Texas Standard for March 14, 2022

The awful images of war, and civilians caught and killed in the crossfire. As concerns about war crimes mount, what are the options? A Texas-based specialist in international law on the potential for war crimes trials over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. We’ll explore the question what is a war crime and how would allegations be prosecuted? And: What exactly is gender-affirming care? A Texas board certified pediatrician explains. Also: A celebration for the winningest coach in NBA history. Plus: A look at who’s who from Texas in the March Madness brackets. And a whole lot more today on the Texas Standard:

By Texas StandardMarch 14, 2022 9:30 am,

Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Monday, March 14, 2022.

War crimes explainer

The war in Ukraine now moves into its fourth week, and Russian Forces continue to push westward. As the number of civilians continues to rise, so are the calls to charge Russia, and namely Vladimir Putin with war crimes. But is that possible, and how does the international community address such concerns? We pose those questions to Zachary Kaufman, Associate Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of Houston Law Center where he specializes in international courts and tribunals

OPEC, Russia, the U.S. and oil

It’s been a chaotic couple of weeks for the energy market after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine sent prices into disarray. Last Tuesday, President Biden banned the import of Russian oil, liquefied natural gas, and coal — pushing oil and gas prices even higher. But after a stint of volatility for oil, prices have dipped somewhat as of Monday morning. American benchmark West Texas Intermediate Crude was down about 6%, trading at $103 per barrel. Matt Smith, lead oil analyst for the Americas at Keplr, breaks down what it means for Texas.

The Sounds of Texas: Kelcey Edwards on The Art of Making It

Director Kelcey Edwards speaks about her new film, ‘The Art of Making It,’ a documentary that follows young artists trying to make their way in the art world.

March Madness 

The brackets for the men’s and women’s NCAA basketball tournaments are set. Joseph Hoyt, sports reporter for the Dallas Morning News, talks about the snubs, surprises, and Texas teams in the tournament.

Gender-affirming care explainer

On Friday, a state judge temporarily blocked Gov. Greg Abbott’s directive for Child Protective Services to investigate the parents of trans kids who receive gender-affirming care. But what exactly does it mean to seek gender-affirming care? For a medical explanation we’re joined by Dr. Jane Wray, a pediatrician and endocrinologist with more than 40 years of experience.

SXSW Ones to Watch: Jake Lloyd

Profile of Jake Lloyd, a rap and soul artist from Austin who’s performing at this year’s South by Southwest festival.

Texas social issues and tech business

There hasn’t been any robust public pushback to Texas’ rightward shift on social issues, according to Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, principal writer for CNet. That’s a surprise to observers who thought that the influx of tech workers moving into the state would significantly change its political makeup.

Gregg Popovich: the GOAT of NBA coaches

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich became the NBA’s winningest head coach over the weekend. TPR’s Dan Katz explains why he’s the greatest of all time.

All this and Texas News Roundup, plus Social Media Editor Wells Dunbar with the talk of Texas.

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