OM’s Chatter: Guam & Venezuela & Stuff

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This week Vennesa & Nate fly solo to talk why poor Guam is being dragged into the hyper(?)power/North Korea drama, and whether things will be escalated, toned down, or level off. Is Guam going to suffer a nuclear strike even though they don't have full rights as US citizens? They also talk the new Venezuelan Constituent National Assembly (different from the National Assembly) that has convened and declared itself supreme (though not a hyperpower, strangely enough) in the aftermath of Maduro's suspicious referendum. Next up are the Africa Bits, which include the Kenyan and Rwandan elections results, and US sanctions on Sudan. Then there's an argument about whether yesterday's image was a squirrel baby or a chipmunk baby. It was a squirrel, so you

OM’s Chatter: When Mother’s Away…

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This week "mother" aka. Vennesa is away, so Karan and Nate decide to go ham. Just kidding. They discuss the continuing saga that is the calamitous situation in Venezuela, and what the changes to the constitutional assembly might mean. Next, they move on to talk about the crackdown on freedoms and dissidents in Turkey and what an increasingly aggressive Erdogan means for the country's relationships, before moving over to talk about Pakistan and recent developments of the Kashmiri variety. Then they pop over to the states for an update on the opioid crisis, and how not well that is going given the mediocre attention to health care this administration seems intent on giving the mother of all drug epidemics. Shouldn't Jared Kushner have

OM’s Chatter: The Short & Sweet Episode

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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!

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

This Week’s Happenings

The Round-Up Three Elections Gunman Referendum

The World in a Flash The RoundUp this week covers Trump's action towards NAFTA, the unrest in Venezuela, the credit ratings of Caribbean countries, tensions surrounding North Korea and the Front National in France. Trump Wants to Roll the Dice on NAFTA After taking jabs at Canada’s dairy industry and imposing tariffs on Canadian lumber, President Donald Trump – still trying to demonstrate the ‘art of the deal’ – is seeking to renegotiate NAFTA. The trade agreement between the US, Mexico, and Canada is worth approximately $1.2 trillion USD a year with the US exporting $584 billion USD a year. However, Trump continues to stick to his guns that NAFTA is the worst deal ever. Thankfully, in the most liberal use of the word, Trump

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

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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

OM’s Crazy Train Chatter

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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

OM’s Chatter: The Reunited Rundown Ramble

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This week's episode of Chatter sees the gang reunited to talk about a landmark Canadian ruling for First Nation's survivors who were scooped in the sixties and brought up without access to their heritage, culture, and language. Next on the list is US sanctions against Venezuelan Vice President El Aissami, why he seems to have been 'singled out,' and what precedent this might set for other country's leaders, and an assassination plot carried out at a Malaysian airport that is something right out of an Ian Fleming novel. To round off the RoundUp, we discuss refugees fleeing the US into Canada, and why they currently can't come through normal channels, fears of the Oroville dam collapse in California, and why an attack that

Impeachment Trials & Electoral Tribulations

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The World in a Flash This first Round-Up of 2017 finds us dealing with the ghosts of 2016, but also celebrating moving forward. We look at what questions the Israeli police had for Prime Minister Netanyahu, what on earth is happening in The Gambia, China's renewable energy investment, the trials of South Korea's President and her 'confidant', the continued food insecurity issues in Venezuela, and the resignation of the top UK ambassador the EU.    1. Netanyahu Questioned by Police Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hit the headlines this week as part of a corruption probe by police investigators. According to Israeli police, the Prime Minister was questioned for more than three hours at his residence. The questions surround his receipt of illicit gifts

This Week’s Developments

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The World in a Flash This week's Round-Up focuses on Brexit developments, Amnesty International's Russian eviction, spies in India and Pakistan, refugee crisis and much more!   Brexit Developments The Brexit saga continues! A High Court ruling on November 3rd ruled that parliament and not the government (executive branch) can trigger article 50. This is an interesting hurdle for Theresa May who declared she wanted to invoke the article by the end of March 2017. Although this does not mean that Brexit will be stopped; it will be seriously delayed. The MPs will not stop it (even though most of them actively campaigned against it) because of the referendum results. Those who brought forward the motion argued that the government must present a plan