s Protest

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On this week's episode of OM's Chatter, we take peek at what's happening a la Arab Spring in Morocco, how the ex-leader of the free world's trip went, and more! First, the gang unites to recap the facets of Trump's Abrahamic Religions Roadtrip and the G7 & NATO Summits that closely followed. Did he really embarrass himself that badly? What does his agenda mean for the future of the "free world," and the alliance that has stood for nearly 70 years? Next up we swing by the Philippine's to ponder how Duterte's "war on drugs" is going, and whether his strongman styles are causing any dip in his approval ratings (spoiler alert: most people are apparently okay with the way things are

OM’s Chatter: Africa Bits & ME Skits

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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

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

People Need to Feel Heard

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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

The Question of Canadian Values

Canada Map Canadian Values

During the federal Conservative leadership race, Kellie Leitch has gotten more attention than most candidates, due in large part to her proposal to screen new immigrants for “Canadian values”. The proposal has gotten Leitch a lot of support, but it’s also gotten her a lot of criticism from people who say that the proposal is racist. White ethnic nationalists have even latched onto Leitch’s campaign, in much the same way as their American counterparts have to President Donald Trump. Since then, Leitch has denied that her campaign is based on ethnic nationalism. Instead, she says, it is based on civic values. Her campaign website indicates that the “Canadian values” she promotes include gender equality, freedom of religion, freedom and tolerance. The

Trump’s Twitter Tirades

Trump Twitter Tirades

President of the United States Donald Trump’s Twitter tirades have been a point of focus on social media since he joined in 2009. Now, as the President of the United States, Trump continues to tweet from his original @realDonaldTrump account. With a whopping 23.2 million followers on Twitter and a rapidly increasing 34.4k tweets, compared to @POTUS44 Barack Obama’s 14.9 million followers and 352 tweets, the world is watching Trump become less presidential by the tweet. In just 140 characters, he bashes on media outlets like The New York Times and The Washington Post, berates Democrats, and to top it off, uses poor vocabulary. In our increasingly digital culture, Trump’s rash tweets are gaining popularity as unintelligent, inappropriate, and yet