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Porkins Policy Radio episode 102 South Asian Scandals and Trumps Foreign Policy

On this solo episode I discuss two major geopolitical situations and their possible impact in the region and on the US. I begin by breaking down the political crisis that is unfolding in Afghanistan with Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum and the allegations that he ordered the beating and rape of a political rival. I explain the back story of these allegations and how they have presented a serious political challenge for Afghan President Ghani these past several months. I also discuss Dostum’s attempts to return to Afghanistan from Turkey, and his new political alliance with the power provincial governor, Mohammad Atta Noor. Later I offer up my own analysis as to how Trump may or may not handle this particular geopolitical situation, while also focusing on the ongoing campaign of violence being perpetrated by the Taliban.

In the second hour I focus on Afghanistan’s next door neighbor Pakistan and the political crisis that it is facing. I explain how the Panama Papers are very close to ousting Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. I also look at how this is similar in someways to the continuous scandals involving Trump and his immediate family. I attempt to analysis how both these geopolitical situations will be a serious test of the Trump administration and why we should pay more attention to foreign affairs.

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Show notes:

Afghanistan orders arrest of vice-president’s guards amid rape claims

Vice-president leaves Afghanistan amid torture and rape claims

Where in the world is Abdul Rashid Dostum

Plane carrying Abdul Rashid Dostum ‘denied landing’

Court Set to Hold First Legal Session on Dostum Case: Sources

A gathering storm

Taliban suicide bomber strikes in Kabul

Son of Taliban’s emir kills himself in suicide attack on Afghan forces

The Panama Papers and a Microsoft font could bring down the government in Pakistan

Pakistan Court Concludes Sharif’s Corruption Hearing

PM Nawaz will not resign, says spokesman

Analysts, politicians weigh in as SC reserves ruling on Panamagate case

As Sharif clings on in Pakistan, smooth transition unlikely

Lahore in the crosshairs of terror

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Porkins Policy Radio episode 101 The Russians Are Coming with JP Sottile and Robbie Martin

In the first hour I am joined by JP Sottile of News Vandal for an in-depth conversation on the growing scandal involving Donald Trump Jr. We begin by touching on the latest person to have been in the infamous meeting, Ike Kaveladze, and his connection to a 2000 Congressional investigation into Russian money laundering operations. JP and I go beyond the headlines and try to decipher what this meeting might have actually been about. We offer up a more straight forward narrative that this was a meeting about corruption and payoffs. The two of us discuss the attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya’s links to Russian oligarchs and to a recent money laundering case that was recently settled in her clients favor, and how the specter of Donald Trump loomed in the background. JP and I also look back to the 1990’s and a similar scandal involving the Clinton’s and the Chinese government. Later JP and I discuss the horrifying proposal by Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon have to privatize the war in Afghanistan. JP tells us about the two men who will help lead this charge, Erik Prince of Black Water, and Stephen Feinberg of Cerberus Capital which owns DynCorp. We talk about their nightmare vision for the complete privatization of warfare and nation building. JP discusses how this is actually the natural progression of the American economic and political system, and how Donald Trump is the natural man to usher this in.

In the second hour Robbie Martin joins me as we flesh out some of the topics brought up by JP and myself. We start by taking a step back and looking at how both the mainstream and alternative media have used this recent scandal to their benefit. Robbie and I address the claims made by morons like Cernovich that this is all a deep state operation. We also explore the forgotten story of the seizure of two Russian spy facilities and the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats (spies) by the Obama administration in December 2016. Robbie and I discuss how this story has been nearly forgotten by the media yet it represents an extremely important moment in both the Obama and Trump presidencies. The two of us talk about how the facilities have yet to be turned back to the Russian’s despite their pleas with Trump. Robbie and I explore how serious an action this is and how Trump has been put into a very difficult spot by all of this. Robbie also gives us the latest updates on the ever evolving neoconservative movement. We discuss the closing down of the neocon think tank The Foreign Policy Initiative and where the movement may be headed.

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Show Notes:

News Vandal

@newsvandal

Russian dirt on Clinton? ‘I love it,’ Donald Trump Jr. said

Donald Trump Jr. releases email chain on his Russian meeting

Natalia Veselnitskaya, lawyer who met Trump Jr., seen as fearsome Moscow Insider

Soviet Veteran Who Met With Trump Jr. Is a Master of the Dark Arts

Rob Goldstone, publicist behind Trump Jr. meeting, reportedly in fear and hiding in plain sight

Eighth person in Trump Tower meeting is identified

Kushner and Bannon Team Up to Privatize the War in Afghanistan

Erik Prince on Breitbart Radio talking privatization of Afghan War

At Cerberus, Feinberg Built a Web of National Security Ties

Media Roots

A Very Heavy Agenda

Ahead Of Meeting, Russia Presses For Access To Diplomatic Compounds

Russia allegedly planning to expel 30 American diplomats in a few weeks

Analysis: US expulsion of Russian spies is mostly symbolic, aimed domestically

Russian aid center in Serbia rejects claims that it is an intelligence base

A Right-Leaning Foreign-Policy Think Tank Shuts Down

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