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February 2020 News

Hackers Could Shut Down Satellites - or Turn Them Into Weapons

February 12, 2020

The Conversation - Last month, SpaceX became the operator of the world's largest active satellite constellation. As of the end of January, the company had 242 satellites orbiting the planet with plans to launch 42,000 over the next decade. This is part of its ambitious project to provide internet access across the globe. The race to put satellites in space is on, with Amazon, U.K.-based OneWeb and other companies chomping at the bit to place thousands of satellites in orbit in the coming months.

Fisheries Management: A Possible Venue for Navigating Fisheries Conflicts in the Indian Ocean

February 10, 2020 

New Security Beat - A significant increase in fisheries-related conflicts in the Indian Ocean since 2000 is heightening regional tensions. These conflicts have ranged from purely verbal and diplomatic disputes to armed attacks on fishing vessels by coast guards and navies. These disputes are most often low-intensity, but constitute true "wild card" scenarios in which competing powers' navies reach the brink of engagement due to the actions of third parties that they neither command nor control. 

Hong Kong Women Upend Gender Roles in Democracy Fight

February 6, 2020 

Bloomberg - During Hong Kong's Occupy protests in 2014, Aria listened to Lady Gaga, put on makeup and wore cute outfits, embracing the ubiquitous "Goddess of Democracy" moniker at a time when online polls asked whether the city's few female leaders were wife or girlfriend material.


January 2020 News

Melis Ibisevic Left the Chaos of Bosnia for a Career in Law and Order

January 28, 2020

Westword - Denver Deputy Sheriff Melis Ibisevic was busing tables at the Chili's on the 16th Street Mall for a Special Olympics charity event this summer when someone ran into the restaurant and said that a man had just jumped off a nearby roof.

The Women's March: Reigniting Resistance

January 21, 2020

DU News - Four years after the first Women's March drew the largest protest crowd in U.S. history, women are still turning to civil resistance to protect their rights. But the protest has drawn its fair share of criticism too, with many asking, "What's the point?" Marie Berry, a self-described scholar-activist studying movements around the globe, shares her take on the march's successes, its place among a broader push for women's rights and what it means from a global perspective.

The War Machine Is Run on Contracts

January 17, 2020

The Atlantic - Mike Jabbar never met his replacement. But when Nawres Hamid died in a rocket attack on a military base in Iraq after Christmas, Jabbar saw photos of the wreckage and recognized the American flag he himself had helped paint on the door of a room now mangled. That was his old room, on his old base. It could have been him.

Bridging the Data Gap: Exploring Pillar III and Victims' Access to Remedy

January 13, 2020

White Paper prepared for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights