China’s secret naval base in Cambodia


In recent years, tensions have been on the rise in the South China Sea, with China aggressively pursuing its territorial claims in the region. One recent development that has caught the attention of analysts is the discovery of a secret naval base in Ream, Cambodia. The base, which was detected through image intelligence, has raised concerns about China’s expanding military presence in the region and its strategic intentions.


Thousands across Europe protest against the invasion

Thousands of people took to the streets in cities across Europe, and all around the world to protest against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. In Georgia, a country that was the victim of a Russian invasion in 2008, some 30,000 people turned out in the capital Tbilisi.

Onlookers at a devastated apartment block in Kyiv after an airstrike on February 25. The UN is concerned about the situation in Ukraine, and is receiving increasing reports of civilian casualties. Police detained persons during an anti-war protests in Moscow. Ukraine has already seen thousands of casualties from the long-running conflict with Russia. This conflict broke out in 2014 after Russian-backed rebels seized government buildings in towns and cities across eastern Ukraine. Unluckily, the current aggression of Russia against Ukraine will further aggravate this situation.

Read more @Medium: Thousands across Europe protest against the invasion

Moscow police arrested peaceful anti-war protesters

After a well-educated interior designer had unrolled an anti-war poster on Moscow’s Pushkin Square on Wednesday afternoon, the Moscow police showed up within minutes. He and the peaceful demonstrators condemn the use of Russian troops to invade Ukraine. Russian police arrested other peoples who had spoken out peacefully against the invasion. These peaceful protests stand in strong contrast to the public reaction in Russia when Moscow annexed Crimea from Ukraine eight years ago.

Russian residents protested for the second night in a row across the country. Russian citizens across the country took to the streets for the second night of nationwide protests against their country’s military assault on Ukraine. Thousands of Russians protested the Kremlin’s savage military assault in dozens of Russian cities, despite Russian authorities cracking down on demonstrations. The recorded news media of demonstrations from St. Petersburg showed hundreds of people assembled to call for peace in Ukraine.

Read more @Medium: Protests spot report 23–24 February 2022

Three Reasons Why the Midwest Will Excel in American Defense Innovation


The Midwest is refining the innovation process by bringing together academia and defense partners to solve national security challenges. Dual-use technologies that can serve commercial and defense applications are hot in the Midwest. Universities from Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri and Iowa represent the Midwest to advance innovation on a national scale. T-REX is home to the nation’s first geospatial innovation center and Moonshot Labs. The future is bright for American defense innovation as entrepreneurs and national labs develop dual-use technologies with support from academia.


Getting insights from political violence and protests around the world

Aggregated non-US ACLED events 2000 — 2020

To achieve political goals, we have seen people and governments using political violence. It includes violence between governments, e.g. war as an intense armed conflict, and violence used against non-state actors, e.g. police brutality. A rebellion is a kind of politically motivated violence of non-state actors against a government. The storming of the United States Capitol was a riot act from non-state actors against the United States Congress.

In this walkthrough we used one of the most widely used analysis OSINT source named ACLED. With the help of spatial binning, we easily recognized historical events between 2000 and 2020 without being an intelligence expert. We have implemented most of the workflows into a GEOINT Python module, mainly to give non-spatial experts a better understanding of the implementation details.


Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire strained by recriminations, fighting reports

A bunch of new attacks were launched in and around Nagorno-Karabakh.

Heatmap of news related to Nagorno-Karabakh, © OpenStreetMap contributors
  • Cardinal Dolan calls for „the shield of faith“ to protect Armenian Christians
  • Baku: new clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh after Washington talks
  • Karabakh: French media pressured over upper Karabakh
News related to Nagorno-Karabakh, © OpenStreetMap contributors

The Khojaly district is located in the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan.

Khojaly District, Azerbaijan © OpenStreetMap contributors

Stepanakert is the capital of the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan © OpenStreetMap contributors



Saudi coalition in Yemen attacks Sanaa targets – Yemeni army, residents

A commander of the 110th Infantry Brigade was killed as a result of the fighting in The Khab and Al-Shaaf district northeast of the Al-Jouf province.

The militants of the Group al-Houthi launched a major offensive to retake positions taken by government forces on Friday east of the city of Al-Hazm, the center of Al-Jouf province, and units of the (110-infantry brigade) were able to thwart the attack. Heavy fighting are taking place in several areas northeast and east of the city of Al-Hazm, while the fighters of the Saudi-led Arab coalition with intensive air strikes targeted mobile and fixed targets of the Houthis.

Yemeni government forces launched a military operation in Al-Jouf, recapturing the strategic Camp Al-Khanjar and important sites, including the Nadoud Mountain Range, and reached near Al-Marazeq, the eastern gate of the provincial capital. The Houthis have controlled the city of Al-Hazm and large areas of the strategic province, large parts of which are located on the border with Saudi Arabia.

Sanaa, Yemen © OpenStreetMap contributors


Japan’s economy sinks deeper into worst postwar contraction, intensifies challenge for new leader

The Japanese prime minister had chosen to visit vietnam. There are some rumors that tesla car makers would invest in electric car manufacturing facilities in Indonesia and India, as well as moving Panasonic’s manufacturing base to Vietnam, signaling economic danger to Thailand. Maybe there is a risk that Thailand is going to lose its first-highest export-value car production base.

The wuhan pneumonia epidemic has hit the global economy hard, with the restaurant industry lying first. Although in many places in Taiwan practitioners have called on everyone to understand the truth about the cruel persecution and abuse of the Chinese Communist Party. But hearing the facts of persecution is too hard to accept, too far away from their lives, beyond the thinking of normal people. Because of the struggle of the people of Hong Kong more sympathy and understanding of practitioners.

Heatmap of Japan related economy news, © OpenStreetMap contributors


There is also a plan for relocate the U.S. military base in Okinawa. Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki presented a written request regarding the Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. Established in 1945 and the current home to the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing and the III Marine Expeditionary Force, MCAS Funtenma is a US Military and United Nations air facility tasked with operating a variety of fixed and rotary-wing aircraft in support of US, UN and Japanese Military operations. Home to approximately 4,000 Marines at any one time, the airbase’s central location on the Island of Okinawa became a contentious issue in the latter half of the 20th Century and in December of 2013 an agreement was reached with the government of both Okinawa and Japan to completely relocate the entire air station to a new site near Nago on the Northern end of Okinawa.

Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Japan © OpenStreetmap contributors



Satellite imagery suggests North Korea is preparing to launch ballistic missile

There are rumors about North Korea prepare to launch submarine ballistic missiles. Several vessels within a secure boat basin was seen near the port of Sinpo.

Sinpo, North Korea © OpenStreetMap contributors

Next to the Simpo south shipyard there is a nuclear submarine development facility and an underground submarine shelter.

Sinpo nuclear submarine development facility, © OpenStreetMap contributors

The island Mayang-do host’s North Korea’s biggest submarine base. Various Romeo class diesel submarines were noticed, as well as variety of mini submarines and small submersibles.

Mayang-do island, North Korea © OpenStreetMap contributors