Friday, January 9, 2015

Porkins Great Game: Episode #4 - Start of the Third Chechen War

In our first episode of 2015, Pearse and I talk about the most recent attack in the Chechen capital of Grozny and explain why Chechen Republic head Ramzan Kadyrov targeted Ukraine und Turkey in response to the attack. We examine Turkey's role in U.S.-NATO terror operations and take a look at the capture of top al-Qaeda/LIFG operative Abd al-Baset Azzouz in a summer resort south of Istanbul a few weeks ago. After highlighting the parallels to other cases, we end this segment by discussing Strobe Talbott's "prediction" of a third Chechen war in 2015.
Other topics include the demise of the South Stream pipeline, the increasing violence along the Tajik-Afghan border with all its implications and the start of the Boston bombing trial. At the end of this episode, Pearse and I share our predictions for possible developments in Central Asia and the Caucasus region in 2015.

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

Show notes:
Grozny attack:
Chechen militants attack Grozny, shattering peace as Putin gives speech
What the fallout of the recent combats in Grozny says about relationship between Putin and Kadyrov
The New Great Game Round-Up #78 – Kadyrov Targets Ukraine, Turkey In Response To Grozny Attack

Chechen terror links to Ukraine:
Ukraine MPs’ support for Chechen terror is “outrageous cynicism” – Lavrov
Russian Investigative Committee opens criminal case against 3 Ukrainian parliamentarians
The New Great Game Round-Up #42 – Ukrainian Neo-Nazis & Chechen Terrorists
The Rape of Ukraine: Phase Two Begins
And the story continues: Verkhovna Rada deputy shoots portrait of Chechen leader
Mosiychuk claims Ukrainian partisans are working inside Russia
Suspect in 2002 terrorist attack on Moscow theater detained at Crimean border

Chechen terror links to Turkey:
The New Great Game Round-Up #79 – Insurgents’ Families, Human Rights Activists Under Attack In Chechnya
German-Caucasian Society (German)
Said-Khasanom Abumuslimov
Akhmed Zakayev
The EyeOpener- Terror in the Caucasus: US Sponsored, EU Hosted & Turkey Channeled
BFP Exclusive: US-NATO-Chechen Militia Joint Operations Base
Syrian link suspected in Chechen murder in Ankara

Abd al-Baset Azzouz & Abu Anas al-Liby:
Capture of Top al-Qaeda Operative Highlights Turkey’s Role in U.S.-NATO Terror Operations
Desperate Attempts to Save the Myth of the War on Terror
Suspected al-Qaeda leader Abu Anas al-Liby dies just days ahead of trial in United States over 1998 embassy attacks

Demise of the South Stream pipeline:
Russia’s South Stream pipeline in deep freeze as EU tightens sanctions noose
The New Great Game Round-Up #54 – Brussels’ Reckless South Stream Sabotage
Putin drops South Stream gas pipeline to EU, courts Turkey
Sinking of Kremlin gas project leaves south-east Europe high and dry
The New Great Game Round-Up #79 – Setting The Right Priorities In The South Caucasus

Tajik-Afghan border:
The New Great Game Round-Up #81 – Afghans, China, Russia Not Impressed With ISAF’s “Great Success”
Afghan president says U.S. might want to ‘re-examine’ pullout deadline
The New Great Game Round-Up #80 – Kidnappings Along Tajik-Afghan Border Highlight Security Woes
IS Militants Asked Baghdadi For Permission To Fight ‘Infidels’ In Tajikistan
Interview 739 – Christoph Germann on the Afghan “Withdrawal”
Russia and China will help prevent creation of ‘Great Badakhshan’, says Tajik expert
Are Outside Forces Conspiring To Create “Great Badakhshan”?

Tsarnaev trial:
Boston Marathon Bombing: A Primer
The Boston Bombing trial starts, but answers aren’t on the docket
Who’s who in the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Case

Porkins Policy Radio ep. 1 Boston Bombing and the CIA Connection

Predictions for 2015:
In 2015, Vladimir Putin may witness his empire’s death knell
The New Great Game Round-Up #80 – U.S. Deep State Dreams Of Third Chechen War
Ramzan Kadyrov offers Putin his own *personal* volunteer Chechen special force
The New Great Game Round-Up #81 – Putin’s Chechen “Volunteers” Ready To Defend Russia

Neu! – “Cassetto”
Neu! – “Hallagallo”