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

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

Romania’s Anti-Austerity, Public-Sector Strikes

The severe austerity implemented in Romania in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, carried out on the backs of working people, has spurred a period of accelerated economic growth and rising profits but it has been at the expense of the hard strapped workers of Romania. In this context, the pent up anger and frustration has led to the calling of indefinite strikes in the public sector starting October 31st. Romanian Growth Recent Romanian economic growth has come on the back of ruthless austerity and structural adjustment policies pushed by the IMF and the European Union institutions put in place in 2010 by the Băsescu government. Despite nominal changes in the makeup of the government, austerity has continued under both Social

The Eastern Partnership Initiative: Counteracting Russian Influence on Europe’s Periphery

Eastern Partnership Summit

It's been more than a generation since the fall of the Berlin Wall, an event which precipitated the end of communism in Europe and heralded the birth of new democracies in the place of hapless authoritarian regimes. These geopolitical transformations led many at the time to believe that the continent would finally witness an era of peace and stability such as it had never hitherto known. In the summer of 1989, a few months before the destruction of the Wall, Francis Fukuyama famously penned an essay entitled The End of History? in which he – like so many others at the time – hailed the triumph of Western liberal democracy with gusto that recalled Chamberlain’s naïve declaration of “peace in