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Porkins Policy Radio episode 77 Homeland Season 6 with Tom Secker and Breaking News with Robbie Martin

In the first hour Tom Secker joins me to discuss the season premier of Homeland season six. We talk about the season reboot which has become a ubiquitous feature of Homeland. Tom and I begin by discussing our initial impressions of the season and where we think the show is going on a political and emotional level. Next we move onto one of the new and most interesting characters in the show, President-elect Elizabeth Keane, the junior Senator from New York. We talk about how this character is not a character of Hillary Clinton as we and any others predicted, but instead a much more complex character which in many ways is closer to Donald Trump. We discuss the ideas and politics that the CIA is putting forth in this new season. Tom and I talk about how the notion of the CIA plotting against the president-elect is not only a major story line in Homeland but also in real life vis-a-vis Trump and the CIA. The two of us also talk about the idea that this season of Homeland will retell and reinvent the story of Al Qaeda. We explore the possibility that this is the overarching story the CIA wants to put out the the public, and that a new form or wave of jihadi attacks may be in-store for the West.

In the second hour frequent guest Robbie Martin joins us to discuss some of the latest political and geopolitical events. We begin by exploring the childish discourse from both Trump and the media over the past several weeks. Next we talk about our opinions of the recent “intelligence report” claiming that Trump is a Russian Manchurian candidate. We talk about our thoughts on the possibility of violence erupting between Israel and Palestine. Robbie and I focus on some of the strange stories coming about of Israel including: Israeli jets bombing Damascus, and US officials warning Israel not to share intelligence with Trump. The Two of us discuss our feelings on increased rhetoric of the all powerful Russian state against our quaint democratic life in the US. Robbie and I touch on the recent commutation of Chelsea Manning and the possibility that Julian Assange will stand trial in America. We also talk about Glenn Greenwald’s recent use of the term Deep State. Robbie and I round out the conversation by discussing some of our fears overs Trump’s domestic policies.

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Show Notes:

Spy Culture

A Very Heavy Agenda

@FluorescentGrey

Homeland Season 6 episode 1

El Sayyid Nosair

Meir Kahane

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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 Policy Radio episode 39 Homeland Season 5 ep.3

Tom and I are back again with another Homeland review show. This week we begin by exploring Homeland’s blatant sexism and misogny. We focus first on Carrie and her characters return to bi-polar nymphomaniac, and how the show has routinely made Carrie into an awful female character that we all hate. Tom and I discuss our theories for why the producers have continued to make Carrie into a monster and how this translates into a larger picture of how we view the CIA through Carrie. We also discuss how Quinn has fast become our favorite character despite the fact that he represents some of the worst aspects of the CIA. Later we break down the hacker character Newman and explore the notion that he is a “Reel Bad Arab.” We round out the conversation by diving into the geopolitical topics explored in this episode including: CIA coup in Syria, Snowden selling secrets to Russia, and Israel’s role in the Syrian War. We finish by discussing the recent story about several street artists “hacking” the Homeland set.

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Show Notes:

Homeland Season 5 episode 3 “Super Powers”

Spyculture review of Spy

“Arabian Street Artists” Bomb Homeland: Why We Hacked an Award-Winning Series

 

Music:

Huun Huur Tu – “Mezhegey”

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.

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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”

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