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. 

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

Programming note: This episode was recorded at the end of last month and only released now due to busy schedules.

Show Notes:

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Aktobe shootings:
Kazakhstan: Aktobe Violence Wrongfoots Authorities
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”

Investigation into alleged killer of Russian jet pilot reopened in Turkey
Alleged killer of Russian jet pilot released from prison in Turkey (published after recording) 
Turkey’s Erdoğan says ‘sorry’ over downed Russian jet (published after recording) 

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