Breaking Up & Shaking It Off

No Natural Disasters Here, Metaphorical or Otherwise

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,

Five Conflicts & an Election

The Round-Up Three Elections Gunman Referendum

The World in a Flash This week's Round-Up focuses on the conflicts, and the election, that have dominated headlines recently. With the US tumultuous campaign season coming to a close, we are reminded that whatever you think of the candidates, and whoever comes out on top on November 8th, their decisions will have a massive impact on events happening all over the world.     1. Mosul, the Almost Liberated The joint offensive to retake Mosul is well underway, with the “most intense day” of fighting so far happening on Thursday. Dozens of Peshmerga fighters were wounded in a car bomb attack, and the US saw its fourth fatality since they began fighting ISIS. While the US involvement so far has focused on air

Arrested Accounts & Advancing Attacks

No Natural Disasters Here, Metaphorical or Otherwise

On this week's episode of OM's Chatter, Vennesa and Karan ditch Nate and take over to talk bank accounts, political shake-ups, and right-wing extremism. They start out in Thailand and discuss what the death of King Bhumibol will mean for the country and its relationship with the monarchy moving forward. Then they turn towards the advance by the Iraqi army & Peshmerga forces in Mosul, why this attack has taken so long, and what the underlying issues might mean for Iraq after the fact. Moving to the UK, they discuss the threatened freezing of RT's bank accounts and if this tit-for-tat might bite British news outlets operating in the former USSR. They hang out in the UK for a little longer to look

Bean Counts & Tension Mounts

The Round-Up Three Elections Gunman Referendum

The World in a Flash This week's Round-Up covers tension in the aftermath of the bombings in Belgium, Obama's visit to Cuba, the Cosatu strike in South Africa, & hope for denuclearization. Aftermath of the Belgium bombings In the aftermath of the Belgium bombings at the Zaventem International Airport and the Maelbeek metro station on Tuesday that killed 31 and hospitalized around 100 people. Seven people have been detained in raids around Belgium. Police activity around Brussels has also uncovered links between the Paris attacks (November 13) and these recent atrocities. Amidst accusations of security failures on the part of the Belgian government, the interior and justice ministers have offered to resign, though Prime Minister Michel has refused to let them. International media