OM’s Chatter: Africa Bits & ME Skits

No Natural Disasters Here, Metaphorical or Otherwise

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

Pipeline Grumbles & Diplomatic Stumbles

No Natural Disasters Here, Metaphorical or Otherwise

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

Global Leaders are Adults, We Think

The Round-Up Three Elections Gunman Referendum

The World in a Flash This week's Round-up struggles to put the actions of world leaders, and self-proclaimed adults, in a reasonable perspective. The UN is stumbling, Brazil is drawing lines in the political sandbox, Bulgarian 'migrant hunters' are regrettably a thing, Oil countries are throwing tantrums, and Canada can't decide on which principles to rationalise the Saudi arms deal. Below is our best attempt.  Barbaric Bulgarian 'Migrant Hunters' A large segment of the Bulgarian population has been clearly vocal against the influx of migrants from the middle east via turkey. Certain people have taken more extreme roles as ‘migrant hunters’. Bulgaria has recently begun to crack down on these vigilante civilians after videos have surfaced online showing men tying up asylum seekers