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.
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Saturday, July 9, 2016
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
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.
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.
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Tuesday, May 10, 2016
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.