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For this discussion, I'm classifying Papua New Guinea as part of Southeast Asia rather than Oceania, along with the other East Indies countries of Brunei, East Timor, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, and Singapore.
I see the article has three co-authors: a producer and a correspondent both based in London and another reporter without description whom I presume to likely also be in the U.K. It does not say whether their editor is based in the U.K., but should have understood that the term "table", when referring to legislation, has a contradictory meaning in the U.K. than how it is understood by NBC News' primarily U.S. audience creating an unaddressed ambiguity.
Eleanor Klibanoff, The Texas Tribune: Texas Supreme Court allows child abuse investigations into families of transgender teens to continue
Michelle Pitcher, Texas Observer: Texas Supreme Court Throws Out Protections for Trans Youth
As a side note on Texas news sources, the Tribune, like Texas Monthly which so far is not reporting on this story, tries to be a non-ideological mainstream source of news. The Observer, on the other hand, has a decidedly progressive editorial bent. Unfortunately, most of the state's major daily newspapers are now behind paywalls to some degree.
We are deeply concerned about Russia’s continuing human rights abuses in the parts of Ukraine it already occupies and have every reason to believe those concerns will multiply following a new military offensive. I would like to bring to your attention disturbing information recently obtained by the United States that indicates that human rights violations and abuses in the aftermath of a further invasion are being planned. These acts, which in past Russian operations have included targeted killings, kidnappings/forced disappearances, unjust detentions, and the use of torture, would likely target those who oppose Russian actions, including Russian and Belarusian dissidents in exile in Ukraine, journalists and anti-corruption activists, and vulnerable populations such as religious and ethnic minorities and LGBTQI persons. Specifically, we have credible information that indicates Russian forces are creating lists of identified Ukrainians to be killed or sent to camps following a military occupation. We also have credible information that Russian forces will likely use lethal measures to disperse peaceful protests or otherwise counter peaceful exercises of perceived resistance from civilian populations.
As the United States explores every opportunity to push Russia toward de-escalation and diplomacy, Secretary of State Antony Blinken raised these concerns to the Security Council on February 17, 2022. In particular, he stated that the United States has information that indicates Russia will target specific groups of Ukrainians. At the Human Rights Council, the United States raised concerns about Russia’s plans during the debate on your Office’s periodic report on the situation in Ukraine on December 15, 2021.
Axios: "U.S. tells UN Russia plans Ukraine human rights abuses after invasion"
And to think of Putin accusing Zelensky and the Ukrainians of being the Nazis in this conflict.
Under the arcane Insular Acts of the early 20th Century, the Constitution does not follow the flag in U.S. territories. The Constitution only applies in those territories that Congress has incorporated as an integral part of the U.S. The only incorporated territory is Palmyra Atoll, with no permanent population, and only because incorporation cannot be revoked as Palmyra was separated from Hawaii, an incorporated territory, when Hawaii was given statehood. Hence, every territory other than Palmyra (and separately also D.C., in a separate Constitutional status apart from the territories) merely belongs to the U.S., but is not part of the U.S.
Uniquely among natively populated territories, American Samoa is not an organized territory meaning that Congress has not passed an "organic act" creating a system of self-governance for the territory. At some time in the past, Congress did authorize the State Department to consult with local officials to create a local constitution for American Samoa. The constitution thus created was approved by local voters and is de facto law. Congress, however, has never ratified nor rejected the territorial constitution, and, thus, American Samoa is considered unorganized on that technicality alone.
Many aspects of AS law do not conform to what is acceptable in the U.S. or the rest of it's territories. Its family clan-based local governance falls afoul of the Constitutional principal of one-man-one-vote required elsewhere, for instance, although it lines up with how the neighboring Republic of Samoa governs itself. AS also believes in communal land ownership rather than private property rights. A non-Samoan may not buy land in AS but may merely lease.
Marriage equality in the territory awaits either for some same-sex couple to seek a marriage license or to have an expatriate return having married elsewhere seeking legal recognition of his/her/their marriage. So far, neither has happened yet.