Month: October 2017

Trudeau Should See NAFTA Renegotiation As His Biggest Priority

By Yaël Ossowski | Huffington Post Trump needs to be shown that protectionism south of the border hurts American and Canadian consumers as much as it helps hand-picked American producers. At this point in the Donald Trump presidency, it’s become clear that protectionism is become the ruling mantra. Whether it’s tariffs slapped on Bombardier jets […]

The Innocents Abroad Episode 16: Whiny Baker-Miller Pink Millennial

Is this whole “digital nomad millennial life” just fake? Is Elon Musk a hero or government grant gargling villain? Will his innovations last? Are the Baltics the best part of Europe? And what the hell is Baker-Miller pink? Tune in this week for another take on life and society abroad with The Innocents Abroad. 23. […]

Congress shouldn’t dictate how water pipes are rebuilt

By Yaël Ossowski | Washington Examiner With a slew of agenda items in front of President Trump, there is one more which requires the utmost attention: infrastructure. Bridges, highways, electric grids, water, and sewer systems — all of which are aging — have fallen off the national agenda because of gridlock in the Capitol. If […]

Why should banks pay taxes while credit unions get a break?

In Springfield, Missouri in August, President Donald Trump laid out the core motivation of his comprehensive tax plan: fairness. If Congress and the administration are serious about making America’s tax structure fairer, their first action should be to end the free ride enjoyed by large credit unions at the expense of banks and taxpayers. While […]

PanAm Podcast: Yael Ossowski Suggests Greater Political Autonomy Might Avert Catalonia Crisis

A recent podcast conducted with PanAm Post. This past weekend, the world watched as Mariano Rajoy‘s government deploy the national police to the Catalonia region in what proved to be a violent attempt to shut down an independence referendum regarding a political break with Spain. Journalist Yael Ossowski wrote an op-ed for the Washington Examiner […]

Learning another language is the hardest but most fulfilling challenge you can try

The first time I was truly challenged by a language I couldn’t grasp or understand was when I landed in Vienna, Austria in early 2011. It was tough, but I thought I was up to the challenge. German? Conquerable! Born in Canada and growing up in North Carolina, we spoke French and English at home. […]

The Innocents Abroad Episode 15: Disruption Function

SHOWNOTES: Broadcast on 7. Oct 2017 from Vienna, Austria and Belgrade, Serbia. ARTICLES: We are all Catalonians now: Why the Spanish crisis matters for all nations Ricky and Morty BOOKS: Attack of the 50 Foot Blockchain: Bitcoin, Blockchain, Ethereum & Smart Contracts Predictable Revenue Black Rednecks, White Liberals Robots for […]

How do you build a successful independence movement?

By Yaël Ossowski In Scotland’s 2014 referendum, what I really learned is that a successful independence movement must be cultural and all-encompassing. A minority language helps. For many years, that’s what Québec had. But entrenched politicians (at the federal and provincial levels) began to change the terms of independence and what it would mean for […]

We are all Catalonians now: Why the Spanish crisis matters for all nations

In scenes straight from a 1984-esque dystopian thriller, armed policemen from the Spanish Guardia Civil descended into the streets of the Catalonian region over the weekend to halt a planned referendum for independence. Clubs were whirled in the air, polling stations demolished, and voters shoved to the ground. At last count, more than 1,300 people […]