World Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email About once a day, little satellites zip over northern Iran and snap a few pictures of the Imam Khomeini Space Center. The satellites, operated by a company in San Francisco called Planet, haven't recorded much — until recently. Loading... Don't see the graphic above? Click here. "We're seeing all kinds of activity," says Jeffrey Lewis, a scholar at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, who is analyzing the images as they come in. In recent days, he's noticed cars and trucks moving around the site. "We saw a large number of fuel trucks show up, suggesting that there is fuel being moved to the site," Lewis says. "We can also just see all kinds of activity at both launch pads." Middle East Squeezed By U.S. Sanctions, Iran Has Had An Especially Bad 2018 Iran has said publicly that its motives are peaceful. It soon intends to launch several satellites for communications and remote-sensing as part … [Read more...] about Iran Is Preparing A Launch. But Is It For A Space Rocket Or A Missile?
Jan 09, 1:37 AM EST Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury World By Vaishnavi Vaidyanathan 01/09/19 AT 1:05 AM Despite recent warnings from U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Iran is preparing to launch a remote sensing satellite into space, satellite images obtained by CNN on Tuesday showed.Researchers at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California, stated that the images, which were taken on Jan. 4, 6 and 7, 2019 by Planet Labs, an American private Earth imaging company, showed activity at Iran’s Aerospace company "Imam Khomeini Space Center." The recent activity was similar to steps that were taken before the launch of a previous satellite by Iran in 2017.Despite Pompeo's stance that the launch vehicle contains technology used in ballistic missiles, there is no evidence to prove that the launch is for military purpose. Images show that preparations for the launch of the satellite … [Read more...] about Iran Prepares Satellite Launch, Ignoring US Warnings, Says It’s For Peaceful Purposes
The South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo identified in a report Tuesday a flood of North Korean propaganda videos appearing on YouTube, over a year since the site censored the country’s official channels. The YouTube channel RedStar TV has reportedly uploaded over 1,600 videos to its 12,300 subscribers, including live broadcasts from the state propaganda channel Korean Central TV and ten-minute highlights of their coverage. The channel allegedly takes donations via a web service known as WebMoney, believed to have been developed in Russia, with payments available in Russian rubles, Euros, U.S. dollars, and Bitcoin.Chosun Ilbo identified other channels such as DPRK Today and DPRK Now entirely devoted to promoting North Korea as an utopia. The videos are popular; one video about late communist dictator Kim Il-sung amassed over ten million views at press time. According to Chosun Ilbo, the videos reportedly serve as a way for North Korean propaganda to … [Read more...] about Report: North Korea Flooding YouTube with Communist Propaganda Videos
The long and bleak year of 2018 is almost over. It was a year full of devastating storms and disasters, scandal after scandal from tech companies, and chaotic politics from around the world. If there was any bright point in the year, it was that 2018 also brought with it a bumper crop of fantastic science fiction, fantasy, and horror novels that served as an oasis to examine the world around us, or to escape for brighter pastures. The best books of this year told stories of interstellar colonization, of fantastic magical civilizations, optimistic alternate worlds, and devastating potential futures. They brought us fantastic characters who sought to find their places in the vivid and fantastic worlds they inhabited. Here are our favorite science fiction and fantasy reads of 2018. Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett Robert Jackson Bennett is one of those authors who attracts a huge amount of acclaim for his books, and after reading Foundryside, I can see why. It’s an epic, … [Read more...] about Our favorite science fiction and fantasy books of 2018
North Korea has spent the past six months “continuously upgrading” a key long-range missile facility despite public promises to reduce investments in military development, according to a report citing satellite image evidence published Wednesday. The report, published by CNN, reveals months of images of the Yeongjeo-dong missile base and a nearby unidentified site apparently under construction. American and South Korean authorities have long known of Yeongjeo-dong, though some suggest the lack of pause in its development is a sign that North Korea has no intention of ending its illegal nuclear program.Yeongjeo-dong is not a nuclear site, however, mainly a missile base. The missiles may have both conventional and nuclear use. Experts at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, who worked with CNN to analyze the images revealed Wednesday, concluded that North Korea has not only failed to shut down the known site, but that it … [Read more...] about Report: North Korea Speeds Up Construction at Long-Range Missile Site