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

Mapping the geospatial patterns of broadcasted news

Mapping the geospatial patterns of broadcasted news allows a geospatial analyst to gain insights into common and unusual geospatial patterns. We decided using one of the most comprehensive news collection named “Global Database Events of Tone and Language” (GDELT) as the ground truth.

Getting a coarse-grained geospatial overview of protests and demonstrations of the last 90 days. The geoprotests API offer ready-to-use geospatial features representing broadcasted news related to protests and demonstrations. You can use these geospatial features to build various mapping and geospatial applications.

Read more @Medium: Mapping the geospatial patterns of broadcasted news

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.


Kyrgyzstan president calls in military as protesters clash in streets

The situation in the capital Bishkek seemed calm after Jeenbekov declared a state of emergency, which imposed traffic restrictions and banned public gatherings.


Bishkek is a city of wide boulevards and marble-faced public buildings combined with numerous Soviet-style apartment blocks surrounding interior courtyards and, especially outside the city center, thousands of smaller, often privately built houses. It is laid out on a grid pattern, with most streets flanked on both sides by narrow irrigation channels that water the innumerable trees which provide shade in the hot summers.

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan © OpenStreetMap contributors



Harris, home in California, gets a look at wildfire damage

There is no patience for climate-change deniers. The last wildfires were the largest California has ever seen. There was a meeting between California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Donal Trump which took place at McClelland park near Sacramento.

McClelland Airfield, Sacramento © OpenStreetMap contributors



Standoff as Michel Barnier arrives in London for crunch trade talks

Time is ticking, the official deadline for the Brexit deal is October the 15th. It seems to be a kind of „Australia-style“ arrangement, which is an euphemism for failure to reach a free trade agreement with the EU. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron have held last-minute Brexit talks over phone.

There are only four located news regarding „Brexit talks“ which were updated in the last 24h.

Brexit news locations, Europe © OpenStreetMap contributors



Belarusian protest leader detained by masked men

Maria Kolesnikova is a member of the opposition coordination council. She tries to challenge Alexander Lukashenko and has played an important role during the mass demonstrations and strikes by protesters in the last few weeks.

Someone had seen how Kolesnikova was pushed into a dark van by some masked men in central Minsk.

Minsk, Belarus © OpenStreetMap contributors



Ousted Mali president Keita leaves country as transition talks begin

For a medical treatment in Abu Dhabi the president Keita leaves Mali. The president was hospitalized in the capital Bamako. Bamako is the capital and largest city of Mali, and currently estimated to be one of the fastest growing city in Africa. It is located in the southwestern part of the country. Bamako is the nation’s administrative center, as well as a river port and a major regional trade center. Manufactures include textiles, processed meat and metal goods.

Bamako, Mali © OpenStreetMap contributors

The Modibo Keita International Airport is located in Senou the southern downtown of Bamako. Next to the airport the Air Base 101 is used by the Mali Air Force. Soumaila Cisse was welcomed at the airport by his supporters from the Union for the Republic and Democracy party. Cisse was kidnapped while he was campaigning for legislative elections. He is one of Mali’s most prominent opposition leaders and served as Minister of Finance from 1993–2000.

Senou, Bamako, Mali © OpenStreetMap contributors