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How the Ottomans Ruined the 20th Century

World War I was only a global conflict when the Ottoman Empire joined the fray. Those consequences—from genocide to new borders—are still felt …

World History

Here's how Imperial Russia reacted to Abraham Lincoln's assassination

Struggling to hold onto life, Lincoln would ultimately die from a head wound at 7:22 am on April 15.<p>Within a day of Lincoln's death, condolences began to pour in from the major world leaders of the time. The Office of the Historian of the Department of State has digitalized and kept on record the …

United States

NASA Whistleblower: Alien Moon Cities Exist, page 10

It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.<p>Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.<p>Thank you.<p>Some features of ATS will …

A changed Iran? Obama aides divided

Some in the White House doubt a nuclear deal would alter the regime’s attitude toward the U.S.<p>Both President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have suggested that a nuclear deal with Iran could be a step toward thawed relations between Washington and Tehran. But experts and even some …

South Asia

Iran nuclear deal outlined, but discord emerges over details

A preliminary agreement that would curtail<p>Iran's nuclear programraised hope around the world that the nation could be prevented from developing nuclear weapons. But just 24 hours after the deal was struck, there appeared to be sharp disagreement over the details in the package.<p>The<p>U.S. State …

South Asia

Short film “Sundays” goes viral, sparks Hollywood’s hottest bidding war: The age of the tiny movie with big ambitions is here

<b>Brian Petsos in "Sundays" (Vimeo/PostPanic)</b><p>Don’t sleep on these shorts — the latest mini-film could turn into tomorrow’s blockbuster or hot new show UPDATED<p>Gary M. Kramer<p>April 3, 2015 11:00pm (UTC)<p><i>This story has been updated.</i><p>The most recent high-stakes Hollywood bidding war was over a short film? …

Tribeca Film Festival

How To Save The World From The Obama/Iran Nuclear Deal

<b>PRESIDENT OBAMA</b> wants <b></b>to sidestep congressional approval of his horrific deal with Iran over its nuclear program. He knows it is so flawed that it would never clear our national legislature. He’s resigned himself to Iran’s becoming a nuclear power, and in his misguided mind-set it’s apparently a …

Middle East

How To Make A Secret Phone Call

To show how hard phone privacy can be, one artist examined the CIA, consulted hackers, and went far off the map (with a stop at Rite Aid).<p>There’s a lot you can find in the depths of the dark web, but in 2013, photographer and artist Curtis Wallen managed to buy the ingredients of a new identity. …

A Russian 'Doctor of Military Sciences' says Moscow should just nuke Yellowstone if tensions boil over

Earlier this week, the Russian president of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems outlined two geophysically weak US regions to attack in order to combat NATO's aggression toward Russia.<p>In his article, Konstantin Sivkov justifies the option of "complete destruction of the enemy" because NATO has …

Neil deGrasse Tyson defends Scientology: “They don’t distract me”

“If you’ve been around 1,000 years you’re a religion, and if you’ve been around 100 years, you’re a cult”<p>In an interview published on The Daily Beast on Tuesday, super nerd and world savior Neil deGrasse Tyson defended the right of Scientologists to believe in Xenu the galactic overlord, while …

The 5 worst Congresses in American history

The current Congress is approaching a single-digit approval rating. Believe it or not, there have been worse<p>America is caught in the throes of the 114th Congress. May the world take pity on us. They are so gridlocked they can’t even agree that sex trafficking is a bad thing. It is certain, even …

Emily St. John Mandel's 'Station Eleven' wins the Tournament of Books

It's been a good few months for Emily St. John Mandel. Her novel "Station Eleven" was a finalist for the National Book Award, and landed on the PEN/Faulkner shortlist and the longlist of the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. Even George R.R. Martin is a fan. And now: Here comes the Rooster.<p>Mandel …

Books

Germanwings crash: Lubitz told Lufthansa of depression

The Alps crash co-pilot told officials at Lufthansa's flight training school that he had suffered from severe depression, the airline says<p>Lufthansa has admitted for the first time that it knew <b>Andreas Lubitz,</b> the German co-pilot who deliberately crashed a passenger jet in the Alps, suffered from …

These are the Star Wars characters you deserve

The Star Wars universe is an amazing source of inspiration for all sorts of tricks and stunts, whether they’re force shields patents or Imperial …

Is Pope Francis Planning a Last Hurrah?

The pontiff believes his days are numbered, and some observers believe his declaration of a holy jubilee year next year is meant to send a …

Here's how much Steve Jobs used to obsess over presentations

The hype for every new gadget begins at one of Apple's famed launch events. Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs used to charismatically lead these keynotes, captivating audiences with his easy charm and flair for drama.<p>But Apple's blockbuster presentations were no happy accident. Jobs used to obsess over …

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’s’ Secret Vision: Meet the Mysterious New Avenger

What the comics tell us about the Vision’s crucial role in Marvel’s upcoming superhero blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron.<p>The trailers have been …

Marvel Universe

Former NASA expert claims he saw nine-foot alien on space shuttle during mission

A UFO conspiracy theorist who claims to be a NASA veteran has insisted he saw a nine-foot alien astronaut on the space shuttle.<p>Clark McClelland, who …

America is still fighting the Cold War: Why its military “strategy” is hopeless

Current levels of Pentagon spending simply aren’t sustainable. The time is now to abandon our global war on terror<p>President Obama and Senator John McCain, who have clashed on almost every conceivable issue, do agree on one thing: the Pentagon needs more money. Obama wants to raise the Pentagon’s …

German Privacy Laws Let Pilot ‘Hide’ His Illness From Employers

Alberto Estevez—EPA<p>Christophe Ena—AP<p>Guillaume Horcajuelo—EPA<p>Alberto Estevez—EPA<p>Peter Macdiarmid—Getty Images<p>Patrick Aventurier—Getty Images<p>Boris …

Special ops troops using flawed intel software

WASHINGTON (AP) — Special operations troops heading to war zones are asking for commercial intelligence analysis software they say will help their …

Military

Miles Morales, Ms. Marvel and Thor join Marvel's All-New Avengers team

Marvel's Secret Wars event doesn't kick off until Free Comic Book Day (that's May 2, so mark your calendars), but all week it has been teasing the lineup of the brand new team of Avengers that will be forged from the ashes of Battleworld, and now we've got the lineup.<p>Writer Mark Waid, artist Mahmud …

Motorola found guilty of infringing on a patent from infamous troll

There was good news and bad news for Motorola in its second round in court with the patent holding firm Intellectual Ventures. A Delaware jury cleared Motorola of infringing on one of IV's wireless patents, but it also said that the cellphone maker infringed on another patent focused on multimedia …

The 7 naughtiest stories from the blockbuster Justice Department 'sex party' report

These allegations include "sex parties" funded by drug cartels, outlandish and fetishistic sex while on the job, extreme acts of sexual harassment against female subordinates, and much more.<p>The accusations are the result of an inspector general's investigation into the sexual harassment and …

I Am Sterling Archer, and I Am Here to Improve Your Spring-Travel Plans

The urbane spy answers 20 timely questions about your next vacation.<p><i>As FX's</i> Archer <i>nears the end of its sixth season (the penultimate episode airs tonight) and spring-travel season begins, we brought some pressing questions about vacations, airlines, and outfits to the World's Greatest Spy himself,</i> …

Myrtle Beach

10 best modern-era Doctor Who episodes

Doctor Who is back. We remember the 10 best episodes since 2005<p>10. The Day of the Doctor (2013)<p><b>Starring</b> Matt Smith, David Tennant, John Hurt, Jenna Coleman, Billie Piper, Jemma Redgrave, Ingrid Oliver, Joanna Page, Tom Baker, Nicholas Briggs<p>The 50th anniversary of <b>Doctor Who</b> was met with huge …

Superhighway: Russian official proposes road that could connect London to NYC

Road trip!<p>One of Russia's most powerful tycoons and a close pal of President Vladimir Putin has proposed a long and winding road that theoretically could connect Great Britain to Alaska, via Mother Russia. And while a nearly 13,000-mile highway sounds like a stretch – a really long stretch – the …

‘Game of Thrones’ Creators Explain Why Queen Elizabeth Refused the Iron Throne

Last year, the Queen of England visited the Belfast set of Game of Thrones but passed on the chance to sit in the Iron Throne. Now, the creators of …

TV Series

'TIE Fighter' Anime Short Hits All The Right Buttons

A new anime styled Star Wars short takes the side of the Empire and finally shows off what TIE Fighters can do in the right hands.<p>Taking lone animator Paul Johnson four years to create, the entire short is a definite love letter to 80’s style anime. From fantastically layered shading to full on …

Anime