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Scaramucci’s expletive-ridden tirade reveals deep fissures in the White House. Russia sanctions bill causes diplomatic rift, but Trump administration doesn’t confirm whether the president will sign the bill. Boy Scouts issue apology over controversial remarks by Trump at Jamboree. In Myanmar, journalists charged under colonial-era laws on “unlawful association” remain defiant, and in Turkey, journalists targeted in large-scale purges face trial described as “Kafkaesque.” -Anoosh Gasparian, External Relations Coordinator.
Anthony Scaramucci’s Uncensored Rant: Foul Words and Threats to Have Priebus Fired
In a vulgarity-laced telephone call with a New Yorker writer, Mr. Scaramucci railed against Mr. Priebus and Stephen K. Bannon, both of whom opposed his hiring last week. He even vowed to get the chief of staff fired. “Reince Priebus — if you want to leak something — he’ll be asked to resign very shortly,” Mr. Scaramucci said.
NEW YORK TIMES
Russia demands U.S. reduce diplomatic staff in new round of conflict over election hacking
The announcement came the morning after U.S. Senate voted 98 to 2 in support of a new sanctions bill against Russia that would also limit Trump’s ability to lift existing anti-Russian sanctions. The Trump administration has given mixed signals about whether the president will sign the bill, which also targets Iran and North Korea.
Boy Scouts Apologize Over President Trump’s Remarks at Jamboree
Mr. Trump’s remarks prompted an immediate and scathing backlash against the Boy Scouts, which are suffering from a steep decline in membership and cultural relevance after a yearslong period in which it drew national headlines mainly for its hostility to the prospect of openly gay or transgender members.
NEW YORK TIMES
Why all parents should care about arts education
The NEA gives all Americans the opportunity to engage in the arts, supporting arts education programs in every Congressional district on less than $150 million. Unfortunately, these are under threat because President Trump’s current budget proposal recommends eliminating the NEA altogether.
Detained Myanmar journalists defiant at ‘unlawful association’ trial
“Teachers will teach. Doctors will cure. We journalists will do our work,” said Pyae Phone Aung, one of the journalists detained. “Thus we don’t have to plead for pardon.” The case has raised concerns that the military is muzzling reporting on its conflicts with myriad armed groups across the country.
Jailed Journalists’ ‘Kafkaesque’ Trial Is Symbol of Turkey Purge
It’s a basic rule for journalists—don’t become the story. But in Turkey, not only have reporters, editors and writers become the story, they have turned into a symbol of resistance. 17 journalists and staff from one of Turkey’s oldest newspapers are on trial for charges related to the failed coup attempt in July 2016.
Iranian Officials Trade Barbs In Dispute Over Internet Censorship
Hard-line conservatives have long pushed for more restrictions on the Telegram app, which, according to its CEO Pavel Durov, has 40 million active users among Iran’s 80-million population. President Hassan Rohani, a relative moderate who has promised Iranians less censorship, appears to be resisting the pressure.
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The Opposition Disappears in Bangladesh
More than 320 people have been unlawfully detained or have disappeared since Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League took office eight years ago, according to Odhikar, a Dhaka-based human rights group. Plucked from their homes or off the streets, the victims increasingly include members of the political opposition.
NEW YORK TIMES
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