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

Leadership Races & Kenya Braces

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The World in a Flash The Round-Up this week we've got cyber crimes in Kenya, refugee camp attacks in Nigeria, wiretapping in the US, and party leadership races in Canada.  Kenya’s Tax Hacker Kenya’s Revenue Agency joined the global list of corporate victims of cyber crime. According to the prosecution, Alex Mutungi Mutuku is part of an international ring of cyber criminals that has stolen money from multiple state bodies. Mutuku, a 28-year-old IT expert, has pled not guilty to the charges. According to the Kenyan cyber crime unit, the country has lost about $220 million (CAD) from hacking in 2016 alone, and ten suspects have been charged. Many western countries have also been embroiled in cyber crime saga's recently, and it remains to

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

OM’s Chatter: A Circle of Madness

No Natural Disasters Here, Metaphorical or Otherwise

This week on OM's Chatter, Karan and Vennesa fly solo and make a global circle of madness, to talk about press freedom, Brexit, Nigeria, The Gambia, Ukraine, and Obamacare. First, they talk about Trump's anti-press drama and what it means for the future of press freedom and government transparency in the United States. We then move across the pond to talk about Theresa May's speech, clearing up what she's previously said about Brexit. Wandering south, Vennesa has a wee ramble about the Nigerian air force either 'misfiring' or 'misidentifying' a refugee camp, and Jammeh still being Jammeh in The Gambia. Heading east, we talk about Ukraine picking the bone with Russia about Crimea at the International Court of Justice, and whether that'll actually bear any

Some Things Stay the Same and Some New Beginnings

The World in a Flash This week the Round-Up covers events from the Middle East, Africa, Asia and North America as to what is shaping the news.    What is Happening in Aleppo? The calamity that is the ongoing saga in Aleppo intensified this week as Syrian government forces pushed rebel fighters out of the eastern part of the city. The rebels responded by forming a new alliance with members of the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army group Jabha Shamiya. Meanwhile, the White Helmets report that the situation in Eastern Aleppo continues to deteriorate, with many pointing to inadequate access to water and medical services and supplies.There are still rumblings of negotiations regarding ceasefires and safe corridors between the Russians/Syrian government and rebels, but it

Starving Workers & Political Shirkers

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This week, the team get together to discuss their final thoughts before the Rio Olympics, Trump and his latest entanglement with the powerful sacrifice for one's country, Duterte's foreign policy shift for the Philippines, a Nigerian scammer, and 10,000 starving migrant workers from India in Saudi Arabia.  With Rio about to host the Olympics, the team takes a moment to informally discuss their concerns over the issues plaguing the city, and the country as a whole. Will these issues surface during the games, or get swept under the rug as attention moves to the glitz and glamour of competition? On Trump, the team begrudgingly puts their mind back into American politics and discuss the larger implications of the military and political campaigning in the

Olympic Stresses & Political Messes

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  The World in a Flash This week's Round-Up covers Brazil's bad week in politics and the run-up to the Olympic games, France's persistent Labour protest, judgements being called into question, victories for environmentalists, the financial fears of Brexit, and stressful times for Israel.    French Labour Protests The Euros are set to begin today and the protest from labour unions still have not been quelled. Since the government decided to pass labour reforms which give more powers to firms to negotiate with unions and workers. The strikes have slowed down movement and services throughout the country, and it continued on to yesterday. Many thought this would serious harm France’s reputation as Europe’s eyes focus in for the next month. Hollande went on the radio yesterday

From Oil Conflicts to Rail Stops

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The World in a Flash This week's Round-Up covers the effects of oil from the OPEC to fights in Nigeria, the Canadian scuffle with a Chinese diplomat, and more! Niger Delta ‘Avengers’ Strike Chevron June 1st, the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) militant group blew up two Chevron oil wells in the the region located in the south of Nigeria. The attack follows the deadline of NDA who are calling for all foreign oil companies to leave the region. Unrest in the region has been growing to levels not seen since and amnesty agreement ended hostilities in 2009. The Nigerian economy has been severely hit with the low oil price, coupled with hostilities contributing to nearly a 50 per cent reduction in oil output

The Most Ridiculous Blunders & Gaffes in Recent International Relations


Here are our favourite international relations blunders and gaffes. Spanning the globe, these "doh!" moments aren't particular to any country, though some do seem to have more than others. This is by no means a full list but does highlight some of the most ridiculous moments in international relations over the years.        President Jimmy Carter’s 1977 visit to then-Communist Poland took a highly sexual turn when his translator said that Carter desired the Poles, that he was happy to grasp at Poland’s private parts, and that Carter had abandoned the US. The translator also used Russia words, an awkward choice considering Poland’s struggles under the Soviet Union. In 1984, Nigeria started having problems with a former minister, Umaro Dikko, who had moved to

No Rest for the Protest

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The World in a Flash This week's Round-Up covers the G7 summit, Greek migrants, the history of rally protests in the US, Obama in Hiroshima, El Nino & La Nina, and the problem with tomatoes in Nigeria.   Union Protests Over French Labour Reforms Over the past week, union protests over proposed labour reforms in France have escalated after months of tension. The labour reforms are aiming to make it easier for firms to negotiate with unions and let go workers in the hopes it will incentivise firms to hire more readily if they know they can more easily shed workers. Officials have stated they will not remove the proposed bill but are open to modification. The nationwide protests have blocked oil refineries causing