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Skimm This: Foreign Fighters, Google, and ‘Game of Thrones’

May 20, 2019

It’s May 20th. Today, we Skimm’d This:

  • This week, John Walker Lindh will be released from prison. He was convicted of helping the Taliban ahead of the 9/11 attacks. We’ll explain why so many countries are grappling with how to deal with foreign fighters.

  • Google says it’s cutting ties with Huawei after President Trump effectively blacklisted the Chinese tech company. This is all part of the ongoing trade war between the Trump admin and China. We’ll break it down for you.

  • The Smithsonian launched a $25 million fundraising campaign to get a permanent space for the Asian Pacific American Center in DC. We’ll tell you what this new center is all about.

  • And finally: If you thought the “Game of Thrones” drama is over … think again.

PS: GV (formerly Google Ventures) is a minority investor in theSkimm

theSkimm : John Walker Lindh, a US citizen convicted of helping the Taliban, will be released from federal prison this week. And some lawmakers in Congress says they’re worried Lindh could return to his extremist beliefs. We’ll explain how the US and other countries are grappling with what to do with “foreign fighters” - and whether to bring them back home. Meanwhile, Google is breaking up with Chinese tech giant Huawei, complying with the Trump admin’s blacklist. We’ll tell you what this updated relationship status really means. Also on today’s episode: the Smithsonian has its eyes on a new Asian Pacific American Center in DC and “Game of Thrones” has people talking … hydration.

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