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Porkins Great Game episode 17 The Unquiet Frontier

The wait is over! Christoph and I are back for another jam packed episode of Porkins Great Game. We begin by discussing the new direction that we will be taking the show in. Christoph and I explain why we will be focusing less on Central Asia and the Caucuses, and more on the the “global rimland.” We then move onto a discussion of the influential book The Unquiet Frontier by A Wess Mitchell and Jakub Grygiel. We talk about who Mitchell and Gryiel are, their careers at the Center for European Policy Analysis, and their current positions with in the State Department. Christoph and I then explore what is actually in The Unquiet Frontier and why it is such an important book. We talk about their theory of the global rimland and the policies that Mitchell and Gryiel lay out for the US empire. Next we talk about how these polices are quite identical to Trump’s foreign policy. We also touch on Trump’s recent foreign policy speech which appears to have been heavily influenced by The Unquiet Frontier.

Next Christoph and I talk about the recent political developments in Ukraine. We focus specifically on the recent assassination of Chechen fighter Timur Makhauri in Kiev. We talk about who Makhauri was and his complex history with Georgia and their security services. Christoph talks about the chaos that Ukraine has been plunged into since the US backed revolution. The two of us discuss how Kiev has been turned into a hot bed for Chechen terrorists, hitman, and all sorts of unsavory characters. Christoph also gives us his perspective as to what might be in store for Katharine in the near future.

We finish of the episode by turning to our favorite former Georgian Prime Minister Mikheil Saakashvilli, and his recent troubles in his adoptive home of Odessa. We chronicle Saakashvilli’s rise and fall as governor of the Odessa Oblast. We focus on his bombastic nature and his clashes with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Chistoph and I then move onto Saakashvilli’s insane arrest in Kiev, his escape from a police van, and his eventual re-arrest. We talk about what this means for Saakashvilli in the near future, and how his fate is identical to every other authoritarian leader who has aligned themselves with the US.

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Show Notes:

ChristophGermann.blogspot.com

@Ch_Germann

Trump, Mitchell and “The Unquiet Frontier”

Biography A. Wess Mitchell

Jakub Grygiel on the State Department Policy Planning Staff

CEPA – How We Are Funded

Central European Security After Crimea: The Case for Strengthening NATO’s Eastern Defenses

Predators on the Frontier

“The Unquiet Frontier”

McMaster Review: Probing for Weakness

McMaster NSS Preview feat. “The Unquiet Frontier”

Trump’s National Security Strategy (NSS)

Saudi video shows kingdom’s troops as ‘liberators’ of Tehran

U.S. looks to Germany to stop Baltic undersea Russian gas pipeline

Chechen “Freedom Fighters” Killed in Ukraine:

A Chechen Fighter Was Killed In A Kyiv Car Bombing. Who Was He?

Islamic Battalions, Stocked With Chechens, Aid Ukraine in War With Rebels

Chechen Jihadis Leave Syria, Join the Fight in Ukraine

Requiem for a Hit Man

Russia blamed for attack on Chechen pair who fought with Ukrainians

Saakashvili vs. Poroshenko:

Mikheil Saakashvili quits as governor of Ukraine’s Odessa region

Ukraine president strips one-time ally Saakashvili of citizenship

Ex-Georgian leader Saakashvili barges across Ukraine border

Ex-Georgia president dragged away by masked special agents in Kiev – video

Supporters free ex-Georgian leader Saakashvili from Ukrainian police amid chaotic scenes

Protesters gather in Kiev after police recapture ex-Georgia leader Saakashvili

Thousands of Saakashvili supporters stage protest against Ukraine president

Ukrainian judge frees Saakashvili from detention

Saakashvili expects deportation amid New Year holidays (Video)

Saakashvili has documents allowing him to go to Netherlands – media

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PGG Bonus podcast ep 1 Putin, Trump, and Propaganda

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For the first PGG bonus podcast Christoph and I start off by discussing Russia-US relations in the age of Trump. We talk about the warming relations between the two nations and if this will evolve into a meaningful relationship. We explore some of the recent cabinet appointments by Trump and what this might mean for the US and geopolitics in general. Christoph and I talk about how the enemy has shifted away from Russia and to Iran, China, and global jihadist’s. We touch on characters such as General’s Michael Flynn and James “Mad Dog” Mattis, and how they will influence US foreign policy.

Later Christoph and I dissect the most recent iteration of America’s war on Russian propaganda. We discuss the website http://PropOrNot.com and their infamous media blacklist. We talk about the institutions that might be behind the website, and their bizarre criteria for labeling websites as “pro-Russian propaganda.” We also talk about how this is becoming a growing problem through out the West.

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Porkins Great Game episode 16 Moderate Rebels and Heroin Warlords

The wait is finally over, Porkins Great Game is back! We begin by taking a look at the recent Parliamentary elections in Georgia. We break down how the elections turned out and analyze the results and what that may mean for the political future of Georgia. Christoph and I also touch on the most recent scandal in Georgia dealing with yet another leaked audio tape of Saakashvili. In our second segment we discuss the ongoing violence in Afghanistan as well as a ongoing peace negotiations. We begin with the recent peace deal between the government and famed heroin warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. We also break down the latest Taliban attack on the city of Kunduz and the wave of attacks in the south in Helmand provience. Christoph and I also analyze the latest Taliban/Kabul peace talks which has conspicuously left out Pakistan. For our final segment we talk all things Syria. We touch on the recent push for more direct US action from armchair generals such as Charles Lister. Christoph and I discuss the reality of what is going on in Aleppo as well as the threat of armed conflict between Russia and the United States.

In our Weird Terrorism section we talk about the strange case of Jabar al Bakr: the White Helmet humanitarian who tried to blow up the Berlin airport. We also talk about the recent death of Uzbek leader Islam Karimov.

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Show Notes:

Georgian Elections:

The New Great Game Round-Up: Georgia Investigates Another Saakashvili ‘Coup Plot’

The New Great Game Round-Up: Georgia Elections: Russia Wins, Saakashvili Loses

Ruling party in Georgia wins constitutional majority after vote run-off

Hekmatyar’s return:

The New Great Game Round-Up: Afghanistan Rehabilitates the ‘Butcher of Kabul’

Pakistan-Taliban rift:

Taliban and Afghanistan restart secret talks in Qatar

The New Great Game Round-Up: Taliban Restart Talks With Kabul from Position of Strength

Exclusive: Former Leader’s Bombshell Letter Exposes Internal Taliban Struggles

The New Great Game Round-Up: Are the Taliban Breaking Ties with Pakistan?

Upset at being sidelined in talks, Pakistan warns Taliban

US vs. Russia in Syria:

Syria ‘Cease-Fire’ Brings U.S. & Russia Closer to War

Washington War Party Urges Obama to Go to War against Assad & the Russians

Jihadists and other rebels launch new offensive in Aleppo

‘We were living a real tragedy in east Aleppo’: One family’s journey across the city amid the bloodshed

Russia tells rebels to leave Syria’s Aleppo by Friday evening

Weird terrorism stuff:

The Jaber al-Bakr Story: How a White Helmets Volunteer Almost Blew Up Berlin Airport

Germany convicts 4, calls US-backed Syrian group Ahrar al-Sham a “terrorist organisation”

Majlis Podcast – Uzbekistan without Karimov

Majlis Podcast – Uzbekistan under Mirziyaev

 


Music:

Andrea True Connection – “More, More, More”

Porkins Great Game episode 15 Turkey Coup Special

For this special episode on Porkins Great Game Christoph and I take at look at the recent coup attempt in Turkey. Christoph and I go through the main events of the coup and what went wrong for the coup plotters. We discuss a variety of theories related to the event including: was this staged by Erdgoan, is this due to a Russian realignment, was this a warning form the CIA/NATO? We also touch on the ongoing purge of he Gulen movement with in Turkey. We also discuss how this coup has been interpreted not only by MSM and alt-media but around the world.

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Show notes:

Why Turkey’s coup didn’t stand a chance

Military coup was well planned and very nearly succeeded, say Turkish officials

Turkish F-16 patrolling the skies near Ankara could be tracked online

Exclusive: all the details about the air ops and aerial battle over Turkey during the military coup to depose Erdogan

Top officers at Incirlik Air Base arrested in Turkey coup attempt

There’s more to Turkey’s failed coup than meets the eye

Pro-West generals plotted coup to overthrow Erdoğan: Kadyrov

Turkish pilots who downed Russian jet part of coup plot: Official

Porkins Great Game episode 13 Fetullah Gulen Lives!

Fethullah Gülen’s role in the shooting of the Russian jet

Eurasian bloc in Turkey: Erdoğan and the Kemalists against Gülen and the US

Turkey requests extradition of cleric from U.S. as post-coup purge widens

Turkish Military’s Influence Rises Again

Turkish president says other countries may be involved

Saudi Whistleblower Discloses Saudi Deputy Prince’s Major Role in Turkey Coup

Saudis Al Jubeir Accused of Invovlement in Turkish Coup Attempt by Former Qatari Emir

Porkins Great Game episode 14 Is Kazakhstan in Trouble?

On this episode Christoph and I turn our attention to Kazakhstan and the June 5th mass shooting. We examine the attack itself, breaking down what happened and the governments swift response. We explore the socioeconomic problems facing western Kazakhstan and how this may have played a decisive role is spurring on these attacks. We discuss the recent land protests across the Central Asian nation, and give a historical overview of Aktobe, including the role of western Kazakhstan in propping up the ruling regime.

Next we move on to the recent killing of Taliban leader Mullah Mansoor. Less than a year after his rise to power Mansoor was killed by a US drone strike in yet another blow to the peace process. Christoph and I explain the precedent set by the US in not only targeting the top Taliban leader, but also having the strike take place in the spiritual and operational city of Quetta. We consider Pakistan’s strong condemnation of the US for breaking its commitment to forging a lasting peace between Kabul and the Taliban. We examine Mansoor’s frequent travel to Dubai, Bahrain, and Iran, as well as his Pakistani passport. Christoph explains the reasons behind Mansoor’s frequent travel to Iran. We also touch on the increasing violence in Northern Afghanistan which is slowly getting the attention of the US and Russia.

Lastly, we discuss the recent row between Germany and Turkey over Germany’s parliamentary recognition of the Armenian genocide. We review the litany of harsh remarks from Erdogan and his government against Germany. Christoph gives us his perspective from within Germany as to how this is playing out there. He also discusses the satirical video put out by Jan Bohmermann about Erdogan and how this plays into the tense relationship between Turkey and Germany.

We finish off with our “weird terrorism” segment by looking at several interesting stories: the CIA-Pentagon fight over supporting Al Nusra; the release of Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard, an update on Alparslan Celik.

Christoph and I together announce the start of our Patreon campaign. For anyone interested in supporting the podcast and helping it to expand you can now donate on an episode-by-episode basis through Patreon. To find out more please visit us here.

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Show Notes:
Porkins Great Game Patreon

Aktobe shootings:

Kazakhstan: Aktobe Violence Wrongfoots Authorities

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RE0fQyotVJQ

Kazakh leader says Aktobe attacks orchestrated from abroad

Kazakhstan guard base attackers heard ‘holy war’ broadcast from Syria: minister

Exclusive: Suspect in Kazakh shooting posted Islamic State-linked video

Hate-filled extremism from beyond our borders will not divide Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan Official Blames Mafia for Suicide Bombing

Killing of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour:

Porkins Great Game ep. 9 The Death of Mullah Omar

U.S. Strike on Taliban Leader Is Seen as a Message to Pakistan

Frequent traveller Mullah Mansour used Pakistan airports

Death Showcases Afghan Taliban Leader’s Iran Connection

Pakistan Considers Canceling U.S. F-16 Deal, Buying From Jordan

U.S. military sees Afghan talks with new Taliban leader unlikely

Mansour in Iran for medical treatment (German)

Afghan Government Secretly Fosters Taliban Splinter Groups

Fighting in northern Afghanistan:
Majlis Podcast: Confusion, Fighting In Northern Afghanistan

Armenian Genocide row between Turkey and Germany:

Erdogan’s Attempt to Suppress German Satire Has the Opposite Effect

Böhmermann affair

Bundestag passes Armenia ‘genocide’ resolution unanimously, Turkey recalls ambassador

Germany summons Turkish envoy in row over Erdogan comments

Turkey blocking German official’s visit to Incirlik base: Germany

German minister says will visit Turkey base after Ankara criticism

Pentagon vs. CIA:

CIA and Pentagon Bicker While Russia Wipes Out U.S.-Backed Rebels

Lavrov: West asking Moscow not to bomb positions of al-Nusra, the al-Qaeda branch in Syria

Jaysh al Fath coalition launches new offensive in Aleppo province

Islamist rebels seize village near Aleppo, 73 killed: monitor

Syria insurgents launch assault against government forces near Aleppo: monitors

51 U.S. Diplomats Urge Strikes Against Assad in Syria

Speaking Nonsense to Power: Misadventures in Dissent Over Syria

Jonathan Pollard:
American spy for Israel released after 30-year sentence “still a threat to US”

Update Celik:

Investigation into alleged killer of Russian jet pilot reopened in Turkey

Alleged killer of Russian jet pilot released from prison in Turkey

Turkey’s Erdoğan says ‘sorry’ over downed Russian jet

 

Music:

Donna Summer – “Dim All The Lights”

Porkins Great Game episode 13 Fetullah Gulen Lives!

On this months episode Christoph and I take an in-depth look at the recent “Four Day War” between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the Nagorno Karabhak region.  We discuss the causes for this latest outbreak of violence, and the various regional and global actors involved.  Christoph also breaks down the history of this long-forgotten,  frozen conflict.

In our second segment we look into a variety of spy-games being played between Turkey and Russia.  We begin with the recent reversal by the FSB that Turkey was involved in the downing of a Russian passenger plane in Egypt and what this may mean.  Christoph and I discuss the political situation within NATO.  We focus on NATO’s hesitancy to get further entrenched in a military situation with Russia, and how NATO members are responding to this .

Next we discuss the recent interview that the reclusive Fethullah Gulen gave to a Russian newspaper, in which she attacks Turkey for shooting down a Russian fighter jet near the Syrian border.  Christoph and I both offer our theories and analysis as to why Gulen is speaking now, and what it means that he is speaking out against Erdogan.

Next we discuss the recent arrest of Grey Wolf fighter Alparslan Celik.  Faithful listeners will remember that Celik was the “Turkmen” rebel leader that took credit for the killing of a Russian pilot Oleg Peshkov.  Then we turn to the recent arrest of two Russian spies by the MIT in Turkey for their role in the murder of Chechen militant Abdulvakhid Edelgireyev.  We finish off this section by taking a look at the rising influence of Grey Wolves inside Germany, using the recent clashes between Grey Wolves and PKK supporters in the city of Aschaffenburg as an example.

For our weird terrorism section Christoph and I give a final farewell to our favorite Georgian Jihadi, Tarkhan Batirashvili aka Omar al-Shishani.  We talk about the Pentagon operation that killed him, and why this time they may actually be speaking the truth.  We also take a closer look at the Panama Papers and the telltale signs that this was a CIA operation.

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Show Notes:

Nagorno-Karabakh:

All-Out War Over Karabakh Is No One’s Interest

Armenia-backed forces report 97 dead in Nagorno-Karabakh fighting

Russia set to continue arms supplies to Azerbaijan and Armenia — official

Report: Israeli-made Suicide Drone Used in Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

Azeri Defense Ministry Plane Landed Twice in Israel During Fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh

Azerbaijani Soldiers Execute Elderly Armenian Couple in Artsakh; Then Cut Off Their Ears

Karabakh conflict: Azerbaijani soldiers behead Ezidi from Armenia

 

Turkey-Russia conflict:

No “Turkish trace” in Russian plane crash over Egypt — Russian security service

Russia PM warns foreign offensive in Syria could spark ‘world war’

Would Russia Use Nukes to Defend Khmeimim?

Putin vs. Erdogan: NATO Concerned over Possible Russia-Turkey Hostilities

Why Turkey is losing hope in Syrian border town of Azaz

Syrian rebels say reinforcements get free passage via Turkey

Gülen unveils his anti-Turkey stance once again

Fethullah Gülen’s role in the shooting of the Russian jet

First Turkey-Russia meeting after jet incident

 

Turkey arrests ‘Russian pilot killer’ & ‘Russian spies’:
Alleged killer of Russian jet pilot detained on fraud charges

Alleged killer of Russian jet pilot pens letter to Russia from prison

Two ‘Russian spies’ caught in Istanbul

Murder in Istanbul: Kremlin’s hand suspected in shooting of Chechen

Russian detained in Istanbul for plotting to assassinate Chechen dissidents

Update: Turkish prosecutor drops charges against Alparslan Celik after examining video

 

Turkish-Kurdish conflict in Germany:

Kurdish PKK Confront Pro-Turkey Protesters in Germany

Germany fears return of Turkish-Kurdish violence on its soil

 

Death of Omar al-Shishani:

Top ISIS leader ‘critically injured’ in U.S. airstrike, activists say

IS group commander Shishani ‘clinically dead:’ monitor

Special Forces in Rojava – TTG

Obama sends more Special Forces to Syria in fight against IS

Islamic State Leader Omar al-Shishani Fought Under U.S. Umbrella as Late as 2013

Charles Lister comments on Palmyra

 

Panama Papers:

What I Learned From the Panama Papers

The One Sentence Summary of the Panama Papers

Panama says will adopt international tax reporting standards by 2018: media

Swiss banker whistleblower: CIA behind Panama Papers

Armenia: Panama Papers Prompts Official’s Resignation

Panama Papers book (German)

Congress for Cultural Freedom

Heinrich Boell and Co: “Drinking CIA Brandies”

German documentary on the Cultural Cold War

 

Music:

Skee-Lo – I Wish

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Porkins Great Game ep. 12 Newsbud Special: Inside Turkey’s War in Syria

February 11, 2016 – 11:15 pm

This month Christoph and I recorded a special Newsbud related episode of PGG.  We focus mainly on Turkey’s increased intervention into the Syrian War.  We discuss Christoph’s recent article in Boiling Frogs Post  analyzing this very issue.  We begin with the increased Russian airstrikes and how this has completely changed the course of the war.  Christoph and I touch on how this is being interpreted by NATO and the US.  We next move on to Turkey’s reliance on Syrian Turkmen militants to fight their proxy battle.  Christoph and I update the listeners on the Grey Wolf “Turkmen” leader  Alparslan Çelik, and his recent appearance in Turkey for the funeral of a high level MHP official.  We also touch on the shift of the MHP towards a more Islamist friendly political stance.  Christoph and I also provide our analysis on the recent statements by the FSB that the Grey Wolves may have been working with ISIS to bring down the Russian Airbus of the Sinai Peninsula.  Later we talk about an important article former NSA agent John Schindler, in which he attempts to dismiss these claims and the existence of Operation Gladio.  We also explore the possibility of a Turkish ground invasion of Syria and the further Pakistanization of the country.

Christoph and I also talk about our participation in Newsbud and how this will further expand the podcast.  Christoph and I talk about the new cold war and the good vs. evil media landscape.  We also discuss the importance of objective in depth geopolitical reporting.  We talk about the launch of our Kickstarter campaign that begins this Sunday February 14th, and why fans of Porkins Great Game should donate.

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Show Notes:

Turkey-Russia battle for Bayirbucak:

Syrian Turkmens, Turkish Nationalists, Russian Jets & the Battle for Bayırbucak

Turkey’s nationalist ‘Gray Wolves’ enter Syrian fray

Syrian government troops retake Rabia, last rebel stronghold in Latakia

Russia seeks alleged killer of Turkey-downed jet pilot after Rabia recapture

More than 6,000 flee besieged Bayırbucak take shelter in Turkey

Sinai plane crash:

Turkey says Russian jet violated its airspace again, warns of consequences

Turkey Shells Civilian Homes on Syrian Border, Russian MoD Has Video Proof

Turkish Nationalist Group Grey Wolves Linked to A321 Terror Attack – FSB

Sharm el-Sheikh flights shutdown triggered when British spies uncovered Isil bomb plot after Russian air crash

Britain accused of withholding Sinai crash intel from Russia & Egypt

Russia suspends flights to Egypt due to security concerns after Sinai crash

Obama Appoints a Not-Too-Long-Ago-Hatched Neocon Larva

Russia’s Syria Intervention Enrages US-led Coalition, ISIS & Al-Qaeda

U.S. Spies Root for an ISIS-Russia War

Former DIA Chief Michael Flynn Says Rise of Islamic State was “a willful decision” and Defends Accuracy of 2012 Memo

Who Really Murdered 224 Innocent People on Flight 9268?

Russia warns of Turkish invasion:

Turkey refuses Russia’s request for observation flight over Syria border

Turkey Planning Military Invasion in Syria – Russian Defense Ministry

Turkey-backed rebels warn civilians to flee ISIS-held border strip

The Struggle for Azaz Corridor Could Spur a Turkish Intervention

Turkey warns US over ‘Kurdish corridor’ in Syria

U.S. envoy visits Kurdish-held northern Syria

Inside Syria: The farm airstrip that’s part of the U.S. fight against ISIS

Syrian army and allies breaks rebel siege of Shi’ite towns: army

Syrian army, PYD advancing to Turkish border with Russian air support

Turkish Aid Group Says Setting Up New Camps Inside Syria for Fresh Wave of Migrants

Thousands brave freeze at Turkey border as Syria warns Riyadh, Ankara

Published after recording – The Syria War Will Not Be a Quagmire — Because Putin is Winning

 

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Desire – Under Your Spell

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Porkins Great Game episode 11 Gladio B Heats Up In Syria

December 13, 2015 – 9:31 pm

On this episode Christoph and I start off with our favorite Georgian politician, Mikheil Saakashvili, and his most recent meddling in his native country.  While ostensibly operating as governor of Odessa, Saakashvili was recently caught on tape advising the owner and director of popular TV station Rustavi 2 on how to instigate a violent confrontation with the goverment.  The pro-Saakashvili channel has been in a long legal dispute and the current regime has trued multiple times to shut it down.  Christoph explains what is at stake for Rustavi 2 and how Saakashvili has been inserting himself into the situation.  We discuss his plans to start a “revolution” by orchestrating a violent government showdown.  We also talk about Georgia’s recent descion to buy natural gas from Russia and Iran.  Christoph breaks down the reasons for this and address’ the persistan claims that the Georgian Dream Coalition is “pro-Russian.”

Next we move to Syria and the startling rumors of Chinese involvement in the war.  We discuss a series of reports about Chinese naval vessels and military advisers arriving in Syria.  Next we talk about the growing Uighur presence in places such as Jisr al Shughour and Deir ez-Zour.  We break down the increasing role of the Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP) with in the jihadi movement, but also their role in bringing hundreds of Uighur’s to Syria.  We explore how all of this has forced China’s hand to a degree when in comes to fighting international terrorism.

For our third section Christoph and I explore the recent shooting down of a Russian jet by the Turkish military.  We breakdown the reality of what actually happened, and provide a detailed analysis as to why Turkey carried out this action.  We talk about Russia’s recent targeting of Turkish backed Turkem fighters, and how this one was one of the major factors for Turkey downing the fighter jet.  Christoph explains how this was probably a joint US-Turkey operation separate from the NATO power structure.  Christoph also tells us about the leader of the Turkem fighters and his true identity as a Turkish national and son of a Turkish mayor.  As we round out the section we explore the ISIS oil smuggling routes that have also been bombed by Russia.  We talk about how much of this lucrative trade is being overseen and brokered Bilal Erdogan, son of president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.  Christoph also gives his predictions as to the sorts of steps Russia will be taking in the near future.

For our weird terrorism section we discuss South Korea’s claims that ISIS and North Korea are in league with one another.  As if that isn’t weird enough, we also touch on China’s claim that the Dailai Lama supports ISIS.

Christoph and I also briefly discuss a new media project that Sibel Edmonds is starting that both of us will be a part of.

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Show Notes:

Saakashvili coup attempt:

“Rustavi 2 is a hostage of United National Movement,” Luka Kurtanidze

The New Great Game Round-Up #111 – U.S. Tries to Keep Georgia In Line

The New Great Game Round-Up #113 – Georgian Government Determined to Destroy Saakashvili Party

Wiretapped Recordings of Saakashvili Discussing Rustavi 2 TV Leaked

Saakashvili comments on leaked phone calls

Timeline: Rustavi 2 TV Row

Georgia strips ex-president Saakashvili of citizenship

Georgia’s “De-Georgianized” Ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili Vows a Comeback

Georgia wants gas from Russia & Iran:

Georgia Now Wants Gas From Russia and Iran

Anti-Gazprom rally outside Ivanishvili’s residence

Kakha Kaladze to hold working meetings with Gazprom

China in Syria:

China’s Main Mission: South China Sea, Not Syria

China says not planning to send military ships to Syria

BEN CARSON: Here’s the evidence that China is involved in Syria

Porkins Great Game Ep. 9 – The Death of Mullah Omar

Foreigners detained on the Turkish-Syrian border in 2015 (Turkish)

China Ministry Links Antiterror Efforts to Paris Tragedy

ISIS Releases Slickly-Produced Mandarin Song Seeking Chinese Recruits

China says Islamic State song in Mandarin shows need for global cooperation

If Assad asks, China can deploy troops to Syria

Turkey downs Russian jet:

Assad forces, Russian air strikes target Turkmen villages in Syria

Turkey summons Russian envoy over bombing of Turkmens in Syria: PM

Confused Turkish nationalists protest Russian air strikes in front of Dutch Consulate

US air force Gen Selva visits Ankara to discuss terror, Syria

ISW: Turkey Shoots Down Russian Jet Supporting Syrian Regime Offensive

https://twitter.com/batchelorshow/status/670093050316722176

Mountain Ambush

The real reason for Turkey’s shoot-down of the Russian jet

Vladimir Putin claims US ‘leaked’ to Turkey the flight path of downed Russian jet

Syrian Turkmen commander who ‘killed’ Russian pilot turns out to be Turkish ultranationalist

Turkish Grey Wolves are participating in the blockade of Crimea

Russia vows to continue Syria air strikes close to Turkish border

Russia exposes Turkey-ISIS oil trade:

Former CIA chief says environmental concerns prevented bombing of Islamic State oil wells

Putin Names And Shames Obama Into Bombing IS Oil Smugglers

Russian warplanes disrupt ISIS oil sales channels; destroy 500 terrorist oil trucks in Syria

PBS NewsHour Uses Russian Airstrike Footage While Claiming U.S. Airstrike Successes

Russia has ‘more proof’ ISIS oil routed through Turkey, Erdogan says he’ll resign if it’s true

Russian military reveals new details of ISIS funding

ISIS Oil Trade Full Frontal

Turkish PM accuses Russia of ‘ethnic cleansing’ in Syria

With Russian air support, PYD strives to make gains in NW Syria

U.S. Urges Turkey to Seal Border

Turkey deploys military reinforcements to Syria border

Turkey gives the cold shoulder to US proposal to seal Syria border

 

North Korea/Dalai Lama-ISIS:

South Korean lawmakers accuse North of helping Islamic State

Turkey has proof of Russian involvement in Daesh oil, President Erdoğan says

Assad’s Secret: Evidence Points to Syrian Push for Nuclear Weapons

A Chinese official said the Dalai Lama supports the Islamic State. Ridiculous and telling

 

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Porkins Great Game episode 10 Rebellion in Tajikistan

October 11, 2015 – 11:40 pm

We begin this episode by discussing the recent “rebellion” in Tajikistan.  Christoph and I break down who Deputy Defense Minister Abduhalim Nazardoza was and why he carried out a series of deadly attacks in the capital.  Christoph explains how this is being exploited by Tajik President Emomali Rahmon in his unending battle to destroy Central Asia’s only Islamist party, the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT).  We discuss the role that the IRPT played during Tajikistan’s brutal civil war during the 1990’s and ultimately what this means politically.

In our second story we return yet again to the ongoing violence and instability in Afghanistan.  We begin with a quick update on the infighting between Mullah Mansoor and rival Taliban factions.  Having gained the support of Mullah Omar’s family Mullah Mansoor continues to assert his power and dominance in the region.  Christoph and I go in to detail about the recent capture of the northern city of Kunduz by the Taliban.  Christoph explains the strategic value of this city and how this represents a massive blow to President Ghani’s regime.  We also break down the deliberate bombing of a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders by US bombers.

For our third story we take a look at Russia and their campaign to battle terrorism both home and abroad.  First we touch on Kadyrov’s efforts to dissuade young men from joining ISIS by humiliating them  on national TV, and his offer to bring the fight directly to Syria.  We also discuss Russia’s intervention in Syria.  Christoph and I analyze what is going on in Syria, the reasons for Russia getting involved, and what could be in store for them in the future.  We finish up the conversation by taking a look at the recent defection of US trained Syrian rebels, Division 30, to Al Nusra.

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Show Notes:

Tajikistan:

Tajikistan clashes leave 17 dead in violence blamed on top official

Death Of A Fugitive: Abduhalim Nazarzoda, Tajik General Blamed For Recent Violence

The New Great Game Round-Up #108 – Tajikistan Exploits General’s Rebellion to Crush IRPT Once and For All

The New Great Game Round-Up #109 – Tajikistan’s Attempt to Prove IRPT-Nazarzoda Plot Backfires

Authorities accuse IRP activists’ defense lawyer of a large-scale fraud

Shuttered Tajik Islamic Party Branded As Terrorist Group

Tajik-Afghan border:

Putin and Rakhmon concerned over situation in Afghanistan

Russian attack helicopters to be moved to military base in Tajikistan

Afghanistan:

The New Great Game Round-Up #108 – Dostum Urged to Fight ISIS After Short-Lived Success in Faryab

Kunduz:

The New Great Game Round-Up #109 – Taliban Seize Kunduz as U.S. Mulls Drawdown Options

The New Great Game Round-Up #110 – U.S. Bombs Hospital to Help Afghans Retake Kunduz

Russia Is Using Old, Dumb Bombs, Making Syria Air War Even More Brutal

Kunduz Hospital Bombing Exposes U.S. Airstrike Hypocrisy

The Radically Changing Story of the U.S. Airstrike on Afghan Hospital: From Mistake to Justification

US commander says Afghans requested US airstrike in Kunduz

U.S. Airstrikes, Afghan Casualties

Disputing U.S. General, Afghans Say Taliban Control Kunduz

Kadyrov wants to go to Syria:

The New Great Game Round-Up #108 – Kadyrov Takes Unique Approach in Dealing with ISIS Recruitment

Kadyrov says 74,000 Chechens ‘ready to go to Ukraine’

Ramzan Kadyrov offers Putin his own *personal* volunteer Chechen special force

The New Great Game Round-Up #110 – If ISIS Won’t Come to Kadyrov, Kadyrov Will Come to ISIS

Kremlin Says Russian ‘Volunteer’ Forces Will Fight in Syria

Kadyrov and Dostum inspect Chechen forces: “We’re waiting for orders to go to Syria”

Afghanistan’s Dostum Turns To Old Ally Russia For Help

IS gunmen killed in Chechnya prepared large-scale terrorist attacks — Chechen leader

Russian intervention in Syria:

2015 Idlib offensive

U.S.-Turkey deal aims to create de facto ‘safe zone’ in northwest Syria

Al Qaeda in Syria withdraws from planned “ISIS-free” zone on Turkey border

Conquering Aleppo?

How Iranian general plotted out Syrian assault in Moscow

Moscow scuppers US coalition plans for no-fly zone in Syria

U.S. Admits: We Can’t Protect Syrian Allies From Russia’s Bombs

Russian warplanes in Syria destroy U.S.-trained rebels’ weapons depots: commander

Russia Fires Cruise Missiles in Syria as Assad Begins a Ground Attack

Pentagon’s ‘Division 30’:

Did a U.S.-Trained Syrian Rebel Commander Defect to al Qaeda?

Pentagon denies allegations US-trained New Syrian Forces defected

Centcom Concedes to The Daily Beast on Syria Rebel

Pentagon Suspends Syrian Rebel Training Program Amid Criticism

Music:
Huun Huur Tu – “Mezhegey”

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – “Allah Hoo”

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Porkins Great Game ep. 9 The Death of Mullah Omar

August 17, 2015 – 6:39 pm

On this especially jam-packed episode, we being in Kyrgyzstan where the US Deep State continues to poke and prod the Central Asian nation.  We start off by looking at a recent video leaked to Kyrgyz media which shows protest organizer Nurbek Toktakunov meeting with noted “color revolution” expert and Charge d’Affaires of Kyrgyzstan, Richard Miles.  We also discuss the other bizarre events going on in Kyrgyzstan the past few months, including a series of mysterious messages posted on social media in the south talking about an Islamic takeover, and the supposed ISIS attack in Bishkek.  Later we discuss how these events and the State Department’s giving a human rights award to Azimjon Askarov resulted in the Kyrgyz government’s renunciation of the 1993 Bilateral Agreement with the United States.  Christoph and I explain what this means for both nations and why this is a significant development for both countries.

For our second story we move to Xinjiang, and discuss the recent “Ramadan Ban” that continues to be bandied about every single year by usual suspects.   Christoph and I break down the reality of China’s so-called ban, and how this has been being used by Turkey in an unprecedented propaganda campaign.  We explore not only how the ruling Erdogan government has used anti-Chinese rhetoric, but how the far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP)  has also contributed to the anti-Chinese Uyghur movement.  We chronicle the latest actions by the MHP and their youth wing the Greywolves in organizing violent protests against not just the Chinese government, but Chinese people and businesses in Turkey.  We talk about the attack on a local Chinese restaurant, where a Uyghur man thought to be Chinese was beaten, the assault on Korean tourists, the attempted lynching of a random Asian tourist and the assault on the Thai consulate.  The latter incident brings us to another part of this story, the “Passports for Uyghurs” affair that we have previously discussed on the podcast.  Christoph and I get into much more detail about this whole operation and how it works throughout South East Asia.

For our final story, we move to another location and situation that we have discussed many times before — Afghanistan, and the continuing political developments there.  We begin by updating listeners on some previously discussed issues.  Christoph and I explore the recent Taliban peace talks in Pakistan, which were declared to be a breakthrough by all parties involved.  We also look at the deteriorating security situation in the North in areas such as Faryab province.  As Christoph explains, the situation has gotten so bad that warlord-turned-vice-president Abdul Rashid Dostum has teamed up with Governor Atta Noor to take the fight directly to the militants in the north.  Later we move on to the most significant development in nation, the official confirmation that Taliban supreme leader Mullah Omar has been dead for two years.  We look at why his death is being announced now, while the peace talks are actually progressing.  We also dissect the insane several days that followed the confirmation of Mullah Omar death.  We look at the election of the new Taliban leader Mullah Mansoor, and how this has fractured the Taliban into different factions.  We also focus on the high-profile Taliban leaders, including Mullah Omar’s son Yacub, who are not supporting Mansoor’s ascent to power.  We then touch on the other high profile “death” of Hussain Haqqani, and how ISIS is slowly but surely filling the void.

 

We close with our “weird terrorism” segment, in which we discuss how the US-trained Syrian militia, Division 30, has refused to fight Al Nusra, and take a look at the state of the “moderate rebels.”

This episode is especially long, with a ton of information, so please do go through the show notes.  I have also included news clips and still images in the video version.  Let me know what you think, and whether you would like to see more of this in the future.

Download PGG episode 9

Show Notes:

Kyrgyzstan-US rift:

Porkins Great Game Episode 7 – Gladio B Extravaganza

The New Great Game Round-Up #101 – Kyrgyzstan: Color Revolution Expert Richard Miles Caught Red-Handed

The New Great Game Round-Up #104 – Kyrgyzstan Claims to Have Foiled ISIS Attack on Russian Air Base

The New Great Game Round-Up #105 – Kyrgyzstan Cancels Treaty Because U.S. ‘Sought Chaos’

Interview 1070 – Christoph Germann on the Kyrgyzstan-US Rift

Sheila Gwaltney becomes US Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan

Turkey-China:

Porkins Great Game Episode 5 East Turkestan Exposed

The New Great Game Round-Up #102 – Turkey’s Anti-China Propaganda Takes Its Toll On Uyghurs, Koreans

The New Great Game Round-Up #103 – China Reveals Explosive Information to Give Turkey a Warning

Another Shoe Drops in the Turkish “Passports for Uyghurs” Case

The New Great Game Round-Up #105 – Terror Spreads Across China as Uyghurs Explore New Escape Routes

The New Great Game Round-Up #106 – Turkish Meddling in Xinjiang Overshadows Erdogan’s China Visit

Afghanistan:

Is Faryab Province Quickly Slipping From Afghan Government Control?

The New Great Game Round-Up #103 – Taliban Rift Threatens to Derail Afghan Peace Talks

The New Great Game Round-Up #104 – U.S. Finds Pretext for Staying in Afghanistan as Warlords Join Forces

The New Great Game Round-Up #105 – China, Pakistan Could Become ‘Guarantors’ of Afghan Peace Deal

Afghanistan Launches Offensive Against Taliban In North

US general says Islamic State gaining in Afghanistan

Mullah Omar’s death:

The New Great Game Round-Up #106 – Mullah Omar’s Death Spoils Afghan Peace Talks

The New Great Game Round-Up #107 – Taliban Strain Pak-Afghan Ties with New Wave of Terror

Pakistan’s ISI behind deadly attacks in Kabul, Afghan intelligence

Pentagon’s failed rebel training program:

Washington training just 100 rebels to battle Isis in Syria

Syrian group says Nusra abducts its leader, U.S. casts doubt

US-trained Syrian rebels refuse to fight ​al-Qaida group after kidnappings

For WaPo’s Erin Cunningham “It Never Happened”

BFP Syria Coverage Track Record: What & When We Exposed, and the MSM- Quasi Alternative Culprits Who Fought Our Exposés

 

Music:

4 to the Bar Ft. Alexis P. Suter – “Slam Me Baby”

 

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