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The Ochelli Effect : Geopolitics Asia Trump Versus Reality

This week , The author of The War State continues to enlighten us about the complex industrial known as military and a great deal more. A realistic connection relating his Fathers profession to the Swanson perspective is explored. How did Mike get interested in The JFK Assassination? What is the long term trend that drives the greater war machine? Vietnam , The alleged War on Terror , Bystander Nations destroyed? Did the Neo-Cons get the Red White and Blue meat they wanted when the post 9-11 reality took shape? Included in a very special hour and a half here is also a duel reflection on the events of September 11 2001 , From both Mike and Chuck. Plus a lot more http://wallstreetwindow.com/node/13850 Geopolitics Asia Trump Versus Reality … Mike Carries over into the second hour just to cover current events when we are joined by Pearse Redmond

Despite Trumps Sally Field moments , and all the domestic madness that could be covered , Chuck and Pearse close out the show Unpacking Africa , and Chinese Diplomacy alongside the debacle of Saudi Arabia , Yemen and other dirty wars against the backdrop of The Newest Trump normal and the seemingly eternal paradigm brought to you by the customers who buy into the alleged War On Terror. Pearse is under the weather a bit , but shows he is a trooper. All this while NYC Selects it’s latest Mayor and we don’t touch upon that Hot Mess. Chuck Also explains that Pearse is the perfect second hour man on Tuesdays…

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PPR Special Michael Swanson Ken Burns Vietnam Extra

After running out of time during our discussion on the Vietnam War and the Ken Burns documentary, Michael Swanson and I recorded this short extra. We talk about the South Vietnamese community that settled in Washington DC during and after the war, China and Vietnam’s economic competition, CIA agent Donald Gregg and his connection to DC Madame Henry Vinson, and Bank of America’s funding of Ken Burns.

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Show Notes:

The War State

PPR ep. 113 Michael Swanson on Ken Burns Vietnam Propaganda

Porkins Policy Radio episode 78 Hugo Turner: Ted Shackley a Life in The CIA

Hugo Turner of Anti-Imperialist-U for an in depth discussion of Ted Shackley and his infamous career in the CIA. We focus on Hugo’s articles chronicling Ted Shackley as well as the Iran Contra Scandal. We begin by taking a look at Shackley’s beginnings in military intelligence recruiting Nazi’s, and his later recruitment into the CIA during the Korean War. Hugo paints us a picture of the man that Shackley would become: obsessively driven and cutthroat. We touch on some of Shackley’s early mentors such as William Harvey who introduced Shackley to the Cuban exile committee. Hugo explains what Shackley was up to in Miami while Station Cheif there as well as his possible connection to the JFK assassination. Next we move onto Laos where Shackley would truly come into his own. We explore Shackley’s role in the Laotian heroin trade and his use of the Hmong people as a CIA mercenary force. Hugo explains how this would later become the blue print for CIA operations in places like Afghanistan and Libya. We also discuss Shackley’s time as Station Chief in Vietnam.

Next we talk about Shackley’s role in the overthrow of Chilean leader Allende and the installation of the fascist Pinochet. We then explore how Shackley would come to befriend George H W Bush, and being a long time collaboration with the deep cover CIA agent. Hugo and I also touch on some of the forgotten scandals of the past that Shackley was involved with including EASTCO and the Nugan Hand Bank. Hugo also explains how Shackley was a trend setter in the field of private intelligence by talking about his work with the powerful Safari Club. We finish off the conversation by looking at Shackley’s role in Iran Contra and the War on Drugs as a whole. Hugo also discusses WACL and the major role it continues to play in covert operations. We briefly talk about the TV show Narco’s and what it gets completely wrong. We round out by talking about Trump and the CIA speech he gave and what might be in-store for future CIA operations.

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Show Notes:

Anti-Imperialist-U

@HugoTurner1969

Ted Shackley a Life in The CIA

Beyond The Iran Contra Affair Part 1: The Secret Team

Beyond The Iran Contra Affair Part 2: World War 3 Has Already Happened

Beyond The Iran Contra Affair Part 3: The World Anti-Communist League

Beyond The Iran Contra Affair Part 4: World War WACL

Operation Condor: The CIA, Fascism, and Murder in Latin America

Safari Club

Porkins Policy Radio episode 75 My 2017 Predictions with Chuck Ochelli

On today’s episode I lay out my predictions for 2017. In the first hour I look at geopolitics and the places I think will be important in 2017. I begin by focusing on a possible resolution in Syria and how this may play out for the future. I also talk about a few other hot-spots in the middle east to pay attention to: Israel and Yemen. I discuss why these are both important for the future of the region and on a global scale. I also explore Asia, focusing on China and North Korea. I discuss how president Trump may handle these countries and how geopolitics and foreign policy will change under his administration. I also touch on the idea that the CIA will become even more bold and out of control under Trump.

In the second hour Chuck Ochelli (and Frankie) joins me for more 2017 predictions. We talk about where the alt-media is headed. Whether or not Wikileaks is actually going to release some bombshells this year. If Trump really knows any secrets about cyber security. The future of marijuana legalization and the drug war. Will comedy get better? And the possibility of Ivanka as First Lady.

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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 11 Gladio B Heats Up In Syria

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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Fatlip – “What’s up Fatlip”

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”

 

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 Great Game ep. 3 Afghan withdrawal, Kyrgyz Maidan, trouble in Georgia

On this week’s episode Christoph Germann and I cover three major flash points in Central Asia and the Caucasus region:  We start by examining some of the recent developments in Afghanistan, beginning with the surge in opium cultivation and heroin production.  We discuss how this was always one of the main goals of the NATO-led invasion and how integral opium is to black operations such as Gladio B.  Next we take a look at a story which received almost no coverage in the mainstream media, the “invasion” of Afghanistan by neighboring Turkmenistan.  We look at why the Turkmen government decided to send in troops to the Faryab region of Afghanistan and what this means for the future of the nation, as well as the proposed TAPI natural gas pipeline.  We then explore the reality of the so-called “withdrawal” of US and NATO troops from the war-ravaged country. Christoph explains why there is no actual withdrawal, given the thousands upon thousands of remaining military contractors, a massive embassy and Obama’s’ quiet expansion of the US mission with each passing day.  We end the Afghanistan segment by taking a look at China’s increased involvement in the nation.  We look at the Chinese proposal to restart peace talks with the Taliban, and explore the notion that they could sway the Pakistanis to ease up their support for Taliban factions.
For our next segment we move to Kyrgyzstan and first take a look at that nation’s warm relations with Russia.  Christoph explains what the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union is, and why the Kyrgyz government has decided to join in.  Later we discuss recent actions the Kyrgyz government has taken against various western-funded NGO’s, including Freedom House and the George Soros-funded Advocacy Center for Human Rights.  Christoph explains why Kyrgyzstan is quite worried about these NGO’s “promoting democracy” in a country that saw two recent color revolutions orchestrated by western NGO’s.  We finish off by looking at Soros’ recent visit to the nation, as well as allegations that the State Department’s Tech Camp event could be a prelude to a Maidan-style “revolution.”
Our third segment takes a critical look at the recent firing of Georgian Defense minster Irakli Alasania, and at how this is being framed as some sort of reversal of Georgia’s pro-NATO Euro-Atlantic choice by Alasania, while the current regime is doing all it can to integrate faster into the NATO sphere.  Christoph and I discuss what this could mean for the future of the NATO-controlled nation, especially with the upcoming 2016 elections in Georgia.  We also look at billionaire oligarch Bidzina Ivanashvili and his control of Georgian politics.  We finish off the podcast by taking a look at the recent “killing” of infamous terrorist Samantha Lewthwaite in Eastern Ukraine and Tarkhan Batirashvili in Syria.  We both offer our perspectives on what the FSB and Russia may be trying to say with these  announced killings, and explain why neither of these figures is actually dead.

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Show notes:

Afghanistan:

Opium production:

Opium harvest in Afghanistan reaches record levels after troop withdrawal

What did $7 billion spent on opium eradication in Afghanistan buy? More opium.

Interview 610 – Sibel Edmonds on Gladio Protected Drug Running and Money Laundering

Russia Claims IS Supplying Half Of All Afghan Heroin Coming To Europe

Turkmenistan’s invasion:
The New Great Game Round-Up #43 – Turkmenistan Boosts Defense Against Taliban

The New Great Game Round-Up #54 – Turkmen-Afghan Border Sees More Violence

The Islamic Movement Of Uzbekistan: An Evolving Threat

The New Great Game Round-Up #67 – Turkmenistan “Invades” NATO’s Narco-Criminal State Afghanistan

So-called withdrawal from Afghanistan:

Obama plans to end U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan by 2016

When 9,800 Doesn’t Equal 9,800

In a Shift, Obama Extends U.S. Role in Afghan Combat

US legacy of rogues in Afghanistan

Local police selling weapons and ammunition to Taliban

Afghanistan Quietly Lifts Ban on Nighttime Raids

China’s growing role:

The New Great Game Round-Up #73 – China, Afghanistan Herald Start Of New Era Of Cooperation

The New Great Game Round-Up #75 – China Sets Out To Bring Peace To Afghanistan, Xinjiang

The New Great Game Round-Up #61 – Taliban Welcome China’s Involvement in Afghanistan

China mulls new law to deploy counter-terrorism troops abroad

Kyrgyzstan:

The New Great Game Round-Up #71 – Kyrgyzstan Targets U.S. NGOs Amid Fears Of Kyrgyz Maidan

Party of Regions MP Tsariov accuses US Embassy in Ukraine of training revolutionaries for street protests

Ukraine presidential candidates attacked in Kiev

Ukrainian oligarch puts $1 million bounty on opponent’s head – audio recording

The New Great Game Round-Up #74 – CSTO Alarmed At NGO Activities As Soros Visits Krygyzstan

The New Great Game Round-Up #76 – Soros’ Visit A Bad Omen As Kyrgyzstan Prepares To Join EEU

Sacking of Georgian DM Alasania:

The New Great Game Round-Up #74 – Georgia On Euro-Atlantic Course Despite Government Shake-Up

RFE/RLive: Georgia’s Political Crisis

The New Great Game Round-Up #76 –  Georgia’s “Pro-Russian” Government Continues NATO Integration

Music:

Lighting Seeds – “Pure”

New Order – “Dreams Never End”

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

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

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

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Show notes:

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

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

Xinjiang Latest developments:

The New Great Game Round-Up #62

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

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

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

A Chechnya in the making

Xinjiang-ISIS connection:

The New Great Game Round-Up #64

ISIS tentacles reach toward China

JCPA analyst: 1,000 Chinese jihadists training in Pakistan

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

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

SCO summit:

The New Great Game Round-Up #66

Georgia NATO’s military build-up:

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

Exclusive: Georgia Offers to Host Training Camp for Syrian Rebels

Georgia: The New CIA-NATO Arab Terrorist Training Center

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

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

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

The Saakashvili chase:

The New Great Game Round-Up #44

Georgia: The Saakashvili Chase Continues at Sea

Mikheil Saakashvili Doesn’t Know What Democracy Is

Georgian Court Impounds Saakashvili’s Property

 

Azerbaijan:

Azerbaijan shuts down ‘Gülen-linked’ schools

The New Great Game Round-Up #65

President Erdogan pays a visit to Turkish ally Azerbaijan

Erdogan reiterates call for cooperation on Gülenists

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

Ambush in Paris:

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

Saudi royal named in Paris attack, amid reports of blackmail

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

Hariri announces $1bn Saudi military aid to Lebanon

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

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

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

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

Music:

Qaya – “Ey heyat ne qeribesen”

Never nice song from Xinjiang

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