Saturday, September 27, 2014

Porkins Great Game: Episode #1 - ISIS is everywhere in Central Asia

The wait is finally over: The new podcast series produced by Pearse Redmond and me, Porkins Great Game, is now up and running! This new podcast will deal exclusively with Central Asia and the Caucasus region, and will explore the various geopolitical machinations that compose the “New Great Game.” Porkins Great Game will be a monthly podcast and we really encourage you to be a part of this endeavor. So please follow us on Twitter, @PorkinsPolicy & @NewGreatGame, and feel free to email us with topic suggestions and news stories that pertain to the New Great Game. You can contact me through the contact form on my blog and you can contact Pearse at

You can find more information on this episode on Pearse Redmond's website where you can also download the MP3 file:

Show notes:
Latest developments in Xinjiang:

The New Great Game Round-Up #62
Villagers recount narrow escapes in Kashgar attack as CCTV airs scenes of aftermath 
Chief imam at Kashgar mosque stabbed to death as violence surges in Xinjiang 
Is Uyghur American Association involved in recent wave of terrorism in Xinjiang?
A Chechnya in the making

Xinjiang-ISIS connection:
The New Great Game Round-Up #64
ISIS tentacles reach toward China
JCPA analyst: 1,000 Chinese jihadists training in Pakistan
‘Capture’ of Chinese national fighting with ISIS gives China jitters
China: 'Serious' Terrorist Attack Kills 50 In Xinjiang (This story came out after we finished recording)

SCO summit:
The New Great Game Round-Up #66

NATO’s military build-up in Georgia:
NATO Chief Lays Out Package to ‘Bring Georgia Closer’ to Alliance
Exclusive: Georgia Offers to Host Training Camp for Syrian Rebels
Georgia: The New CIA-NATO Arab Terrorist Training Center
The Ginger Jihadist of Mosul: Omar al-Shishani the Chechen ‘General’
The mysterious link between the US military prison Camp Bucca and ISIS leaders
Tarkhan Batirashvili put on U.S. terrorism sanctions list (This story came out after we finished recording)

The Saakashvili chase:
The New Great Game Round-Up #44
Georgia: The Saakashvili Chase Continues at Sea
Mikheil Saakashvili Doesn’t Know What Democracy Is
Georgian Court Impounds Saakashvili’s Property

Azerbaijan shuts down ‘Gülen-linked’ schools
The New Great Game Round-Up #65
President Erdogan pays a visit to Turkish ally Azerbaijan
Erdogan reiterates call for cooperation on Gülenists
20th anniversary of “Contract of the Century” celebrated in Washington DC

Ambush in Paris:
How Gunmen Pulled Off a Daring Ambush of a Saudi Prince’s Convoy in Paris
Saudi royal named in Paris attack, amid reports of blackmail
What do we know about Prince `Abdul-`Aziz bin Fahd: who was ambushed in Paris
Hariri announces $1bn Saudi military aid to Lebanon
Saudi Arabia promises record $3 billion in military aid to Lebanon
U.S. Embassy in Ankara Headquarter for ISIS War on Iraq – Hariri Insider
This is how Al-Riyadh newspaper coverd the story of the ambush of Prince `Abdul-`Aziz Bin Fahd
Don’t look for Al-Arabiyyah TV to cover this story


Qaya – “Ey heyat ne qeribesen”
Never nice song from Xinjiang