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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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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

 

Music:

Desire – Under Your Spell

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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 episode 7 Gladio B Extravaganza

May 18, 2015 – 5:32 pm

On this episode Christoph and I discuss several recent Gladio B revelations from Russia, China and even Kyrgyzstan.  First we update listeners on the Boris Nemstov assassination investigation.  We discuss how the case has hit a brick wall in terms of suspects and progress.  We explain how the main suspect, Zaur Dadev, has recanted almost his entire story.  We also discuss how alleged ringleader Ruslan Geremeev has vanished from Russia and is most likely hiding out in Dubai.  We then move onto our first Gladio B story with the recent “revelation” from Putin that the FSB has intercepted communications between the US and Chechen terrorists in Azerbaijan.  Christoph breaks this down for us and explains the context in which Putin chose to reveal this: a Russian TV documentary on his 15 years in power.

Next we move our focus to China and its ongoing fight against the Gladio B network.  We talk about the recent Uighur smuggling rings that have been exposed in Malaysia and Thailand, as well as how South China has become the premier destination for Uighurs who go off to fight in Syria and elsewhere.

 We then move on to a bizarre story that was broken by the South China Morning Post about an “American scholar” who was recruiting Uighur students to fight abroad.  We wrap up this section by discussing how the CIA-backed Gulen movement has been exploiting this situation to attack the CIA-backed Erdogan government.
As we finish off our Gladio B extravaganza we turn our attention to the mysterious 150 tons of “diplomatic mail” that was delivered to the US embassy in Bishek, Kyrgyzstan.  We discuss what might be in this cargo (money, arms, spy equipment) and whether or not this may be part of some sort of “Maidan” color revolution.

We finish of the episode by taking a look at a recent Congressional Hearing that featured Washington’s favorite terrorist cult leader, Maryam Rajavi,  leader of the MEK,  discussing how best to defeat ISIS.

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Show notes: 

Updates on Nemtsov murder investigation:
Russian Investigators Have Difficulty Accessing Nemtsov Murder Suspects in Chechnya
The New Great Game Round-Up #94 – Nemtsov Murder Investigation Hits Brick Wall In Chechnya

 

Putin’s Gladio B “revelation”:

Documentary “President” with English subtitles

Russian Stresses Victory in Chechnya

Putin accuses US of supporting North Caucasus separatists

The New Great Game Round-Up #95 – Putin Sheds Light On U.S. Terror Operations In The North Caucasus

 

China’s new terror hot spot Guangzhou:

The New Great Game Round-Up #91 – Guangzhou: New Hot Spot Of China’s War On Terror

Terrorists ‘recruited Uygur students at Guangzhou university’

The New Great Game Round-Up #84 – China Cracks Down On Illegal Border Crossings By Uyghurs

Porkins Great Game Episode 5 – East Turkestan Exposed

 

Turkey’s Uyghur adventures exposed by Gülen-Erdogan fight:

Oppressed by China, Uighurs drawn to Salafist ideas

The New Great Game Round-Up #93 – Gülen Movement Uses Turkey’s Uyghur Adventures To Attack AKP

 

US Embassy in Kyrgyzstan gets 150 tons of “diplomatic mail”:

The New Great Game Round-Up #94 – 150 Tons Of “Diplomatic Mail” Cause A Stir In Kyrgyzstan

Foreign Affairs Committee plans to discuss ‘mysterious’ 150t cargo of U.S. Embassy behind closed doors

Foreign Minister Abdyldaev comments strange cargo weighing more than 150 tons addressed to the US Embassy

Kyrgyzstan Joins Eurasian Economic Union

 

MEK:

Congressional invite to MEK sparks furious backlash

MEK uses congressional spotlight to push regime change in Iran

Meet the MEK: Washington’s Favourite Terror Cult

 

Music:

Jammin” – Baby’s Gang

“Come on Closer” – Pineapples

BFP Roundtable: Who is Putin & Why has he let his nation become encircled by NATO

In this second episode of the new BFP Roundtable series Pearse Redmond, Sibel Edmonds and Tom Secker discuss the recent “revelation” from Putin regarding Gladio B operations in Chechnya. They start with the basic facts that Putin has laid out: intercepts obtained by the FSB show that US officials in Azerbaijan were supporting and backing Chechen rebels during the early 2000’s. The panel each breaks down the interesting timing of these revelations, which come as a series of shake-ups in and around Russia have threatened Putin’s grasp on power. Is this a threat from Putin to the West or a bone to throw to the hardcore nationalists within the Russian Federation? Later they move on to the question of who Putin is as a leader and how he has managed to let his nation become completely encircled by NATO. The group then moves on to how the geopolitical chessboard has been reoriented away from ideological battles into one based on identity and media control. They finish off by looking at how Russia Today fits into this new geopolitical landscape.

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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”

 

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

In our first episode of 2015, Christoph and I look at the most recent attack in the Chechen capital of Grozny.  We focus on who may have been behind the hours-long gun battle that left nearly 30 people dead.  First we consider the support that neo-nazis in the Ukrainian  parliament have been lending to the Chechen militants, both in rhetoric and possibly in material support as well.  We also speak about the recent capture of a high-ranking Chechen terrorist trying to enter into Crimea from Ukraine.  We then move on to the role that Turkey is playing in protecting and using Chechen’s in Gladio B operations.  Christoph breaks down his recent article in Boiling Frogs Post which details several interesting Gladio operatives discovered in Turkey in recent months and years.  We talk about the recent capture of Ayman Al Zawahiri’s man in Libya, Abd al-Baset Azzouz, while he was staying in a resort town in Turkey.  Christoph explains Azzouz’s connections with the recently deceased Abu Anas Al-Liby, and how Azzouz worked for NATO during the overthrow of Gaddafi.  Christoph also examines the assassination of prominent Chechen Medet Onlu, and how this may have been the work of the Turkish government in an attempt to silence a critic of the “Jihadist highway to Syria” .  We end this segment by discussing a recent article by Brookings president Strobe Talbott, in which he predicts that 2015 will be the start of the Third Chechen War, and how a “prediction” by a deep-state actor like Tablott is really an announcement.
Our second story focuses on the demise of the much-lauded Russian-led natural gas pipeline known as South Stream.  We discuss how US and EU pressure on Eastern European nations led Russia to cancel construction of the pipeline into Europe, and to declare instead  that it will rote this gas to Turkey.  Christoph and I discuss how Turkey is gradually positioning itself to be a major energy broker in the world, and what this may mean, geo-politically speaking.
For our last story we move to Tajikistan and its security problem along the porous border they share with Afghanistan.  We discuss the recent kidnappings of Tajik border guards by the Taliban,  and how they underscore the massive security problem in Afghanistan.  Christoph explains why Tajikistan represents a more serious problem than neighboring Turkmenistan, and examines the Russian and Chinese responses to it.  Christoph also talks about plans to create a “Greater Badakhstan” out of Tajik and Afghan territory right on China’s border.
We finish of the episode by taking a look at the start of the Boston Bombing trial.  We discuss the Tsarnaev family’s connections to the CIA, and how this trial may be part of a much larger narrative that has yet to play out.  Christoph and I also share our predictions for possible developments in Central Asia and the Caucasus region in 2015.

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Show notes:

Grozny attack:

Chechen militants attack Grozny, shattering peace as Putin gives speech

What the fallout of the recent combats in Grozny says about relationship between Putin and Kadyrov

The New Great Game Round-Up #78 – Kadyrov Targets Ukraine, Turkey In Response To Grozny Attack

Chechen terror links to Ukraine:

Ukraine MPs’ support for Chechen terror is “outrageous cynicism” – Lavrov

Russian Investigative Committee opens criminal case against 3 Ukrainian parliamentarians

The New Great Game Round-Up #42 – Ukrainian Neo-Nazis & Chechen Terrorists

The Rape of Ukraine: Phase Two Begins

And the story continues: Verkhovna Rada deputy shoots portrait of Chechen leader

Mosiychuk claims Ukrainian partisans are working inside Russia

Suspect in 2002 terrorist attack on Moscow theater detained at Crimean border

Chechen terror links to Turkey:

The New Great Game Round-Up #79 – Insurgents’ Families, Human Rights Activists Under Attack In Chechnya

German-Caucasian Society (German)

Said-Khasanom Abumuslimov

Akhmed Zakayev

The EyeOpener- Terror in the Caucasus: US Sponsored, EU Hosted & Turkey Channeled

BFP Exclusive: US-NATO-Chechen Militia Joint Operations Base

Syrian link suspected in Chechen murder in Ankara

Abd al-Baset Azzouz & Abu Anas al-Liby:

Capture of Top al-Qaeda Operative Highlights Turkey’s Role in U.S.-NATO Terror Operations

Desperate Attempts to Save the Myth of the War on Terror

Suspected al-Qaeda leader Abu Anas al-Liby dies just days ahead of trial in United States over 1998 embassy attacks

Demise of the South Stream pipeline:

Russia’s South Stream pipeline in deep freeze as EU tightens sanctions noose

The New Great Game Round-Up #54 – Brussels’ Reckless South Stream Sabotage

Putin drops South Stream gas pipeline to EU, courts Turkey

Sinking of Kremlin gas project leaves south-east Europe high and dry

The New Great Game Round-Up #79 – Setting The Right Priorities In The South Caucasus

Tajik-Afghan border:

The New Great Game Round-Up #81 – Afghans, China, Russia Not Impressed With ISAF’s “Great Success”

Afghan president says U.S. might want to ‘re-examine’ pullout deadline

The New Great Game Round-Up #80 – Kidnappings Along Tajik-Afghan Border Highlight Security Woes

IS Militants Asked Baghdadi For Permission To Fight ‘Infidels’ In Tajikistan

Interview 739 – Christoph Germann on the Afghan “Withdrawal”

Russia and China will help prevent creation of ‘Great Badakhshan’, says Tajik expert

Are Outside Forces Conspiring To Create “Great Badakhshan”?

Tsarnaev Trial:

Boston Marathon Bombing: A Primer

The Boston Bombing trial starts, but answers aren’t on the docket

Who’s who in the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Case


Porkins Policy Radio ep. 1 Boston Bombing and the CIA Connection

Predictions for 2015:

In 2015, Vladimir Putin may witness his empire’s death knell

The New Great Game Round-Up #80 – U.S. Deep State Dreams Of Third Chechen War

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

Music:

Neu! – “Cassetto”

Neu! – “Hallagallo”

Porkins Great Game ep. 2 Crisis in the Caucasus and Mysterious Crashes

On this edition of Porkins Great Game, Christoph Germann and I focus primarily on the  conflicts brewing in the Caucasus region.  First, though, we take a look at the new head of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg.  We explore how the media has crafted a particular image of the former Norwegian Prime Minster as an anti-war Russia-friendly NATO head.  Christoph explains how this is merely a cosmetic change for the military alliance, pointing out the fact that the real power of the coalition lies with the Supreme Allied Commander, who is, of course, always an American.  Then we move on to the recent suicide bombing in the Chechen capital of Grozny.  We explore how significant that bombing is for the region.  Grozny and Chechnya in general have seen a calm and stable security situation in the past several years, with neighboring Dagestan receiving the brunt of violence.  Christoph goes into some of the peculiarities of the attack, and gives his opinion as to who might be behind it, and what this means in terms of the grand chess game.  Later we discuss the unsigned treaty between Russia and breakaway nation Abkahzia, which would further integrate the former Gerorgian territory into Russia.  We talk about the treaty itself and what it actually spells out: changing Abkazhia’s customs and tax regulations to that of the Eurasian Customs Union, giving Russia control over the armed forces during an emergency, and creating a joint military operations center.  Christoph dispels the hype that NATO and Georgia have made over the treaty,  essentially a projection of what NATO itself has done to Georgia.  We finish the podcast by taking a look at the recent vehicular deaths of Christophe de Margerie and Serena Shim.  We discuss the possibility that de Margerie’s death was planned by an outside actor, as well as what his death means for nations such as Russia which have long counted on Christophe de Margerie’s investment in oil and natural gas.  As we close out with a look into  the mysterious circumstances surrounding Serena Shim’s car “crash.”  We point out the fact that Shim had told Press TV, the day before her death, that she had evidence of ISIS fighters entering Turkey via NGO trucks and that Turkish intelligence was looking for her.  Christoph goes into detail about the role of the Turkish deep state in the Syrian conflict, and their continued use of NGO’s and aid organizations to ferry weapons and arms into Syria and other nations.  We close out with a humorous look at CIA (and Gladio B) operative Graham Fuller’s futile attempts to change his public image by way of the Huffington Post.

Quick note:  We now have a brand new logo for the show that was created by my sister and Porkins Policy Review contributor, Emma Redmond.  If you want to check out more of her work please visit Red House.

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Show notes:

NATO chief:

New NATO Chief Stoltenberg Brings Russia Ties To Job

NATO Chief Jens Stoltenberg And His Top-Secret KGB Past

NATO can put troops wherever it wants, new secretary-general says

Russia says not optimistic over new NATO chief’s remarks

Grozny bombing:

The New Great Game Round-Up #69 – Terrorist Attack In Chechen Capital Spells Trouble For Russia

Who Was Behind The Grozny Suicide Bombing?

Reported Killing Of Organizer Of Grozny Suicide Bombing Lacks Credibility

Islamic State Grooms Chechen Fighters Against Putin

Ramzan Kadyrov, the Chechen Leader With a $5M Islamic State Bounty on his Head

Chechen leader says Islamic State on western secret services’ payroll

Report: Chechens ‘Negative’ About IS In Syria

Abkhazia:

The New Great Game Round-Up #70 – Russian Warnings Fall On Deaf Ears In Georgia

Russia to Pocket Abkhazia?

The New Great Game Round-Up #71 – Georgia Freaking Out Over Russia’s “Attempt To Annex” Abkhazia

De Facto Abkhaz Leader Risks Being Hoist With His Own Petard

Christophe de Margerie:

Anti-Petrodollar Oil CEO Dies in Freak Plane Crash – #NewWorldNextWeek

Heads roll in Russia as more details emerge of Total crash

Vnukovo Airport General Director, Deputy Director Resign After Fatal Moscow Plane Crash

Kaczynski Catastrophe Investigator to Lead Total CEO Jet Crash Probe

Episode 250 – Crashes of Convenience: PLF 101

Russia Loses Oil Ally in De Margerie After Moscow Crash

Total’s de Margerie Sees No Need for Dollars in Oil Purchases

Putin Slams US $9 Billion Fine Against French BNP As “Blackmail” For Russian Warship Deal

Serena Shim:

Turkey accuses PressTV correspondent of spying

Press TV reporter in Turkey killed in suspicious car accident

The Death of a Reporter

Lebanese- American reporter’s camerawoman ‘sole culprit’ in car crash

The New Great Game Round-Up #35 – Turkey: NGOs, Al-Qaeda & Erdogan

Turkey’s pivotal role in Syria’s insurgency (Serena Shim report)

BFP Exclusive: Turkish Power Struggle Impedes NATO’s Campaign in Syria

Graham Fuller:

The EyeOpener – Who is Graham Fuller

September 1999: CIA Analyst Suggests US Use Muslims to Further US Interests in Central Asia

Embracing Assad Is a Better Strategy for the U.S. Than Supporting the Least Bad Jihadis

C.I.A. Study of Covert Aid Fueled Skepticism About Helping Syrian Rebels

Porkins Policy Radio episode 1 – Boston Bombing and the CIA Connection

Music:

Terrence Parker- “Candyman” (TP’s sweet vocal mix)

Terrence Parker- “Something Here” (Cerky Cakes edit)

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