Porkins Great Game ep. 1 ISIS is everywhere in Central Asia

The wait is finally over:  The new podcast series produced by Christoph Germann and me, Porkins Great Game, is now up and running!  This new podcast will deal exclusively with Central Asia and the Caucus region, and will explore the various geopolitical machinations that compose the “New Great Game.”  Porkins Great Game will be a monthly podcast and we really encourage you to be a part of this endeavor.  So please follow us on Twitter, @PorkinsPolicy & @NewGreatGame, and feel free to email us with topic suggestions and news stories that pertain to the new great game. You can contact me by emailing porkinspolicy@gmail.com, and you can contact Christoph through the contact form on christophgermann.blogspot.com

On this month’s episode we take a look at the increasing violence in Xinjiang as well as the ISIS connection within the Uyghur separatist movement, and take a look at the recent Shanghai Cooperation Organization conference in Tajikistan.  We discuss the military buildup in NATO proxy-country Georgia as we consider the recent announcement  to set up both a NATO training center and training camp for Syrian rebels.  Rounding off the Georgia section, we take a look at probable intelligence operative and ISIS commander Tarkhan Batirashivili, offer an update on former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, an consider Sibel Edmonds’ new novel The Lone Gladio and how it pertains to Georgia.  Later we examine some of the recent attempts by the government of Azerbaijan to crack down on the Gulenist movement with in the country.  Christoph and I explore how the national oil and gas company of Azerbaijan, SOCAR, may be quietly reopening many of the Gulen-funded schools that were recently closed.  We also touch upon the the claim that ISIS captured a SOCAR fuel tanker in Syria, and talk about the twentieth anniversary of the signing of the “Contract of the Century.”  We conclude the podcast with an exploration of the ambush of Saudi Prince Abdul Aziz bin Fahd this summer in Paris.  This story received almost no media coverage, despite the theft of over $300,000 and diplomatic documents from one of the prince’s cars.  Abdul Aziz bin Fahd is of course a high-profile royal official who has been linked to terrorism in Syria, and to billionaire and former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

Download PGG episode 1

Show notes:

Christoph’s websitesChristophgermann.blogspot.comNichtZensiert.blogspot.de

Christoph’s work can also be found on Boiling Frogs Post where he is a contributor.

Xinjiang Latest developments:

The New Great Game Round-Up #62

Villagers recount narrow escapes in Kashgar attack as CCTV airs scenes of aftermath

Chief imam at Kashgar mosque stabbed to death as violence surges in Xinjiang

Is Uyghur American Association involved in recent wave of terrorism in Xinjiang?

A Chechnya in the making

Xinjiang-ISIS connection:

The New Great Game Round-Up #64

ISIS tentacles reach toward China

JCPA analyst: 1,000 Chinese jihadists training in Pakistan

‘Capture’ of Chinese national fighting with ISIS gives China jitters

At least 50 killed in Xinjiang violence, officials say  (This story came out after me and Christoph finished recording)

SCO summit:

The New Great Game Round-Up #66

Georgia NATO’s military build-up:

NATO Chief Lays Out Package to ‘Bring Georgia Closer’ to Alliance

Exclusive: Georgia Offers to Host Training Camp for Syrian Rebels

Georgia: The New CIA-NATO Arab Terrorist Training Center

The Ginger Jihadist of Mosul: Omar al-Shishani the Chechen ‘General’

The mysterious link between the US military prison Camp Bucca and ISIS leaders

Tarkhan Batirashvili put on U.S. terrorism sanctions list  (This story came out after me and Christoph finished recording)

The Saakashvili chase:

The New Great Game Round-Up #44

Georgia: The Saakashvili Chase Continues at Sea

Mikheil Saakashvili Doesn’t Know What Democracy Is

Georgian Court Impounds Saakashvili’s Property

 

Azerbaijan:

Azerbaijan shuts down ‘Gülen-linked’ schools

The New Great Game Round-Up #65

President Erdogan pays a visit to Turkish ally Azerbaijan

Erdogan reiterates call for cooperation on Gülenists

20th anniversary of “Contract of the Century” celebrated in Washington DC

Ambush in Paris:

How Gunmen Pulled Off a Daring Ambush of a Saudi Prince’s Convoy in Paris

Saudi royal named in Paris attack, amid reports of blackmail

What do we know about Prince `Abdul-`Aziz bin Fahd: who was ambushed in Paris

Hariri announces $1bn Saudi military aid to Lebanon

Saudi Arabia promises record $3 billion in military aid to Lebanon

U.S. Embassy in Ankara Headquarter for ISIS War on Iraq – Hariri Insider

This is how Al-Riyadh newspaper coverd the story of the ambush of Prince `Abdul-`Aziz Bin Fahd

Don’t look for Al-Arabiyyah TV to cover this story

Music:

Qaya – “Ey heyat ne qeribesen”

Never nice song from Xinjiang

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Comments

  • Eva Bartlett  On October 16, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Reblogged this on In Gaza and commented:
    Very much enjoyed this podcast; need to listen a second time!

  • Kaboom  On March 6, 2015 at 12:20 am

    Fantastic job! As always..
    Try to incorporate the motive

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