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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:


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



Skee-Lo – I Wish

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Porkins Policy Radio ep. 46 The Truth About Syria with Eva Bartlett

February 21, 2016 – 10:03 pm

For this episode we are joined by activist and freelance journalist Eva Bartlett for an in-depth discussion of the  war in Syria.  Fresh from her fourth trip to the embattled nation, Eva lends us her perspective of what it’s actually like on the ground.  Eva recounts the many places she has visited, and the current living conditions of the Syrian people.  Eva and I discuss the numerous terrorist groups and gangs operating  within Syria, and the disappearance of groups such as the FSA and other “moderate rebel” groups.  Eva also offers us an alternative narrative about the Maddaya starvation story that gripped  news headlines and then vanished.  We discuss the propaganda involved in this story and its similarity to the skewed reporting of the terrorist siege of Yarmouk.

We also touch on the recent doxxing of a UN press official by hipster-propagandist Molly Crabapple, and her laughable claims that the UN is secretly working with the Assad government.  Eva talks about the dire situation  in the villages of Foua and Kafarya, two areas completely ignored by the United Nations.  Later we briefly touch  on the role that Israel is playing in the Golan Heights, and in aiding some of the terrorist fighting in Syria.  We round off our conversation by talking about the Grand Muffti, Dr. Ahmad Badr Al-Din Hassoun, and the positive role he is playing in Syria.

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Show Notes:

In Gaza

In Gaza Syria Archive

Propaganda Alert: Madaya Media Fabrications; Recycled Photos

Untold Suffering in Foua and Kafarya: Two Northwestern Syrian Villages Under Siege and Assault by NATO’s Terrorists (Part I)

Untold Suffering in Foua and Kafarya: Two Northwestern Syrian Villages Under Siege and Assault by NATO’s Terrorists (Part II)



Caron – Out of The Night

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De-Manufacturing Consent-Fear and Fake Journalism: Is the ISIS Propaganda Working?

September 8, 2014 – 11:36 pm


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I recently joined Guillermo Jimenez on De-Manufacturing Consent to discuss ISIS, Mathew VanDyke, Steven Sotloff, and a whole lot more.  To listen to the full podcast become a member of Boiling Frogs Post here.

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On this edition of De-Manufacturing Consent: Guillermo is joined by Pearse Redmond, host of Porkins Policy Radio. Pearse breaks down the enigmatic character of Matthew Van Dyke, the former “journalist” turned freedom fighter in Libya, who Pearse refers to as the “CIA’s favorite mercenary.” We discuss his relationship with both James Foley and Steven Sotloff — journalists allegedly kidnapped, murdered, and beheaded by the Islamic State and used in propaganda videos — and the implications of their association with a deceitful, phony journalist, self-professed propagandist, and potential CIA asset.

We also discuss the ongoing fear mongering regarding ISIS, their supposed infiltration of Cuidad Juarez, Mexico, and their plot to sneak across the US border and use Mexican drug cartels to “take out a power grid” in the United States. We detail how such an outlandishly ridiculous story took shape and spread throughout the media, perfectly timed to coincide with the anniversary of 9/11, and how certain sectors of the “alternative media” are feeding into this latest round of fear-based propaganda.

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Porkins Policy Radio ep. 19 Mathew Van Dyke: The CIA’s Favorite Mercenary

March 30, 2014 – 2:34 pm

On this week’s episode we expose the bizarre character know as Mathew VanDyke.  VanDyke is a former journalist who became America’s best know “freedom fighter” in Libya during the 2011 NATO war.  After returning home from the fighting Van Dyke rose to prominence again with his pro-rebel propaganda film on Syria, Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution.  We trace VanDyke’s history through out the Middle East and show how he is most likely some form of CIA asset and mercenary.  In this podcast we also expose some key details which Van Dyke tried his hardest to conceal, including his knowledge that Syrian rebels had chemical weapons, that despite his claims to the contrary he is in fact a paid mercenary, and much more.  Mathew Van Dyke represents a new breed of pro-war propagandists who deserve to be shown for who they are.

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Show Notes:

Who is Mathew Van Dyke? – Truthloader


How Osama bin Laden Changed My Life

CPJ: VanDyke’s deception increases risks for journalists

The Accidental Warrior

The American Filmmaker Who Became A Freedom Fighter In Libya

Twitter conversation where VanDyke claims not to be a mercenary

Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution

Syrian Electronic Army VanDyke Leaks

NATO’s War on Syria Just Got Dirtier


Syria: Media Disinformation, War Propaganda and the Corporate Media’s “Independent Bloggers”

CIA agents emails leaked- CW’s, Sex Scandals, Rigged Interviews…etc

Full Transcript of Leaked Syria ‘War’ Conversation Between Erdogan Officials

NATO Wages Desperate Last Battle in Northern Syria

Mathew VanDyke tweets that he will sue me for defamation


Souls of Mischief – “From 93 Till Infinity”

MISTAH FAB – “Ghost Ride It”

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PPR episode 9 “Thanksgiving news dump”

November 28, 2013 – 2:31 am

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Show notes:

Nuclear Deal with Iran prelude to war, not breakthrough

Tehran accord destined to fail?

FSA will not take part in Geneva 2 talks: Commander

Syrian rebels who have no problem ‘fighting alongside’ Al Qaeda

Sino-US war of nerves intensifies

Mali coup leader Sanogo charged with murder

Will French Troops Bring Peace to Central African Republic

American colonization of Africa rapidly increasing

Alleged CIA chief in Islamabad (named leaked) is Craig Peter Osth

Penny Lane: Gitmo’s other secret CIA facility

Top secret document reveals NSA spied on porn habits as part of plan to discredit ‘radicalizers’

NSA uses pornography to discredit those who question 9/11


“Love Train” – The O’Jays

“Never felt this way (remix)” – Jem 77

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FSA declares war on Lebanon

February 22, 2013 – 12:26 pm


The war in Syria has now become a serious regional conflict. The US/Saudi/Qatari/Turkish backed FSA has begun a campaign against Hezbollah. This is a terrifying escalation of an already highly escalated conflict. The situation is further compounded by the fact that Hezbollah is a partner in the current coalition government in Lebanon. The FSA has in essence declared war on Lebanon. No doubt this will only add to more bloodshed and further destabilization of the region as a whole. The logic of the FSA seems rather misplaced. Hezbollah is a very sophisticated resistance group; not like the disorganized FSA which has had to rely on foreign jihadist fighters to do most of the frontline fighting. The FSA may be hedging it’s bet that soon the EU will declare the Shiite group a “terrorist” organization as per the request of America and Israel, thus making intervention seem more palatable for western citizens.

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Syrian spillover

August 16, 2012 – 6:51 pm

Spill over from the Syrian civil war is
making its way into Lebanon. Around 30 Syrians have been kidnapped in Lebanon in total, with most being held by the powerful Lebanese Shiite family al Mokdad. The kidnappings are in retaliation for one of their family members being kidnaped supposedly by the FSA in Syria. The al Mokdad clan has threatened to abduct Qatari and Saudi nationals that they find in Lebanon. The Gulf nations have taken this threat very seriously. On Wednsday Qatar and Saudi Arabia urged all of its citizens to leave Lebanon immediately. This latest development should be a warning to any an all nations meddling in the Syrian civil war; stay out or face the consequences. What ever happens in Syria will reverberate in Lebanon. Small sale fighting has already taken place in Tripoli which has a significant Alawite community. We are now reaching the point of no return in this conflict. For all of the bluster from Western and Gulf leaders about the imminent downfall of Assad, he still remains in power. Short of an intervention no one knows how long he will continue fighting. As horrific as the civil war is now, it will surely be eclipsed by what will come after Assad leaves or is murdered. Fighting between Assad’s forces and the rebels are leading to a mutual cycle of violence that will sow enough hate on both sides to have this conflict last for years if not decades. This latest spate of kidnapping illustrates this point perfectly. The kidnapping of one Lebanese individual has now mobilized an entire family into a militia. The al Mokdad clan have no ties to either Hezbollah or Amal, the main Shia factions in Lebanon, but they are now firmly in the camp that opposes the FSA and the rebels in Syria. Animosity between the FSA and the al Mokdad clan is not going to end when the civil war ends.

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FSA war crime

August 3, 2012 – 4:48 pm

The above video allegedly shows the FSA executing regime loyalists. Those being executed are most likely members of the powerful al-Barri family. The al-Barri family is a wealthy Sunni clan in Syria which has been loyal to the regime for some time. A few days ago a newly elected Syrian MP was publicly executed by the FSA in Aleppo. This MP was named Zeino al-Barri. It is safe to say that the huge extended al-Barri family will never be on the side of the FSA and those trying to overthrow Assad. It is also safe to say that the FSA committed a war crime here. Thats the same FSA that John McCain and Anne-Marie Slaughter and all the other warmongers in Washington want the United States to arm and fully support. These are the gallant freedom fighters that deserve our help and money.

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Murky facts in Treimseh massacre

July 13, 2012 – 5:23 pm

Before everyone jumps on the band wagon of intervention, it’s important to objectively look at the massacre in Treimseh. Anytime something like this occurs in Syria the West is very quick to blame Assad and his forces. They receive information from activists, whose political agenda is never questioned. Well according to AFP, Syrian activists from the Sham News Network told them that most of the dead were rebels. The activist quoted in the article goes by the name Jaafar. He told AFP that:

At this stage, though we do not yet have the final count, the number of civilians killed by shelling is not more than seven.The rest were members of the Free Syrian Army.

Even the shadowy Syrian Observatory for Human Rights/em> has been careful about reporting this recent massacre. Again from the AFP article:

The Observatory was more cautious, saying “several dozen rebel fighters were among those killed,” adding that only around 40 of the dead had been identified, while 30 were burned and 18 were “summarily executed.”

Is it so hard to imagine the the FSA would use a civilian town as cover for launching attacks? This is what Hezbollah did in Lebanon. Indeed this is a tactic used by all rebel groups. The conflict in Syria is a civil war. Contrary to what Secretary Clinton would have you believe, in war their are no good guys and bad guys. Rebel groups don’t preserve human rights. They don’t fight with a copy of the Geneva Conventions in their hand. War is about killing as many people as you can. The FSA is not a chivalrous group.

Of course there is no real way to confirm any of these conflicting reports. It is anyone’s guess as to what really happened in Treimseh. And that is the crux of the problem. We should stop jumping to conclusions. The truth is always the first casualty of war. Those who are pushing is into a war we will never win, and will never end, need to step back and look at the reality of the situation. And the American public needs to question what we read and watch in the media.