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Porkins Great Game episode 16 Moderate Rebels and Heroin Warlords

The wait is finally over, Porkins Great Game is back! We begin by taking a look at the recent Parliamentary elections in Georgia. We break down how the elections turned out and analyze the results and what that may mean for the political future of Georgia. Christoph and I also touch on the most recent scandal in Georgia dealing with yet another leaked audio tape of Saakashvili. In our second segment we discuss the ongoing violence in Afghanistan as well as a ongoing peace negotiations. We begin with the recent peace deal between the government and famed heroin warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. We also break down the latest Taliban attack on the city of Kunduz and the wave of attacks in the south in Helmand provience. Christoph and I also analyze the latest Taliban/Kabul peace talks which has conspicuously left out Pakistan. For our final segment we talk all things Syria. We touch on the recent push for more direct US action from armchair generals such as Charles Lister. Christoph and I discuss the reality of what is going on in Aleppo as well as the threat of armed conflict between Russia and the United States.

In our Weird Terrorism section we talk about the strange case of Jabar al Bakr: the White Helmet humanitarian who tried to blow up the Berlin airport. We also talk about the recent death of Uzbek leader Islam Karimov.

Download PGG episode 16

Show Notes:

Georgian Elections:

The New Great Game Round-Up: Georgia Investigates Another Saakashvili ‘Coup Plot’

The New Great Game Round-Up: Georgia Elections: Russia Wins, Saakashvili Loses

Ruling party in Georgia wins constitutional majority after vote run-off

Hekmatyar’s return:

The New Great Game Round-Up: Afghanistan Rehabilitates the ‘Butcher of Kabul’

Pakistan-Taliban rift:

Taliban and Afghanistan restart secret talks in Qatar

The New Great Game Round-Up: Taliban Restart Talks With Kabul from Position of Strength

Exclusive: Former Leader’s Bombshell Letter Exposes Internal Taliban Struggles

The New Great Game Round-Up: Are the Taliban Breaking Ties with Pakistan?

Upset at being sidelined in talks, Pakistan warns Taliban

US vs. Russia in Syria:

Syria ‘Cease-Fire’ Brings U.S. & Russia Closer to War

Washington War Party Urges Obama to Go to War against Assad & the Russians

Jihadists and other rebels launch new offensive in Aleppo

‘We were living a real tragedy in east Aleppo’: One family’s journey across the city amid the bloodshed

Russia tells rebels to leave Syria’s Aleppo by Friday evening

Weird terrorism stuff:

The Jaber al-Bakr Story: How a White Helmets Volunteer Almost Blew Up Berlin Airport

Germany convicts 4, calls US-backed Syrian group Ahrar al-Sham a “terrorist organisation”

Majlis Podcast – Uzbekistan without Karimov

Majlis Podcast – Uzbekistan under Mirziyaev

 


Music:

Andrea True Connection – “More, More, More”

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Porkins Great Game episode 10 Rebellion in Tajikistan

We begin this episode by discussing the recent “rebellion” in Tajikistan.  Christoph and I break down who Deputy Defense Minister Abduhalim Nazardoza was and why he carried out a series of deadly attacks in the capital.  Christoph explains how this is being exploited by Tajik President Emomali Rahmon in his unending battle to destroy Central Asia’s only Islamist party, the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT).  We discuss the role that the IRPT played during Tajikistan’s brutal civil war during the 1990’s and ultimately what this means politically.

In our second story we return yet again to the ongoing violence and instability in Afghanistan.  We begin with a quick update on the infighting between Mullah Mansoor and rival Taliban factions.  Having gained the support of Mullah Omar’s family Mullah Mansoor continues to assert his power and dominance in the region.  Christoph and I go in to detail about the recent capture of the northern city of Kunduz by the Taliban.  Christoph explains the strategic value of this city and how this represents a massive blow to President Ghani’s regime.  We also break down the deliberate bombing of a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders by US bombers.

For our third story we take a look at Russia and their campaign to battle terrorism both home and abroad.  First we touch on Kadyrov’s efforts to dissuade young men from joining ISIS by humiliating them  on national TV, and his offer to bring the fight directly to Syria.  We also discuss Russia’s intervention in Syria.  Christoph and I analyze what is going on in Syria, the reasons for Russia getting involved, and what could be in store for them in the future.  We finish up the conversation by taking a look at the recent defection of US trained Syrian rebels, Division 30, to Al Nusra.

Download PGG episode 10

Show Notes:

Tajikistan:

Tajikistan clashes leave 17 dead in violence blamed on top official

Death Of A Fugitive: Abduhalim Nazarzoda, Tajik General Blamed For Recent Violence

The New Great Game Round-Up #108 – Tajikistan Exploits General’s Rebellion to Crush IRPT Once and For All

The New Great Game Round-Up #109 – Tajikistan’s Attempt to Prove IRPT-Nazarzoda Plot Backfires

Authorities accuse IRP activists’ defense lawyer of a large-scale fraud

Shuttered Tajik Islamic Party Branded As Terrorist Group

Tajik-Afghan border:

Putin and Rakhmon concerned over situation in Afghanistan

Russian attack helicopters to be moved to military base in Tajikistan

Afghanistan:

The New Great Game Round-Up #108 – Dostum Urged to Fight ISIS After Short-Lived Success in Faryab

Kunduz:

The New Great Game Round-Up #109 – Taliban Seize Kunduz as U.S. Mulls Drawdown Options

The New Great Game Round-Up #110 – U.S. Bombs Hospital to Help Afghans Retake Kunduz

Russia Is Using Old, Dumb Bombs, Making Syria Air War Even More Brutal

Kunduz Hospital Bombing Exposes U.S. Airstrike Hypocrisy

The Radically Changing Story of the U.S. Airstrike on Afghan Hospital: From Mistake to Justification

US commander says Afghans requested US airstrike in Kunduz

U.S. Airstrikes, Afghan Casualties

Disputing U.S. General, Afghans Say Taliban Control Kunduz

Kadyrov wants to go to Syria:

The New Great Game Round-Up #108 – Kadyrov Takes Unique Approach in Dealing with ISIS Recruitment

Kadyrov says 74,000 Chechens ‘ready to go to Ukraine’

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

The New Great Game Round-Up #110 – If ISIS Won’t Come to Kadyrov, Kadyrov Will Come to ISIS

Kremlin Says Russian ‘Volunteer’ Forces Will Fight in Syria

Kadyrov and Dostum inspect Chechen forces: “We’re waiting for orders to go to Syria”

Afghanistan’s Dostum Turns To Old Ally Russia For Help

IS gunmen killed in Chechnya prepared large-scale terrorist attacks — Chechen leader

Russian intervention in Syria:

2015 Idlib offensive

U.S.-Turkey deal aims to create de facto ‘safe zone’ in northwest Syria

Al Qaeda in Syria withdraws from planned “ISIS-free” zone on Turkey border

Conquering Aleppo?

How Iranian general plotted out Syrian assault in Moscow

Moscow scuppers US coalition plans for no-fly zone in Syria

U.S. Admits: We Can’t Protect Syrian Allies From Russia’s Bombs

Russian warplanes in Syria destroy U.S.-trained rebels’ weapons depots: commander

Russia Fires Cruise Missiles in Syria as Assad Begins a Ground Attack

Pentagon’s ‘Division 30’:

Did a U.S.-Trained Syrian Rebel Commander Defect to al Qaeda?

Pentagon denies allegations US-trained New Syrian Forces defected

Centcom Concedes to The Daily Beast on Syria Rebel

Pentagon Suspends Syrian Rebel Training Program Amid Criticism

Music:
Huun Huur Tu – “Mezhegey”

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – “Allah Hoo”

Porkins Great Game ep. 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”

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