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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 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”

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.

Christoph and I together announce the start of our Patreon campaign. For anyone interested in supporting the podcast and helping it to expand you can now donate on an episode-by-episode basis through Patreon. To find out more please visit us here.

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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 Policy Radio episode 44 Homeland Season 5 ep 11

On this penulitamte episode of our Homeland series Tom and I begin by venting about our hatred of Alison.  Next we move onto the shows continual use of women as negative characters.  WE discuss the similarities between Alison and real life Russian spy Anna Chapman.  We look at the parallels between these two characters and the notion that Alison will receive a hero’s welcome if she returns to Russia.  Next we explore if the Russian government would actually let an attack happen, as Homeland suggests, in order to galvanize the West to fight ISIS.  Tom and I lay out some of our theories as to why the Russian’s don’t talk about the Gladio operations (Boston, 9/11, Paris) that they clearly are aware of.  We discuss the emergence of yet another evil female spy this time in the form of a German Foreign Office offical.  Later Tom and I discuss one of the major takeaways from this season: that the CIA no longer engages in torture.  Through out this season we have seen several distinct plot lines that lead us to believe that the CIA no longer uses this brutal tactic.  Tom and I discuss the moral issues surrounding torture and the aspects of torture that are never brought up in the debate.  We discuss how the show uses the character of Marwan to illustrate that torture doesn’t work, and how this is most likely a deliberate propaganda move to wipe clean the CIA’s hands.  We also note how the show has routinely made the German’s look not only like torturers, but Nazi’s and Stasi as well.  Tom and I also touch on Hollywoods false portrayal of strong female characters in movies such as Spy, and how this is really just more of the same.  Later we move onto the portrayal of Laura Poitras in the show and how this may reflect the CIA’s various desires to portray her as hero and villain.  We round off the conversation by discussing some very interesting listener emails and tweets.

Tom and I briefly talk about our participation in a brand new media project being spearheaded by Sibel Edmonds at the end of the podcast.

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Show Notes:

Homeland Season 5 episode 11 Our man in Damascus 

Laili Helms

Laila Helms could be a character in Homeland

Kathryn Bigelow Prepping Jihadi Recruitment Drama for HBO

First Look Media snags Comedy Central and NBC alum Lisa Leingang

First Look Media wants to make the next “Spotlight”

 

Music:

DMX – X Gon Give It To Ya 

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”

BFP Roundtable – Death and Rebirth: The end of Al Qaeda and rise of ISIS

 

From Boiling Frogs Post:

On this episode we are joined by BFP contributors James Corbett and Christoph Germann for a discussion of the US Deep State’s role in creating ISIS, its evolution, and the possible end of Al Qaeda. The three of us explore the idea of “moderate” Al Qaeda members speaking out against ISIS, and their attempts to save the dying Al Qaeda brand. We also discuss how ISIS has changed the rules of terrorism by ushering in a new level of violence that is devoid of any real political ideology, touching on the notion that they are merely a place holder for some other new form of jihadi movement yet to emerge, and then finish off the conversation by looking at recent geopolitical developments in Central Asia and how these nations are dealing with the threat that ISIS presents.

*We would like to thank James Corbett and Tom Secker for all of their help with the editing of this podcast.

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Porkins Great Game ep. 8 Proxy War in Transnistria

We start this month’s episode by looking at the recent escapades of our good friend Mikhail Saakashvili. We begin by looking at Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko’s appointment of Saakashvili as governor of Odessa. Christoph and I discuss how this corrupt war criminal will now be in charge of a politically and economically important region of Ukraine. We also touch on the tricky game that is being played with Saakashvili and his Georgian citizenship. Later we focus on why Saakashvili was chosen to rule this region, focusing mostly on the bordering pro-Russian breakaway state of Transnistria. Christoph explains how Saakashvili may be part of a concerted effort to foment a proxy war between the West and Russia by using Transnistira as a staging ground. We talk about the deportation of Russian troops by the Moldovian government, as well as the placement of anti-aircraft missiles on the border between Ukraine and Transnistria.

Our second story is a look at the political situation in Azerbaijan. The unending tit-for-tat fight between Azerbaijan and the US continues, as the Caucasus nation yet again cracks down on pro-western forces. Christoph and I also take a look at the European Games which are being played right now in Baku. We discuss how Azerbaijan has used the Games as a pretext to ban both Amnesty International and the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe. Christoph also updates us on recent pipeline-politics developments in Azerbaijan.

For our third story we turn once again to the Northern Afghanistan and the increased fighting going on there. We break down some of the recent victories the Taliban has had over Afghan forces throughout Badakshan Province. The once untouched region is now slowly falling bit by bit to Taliban fighters, while the West continues to downplay the security situation in the North. Christoph and I also update our listeners on some of the recent peace talks taking place in Xinjiang between the Taliban and the Afghan government, brokered by Pakistan’s ISI. We end this section by looking at recent defections of Taliban fighters to ISIS and how ISIS is slowly becoming the dominant force in Afghanistan.

We close out this month’s episode with two bizarre stories that touch on ongoing Gladio operations. First we talk about the most recent high profile ISIS fighter to emerge, Tajik commander Gulmurod Halimov, what he might actually be up to and the similarities between him and other Gladio/CIA operatives. We finish off with an interesting terrorism case in London that had to be stopped when it became clear that MI6 was arming and funding the very group the state was going after.

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Show Notes: 

Saakashvili’s appointment in Odessa:

The New Great Game Round-Up #97 – Saakashvili’s Appointment Spells More Trouble For Transnistria

The New Great Game Round-Up #99 – Poroshenko & Saakashvili Open Another Front In Ukrainian Conflict Georgia’s ex-official becomes Odessa police chief

Saakashvili Gets Down To Business In Odesa

Azerbaijan – European Games, Russian Nabucco:

The New Great Game Round-Up #98 – Aliyev Regime Not Interested In “Western Democracy”, Kicks Out OSCE

The New Great Game Round-Up #99 – New Pipeline Projects Leave “Land Of Fire” Out In The Cold

OMV bastelt eine russische Nabucco-Pipeline (German)

Die Presse: OMV May Be Planning ‘Russian Nabucco’ Gas Pipeline

Afghan spillover:

The New Great Game Round-Up #96 – Tajikistan, CSTO Prepare For Afghan Spillover

The New Great Game Round-Up #98 – Afghan Spillover High On The Agenda During CSTO, SCO Meetings

Qatar Secures Release Of Taliban-Held Tajikistani Border Guards

Afghan peace talks:

The New Great Game Round-Up #97 – Renewed Hope For Afghan Peace Talks

Taliban vs. ISIS:

The New Great Game Round-Up #95 – Taliban Trying To Match ISIS Brutality As Both Groups Clash

The New Great Game Round-Up #99 – Iran Backs Taliban To Counter U.S., ISIS In Afghanistan

Weird terrorism stories:

The New Great Game Round-Up #97 – Tajikistan’s War On Islam Backfires As OMON Commander Joins ISIS

Terror trial collapses after fears of deep embarrassment to security services

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 

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”

Porkins Policy Radio episode 25 The Bowe Bergdahl Psy-Op

We are finally back!   On today’s episode we take a look at the recent release of American POW Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for 5 Taliban prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay.  Instead of focusing on the various theories as to why he left, and what he was actually doing, we dive into the psy-op that has been carefully constructed for us.  We discuss the predictive programing elements, how the alt media has been fooled yet again, as well as what this means in terms of the evolving war on our reality.  The Bowe Bergdahl saga represents a new stage of the blurring of reality and fiction and therefore deserves our attention.

This episode was a little rough to record due to the long gap in the podcasting schedule so my apologies if it seems a bit all over the place.  Rest assured we will be returning to a normal schedule and much tighter episodes in the near future.

Download PPR episode 25

Show notes:

America’s Last Prisoner of War

FBI file on Michael Hastings

Spec. Cody Full Congressional testimony on Bowe Bergdahl

Soilder: Bowe Bergdahl lodged false war crime allegations against his unit

Bergdahl Roomate: Bergdahl a deserter who should be prosecuted

ClandesTime episode 16 Homeland

Army general will lead new investigation of Bowe Bergdahl disappearance

Exclusive: Bergdahl declared jihad in captivity, secret documents show

Former Spy with agenda operates a private CIA

Alex Jones: Was Bowe Bergdahl working with the sopranos of Afghanistan?

Bergdahl’s Parents speaking in Rose Garden

Taliban propaganda film of Bergdahl

Bowe Bergdahl movie project in the works from Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal; Rival project at Fox Searchlight

Why was the FBI investigating Michael Hastings reporting on Bowe Bergdahl?

Photo appears to show Bergdahl with top militant

 

Music:

Eileen – “Die stiefel sind zum wandern”

Devo – “Secret Agent Man”

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