Thursday, July 21, 2016

Porkins Great Game: Episode #15 - Turkey Coup Special

On this special episode of Porkins Great Game, Pearse Redmond and I talk about the recent coup attempt in Turkey. We lay out the timeline of events on July 15 and explain why the coup failed before offering our take on the various theories floating around about what really happened that night. Pearse and I also touch upon the interesting aftermath and discuss how this might affect Turkey's role in the U.S.-NATO alliance and its position on the global chessboard.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Porkins Great Game: Episode #14 - Is Kazakhstan in Trouble?

On this episode of Porkins Great Game, Pearse Redmond and I finally get to talk about a Central Asian country that we have been meaning to talk about for quite a while: Kazakhstan. We take a look at the recent clashes in Aktobe and explain why the Kazakh government prefers to look abroad for the reasons behind the attacks. In our second segment, Pearse and I focus on the killing of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour in Pakistan, which raises many questions. After giving an update on the situation in Afghanistan, we move on to Turkish President Erdogan and his passion for German comedy shows. We discuss the ongoing row between Germany and Turkey over Germany's parliamentary recognition of the Armenian Genocide and Erdogan's talent for making things worse. Our segment of weird terrorism stories deals with CIA-Pentagon disagreements over supporting Jabhat al-Nusra, Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard and our favorite "Turkmen rebel" leader Alparslan Çelik. Pearse and I close out this episode by introducing our new Patreon site that you can use to support our podcast. 

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Western-Backed Chechen "Freedom Fighter" Named as Istanbul Attack Mastermind

First details begin to emerge about the suspected Islamic State attack on Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport that left at least 44 people dead and more than 230 injured.

A senior Turkish government official announced on Thursday that the three suicide bombers who carried out the attack were nationals of Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.[1]

Turkish pro-government newspaper Yeni Safak quoted police as saying that eight terrorists were involved in the operation. Three of them were killed, one was detained and four others remain at large.

According to the Yeni Safak report, well-known Chechen Islamic State commander Akhmed Chatayev organized the deadly attack.[2] 

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