OM’s Crazy Train Chatter

No Natural Disasters Here, Metaphorical or Otherwise

The week's episode of Observatory Media's Chatter gets on the crazy train to talk about all the head-scratching issues from the last week. We start with food shortages and famine in South Sudan and Venezuela, and what the international community is (or isn't) doing in response to these disasters. We then move to the US to talk about Trump and recent accusations of anti-Semitism that he's attempted to dispel in recent days. Staying in the US we then turn to the new bill introduced to wipe out the EPA by December of next year, and how the new administration might deal with this colossally short-sighted attempt at environmental suicide. Moving over to Europe, we round out the Chatter with a look at Marine Le

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

The Future of the United Nations

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It has been 71 years since the creation of the United Nations and with both its successes and failures, it remains relevant. When dealing with the UN, there is a tendency to get lost in its many activities, levels of governance, and its agencies, something that the UN seems to suffer itself. We will, therefore, focus on the UN as a concept (both historical and present) and as a reality, in an attempt to situate the UN in the current global structure. Historically, the UN emerged out of the concept of the League of Nations which can be best described as a World War I proto-UN. It suffered from a lack of political interest and accountability before the events leading up