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

A Resignation, a Motion, an Election, & more

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The World in a Flash The Round-Up this week checks out the resignation of Michael Flynn, the election of a new Hamas leader, and a battle over semantics in a Canadian anti-racism motion. We also take a look at the continuing violence in South Sudan, the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement, and bombings in Pakistan and Afghanistan.  Cabinet Kerfuffle This has been another rough week for the Trump presidency as he continues to struggle to fill his entire cabinet. He now holds the distinction of having it take the longest time to fill his cabinet since Reagan. First, National Security Advisor Michael T. Flynn resigned after information came to light to support allegations that he spoke to Russia’s ambassador to the US during the

A Resignation & Troop Machinations

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  The World in a Flash The Round-Up this week is short and sweet: we've got the resignation of an Israeli political officer, the arrival of US troops in Poland, weather troubles in Europe, and a new cabinet in Canada.  1. Shai Masot Resigns In the wake of theAl Jazeera investigative documentary ‘The Lobby’ we talked about on the Chatter earlier this week, Shai Masot, a high level political officer at the Israeli embassy in the UK has resigned. Masot was at the centre of the investigation, which sought to expose the influence of Israeli politicians on politically connected British students and political figures; he was recorded plotting to take down those he considered hostile to Israel. The UK’s Labour Party has called for an

OM’s Chatter: Notables of the Week

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This week the OM Chatter team is all about the notables. We've got quick run-downs on all the things you might have missed this week including Rafsanjani, Jeff Sessions, and awful weather in Europe.   Also on the docket this week: Israel's parliamentary plot against British politicians, updates on The Gambia's elections, Swiss issues with Muslim girls swimming lessons, and Trudeau's cabinet shuffle here in Canada. music by www.bensound.com

Impeachment Trials & Electoral Tribulations

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The World in a Flash This first Round-Up of 2017 finds us dealing with the ghosts of 2016, but also celebrating moving forward. We look at what questions the Israeli police had for Prime Minister Netanyahu, what on earth is happening in The Gambia, China's renewable energy investment, the trials of South Korea's President and her 'confidant', the continued food insecurity issues in Venezuela, and the resignation of the top UK ambassador the EU.    1. Netanyahu Questioned by Police Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hit the headlines this week as part of a corruption probe by police investigators. According to Israeli police, the Prime Minister was questioned for more than three hours at his residence. The questions surround his receipt of illicit gifts

2017 & the Return of OM’s Chatter

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Observatory Media's Chatter is back, and the team hopes everyone had a super awesome holiday and happy new year! To ring in 2017 the gang starts off in Istanbul to discuss how the hunt for the gunman is going, and why the struggle is real for the Turkish government and their plethora of detained suspects. Then we move to North Korea, where we ponder whether the threats of an ICBM capable of reaching the US are credible and if Trump is throwing fuel on the fire with incendiary wild-card twitter diplomacy. Next up is Israel, the United Nations, and the United States, and their settlement drama. Will tensions increase or decrease when Trump takes over? Is Obama trying to pidgeon-hole the President-Elect? Last on

Something Old, Something New

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The World in a Flash This week's Round-Up focuses on the new Spanish government, soon-to-be new US government, the old ICC membership debate, Maduro's ongoing drama, and a CETA trade deal that's apparently back from the deal.  CETA Trade Deal The seven-year project known as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, between Canada and the European Union, was at risk of falling apart this week due to the Belgian region of Wallonia. For the agreement to take effect, it required ratification from Canada and the 27 EU members. All the EU countries and Canada consented to the deal except Belgium, which required each of its regions to agree to the terms of the agreement. The Wallonian region (population of 3.6 million) is quite

Stormy Skies & Televised Lies

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The World in a Flash This week's Round-Up covers trouble brewing in the skies over Florida and the waters in Haiti, the Nobel Prize winners (so far), Poland's attempt at an abortion ban, the new top dog at the United Nations, & more! Just a reminder that OM's Chatter is also back in business after a brief hiatus! Check out our latest episode and stay tuned next week for a new episode!    1. Hurricane Matthew hits Haiti, heads for Florida Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Haiti this week and the death toll has risen to 264, according to the Haitian government. The city of Jeremie saw the majority of its buildings flattened and in the Sud province, 30,000 homes were destroyed. Across the country, it

A Week of Investigations From Assange to Syria

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 The World in a Flash This week's Round-Up covers the UN investigation into gas attacks in Syria, Trump's dog whistle to his second amendment people, internet investigation into Google Maps, Wikileaks and the death of a Clinton Staffer, and more! UN Inquiry into Gas Attacks in Syria The UN has begun investigating allegations of Chlorine gas being used against the population of Aleppo as the battle for the city rages. The international organization is attempting to negotiate with the various sides in the conflict for a ‘humanitarian pause’ which will allow them to gain access to relevant information on the group. These allegations have been made before, though the claims have been consistently denied by Syrian authorities. Though Chlorine is not a banned substance