It’s July 18th. Today, we Skimm’d This:
Turkey bought a missile defense system from Russia. Now the US is saying: you can’t have our fancy F-35 fighter jets. We’ll explain why the US cares about what Turkey’s buying, and why the rest of the world is watching, too.
The US has Russia on the mind for another reason: FaceApp. You’ve seen the photos: it’s your face, but older. Some US lawmakers are concerned that the Russian government could access your pics if you use the app. We’ll break it down for you.
At least 33 people have died and dozens more are injured after someone set fire to an animation studio in Japan today. A GoFundMe page to help the victims raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in the hours since the tragedy.
And finally: why you may be seeing invitations to Area 51 in your social. And why the US government is trying to stop the party.
theSkimm: Turkey just ordered a new missile defense system from Russia. And now the US is telling Turkey: no F-35 fighter jets for you. Basically, the US is worried selling Turkey the F-35s means giving Russia access to top secret tech. We’ll tell you why that’s a concern for the US, and how it affects the relationship with Turkey, a key NATO ally. Meanwhile, another Russian invention is causing people’s hair to go gray: it’s called FaceApp. Some US lawmakers are warning that your uploaded selfies may end up in the Russian government’s inbox. We’ll explain why. Also on today’s episode: tragedy strikes a famous animation studio in Japan, and why the US government is going there...out there.