OM’s Chatter: The Short & Sweet Episode

No Natural Disasters Here, Metaphorical or Otherwise

Like the title says, this episode of OM's Chatter is short and sweet! We start off with the general list of goals recently released by the US regarding NAFTA renegotiations and what it means for Canada's automotive and agricultural industries. Next up, we check in with Venezuela and what the recent nonbinding resolution might mean for the crisis-wracked country. Lastly, we've got two African Bits updates on voting and Cholera in Kenya, and parliamentary elections in Congo-Brazzaville. Thanks for listening! 'See you' next week!

Torture, Law Suits, & Baby Steps

The Round-Up Three Elections Gunman Referendum

The World in a Flash The Round-Up this week sees Brexit take some baby steps towards completion, Mexico's President cancels his meeting with Trump at the White House, communities in the Niger Delta will have to sure the Dutch Shell oil company in Nigerian court, President Adama Barrow lands in The Gambia to begin his administration, and The Donald defends torture but needs Congress on board to legislate.  1. Bill to Begin Brexit Following the UK Supreme Court decision this week that limited the British Cabinet’s power to invoke Article 50 and begin the Brexit process. According to the ruling, parliament approval is required to formally trigger the process to remove the UK from the European Union. Following that, the government has published

2017 & the Return of OM’s Chatter

No Natural Disasters Here, Metaphorical or Otherwise

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

Rupees, Results, & Riots

The Round-Up Three Elections Gunman Referendum

The World in a Flash Wow. This week, though. The Round-Up looks at the fallout from the US election (the results, the riots, and the reactions of world leaders), what's up with the Rupee, how Zuma survived another no-confidence vote, and why the Spanish PM should just embrace memes.  1. Indian Government Nulls ₹500 and ₹1000 Currency Notes The Government of India, in a surprise, has removed the ₹500 and ₹1000 notes as legal tender. This is the government’s latest attempt to combat the prevalence of ‘black money’ (illicit money) and tax evasion in India. The government announced this measure on the evening of November 9th to prevent a major shock in during the business day and additionally closed all banks on Thursday

A History of Doping in Sport

Olympic Rings

In light of the upcoming Rio Olympics and the prospect of a ban on Russian athletes because of alleged state-sanctioned doping, OM takes a look back at the history of drug use in sports. BCE: A variety of drugs and herbs were used to increase the abilities of athletes competing in the original Olympic games; wine potions, hallucinogenic mushrooms, and large amounts of meat (including the raw testicles of various fauna) were imbibed. West Africans used the Kola nut to increase stamina in running competitions; the Tarahumara (or Rarámuri) of northern Mexico used peyote for its effects on muscles as it prevents the operation of the chemical that controls the ‘off’ signal to muscles. 1st century ACE: Greek athletes used

Marriage Rights & Political Fights

The Round-Up Three Elections Gunman Referendum

The World in a Flash This week's Round-Up covers hope in Nigeria, Elbowgate, LGBTQ rights in Mexico, the Syrian ceasefire that isn't, and Venezuela's political drama.   One Among Hundreds Now Free in Nigeria In April of 2014, 219 students went missing from Chibok, Nigeria and were later found to have been abducted by Nigerian terror group, Boko Haram. This week, 19-year-old Amina Ali Nkeki and her baby were found by a military-backed militia. She is the first to be freed after the abduction which has resulted in joy and hope spreading throughout Nigeria. Amina met President Buhari who was elected with a strong mandate to combat Boko Haram, who largely reside in the northern areas of Nigeria, near Cameroon. Buhari expressed his sadness

Narcoculture: The Evolution of Narcocorridos

Los Tigres del Norte

The term narcocultura refers to all those social manifestations that attempt to recreate the lifestyles, methods and practices of drug traffickers, especially those in a position of power. In Mexico, it's origin is traced back to Badiraguato, Sinaloa in the 1940s, although it is not until the 1970s that these practices consolidate in the collective imagination. These expressions have extended to everyday aspects of life including architecture, fashion, music, movies, and even soap operas. For the purpose of this article, we will discuss the admiration for drug traffickers through music, the narcocorridos. A corrido is a song that tells the story of a popular character. During the Mexican Revolution, corridos about the bravery of the movement’s leaders were widespread. In a similar way,