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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 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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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.

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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”

The CIA and Hollywood episode 14 Zero Dark Thirty

Robbie Martin is our final guest for this season as we dissect the 2012 docudrama Zero Dark Thirty. We discussed the difficulty in defining what kind of film this is – somewhere between a spy thriller, a documentary and a dry European art house movie. We get into the well-documented CIA support for the film and ask why this is the only major movie about the Abbottabad raid to get ‘Bin Laden’ and why it wasn’t particularly successful. Was the film meant to serve as a substitute for any real evidence of what happened in Abbottabad in 2011? Did the filmmakers even care whether what they were portraying was true or were they blinded by the excitement of the special access they were granted?

After summarizing the role of senior CIA and DOD intelligence officer Michael Vickers (who is portrayed in Charlie Wilson’s War) we discuss why so many CIA agents are portrayed in movies and TV. The conversation then zeroes in on ‘Maya’ – based on the real life CIA officer Alfreda Frances Bikowsky, who was critically involved in the 9/11 intelligence breakdown and the post-9/11 torture program. Getting back to the film we talk about the raid sequence itself which is very dry and realistic but we never actually see Bin Laden. We conclude that Zero Dark Thirty is like a rorschach test where you can bring your own expectations and prejudices to your experience of watching the movie. We round off talking about the portrayal of torture in the film and ask whether the controversies around the film were created as a smokescreen to avoid people asking the question: was it really Bin Laden?

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Show Notes:

Zero Dark Thirty

CIA Memo on Rewriting Zero Dark Thirty

Zero Dark Thirty the CIA and DOD files

The ‘Dynamite’ Pentagon Interview Behind ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

Bin Laden Burial took place on Top Gun ship

CIA Inspector General’s Report on Engagement with the Entertainment Industry

Who is Richard Blee (podcast)

Alfreda Frances Bikowsky

Alec Station

CIA’s Queen of Torture Married to Former CIA Official Who Urges War Between Sunnis and Shiites

Porkins Great Game episode 14 Is Kazakhstan in Trouble?

On this episode Christoph and I turn our attention to Kazakhstan and the June 5th mass shooting. We examine the attack itself, breaking down what happened and the governments swift response. We explore the socioeconomic problems facing western Kazakhstan and how this may have played a decisive role is spurring on these attacks. We discuss the recent land protests across the Central Asian nation, and give a historical overview of Aktobe, including the role of western Kazakhstan in propping up the ruling regime.

Next we move on to the recent killing of Taliban leader Mullah Mansoor. Less than a year after his rise to power Mansoor was killed by a US drone strike in yet another blow to the peace process. Christoph and I explain the precedent set by the US in not only targeting the top Taliban leader, but also having the strike take place in the spiritual and operational city of Quetta. We consider Pakistan’s strong condemnation of the US for breaking its commitment to forging a lasting peace between Kabul and the Taliban. We examine Mansoor’s frequent travel to Dubai, Bahrain, and Iran, as well as his Pakistani passport. Christoph explains the reasons behind Mansoor’s frequent travel to Iran. We also touch on the increasing violence in Northern Afghanistan which is slowly getting the attention of the US and Russia.

Lastly, we discuss the recent row between Germany and Turkey over Germany’s parliamentary recognition of the Armenian genocide. We review the litany of harsh remarks from Erdogan and his government against Germany. Christoph gives us his perspective from within Germany as to how this is playing out there. He also discusses the satirical video put out by Jan Bohmermann about Erdogan and how this plays into the tense relationship between Turkey and Germany.

We finish off with our “weird terrorism” segment by looking at several interesting stories: the CIA-Pentagon fight over supporting Al Nusra; the release of Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard, an update on Alparslan Celik.

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Show Notes:
Porkins Great Game Patreon

Aktobe shootings:

Kazakhstan: Aktobe Violence Wrongfoots Authorities

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RE0fQyotVJQ

Kazakh leader says Aktobe attacks orchestrated from abroad

Kazakhstan guard base attackers heard ‘holy war’ broadcast from Syria: minister

Exclusive: Suspect in Kazakh shooting posted Islamic State-linked video

Hate-filled extremism from beyond our borders will not divide Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan Official Blames Mafia for Suicide Bombing

Killing of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour:

Porkins Great Game ep. 9 The Death of Mullah Omar

U.S. Strike on Taliban Leader Is Seen as a Message to Pakistan

Frequent traveller Mullah Mansour used Pakistan airports

Death Showcases Afghan Taliban Leader’s Iran Connection

Pakistan Considers Canceling U.S. F-16 Deal, Buying From Jordan

U.S. military sees Afghan talks with new Taliban leader unlikely

Mansour in Iran for medical treatment (German)

Afghan Government Secretly Fosters Taliban Splinter Groups

Fighting in northern Afghanistan:
Majlis Podcast: Confusion, Fighting In Northern Afghanistan

Armenian Genocide row between Turkey and Germany:

Erdogan’s Attempt to Suppress German Satire Has the Opposite Effect

Böhmermann affair

Bundestag passes Armenia ‘genocide’ resolution unanimously, Turkey recalls ambassador

Germany summons Turkish envoy in row over Erdogan comments

Turkey blocking German official’s visit to Incirlik base: Germany

German minister says will visit Turkey base after Ankara criticism

Pentagon vs. CIA:

CIA and Pentagon Bicker While Russia Wipes Out U.S.-Backed Rebels

Lavrov: West asking Moscow not to bomb positions of al-Nusra, the al-Qaeda branch in Syria

Jaysh al Fath coalition launches new offensive in Aleppo province

Islamist rebels seize village near Aleppo, 73 killed: monitor

Syria insurgents launch assault against government forces near Aleppo: monitors

51 U.S. Diplomats Urge Strikes Against Assad in Syria

Speaking Nonsense to Power: Misadventures in Dissent Over Syria

Jonathan Pollard:
American spy for Israel released after 30-year sentence “still a threat to US”

Update Celik:

Investigation into alleged killer of Russian jet pilot reopened in Turkey

Alleged killer of Russian jet pilot released from prison in Turkey

Turkey’s Erdoğan says ‘sorry’ over downed Russian jet

 

Music:

Donna Summer – “Dim All The Lights”

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”

 

BFP Roundtable – Exposed: The Timing & Orchestration of Seymour Hersh’s “Bin Laden Kill”

 

From Boiling Frogs Post:

In this BFP Roundtable episode Sibel Edmonds and Pearse Redmond discuss the recent “bombshell” article by Seymour Hersh regarding the so-called Bin laden Raid, offer their analysis of the article itself, and explain why this is yet another attempt to obscure the elephant in the room. The discussion includes two never-before-released revelations regarding the Hersh story and the FBI’s Bin Laden tapes: Extrapolating from her sources, Sibel explains why Hersh wrote this article, the timing of it, and the players and agenda behind it. Later she delivers another bombshell that deals with the FBI’s infamous Bin Laden tapes: From her time as an FBI translator Sibel was privy to some very interesting information regarding these tapes, how they were used by the Deep State, and how this relates back to the Hersh article.

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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 

ClandesTime 044 Homeland Season 4

From Spy Culture:

“Once more my good friend Pearse Redmond of Porkins Policy Radio joined me to discuss the latest series of Homeland, the CIA’s pet TV project. We looked at how the show has been rebooted in this season, with a much more aggressive and ambitious purpose both in mythologizing past events and predicting future ones. From 9/11 to the ISIS beheadings to drone strikes to The Lone Gladio, this is typically wide ranging conversation on one of the most important shows currently on TV.”

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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”

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