Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Porkins Great Game: Episode #13 - Fethullah Gülen Lives

On this episode of Porkins Great Game, Pearse Redmond and I focus on the recent Four-Day War in Nagorno-Karabakh. We briefly go over the history of the conflict before taking a closer look at the latest escalation and the various regional and global actors that could be pulled into the conflict. In our second segment we continue our discussion on the ongoing fight between Turkey and Russia, which plays out in Syria and elsewhere. Pearse and I talk about Fethullah Gülen's motivations for entering the stage, Turkish-Russian spy games and Alparslan Çelik's role in a possible rapprochement between Moscow and Ankara. We finish off this segment with the recent clashes between Kurds and Turkish nationalists in Germany. After giving a final farewell to our favorite Georgian jihadist, Tarkhan Batirashvili aka Omar al-Shishani, Pearse and I close out this month's episode by taking a look at the Panama Papers. 

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Newsbud Phase 1 Kickstarter Campaign

Our first Newsbud Kickstarter campaign didn't reach its ambitious goal but we haven't given up on creating a 100% people-funded, nonpartisan news alternative. We are now planning to run 4 smaller Kickstarter fundraising campaigns over an 18-month period. Phase 1 starts today. For more information check out our new Kickstarter page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/141490519/support-a-100-people-funded-online-news-outlet-pha