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Media Roots – Erik Prince’s Afghan Mercs, interview with Pearse Redmond

I joined Robbie Martin to discuss the proposed plan to privatize the war in Afghanistan. We talk about the plan itself and the key players involved such as Erik Prince of Blackwater and Stephen Feinberg of Dyncorp.

Porkins Policy Radio episode 102 South Asian Scandals and Trumps Foreign Policy

On this solo episode I discuss two major geopolitical situations and their possible impact in the region and on the US. I begin by breaking down the political crisis that is unfolding in Afghanistan with Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum and the allegations that he ordered the beating and rape of a political rival. I explain the back story of these allegations and how they have presented a serious political challenge for Afghan President Ghani these past several months. I also discuss Dostum’s attempts to return to Afghanistan from Turkey, and his new political alliance with the power provincial governor, Mohammad Atta Noor. Later I offer up my own analysis as to how Trump may or may not handle this particular geopolitical situation, while also focusing on the ongoing campaign of violence being perpetrated by the Taliban.

In the second hour I focus on Afghanistan’s next door neighbor Pakistan and the political crisis that it is facing. I explain how the Panama Papers are very close to ousting Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. I also look at how this is similar in someways to the continuous scandals involving Trump and his immediate family. I attempt to analysis how both these geopolitical situations will be a serious test of the Trump administration and why we should pay more attention to foreign affairs.

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Show notes:

Afghanistan orders arrest of vice-president’s guards amid rape claims

Vice-president leaves Afghanistan amid torture and rape claims

Where in the world is Abdul Rashid Dostum

Plane carrying Abdul Rashid Dostum ‘denied landing’

Court Set to Hold First Legal Session on Dostum Case: Sources

A gathering storm

Taliban suicide bomber strikes in Kabul

Son of Taliban’s emir kills himself in suicide attack on Afghan forces

The Panama Papers and a Microsoft font could bring down the government in Pakistan

Pakistan Court Concludes Sharif’s Corruption Hearing

PM Nawaz will not resign, says spokesman

Analysts, politicians weigh in as SC reserves ruling on Panamagate case

As Sharif clings on in Pakistan, smooth transition unlikely

Lahore in the crosshairs of terror

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Porkins Policy Radio episode 101 The Russians Are Coming with JP Sottile and Robbie Martin

In the first hour I am joined by JP Sottile of News Vandal for an in-depth conversation on the growing scandal involving Donald Trump Jr. We begin by touching on the latest person to have been in the infamous meeting, Ike Kaveladze, and his connection to a 2000 Congressional investigation into Russian money laundering operations. JP and I go beyond the headlines and try to decipher what this meeting might have actually been about. We offer up a more straight forward narrative that this was a meeting about corruption and payoffs. The two of us discuss the attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya’s links to Russian oligarchs and to a recent money laundering case that was recently settled in her clients favor, and how the specter of Donald Trump loomed in the background. JP and I also look back to the 1990’s and a similar scandal involving the Clinton’s and the Chinese government. Later JP and I discuss the horrifying proposal by Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon have to privatize the war in Afghanistan. JP tells us about the two men who will help lead this charge, Erik Prince of Black Water, and Stephen Feinberg of Cerberus Capital which owns DynCorp. We talk about their nightmare vision for the complete privatization of warfare and nation building. JP discusses how this is actually the natural progression of the American economic and political system, and how Donald Trump is the natural man to usher this in.

In the second hour Robbie Martin joins me as we flesh out some of the topics brought up by JP and myself. We start by taking a step back and looking at how both the mainstream and alternative media have used this recent scandal to their benefit. Robbie and I address the claims made by morons like Cernovich that this is all a deep state operation. We also explore the forgotten story of the seizure of two Russian spy facilities and the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats (spies) by the Obama administration in December 2016. Robbie and I discuss how this story has been nearly forgotten by the media yet it represents an extremely important moment in both the Obama and Trump presidencies. The two of us talk about how the facilities have yet to be turned back to the Russian’s despite their pleas with Trump. Robbie and I explore how serious an action this is and how Trump has been put into a very difficult spot by all of this. Robbie also gives us the latest updates on the ever evolving neoconservative movement. We discuss the closing down of the neocon think tank The Foreign Policy Initiative and where the movement may be headed.

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Show Notes:

News Vandal

@newsvandal

Russian dirt on Clinton? ‘I love it,’ Donald Trump Jr. said

Donald Trump Jr. releases email chain on his Russian meeting

Natalia Veselnitskaya, lawyer who met Trump Jr., seen as fearsome Moscow Insider

Soviet Veteran Who Met With Trump Jr. Is a Master of the Dark Arts

Rob Goldstone, publicist behind Trump Jr. meeting, reportedly in fear and hiding in plain sight

Eighth person in Trump Tower meeting is identified

Kushner and Bannon Team Up to Privatize the War in Afghanistan

Erik Prince on Breitbart Radio talking privatization of Afghan War

At Cerberus, Feinberg Built a Web of National Security Ties

Media Roots

A Very Heavy Agenda

Ahead Of Meeting, Russia Presses For Access To Diplomatic Compounds

Russia allegedly planning to expel 30 American diplomats in a few weeks

Analysis: US expulsion of Russian spies is mostly symbolic, aimed domestically

Russian aid center in Serbia rejects claims that it is an intelligence base

A Right-Leaning Foreign-Policy Think Tank Shuts Down

Porkins Policy Radio episode 74 Tom King, the CIA and Comic Books with Ryan Carey

Writer and comic book reviewer Ryan Carey joins me for an in depth discussion of the comic industry and its relationship with the CIA. We begin by looking at the early days of comic books and their first forays into politics during WWII. Ryan talks about the overt left leaning politics of the original Superman comics and how this evolved into a nationalistic pro-US series during WWII. Next we move onto ex-CIA agent Tom King who’s charmed life has led him to the pinnacle of comics, writing the latest Batman comics. Ryan explains how King went from being a clandestine office in Iraq and Afghanistan to moving quickly up the ladder within the industry. We talk about King’s earlier work such as Omega Men and Vision and how shades of his past bled through with the writing. Ryan also talks about The Sheriff of Babylon which is loosely based on his own experiences inside Iraq. Ryan also points out the bizarre circumstances surrounding Kings career and how he continued to move up despite poor comics sales.

Later we discuss the significance and influence that Batman has with the comics industry and why it is so important. Ryan and I talk about why the CIA would gravitate to Batman and seek to influence it and its message. Ryan explains how several of King’s story-lines fit into the narrative the CIA is constantly putting out. We also talk about how the latest Batman comics have Bruce Wayne working indirectly for a shadowy arm of the government. Ryan and I also touch on the fact that CIA asset Ben Affleck is the latest actor to portray Batman and how this couldn’t just be a coincidence.

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Show Notes:

Trash Film Guru

@TrashFilmGuru

Daily Grindhouse

How one man went from the CIA to writing Batman adventures

The spy who came into the comic book store

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 10 Rebellion in Tajikistan

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”

Porkins Great Game ep. 9 The Death of Mullah Omar

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.

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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”

 

The CIA and Hollywood episode 6 Charlie Wilson’s War

Sibel Edmonds is our final guest as we dissect this shambolic re-telling of the Soviet-Afghan War.  Much of this conversation is devoted to what the film leaves out, such as Charlie Wilson being a CIA asset, the origins of Operation Cyclone being older and much more important than one drunk congressman and his ultra-right wing Christian friend and of course the likes of Jalaluddin Haqqani, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and Osama Bin Laden who are completely absent from the movie.  This was a no-holds-barred critique of this quite shameful piece of CIA propaganda, and all the more fun because of that.  

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Show Notes:

Charlie Wilson’s War (2007)

The Making of Charlie Wilson’s War

Who was Charlie Wilson?

The True Story of Charlie Wilson’s War

George Crile

George Crile Obituary

Porkins Great Game episode 6 Kadyrov FSB Turf War

On this long-awaited episode Christoph and I begin with a close look at the recent assassination of Russian politician Boris Nemtsov.  We analyze this bizarre case and the myriad explanations given by the Russian government as to who was really behind it.  Christoph and I discuss the links between Nemtsov’s alleged killers and Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov.  Christoph breaks down how this killing has exposed the deep divisions between the Federal Security Service (FSB) and Kadyrov and his cronies.  We explore why the FSB has been behind all of the major news leaks relating to this case, and what this means for Kadyrov going forward.  Before rounding out this segment, we also take a look at the 15-day disappearance of Putin and offer  our own interpretations of what may have been going on.

In our second segment we turn once again to Georgian politics and dissect Mikheil Saakashvili’s latest attempts to bring about a Georgian Maidan.  We discuss the pro-Saakashvili demonstrations that took place in Tiblisi recently and what they really mean going forward for Georgia and NATO.  Christoph points out that while Saakashvili is still very useful for Washington, they have no desire to overthrow the government again.  We also look at the recent scandal that developed when a government-funded group screened a graphic anti-Saakashvili documentary before school children.

For our third segment we turn once again to the Turkmen-Afghan border, where the violence and tension continues to rise.  Christoph offers his analysis on several interesting new developments including: the murder of ethnic Turkmen by Afghan police, the continued incursions into Afghanistan by the Turkmen army, and the so-called threat of ISIS to Turkmenistan.  We touch on how Turkmenistan is using the alleged threat of ISIS to clamp down on any and all dissent with in the nation.  Later we question the validity of a report stating that Russian advisers  and Uzbek troops  are actually on the Turkmen-Afghan border.  Lastly we update our listeners on the latest developments in Afghanistan itself.  Christoph and I look at President Ashraf Ghani’s visit to the US where he pleaded yet again for Obama to order US troops to remain even longer.  Christoph also updates us on the negotiations currently underway between the Taliban, China and Pakistan.

In our closing segment Christoph and I take a look at the latest shenanigans of journalist/freedom fighter/CIA agent/filmmaker Mathew VanDyke.  We focus on VanDyke’s most recent business venture, Sons Of Liberty International, a “non-profit” military training firm which is building a Christian Army in Northern Iraq  to fight ISIS.

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Show Notes:

Nemtsov assassination:

Boris Nemtsov: Death of a Russian Liberal

Media Portrays Nemtsov as “The Driving Force of Russia’s Opposition Movement”, but His Approval Rating Was Near 1%

Turf war Kadyrov-FSB:

Kadyrovtsy

Adam Delimkhanov

Boris Nemtsov murder: Chechen chief Kadyrov confirms link to prime suspect

Lawyer Claims Main Suspect in Nemtsov Killing Has Alibi

The New Great Game Round-Up #89 – Nemtsov Killing Sparks Turf War Between FSB & Kadyrov

Khasavyurt Mayor refuses to start polemics with Ramzan Kadyrov

“Kommersant”: ICRF orders to find Ruslan Geremeev for questioning about Nemtsov’s murder

Georgia-Ukraine:

Meet the Georgian Regime in Kiev

The New Great Game Round-Up #86 – Ukraine To Conquer “The Whole Of Russia” Using Georgian Experience

The New Great Game Round-Up #88 – Kiev’s Preference For Georgians Strains Georgian-Ukrainian Relations

PM Says Too Preoccupied with Domestic Affairs to Visit Ukraine Now

Ukraine Rejects Georgia’s Request for Extradition of Saakashvili

Saakashvili’s Maidan:

The New Great Game Round-Up #90 – Saakashvili Launches Maidan To Topple Georgian Government

NATO Envoy: Pace of Implementation of Substantial Package with Georgia ‘Very Good’

Turkmen-Afghan border:

Militant Melting Pot: Extremists Flourish South Of Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan Mobilizes Military Against ISIS Threat

The New Great Game Round-Up #91 – Turkmenistan Looking For Help To Defend Afghan Border

US withdrawal from Afghanistan:

The New Great Game Round-Up #91 – Obama’s Decision To Slow Withdrawal Undermines Afghan Peace Talks

China held rounds of Taliban talks – Afghanistan’s Abdullah

Exclusive – Secret meetings in Pakistan expose obstacles to Afghan peace talks

VanDyke:

Porkins Policy Radio ep. 19 Matthew VanDyke: The CIA’s Favorite Mercenary

Friend of Journalists Beheaded by the Islamic State Fighting Back Against the Terrorist Group in a Big Way

http://www.sonsoflibertyinternational.com/

Nineveh Plain Protection Units

Matthew VanDyke no longer involved with NPU

NPU official statement on VanDyke

https://twitter.com/Partisangirl/status/569092945481064448

Music:

Delia Derbyshire – Ziwzih Ziwzih OO-OO-OO

Delia Derbyshire – Air 

Porkins Policy Radio ep. 34 Gladio B Roundtable Part 2

On this week’s episode we continued our roundtable discussion on Gladio B with Sibel Edmonds and Tom Secker.  Picking up where we last left off, the three of us explored some of the reasons for Russia’s presumed intransigence in the face of mounting NATO and Gladio operations in their backyard.  As a case study for this we looked at Ayman Al Zawahiri’s little-discussed imprisonment by the Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) in Chechnya in 1996 while traveling with four diplomatic passports and a laptop.  We discussed why the FSB captured him as well as why they let him go.  Tom provided the context of the geopolitical situation in Russia at the time, and how this directly relates to the FSB’s actions with Zawahiri; with a defeated Soviet Union, Russia had to bide its time and begin to piece together what the new NATO strategy represented.  Sibel expanded on this by discussing similar “diplomatic” incidents that she saw take place while at the FBI, dealing with foreign nationals caught in counterintelligence operations in the US using “diplomatic passports” who, like Zawahiri, were quietly released back to their home nation.

Later we explored the recent uptick in violence in Chechnya and how this relates to an increase in NATO operations meant to destabilize Russia.  I discussed how fragmented ISIS is and how easy it is to turn on the Chechen terrorist movement’s switch. Tom asked both Sibel and me how we thought we ought to feel towards the Chechen terrorist movement:  Should we support them because of their desire to seek independence from an authoritarian state?  Or instead, should we oppose them as they are a tool of NATO power?  Sibel explained how the choices are always the lesser of two evils, and how both NATO and Russia are bad choices.  Sibel explained Gladio’s desire to break up areas such as Chechnya and Dagestan into autonomous states so that ultimately chaos will reign supreme.  We talked about the prospects for Chechnya to become one of these autonomous NATO-backed nations complete with Gulen-style schools and a Gulen power base.  Sibel later spoke about the threat of Russian nationalism to Putin’s tight grip on power.  Sibel explained that while NATO despises Putin, they ultimately need him in place as the alternative; strong Russian nationalism would be much more detrimental to the Gladio Deep State.  We ended the conversation on a philosophical note when Sibel asked Tom and me whether we would want to live in a unipolar world dominated by NATO, or in a bipolar world dominated by NATO and Russia.  This was a wide-ranging discussion that ended with more questions than answers, so we will be continuing our roundtables on these topics — and more —  next month.Quick note:  There is a special announcement at the end of the show about a new podcast series that Tom and I are working on.  It will be dealing exclusively with our research on the CIA and Hollywood and should be out in about two months.  Check out Porkins Policy Review for more updates on this.

Quick note:  There is a special announcement at the end of the show about the new podcast series that Tom and I are working on.  It will be dealing exclusively with our research on the CIA and Hollywood and should be out in a bout two months.  Check out Porkins Policy Review for more updates on this.

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Show Notes:

Boiling Frogs Post

Spy Culture

Porkins Policy Radio ep. 30 Gladio B Roundtable with Sibel Edmonds and Tom Secker

Ayman Al Zawahiri arrested by FSB in Russia

Exploring Al Qaeda’s Murky Connection to Russian Intelligence

Porkins Great Game ep. 4 Start of the Third Chechen War

Trailer for new podcast series The CIA and Hollywood

Music:

Akira Soundtrack – “Kaneda’s Theme”

 

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