The Iran Project
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The negotiations, which are expected to last until April 1, are centered on terrorism, governance, elections and drafting a new constitution. Over the past week, militant groups have launched a barrage of attacks on government positions around Damascus and Hama, prompting clashes with the Syrian army. In a similar call on Friday, the UN’s Syria envoy said Tehran, Moscow and Ankara need to hold a fresh round of talks between the parties to the Syria conflict in an effort to “retake the situation in hand” and strengthen the ceasefire in the country. Days after the outbreak of fighting close to Damascus and Hama, Syria sent two letters to the United Nations, saying such militant attacks are aimed at undermining the UN-sponsored Syria peace talks in Switzerland. In the letters, Syria also held Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey responsible for the renewed violence. The three countries are widely viewed as staunch supporters of the Takfiri militants operating to topple the Damascus government.
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The Milky Way's supermassive black hole, called Sagittarius A* (or Sgr A*), is arrowed in the image made of the innermost galactic center in X-ray light by NASA's Chandra Observatory . To the left or east of Sgr A* is Sgr A East, a large cloud that may be the remnant of a supernova. Centered on Sgr A* is a spiral shaped group of gas streamers that might be falling onto the hole. Credit: NASA/CXC/MIT/Frederick K. Baganoff et al. When your ordinary citizen learns there's a supermassive black hole with a mass of 4 million suns sucking on its teeth in the center of the Milky Way galaxy, they might kindly ask exactly how astronomers know this. A perfectly legitimate question. You can tell them that the laws of physics guarantee their existence or that people have been thinking about black holes since 1783. That year, English clergyman John Michell proposed the idea of dark stars so massive and gravitationally powerful they could imprison their own light.
The Event Chronicle
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Robin Wright of the United States Institute For Peace, a military industrial complex firm dedicated to strategic development, suggested a larger Alawitistan, stretching from the South, up through Damascus, Homs, Hama, Latakia and on to the northern coast of the Mediterranean. Druzistan (Jabal al-Druze as suggested by Wright) has also been dreamed up for the Southern tip of Syria (near Daraa). In the rural areas, discussions have centered around a Sunnistan that would span from rural central and eastern Syria across the border into central, western, and eastern Iraq. However, others have suggested that Sunnistan would be a function of Syria alone. Still other strategists have even suggested the appeasement of Wahhabist terrorists by the formation of a Wahhabistan in between Iraq and Syria (essentially the same territory as that occupied by ISIS today).
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With efforts at a unanimous consent motion failing due to opposition by Sen. Rand Paul (R KY), the Senate is scheduled to vote next week on the NATO membership of the tiny Adriatic nation of Montenegro, according to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R KY). A procedural vote to set the stage for a roll call vote will be held on Monday. It's not clear when the roll call will take place, but it will likely happen at some time later in the week. All indications are that the Senate will overwhelmingly approve the measure. All 28 NATO nations have to ratify Montenegro's accession before they are admitted into NATO. The United States is the last of the nations to ratify the move, although polls have shown Montenegro is also divided on the question of joining NATO. The Montenegrin ruling party, however, generally supports the move. Debate over Montenegro's accession in the US Senate, to the extent it has taken place at all, has centered around Sen.
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Though we didnt get to play as much of the game as wed like, we greatly enjoyed the soothing low-pressure approach to solving puzzles as well as the beautiful music and atmospheric environmental sound effects. Night in the Woods Think Life is Strange crossed with Oxenfree and Wind in the Willows and well, no, thats not really what Night in the Woods is, but itll give you a good idea of what it might be. Centered around a small town, to which college dropout (and anthropomorphized cat) Mae returns to rediscover old friends and settle back into her old life, Night in the Woods appears to capture a feeling of aimless drifting with a creepy, foreboding sense of something dark going on just behind the curtain. Its going to be absolutely brilliant . Pikuniku Some games are brilliant because of their mechanics, others are great because of their writing.
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A large hole at the base of the skull offers clues to the evolution of bipedalismwalking on two feet—in humans. Compared with those of other primates, the foramen magnum—where the spinal cord passes through—is shifted forward. While many scientists generally attribute this shift to the evolution of bipedalism and the need to balance the head directly atop the spine, others have been critical of the proposed link. A new study validates the connection and provides another tool for researchers to determine whether a fossil hominid walked upright on two feet like humans or on four limbs like modern great apes. Controversy has centered on the association between a forward-shifted foramen magnum and bipedalism since 1925, when Raymond Dart discussed it in his description of Taung child , a 2.8-million-year-old fossil skull of the extinct South African species Australopithecus africanus .
Mashable
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The female superhero movie that Sony hinted at way back in 2014 where does all that time go? turns out to be centered on Silver Sable and Black Cat, a pair of Marvel characters in the Spider-Man universe, Mashable has confirmed. And according to The Hollywood Reporter , which first reported the news Wednesday, the latest treatment (based on a previous draft written by Westworld co-creator Lisa Joy) is being written by Chris Yost , who recently wrapped Thor: Ragnarok . Translation: They're finally getting sorta serious about this project. SEE ALSO: Spider-Man spinoff 'Venom' coming in 2018, for real this time? Read more... More about Sony , Marvel , Spider Man Homecoming , Spider Man , and Black Cat
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evo staff 22 Mar 2017 The Geneva Motor Show is always an exciting event if you're interested in the latest and greatest performance cars, but this year has been particularly rich in new metal with lots of the industries biggest names offering new and returning nameplates for us to look forward to over the coming year. That's why this months evo magazine is giving readers access to the best of the Geneva show, centered on an in-depth look at the year's most sought after supercar, the McLaren 720S . We have exclusive images, a technical rundown and an interview with McLaren chassis engineer Chris Goodwin explaining exactly why the 720S could be a world-changing supercar. Image 2 of 5 Image 2 of 5 Click here to see the new McLaren 720S in action Honda is continuing its performance car surge so we take a closer look at the all-new Civic Type R . The 316bhp hatch has been completely redesigned from the ground up and offers an even more exciting combination of ingredients to take the fight to an increasingly talented set of hot hatch rivals.
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If you were a kid in the '90s, chances are your Saturday morning diet consisted of a nutritious blend of cartoon classics like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles , Batman: The Animated Series and if your parents were trying to sneak some fiber into your bowl Captain Planet and the Planeteers , centered around a socially-conscious, blue-skinned superhero and his band of ethnically diverse, eco-warrior teen sidekicks. The show boasted one of the catchiest theme tunes of the era (or at least the only one to squeeze in the word "asunder"); a celebrity voice cast that included Whoopi Goldberg, Meg Ryan and Jeff Goldblum; and a sense of optimism that now seems distant and unattainable. (Gonna take pollution down to zero ? Nice try, Cap!) Read more... More about Cartoon Network , Captain Planet , Entertainment , and Tv
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After Benjamin Hubert rebranded his studio to become LAYER a little over a year ago, the experience design studio has been anything but quiet. Rolling out projects like the GO wheelchair and the LABB watchband , the agency is already pushing boundaries in the realm of human centered design. Until now, what has remained quiet is the space where the magic happens. LAYER's new 3,500 sqft warehouse in Hackney, London resembles a gallery space more than anything. The white walls with colored deep-set display boxes show off projects to visitors and clients in an aesthetically pleasing way: The workspaces are minimal with a few different collaborative rooms for designers to work and share ideas, including a mildly intimidating conference room. Soft grey room dividers make the space able to accommodate various meeting types and sizes. The workspaces definitely won't look this clean forever—these images are good vision board inspiration for when your studio starts looking cluttered though, I guess.
TIME - Top Stories
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Muslim groups in Iowa are asking authorities to investigate a hate-filled message that was left at a Des Moines mosque . Local media outlets in Iowa have reported that the handwritten letter was dropped off at the Islamic Center of Des Moines. In it, Muslims were called vile and filthy and addressed as Children of Satan. The author also wrote that President Trump is going to do to you Muslims what Hitler did to the Jews, according to a report by Iowa's KCCI . The author remains anonymous; the letter is signed Americans for a Better Way. The Islamic Center's spokesman Esam Boraey told the news organization the Muslim community is circled and surrounded, and centered around the fear and our safety. In an interview with USA Today , a member of the mosque's board said the community is taking the note seriously.
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The AIPAC conference begins in Washington next Sunday, and resistance against the big Israel lobby group has already begun. Last Friday seven members of the generational Jewish group IfNotNow were arrested in an action at AIPAC's offices in Los Angeles, and yesterday a couple of hundred mostly-young Jews marched again to say that AIPAC does not represent them. A number of groups including IfNotNow will be trying to shut down AIPAC this coming weekend. We marched to bring attention to the growing crisis in the Jewish community over the occupation, said Jeremy Oziel, an organizer of yesterday's march in LA. We believe we’re the generation that is going to end the occupation, the ones that the community has been waiting for for a long time. Young Jews resisting AIPAC at LA march yesterday led by IfNotNow Penina Eilberg-Schwartz said the group's demands are centered on the Jewish community's need to resist AIPAC, Israeli government actions, and Donald Trump's racism.
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Still, some are disputing the Israeli claims that Hezbollah was ever the target to begin with. These sources have argued that the Syrian military and its operations around Palmyra, particularly those centered around removing terrorists from the oil and gas fields which aid ISIS in terms of funding. Interestingly enough, Arrow, one of Israel’s multi-layered missile defense systems, is designed to intercept long-range ballistic missiles that are located higher in the stratosphere, not mere anti-aircraft missiles. This fact has caused many to question the veracity of the Israeli claim regarding the interception of the Syrian missile. Israel has launched a series of attacks against the Syrian military and Hezbollah inside Syria since the crisis began in 2011. Indeed, Israel has even been provided material and medical support to terrorists since the crisis began in earnest.