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ansible's Journal
ansible's Journal
August 16, 2021

Clarissa Ward reporting on the streets of Kabul right now

Jesus, this is just extremely dangerous at this point

August 16, 2021

Jen Psaki taking time off, can anyone confirm?

Only sources so far is Fox and Twitter, can anyone find a more reputable source?

August 15, 2021

Mexico marks 500th anniversary of Spanish conquest of Aztec empire, exposes wounds

Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés conquered the Aztecs 500 years ago this week when he, and his native allies, toppled their capital of Tenochtitlán, today in the heart of Mexico City. Now that anniversary is turning Mexican against Mexican in a heated debate that has ripped open ethnic, cultural and political wounds within the nation. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Friday asked the country’s indigenous Mexica people, the descendants of the Aztecs, to forgive the nation for the abuses they suffered during the 1521 conquest

But not everyone in Mexico sees it that way, including residents of the state of Tlaxcala. Their ancestors, also indigenous Mesoamericans, allied with the Spanish by the tens of thousands to topple the Aztecs, who committed their own abuses against neighboring tribes, in what Tlaxcalans see as a war of liberation.

“[Cortés] is not seen exactly as a villain [in Tlaxcala], unlike in other places, but as someone who played a complicated role in history,” documentary filmmaker Yassir Zárate Méndez told The Guardian.

“It wasn’t 600 to 800 Spaniards who conquered [Tenochtitlán]. It was thousands and thousands of Tlaxcalans, Huejotzingas or other peoples, who were under the Mexica yoke and wanted to liberate themselves,” archaeologist Eduardo Matos Moctezuma told Radio Formula. Tlaxcalans have often been treated as traitors within their own nation because of the role their ancestors played in toppling the Aztecs.

August 14, 2021

Texas First State to Make Paying for Sex a Felony

Signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott (R) in June, the state Senate passed HB1540 unanimously on May 20. The law, which will go into effect on Sept. 1, charges those who pay for sex with a felony in an attempt to shift the blame away from those engaged in prostitution, who are often victims of sex trafficking. “We know the demand is the driving force behind human trafficking,” Texas state Rep. Senfronia Thompson (D), who authored the bill, told Click2Houston. “If we can curb or stamp out the demand end of it, then we can save the lives of numerous persons.”

There are conflicting views by experts as to whether the law will lead to system reform that aids trafficked sex workers or if it will only further harm them. “This law is a rethinking of the traditional supply side in prosecutions that tended to target the women who were involved in these activities and not the buyers,” Sandra Guerra Thompson, director of the Criminal Justice Institute at the University of Houston Law School, told NBC News “It’s also coming from a growing awareness that oftentimes, those involved are from a vulnerable class.”

However, Kathleen Kim, a professor at Loyola Marymount University Law School who focuses on human trafficking, has an opposing view. “Putting individual 'johns' in jail will do absolutely nothing for victims of trafficking,” Kim said. "In fact, it harms them because evidence demonstrates that the more resources that go into law enforcement approach, the more that victims lose because resources that ought to be going towards things like victim benefits, social services support, and legal advocacy, is still unavailable and maybe even diminished because more resources are going toward a dominant criminal enforcement approach.”


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