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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.

Download PGG ep 14

 

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”

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

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.

Download PGG ep 12

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

 

Music:

Desire – Under Your Spell

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