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September 2, 2017

By Masis Ingilizian

Satellite Analysis of the Gilyazi Munition Depot Explosions

This post was originally by Bellingcat for Planet Stories. Examining imagery of the recent incident in Azerbaijan By Masis Ingilizian and Karen Vrtanesyan On Sunday, August 27, 2017, multiple explosions rocked the Azerbaijani munitions depot, called Gilyazi. Azerbaijani officials downplayed the incident, saying that the ammunition collected in the depot had been meant to be disposed, and some media…

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September 1, 2017

By Aric Toler

Planet Satellite Imagery Shows Harvey Devastation

This post was originally by Bellingcat for Planet Stories. Using satellite imagery from Planet, Bellingcat has surveyed the extensive damage to areas near Houston due to Hurricane Harvey. The majority of post-Harvey imagery available is for southwest and southern Houston and Galveston, with little imagery available for eastern and northern parts of the area. Some of…

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September 1, 2017

By Laurence Bindner

Wilayat Internet: ISIS’ Resilience across the Internet and Social Media

Laurence Bindner, Raphael Gluck This article was originally published in French on Ultima Ratio. Since partly going underground in the deep-web, ISIS exerts continuous pressure to make its propaganda surface on the public web. Adapting constantly to ever more active censorship, ISIS uses the various web platforms in an opportunistic and agile way. Therefore, online…

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August 29, 2017

By Pieter Van Ostaeyen

From Grozny to Raqqah with Stopover Brussels – The ‘Eastern Contingent’ of Belgian Foreign Terrorist Fighters

Belgian authorities have started to disclose identities of foreign terrorist fighters who weren’t prosecuted yet, forced to do so in order to freeze their assets. Using a law from 2006, they can only impose “specific measures against certain people and entities in the fight against the financing of terrorism” when the names are published in the official journal ‘Belgisch Staatsblad/Moniteur belge’.

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August 28, 2017

By Christiaan Triebert

New Objects Identified in Europol’s “Stop Child Abuse” Campaign — Second Update

Europol, the law enforcement agency of the European Union, has asked the help of the crowd in countering child pornography. Despite all their detection methods, they sometimes encounter objects in child abuse footage of which they have no idea what it is or where they are. Following Europol’s call for help, Bellingcat started a crowdsourcing…

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August 23, 2017

By Chris Biggers

Shigatse During the Doka La Standoff

A couple weeks back, we jumped over the border and looked at India’s Hasimara. This week we go back and touch on China’s Shigatse, a civil-military airfield less than 100 miles west of Lhasa. Commercial imagery acquired during July and August has shown up to eight PLAAF J-10 multi-role fighters parked on the apron. They…

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August 19, 2017

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

A Spark in the Dark – Scottish Limited Partnerships and the UK Government’s Faltering Transparency Initiative

The government recently announced new legislation to reveal the beneficial owners of Scottish Limited Partnerships.  But this has done little to shed light on the people controlling them. In June 2017, Bellingcat and Transparency International published a joint-report into Scottish Limited Partnerships (“SLPs”) and their increasing rise in popularity, their use in large scale money…

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August 14, 2017

By Christiaan Triebert

Ghana’s Atewa Forest: Monitoring Mining Which May Threaten Water Sources

Executive Summary Ghana has agreed with China to develop its bauxite industry, but concerns have been raised that mining activities in the Atewa Forest Reserve may threaten the country’s water supply. What can open source information tell us about the forest and the mining activities? While no bauxite mining is taking place to date, satellite imagery…

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