Evan Ostfeld, P.A. - August 2021

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Earlier this year, Russia announced it would abandon its missions to the International Space Station and simply create their own; China plans to do the same. With private American interests gaining traction in orbit, things are getting awfully crowded up there. ARE WE HEADED FOR THE FIRST WAR IN SPACE? ‘SPACE LAW’

All of which begs the question: Will the 21st century see “Star Wars”?

TOMATO AND WATERMELON SALAD (YES, REALLY!)

We have to delve into “space law” (yes, it’s really called that) to understand this question. It started in the 1940s and ‘50s, when the USSR launch of Sputnik signaled a new ground for scientific competition during the Cold War, as well as fears of more direct, armed conflict. The landmark “Outer Space Treaty’’ of 1967 was the response, and nations continued to deal with space concerns until the end of the century. The general principles were those of cooperation and goodwill, (like in Star Trek’s United Federation of Planets, commonly referred to simply as the Federation) and that made sense in the 20th century, when it was unlikely any power would be able to seriously colonize stations in orbit or the moon itself, never mind other planets. But in the past 20 years, many countries have been unwilling to seriously commit to more specific agreements. When you see the rapidly increasing presence many countries are seeking around our planet and in our solar system, you start to understand why. Nobody wants to hamstring their interests when space technology and exploration are expanding so quickly. Even though this may be a new arena, the problem is an old one. International Law — of which “space law” is a subset — is not typically enforceable and never has been. Private ventures, like those of Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, may face crackdown by their governments or the international community. But nations themselves will take what they want, when they want it — and that may lead to space conflicts in the Final Frontier!

Inspired by BonAppetit.com

Bon Appétit magazine calls tomato and watermelon “soul mates,” and they’re right! This surprising gourmet salad will be a hit at your next barbecue.

Ingredients

• 4 cups seedless watermelon, rind removed and cut into 1/2-inch cubes • 2 heirloom tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch cubes • 8 oz feta cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes • sea salt, to taste

• 1 tsp peppercorns, coarsely crushed • 1 tsp coriander seeds, coarsely crushed • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds • 1/2 tsp turmeric • 1/4 cup coconut oil

Directions

2. Combine the watermelon,

1. In a small saucepan, sauté spices and herbs in the coconut oil for 3 minutes

tomatoes, and feta on a large platter or in a bowl. Drizzle with cooled turmeric oil. Now, simply sprinkle with sea salt and enjoy!

over medium heat to create turmeric oil. Take the pan off of the heat, then let it cool.

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