No Disasters Here, Metaphorical or Otherwise

No Natural Disasters Here, Metaphorical or Otherwise

Yay, we're back! On this episode of OM's Chatter, Karan and Vennesa are ditched by Nate, but they muddle through, somehow, to bring you a whole episode devoid of disasters, metaphorical or otherwise (aka no Trump, no Harvey, no Irma). First off, they talk Myanmar & the Rohingya crisis, who's behind the violence, and whether Aung San Suu Kyi should really be catching this much international heat for failing to condemn the ethnic cleansing. Then they pop over to Kenya for an unofficial Africa Bit, and Vennesa brings us up to speed on what's happening with the now-annulled Kenyan elections, what the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission in the country plans to do about it, and whether the Kenyan economy could be hurt by

A Divorce, a Former President, & a Coup-ish

The Round-Up Three Elections Gunman Referendum

The World in a Flash The Round-Up this week is short and sweet, with just enough room for some of our favourite articles and stories from the week. From Venezuela's Supreme Court drama to the UK's messy divorace, and the Rohingya in Myanmar, we've got all the headlines from the week and a few stories you might have missed!  First on the docket is Venezuela, where Maduro is in some hot water as the Supreme Court takes over legislative duties from the Congress, in what most are calling a coup. Several legislators have flat out called Maduro a dictator and unsurprisingly, the international community has chimed in with demands for an electoral timetable and fourteen North and South American countries have chimed in

Tokyo Snows & Water Woes

The Round-Up Three Elections Gunman Referendum

The World in a Flash This week we manage to steer clear of Trump. Instead we take a look at the Rohingya in Myanmar, Colombia & the new FARC deal, snows in Tokyo, Leitch's proposal to dismantle CBC, and water rationing in Bolivia.  1. Rohingya Muslims Face Alleged Ethic Cleansing A senior UN official this week told the BBC that Myanmar was seeking to ethnically cleanse the country of the Rohingya Muslim population in Rakhine state, an allegation that the government has vehemently denied. 86 people have died and approximately 30,000 have been displaced, many of whom have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh. Myanmar’s soldiers are accused of raping Rohingya women, burning down and looting civilians’ houses, torture, and executions in response to the

The Bad, the Worse, & the Bigly Awful

No Natural Disasters Here, Metaphorical or Otherwise

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

Myanmar in Transition: A Controlled Democracy & New Geopolitical Scenarios


Recently Myanmar had a free and fair election for the first time in the history of the country. The National League for Democracy (NLD) party, headed by Aung San Suu Kyi, managed a sweeping victory in the election. This dramatic yet anticipated event surprised many analysts. The armed forces (Tatmadaw) have long been and arguably remain the most powerful political institution in Myanmar though it seems attitudes within the Tatmadaw are changing, clearly indicated by the fact that elections were permitted without interference. Historically the Bamar (Burmese) kings ruled the central part of the Myanmar, while the center formed the stronghold of the Buddhist majority Bamar population, which included Rakhines, Shans, and Rakhanies. The country was deeply divided along ethnic lines, particularly

Nuclear Conditions & Stumped Politicians

The Round-Up Three Elections Gunman Referendum

The World in a Flash This week's Round-Up covers the bombing in Pakistan, nuclear events in Washington DC and Japan, Zuma's 'fire' pool, human rights in Qatar, and much more! Bombing in Pakistan Pakistan’s second largest city, Lahore, was rocked by a suicide blast that has now taken the lives of 72 people and wounded more than 300. The bombing, claimed by Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (a faction of the Pakistani Taliban), targeted Christians celebrating Easter Monday though most killed were Muslim. This is not the first instance of violence towards Christian in the country; in 2013 two bombs at a Peshawar church killed 80. In the aftermath of the Brussels bombings the previous week, criticism of unbalanced news coverage spread throughout international media, though largely

Power Moves & Privacy Blues

The Round-Up Three Elections Gunman Referendum

The World in a Flash This week's Round-Up covers Putin's withdrawal, Brazil's Protests, the Apple v FBI privacy Saga, and much more! Russian Troops Withdrawal From Syria In a surprising move, Putin ordered the withdrawal of the bulk of Russian troops in Syria last Tuesday (March 15). Among the various reactions, UN envoy to the Geneva peace talks, Staffan de Mistura, said the move was a “significant development” that would help the peace talks. Saudi Arabia, as well as Iran are seeing the move as highly positive. Russian diplomats also tried to reassure Israel that this move would not harm Israeli security, saying the situation is favourable at the moment. However, according to some US officials, Russian combat power is still intact, which is in line