A Little Good News, but Mostly Impending Doom

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The World in a Flash The Round-Up this week gives you a little bit of good news, but it's mostly impending doom on the international front. From man-made famines in Nigeria, South Sudan, and Yemen, an Amnesty International report warning about human rights rollbacks around the world, and Trump's reconsideration of transgender bathroom rights, things don't seem to be going well. On the bright side, Syrian peace talks are getitng underway and Iraqi forces take the ISIS-held airport in Mosul.  Amnesty International Report Has Stark Warning An Amnesty International report is warning that divisive rhetoric in mainstream politics a threatening to roll back human rights records around the world. The Secretary General of Amnesty International Salil Shetty listed President Trump in a non-envious

The Future of the Financial (in)Action Task Force

Financial (In)Action Task Force

When it comes to terrorism and the consistent recurrence of suicide attacks, bombings, and killings many feel, despite international efforts to combat groups such as ISIS, Al Qaeda, and Boko Haram, terrorism is getting worse – not better. Unfortunately, while disheartening to say, this sentiment isn’t exactly wrong.  In 2015, it was reported that deaths by terrorism in OECD countries increased by 650%. Furthermore, in 2016, The Global Terrorism Index concluded that while the number of terrorist bombings decreased throughout the year, the bombs that were detonated in 2016 were more efficient, more lethal and more deadly than ever and had engaged in tactics to maximize fatalities. To put it simply, if an entire terrorist operation were to be looked

Rhino Horn & ICC Scorn

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The World in a Flash This week Trump's impact on international relations began to become apparent with China and Japan weighing in, the fight against ISIS takes on a new dimension, South Africa's Security Minister reels from a Rhino horn scandal, the crisis in South Sudan gets grimmer, and even more countries withdraw from the International Criminal Court.  1. China Hits Back at Trump on Climate Change ‘Hoax’ Climate change was in large part left out of the general election in the United States. President-elect Trump had little say on the issue other than climate change is a hoax created by the China. Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin took some time this week to remind Trump that it was the US in

Breaking Up & Shaking It Off

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On this week's episode of Chatter the gang is reunited to talk about the beginnings of a dramatic international break-up and efforts to shake off the oppressive reins of a quasi-dictator, plus zoom in on some stories that are of particular interest to each of us. We start off with the Walloon-headed CETA blockade and what this might mean for the economic futures of the countries involved. Then we pop over to Iraq to talk about the fluid situation that is the ongoing Mosul offensive and the retaliation from ISIS in the wake of coalition forces advancements. Nate then brings all of us non-tech heads up to speed on the recent DDoS attacks and what these breaches might mean for the upcoming US election,

The Bad, the Worse, & the Bigly Awful

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On this week's episode of the Chatter, Karan and Nate take over! The duo take on the presidential debate from the weekend and Trump's gross comments from the 2005 video. What does this mean for the GOP? How did it affect the debate? And more! They then get into the warming relations between Turkey and Russia over trade and Syria. What does this mean for strategic alliances in fighting ISIS, dealing with the humanitarian crisis in Aleppo, and ending the conflict in Syria? Finally, a quick update on Myanmar and a recent breakout of violence. Why the violence, and who are the players? The episode then ends with a couple quick stories from a town outside of Toronto and the news media in Canada in general.  All

Two Sides to the Anti-Terror Coin

The wave of attacks that have occurred this summer have made the debate over how to respond to terrorism more heated than ever, with calls for Canada and its allies to step up the fight against ISIS and other organizations. Other voices decry what they see as the tarring of all Muslims and people of Arab and Middle Eastern background as potential terrorists, arguing that it amounts to racism and judging people guilty until proven innocent. Many of the people calling for Canada to step up the fight against terror organizations are often conservatives. However, I haven’t seen nearly as much commentary from progressives on how to actually respond to the ghoulish actions of ISIS, or related groups like Boko Haram

Midweek Madness: It’s Heating Up

Midweek Madness While our podcast is on a hiatus, we at Observatory Media have decided to continue on the tone of the podcast in written form to placate our readers until we return with rundown rambles. We bring you Midweek Madness to cover all the outrageous, wild, and downright jaw-dropping stories from around the world. ISIS’ Mass Graves The Associated Press has collated the most comprehensive set of documents and testimonies that point to the exact location of 72 mass graves containing up to 15,000 victims of ISIS spread out in Syria and Iraq. The madness of it all lies in the lack of desire on behalf of ISIS to attempt to hide the atrocities they are committing. The uncovering of these

Confirmations, Claims, & Campaigns

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The World in a Flash This week's Round-Up covers athlete drama in Rio, Trump's campaign shakeup, the blame-game over cholera in Haiti, the YPG, the State Department speaks about the $400 million payment to Iran, & more!    Brazilian Officials Claim Athlete Lied When He Said He Was Robbed Allegations came out that swimmers from the US team had been robbed at gunpoint in Rio. This brought tremendous negative attention on the Olympics in addition to the criticism faced by Brazil. However there is a plot twist, Brazilian Police officials have said that Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger, James Feigen, and Ryan Lochte were not robbed. In fact, the swimmers had behaved inappropriately and vandalized a gas station. Two of the swimmers who were on

There’s Nothing Conventional About What’s Going On

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*Please note that due to some technical difficulties, users may hear a clicking sound during the podcast. The team at Observatory Media is working actively to resolve the issue in this and future podcasts. We recommend listening to this podcast without headphones for better clarity. Thank you for your understanding and we hope you enjoy the episode!   The past week in current events has been anything conventional. The team at Observatory Media gives their take on what’s happened in the past seven days and what is, and surprisingly isn't, dominating the news feeds. Our episode starts out by checking in on the Republican Presidential Convention that happened last week and Democratic Presidential Convention that is set to happen this week. neither of

Middle East — The Shifting Face of Terrorism

The piercing sirens silenced the world; like many, I still recall the devastating news of the 9/11 attacks. For the Western World, until that day, the term terrorism was foreign. The results of the treacherous attacks left many newscast programs observing every potential threat. Since then, the Western World has grown accustomed to media's glamorized terror. The media depicted images focused on the profile of the terrorists, sensationalizing them, and lending to stereotyping of the entire Middle East. But what about the local civilians we seen crying and fleeing the explosions? Audiences have become consumed by daily images of the evil that subsists. However, these images are a flicker of the reality, packaging and condensing the Middle East into this dark