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PPR Bonus podcast ep 20 Isa Blumi on Yemen War updates and Qatari and Turkish Connection

This month Associate Professor at Stockholm University Isa Blumi joined me to update the listeners on the dire situation in Yemen. We started off with the ongoing siege of Al Hudaydah. We then moved on to a discussion of the recent media coverage the war in the west. Isa talked about a recent AP article which documented Saudi and Emirati support for Al Qaeda. Isa pointed out how the article fails to mention Qatar’s involvement in Yemen and the political implications behind this omission. We also touched on the abhorrent coverage the recent school bus bombing by Democracy Now. Later we shifted gears for a discussion of Turkey’s role in the region. We talked about the recent elections and economic problems in Turkey. We also touched on the status of the Gulen Movement, NATO-Turkish operations in Syria, and what Erdogan’s next geopolitical will be.

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The Ochelli Effect: Turkey News Economy

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The Author of The War State takes questions from listeners and talks about the pressures from other national markets on the U.S. economy. What effect is Trump having on business in general? Is there a silent inflation built into the current situation?

The crazy world of Elon Musk is in the news. What can the crashes of the past tell us about the future?

Second hour Pearse Redmond takes on Qanon, what the MSM isn’t talking about, and much more. Is there a cage match in the future for the reality TV fool in the Whitehouse and his former apprentice? What does Pearse think of the latest on the performance artist formerly known as Alex Jones?

Is everyone enjoying the show? Is the real Turkey something we should name Trump?

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Porkins Policy Radio episode 150 Isa Blumi Destroying Yemen Part 2

Professor Isa Blumi joins me for part 2 of our series on Yemen. We pick up in the late 90’s after Ali Abdullah Saleh has come to power in a unified Yemen. Isa discusses Saleh’s strategy of sowing chaos all over the country in order to maintain absolute power. Isa talks about Saleh’s use of extreme violence, and his reliance on US power. We then explore how the so called Arab Spring played out in Yemen. We discuss the orchestrated nature of the movement, and how is sought to control the very real desires of the Yemeni public. Isa touches on people like Tawakkol Karman and her role as a US proxy during the Arab Spring. Isa brings us all the way to Saleh’s assassination and the current state of Yemen.

Later we talk about the role that Al Qaeda plays on Yemen as a bogey man. We discuss how the US used Yemen as playground for their eventual global drone program. We address the fight going on between Saudi Arabia and the UAE in Yemen. Isa also explains the political history of Ansar Allah (Houthis) and how they are not an Iranian proxy force.

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Show Notes:

@IsaBlumi

Destroying Yemen What Chaos in Arabia Tells Us about the World

Federation plan should be top priority in Yemen

Three big Yemeni parties reject federation proposal

Mapping the Yemen conflict

Islamaphobia by Default in Postwar Europe

Battles of Nostalgic Proportion: The Transformations of Islam-as-Historical-Force in the Ideological Matrix of a Self-Affirming‘West’

Negotiating Globalization: The Challenges of International Intervention Through the Eyes of Albanian Muslims, 1850-2003.

Porkins Policy Radio episode episode 148 Isa Blumi – Destroying Yemen Part 1

This week professor Isa Blumi joins me for an in-depth discussion of the economic and geopolitical history of Yemen. We cover the period between the mid 1800’s all the way through to the early 2000’s. Isa talks about the forgotten history of Yemen through out the conversation. We discuss Yemen’s role as a bulwark against imperialism, from its earliest days fighting against the British East India company to American oil conglomerates. Isa talks about North Yemen’s role as a progressive nation that supported everyone from the George Habash to Che Guevara. We also discuss South Yemen’s Marxist history as well. Isa also talks about the deliberately obscured fact that Yemen is rich in oil, gas, and other natural resources. Isa describes how work and regional powers have long sough to subjugate and control Yemen’s immense wealth through economic and conventional warfare.

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Show Notes:

@IsaBlumi

Destroying Yemen What Chaos in Arabia Tells Us about the World

Chaos in Yemen: Societal Collapse and the New Authoritarianism

Around The Empire ep 55 Ep 55 Imperial War, Gulf State Rivalry, Resources and Resistance in Yemen featuring Isa Blumi

Mapping the Yemen conflict (collection of important maps of Yemen)

Yemen Oil Reserve Map

Porkins Policy Radio episode 144 Jon Gold We Were Lied to About 911 The Interviews

9/11 activist and researcher Jon Gold joins me once again to discuss his new book We Were Lied To About 9/11: The Interviews. Jon explains what the book includes and why he decided to compile the book and make it freely available. Jon and I discuss the current state of the 9/11 truth movement and then move onto a few under-reported aspects of 9/11. We look at the strange contradictions and facts about what was happening in San Diego just before September 11th. Jon and I talk about the activities of hijackers Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi in San Diego. We talk about the reports that they entered the country before the FBI claimed they did, and the allegations that Prince Bandar was funneling money to them. Jon elaborates on this by describing Omar al-Bayoumi and his possible role as their Saudi intelligence handler. We also touch on their landlord and FBI informant Abdussattar Shaikh. I briefly talk about how this connects to several strange people in Denver Colorado connected to the 9/11 attacks.

Later Jon and I talk about Gina Haspel’s confirmation as CIA head and her legacy as a torturer. We talk about her role destroying CIA torture tapes and why Kahlid Sheik Mohammad wanted to offer his analysis of Haspel. We discuss the idea that this is the CIA’s way of telling the world that they will continue to torture. Jon and I also rant about Rudy Guliani and Michael Scheuer’s role in the 9/11 cover-up.

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Show Notes:

We Were Lied To About 9/11: The Interviews

Jon Gold YouTube

@911JusticeNow

May 14, 1994: Future Hijackers’ Landlord in San Diego Becomes FBI Informant

August 1994-July 2001: Possible Terrorist Front Man with Saudi Backing Settles in San Diego

November 1999: Hijackers Said to Lease Apartment in San Diego, Two Months Before Alleged First Arrival in US

October 9, 2002: FBI Agent Handled 9/11 Hijackers’ Landlord

1994: Bin Laden Front Establishes Secure Communications through Denver Using US Army Lines

9/11 Planner, Tortured by C.I.A., Asks to Tell Senators About Gina Haspel

In Blow to Kingdom, Judge Rejects Saudi Effort to Escape 9/11 Suit

May 19, 2004: 9/11 Commission Reaches Self-Confessed ‘Low Point’ in Giuliani Questioning

Rudy’s Ties to a Terror Sheikh: Giuliani’s business contracts tie him to the man who let 9/11’s mastermind escape the FBI

Saudi 9/11 Support Still Classified: Who is Qualid Benomrane

Porkins Policy Radio episode 131 Jon Gold and Robbie Martin on 9/11 Saudi Lawsuits and Health Effects

This week I am joined by 9/11 researcher, writer and activist Jon Gold and Robbie Martin of Media Roots. We discuss the legacy of 9/11 and how it continues to impact us on a daily basis, as well as several new developments. We kick off the conversation by looking into the way in which the mainstream and alternative media has moved away from 9/11 as a topic of conversation. Jon talks about his own experiences with in the 9/11 truth movement, and his relationship with many of the family members of victims. The three of us then move onto a widely overlooked aspect of the case, the role that Saudi Arabia played. We look into why so many in the US government and so called conspiracy research community continue to ignore the Saudi angle. We also touch on the importance of the “28 pages” and why it deserves more credit. We then dive into the current lawsuit by 9/11 family members against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Jon talks about the history of this case and other cases involving the 9/11 crime. We discuss why it is important to continue litigating 9/11 in a court room. The three of us also touch on why legally prosecuting the Saudi’s will lead to more hard evidence of US involvement in the crime.

In the second hour we look more closely at judge George B. Daniels of the Southern District of New York who is overseeing the 9/11 families lawsuit against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. We discuss his bizarre and bogus explanations for why the Saudi’s had no involvement. Jon explains the falsehoods in many of the statements in the 9/11 commission which claim to exonerate them. We also talk about Judge Daniels case against Iran where he issued a default judgment saying Iran had to pay $10 billion to the 9/11 families and insurance companies. The three of us look at the geopolitical aspects of pinning 9/11 on Iran, and the way’s in which this has been ramped up in the media the past year alone. We look into the role that the recent Saudi purge has played in all of this, and explore the parallels between what is going on now and what happened just before 9/11. Next we move onto another under reported aspect, the environmental and health aspects of 9/11. We talk about Trump’s new budget plan which would gut services like treatment, medication, and screening to the over 83,000 people registered with the World Trade Center Health Program. Jon talks about the negligence and cover up of dangerous toxins by the EPA and over government agencies. Robbie discusses Larry Silverstein’s foreknowledge of dangerous amounts of asbestos in the twin towers prior to his purchasing them from the Port Authority, and how the Twin Towers were a giant money pit of repairs and upgrades. We finish off by touching on Lawrence Wright’s book The Looming Tower being made into a miniseries, and ask the question: Why now?

Jon is currently working on getting all of his interviews from “We Were Lied To About 9/11” transcribed and edited into a book called We Were Lied To About 9/11: The Interviews

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Show Notes:

@911justicenow

Jon Gold YouTube Channel

Media Roots

A Very Heavy Agenda

9/11 Truther: The Fight for Peace, Justice and Accountability by Jon Gold

We Were Lied To About 9/11 (Full Series)

Complete 9/11 Timeline

9/11 Press For Truth

In Their Own Words: The Untold Stories of the 9/11 Families

You Can’t Point A Finger At Saudi Arabia, And Not Have 5 Fingers Pointing Back To The U.S.

The facts speak for themselves #14 “28 pages”

Families in 9/11 Financing Case Ask to Have Judge Replaced

In the shadow of Ground Zero, 9/11 survivors go to court against Saudi Arabia

Khalid al Mihdhar

Iran Told to Pay $10.5 Billion to Sept. 11 Kin, Insurers

9/11 responders’ health treatment and monitoring threatened by Trump’s budget plan

Woodward Shares War Secrets

Porkins Great Game episode 17 The Unquiet Frontier

The wait is over! Christoph and I are back for another jam packed episode of Porkins Great Game. We begin by discussing the new direction that we will be taking the show in. Christoph and I explain why we will be focusing less on Central Asia and the Caucuses, and more on the the “global rimland.” We then move onto a discussion of the influential book The Unquiet Frontier by A Wess Mitchell and Jakub Grygiel. We talk about who Mitchell and Gryiel are, their careers at the Center for European Policy Analysis, and their current positions with in the State Department. Christoph and I then explore what is actually in The Unquiet Frontier and why it is such an important book. We talk about their theory of the global rimland and the policies that Mitchell and Gryiel lay out for the US empire. Next we talk about how these polices are quite identical to Trump’s foreign policy. We also touch on Trump’s recent foreign policy speech which appears to have been heavily influenced by The Unquiet Frontier.

Next Christoph and I talk about the recent political developments in Ukraine. We focus specifically on the recent assassination of Chechen fighter Timur Makhauri in Kiev. We talk about who Makhauri was and his complex history with Georgia and their security services. Christoph talks about the chaos that Ukraine has been plunged into since the US backed revolution. The two of us discuss how Kiev has been turned into a hot bed for Chechen terrorists, hitman, and all sorts of unsavory characters. Christoph also gives us his perspective as to what might be in store for Katharine in the near future.

We finish of the episode by turning to our favorite former Georgian Prime Minister Mikheil Saakashvilli, and his recent troubles in his adoptive home of Odessa. We chronicle Saakashvilli’s rise and fall as governor of the Odessa Oblast. We focus on his bombastic nature and his clashes with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Chistoph and I then move onto Saakashvilli’s insane arrest in Kiev, his escape from a police van, and his eventual re-arrest. We talk about what this means for Saakashvilli in the near future, and how his fate is identical to every other authoritarian leader who has aligned themselves with the US.

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Show Notes:

ChristophGermann.blogspot.com

@Ch_Germann

Trump, Mitchell and “The Unquiet Frontier”

Biography A. Wess Mitchell

Jakub Grygiel on the State Department Policy Planning Staff

CEPA – How We Are Funded

Central European Security After Crimea: The Case for Strengthening NATO’s Eastern Defenses

Predators on the Frontier

“The Unquiet Frontier”

McMaster Review: Probing for Weakness

McMaster NSS Preview feat. “The Unquiet Frontier”

Trump’s National Security Strategy (NSS)

Saudi video shows kingdom’s troops as ‘liberators’ of Tehran

U.S. looks to Germany to stop Baltic undersea Russian gas pipeline

Chechen “Freedom Fighters” Killed in Ukraine:

A Chechen Fighter Was Killed In A Kyiv Car Bombing. Who Was He?

Islamic Battalions, Stocked With Chechens, Aid Ukraine in War With Rebels

Chechen Jihadis Leave Syria, Join the Fight in Ukraine

Requiem for a Hit Man

Russia blamed for attack on Chechen pair who fought with Ukrainians

Saakashvili vs. Poroshenko:

Mikheil Saakashvili quits as governor of Ukraine’s Odessa region

Ukraine president strips one-time ally Saakashvili of citizenship

Ex-Georgian leader Saakashvili barges across Ukraine border

Ex-Georgia president dragged away by masked special agents in Kiev – video

Supporters free ex-Georgian leader Saakashvili from Ukrainian police amid chaotic scenes

Protesters gather in Kiev after police recapture ex-Georgia leader Saakashvili

Thousands of Saakashvili supporters stage protest against Ukraine president

Ukrainian judge frees Saakashvili from detention

Saakashvili expects deportation amid New Year holidays (Video)

Saakashvili has documents allowing him to go to Netherlands – media

The Ochelli Effect: Trump Foreign Policy MAGA

On a Tuesday where North Korea launches another alleged Cyber-attack , Train wrecks beyond the White House are actually happening , and Trump wants a letter from the Special Prosecutor saying he has done nothing wrong , we attempt to unmask the method behind the madness that appears to be the newest normal in American Foreign Policy. The Author of The War State , and the host of a truly unique information radio show seem to be our best guides. So we enter the magical land of , Trump Foreign Policy MAGA

Mike Swanson joins us on a Tuesday night to really examine the Trump Foreign Policy attitude http://wallstreetwindow.com/node/13965 with his article at https://wallstreetwindow.com in hand Michael attempts to make sense of what is being said , and asks interesting questions about the unspoken portions that may only become obvious to all at a later date. Mike’s unique and solid analysis is as always welcome. In the second hour dealing with Trump Foreign Policy MAGA Pearse Redmond of Porkins Policy Radio joins us to take the conversation even further with hints at the actual origin of the ideas represented.

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Show Notes:

Predators on the Frontier

The new US National Security Strategy: implications for UK National Security Policy

Porkins Policy Radio episode 120 Decline of the US Empire with JP Sottile and Death of Saleh in Yemen

JP Sottile of NewsVandal.com joins me in the first hour to discuss the decline of the US empire. We begin by discussing the continued decline of the US media. JP and I touch on the the ways in which the US media (particularly TV) has become ever more enamored with the cult of celebrity. We discuss the ways in which the TV talking heads will obsess over a single tweet by Trump while actual real news is happening all around us. JP and I speculate over the reasons for this trend, and why the media loves to distract us with “news items” about presidential tweets. We also touch on the lighting speed with which the news cycle now runs at. Later JP and I talk about the decline of US dominance globally and how this may explain why we are seeing so many violent conflicts erupting across the globe. JP focuses on the numerous crises in the Middle East, and how they are being exploited in order to stave of the eventual death of both the US and Saudi Arabia.

I begin the second hour by briefly touching on the arrest and escape of former Georgian President JP Saakashvili. I then turn my attention to the recent murder of former president of Yemen Ali Abduallah Saleh. I give a brief look at the recent history of modern Yemen and how it has continually been used by regional and world powers. I also talk about the Arab Spring which ousted Saleh and his return to power in 2015 with the Houthi movement. I then explore the Houthi’s and attempt to explain some of the complexities surrounding their political movement. The issue of Iranian support for them is also explored. I finish off by discussing my displeasure with some of the political rhetoric from left which appears to be supporting war against Saudi Arabia. I talk about the problems with choosing sides in any war and Yemen in particular. I also talk about how this still fits into the US/Saudi narrative of their being a “good” and “bad” side in this war.

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Show Notes:

News Vandal

Ukrainian Prosecutors Call For Manhunt After Saakashvili Freed From Custody

Yemen – Saudis Throw The Towel – Saleh is Baaack – Russia Wins

Yemen Without Saleh

Houthis claim takeover of Yemeni capital, president calls for ‘all people’ to rise against them

The Rise of the Houthis

Yemen’s war is destroying a generation of children

Porkins Policy Radio episode 117 Breivik Netflix Movie and Saudi Purge

Tom Secker joins me in the first hour to discuss the upcoming Netflix movie about Anders Behring Breivik and the Oslo and Utoya Island attacks. Tom and I talk about why the film is being made now and the state funding it is receiving from the Norwegian government. We then talk about the writer and director of this film Paul Greengrass. Tom explains his career as a government propagandist and focuses on his film United 93. We then talk about the aspects of the attack we anticipate Greengrass and Netflix will leave out of the film. We discuss Breivik’s politics and how they have become adopted by much of the alt and far right in recent times. Tom discusses the notion that the attack may have been intended as a message to far right groups to further embrace this political ideology. We also touch on the idea that this was a Gladio style event, and whether or not Brevik was working for others. Later Tom and I talk about former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and his current job as Secretary General of NATO. We discuss NATO’s role as it exists today and the power it has. Tom and I finish off by discussing our final episode in our review of House of Cards. I also update the listeners about the return of Porkins Great Game.

In the second hour I rant about the recent political purge in Saudi Arabia and the larger implications of it. I talk about Mohammad bin Salman’s alleged corruption and liberalization campaigns, and how he is using this as a smoke screen for his larger political ambitions. I discuss my thoughts on the forced resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri by the Saudi’s. I talk about how Hariri and Lebanon are being used as a proxy battleground between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Yemen and the famine is also discussed. I finish off by laying out my theory that this is the foreign policy nightmare we can expect from Donald Trump. I also mention the rumors that Trump was bribed directly by Mohammad bin Salman, and how this might explain the recent developments across the middle east.

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Show Notes:
Spy Culture

Too Soon: Netflix’s Anders Breivik Epic Needles Norwegians

Netflix Lands Paul Greengrass Pic About Norwegian Terrorist Who Killed 77

Saudi Arabia detains more than 200 people in widening crackdown

EXCLUSIVE: Senior Saudi figures tortured and beaten in purge

Saudi prince killed in helicopter crash near Yemen border a day after royal purge

Saudi Arabia says prince ‘alive and well’ after rumours of his death

Saudi-owned TV says Hariri was target of assassination plot days ago

Hariri ‘held for refusing to confront Hezbollah’

The Prime Minister of Lebanon’s Unnerving Interview

Saudi attempts to discredit Hariri fail as Lebanese public backs PM

Saudi Arabia agrees to lift blockade on Yemen as children face starvation & cholera

Trump weighs in on Saudi purge in tweets

Crown Prince bin Salman ‘bribed’ Trump, Saudi Twitter whistleblower claims

Trump curtsies for King Salman

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