28 June 2018
The United States Congress has passed a sweeping benefit reform bill that includes a provision to ban cockfighting in Pacific territories.
The practice of setting two roosters against each other in death matches is already banned in all 50 states, but Guam refuses to enact any such measures.
On the US-controlled island, cockfighting is closely tied to religious events and mainly held at village fiestas, with Guam law giving blanket approval for events on church holidays.
The ban is contained in a bill that requires low-income people to work 20-hours a week or enrol in education before they can apply for the federal food stamp programme.
In a statement, Guam's congresswoman Madelleine Bordallo says House Republicans have chosen to force a cockfighting ban on Guam against its will.
She says because US territories are not allowed to vote in Congress, the move is paternalistic and deeply unfair.
However, the bill is unlikely to pass in the Senate, where it needs 60 votes, with Democrats and some Republicans saying they will vote against it.
26 June 2018
The plans by the French government for a more efficient administration also call for limits to the number of terms mayors can serve.
A French Polynesian member of the French Senate representing the ruling Tapura Huiraatira party Lana Tetuanui says the plan amounts to a muzzling of democracy.
She said however she was pleased that the territory's representatives were unanimous in their opposition.
A pro-independence opposition politician Antony Geros said France should not interfere in local politics, referring to the repeated reelection of Oscar Temaru as the mayor of Faaa.
As such a reform would supersede French Polynesian rules for the top job, Edouard Fritch could become eligible to run for the presidency again in 2023.
He had earlier said the current term was his last one.