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Pink Floyd tribute band pulls out of Israel shows

Al Jazeera

A British Pink Floyd cover band has scrapped three of its concerts in Israel after Roger Waters, cofounder of the legendary rock band, called for their cancellation. The UK Pink Floyd Experience was scheduled to perform in the Israeli cities of Tel Aviv, Haifa and Beersheba in early January. Waters, a British singer and songwriter who performed with Pink Floyd from 1965 until 1985, routinely calls for boycotts of Israel during his own performances. Taking to Facebook on Friday, Waters said he was "aghast" the cover band were planning to perform in Israel and posted a picture of the tribute act alongside an image of a wounded child. "To sing my songs in front of segregated audiences in Israel, and contribute to the cultural whitewashing of the racist and apartheid government of that country, would be an act of unconscionable malice and disrespect," Waters said.

Netanyahu displays document trove he claims proves Iran lied about its nuclear arms program

The Japan Times

JERUSALEM – Israel's prime minister on Monday unveiled what he said was a "half ton" of Iranian nuclear documents collected by Israeli intelligence, claiming the trove of information proved that Iranian leaders covered up a nuclear weapons program before signing a deal with the international community in 2015. In a speech delivered in English and relying on his trademark use of visual aids, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed that the material showed that Iran cannot be trusted, and encouraged President Donald Trump to withdraw from the deal next month. "Iran lied big time," Netanyahu declared. Netanyahu's presentation, delivered on live TV from Israeli military headquarters in Tel Aviv, was his latest attempt to sway international opinion on the nuclear deal. The agreement offered Iran relief from crippling sanctions in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program.

Artificial Intelligence: Apply for positions at Google's research centre to be launched in Accra JBKlutse


In a recent blog post and tweet, Google announced that it'd be launching a new Artificial Intelligence research centre to be opened later this year in Accra, Ghana. We're continuing to expand our @GoogleAI teams around the world. We'll be opening our first research center in Africa in #Ghana later this year! If you're a machine learning researcher interested in working in Accra, Ghana, apply: With this, Accra will be the first African city to join the likes of New York, Montreal, Tokyo, San Francisco, Paris, Beijing, Zurich, Toronto, Seattle, Cambridge/Boston, and Tel Aviv/Haifa, in hosting Google AI centres.

Trump, Bound


Our political institutions were shaped from their inception by the fear that self-government could degenerate into the tyranny of the majority--or allow a leader to gain absolute power. As a result, we now have considerable political resources to oppose Donald Trump: The system of checks and balances, outlined in high-school social studies classes in a tone of vacuous admiration, was put in place for this very moment. But the Founding Fathers recognized that a carefully drafted Constitution could never defend itself; at best, it could empower its defenders. In any moment of peril, the survival of the republic would be up to the American people. Are we meeting this test? There are some bad signs. Although unpopular, Donald Trump retains the backing of a vast swath of the population. We are as far from a national consensus about the danger he represents as we were a few months ago. But there are also some good signs. For one, Americans of all walks of life, both inside and outside the government, have been doing precisely what the Founding Fathers would have hoped for: protesting the would-be authoritarian in the White House and guarding the independence of their institutions. For another, there are plenty of powerful actors stymieing Trump's agenda for reasons of their own. The president's effort to bring back coal is getting an unenthusiastic welcome from utilities, which can make more money with cleaner energy sources. And his health care reform proposal died at the hands of the House Freedom Caucus members who found it insufficiently radical. To mark the 100th day of Trump's presidency, we've assembled in mostly alphabetical order some of the people and institutions--progressive and conservative, American and foreign, principled and self-interested--who are teaching Donald Trump that the president of the United States doesn't always get his way. Is Abdullah II the Trump whisperer? In January, the king visited Washington where, according to BuzzFeed News, he told lawmakers on Capitol Hill that Israeli intelligence officials were worried about the destabilizing impact of Trump following through on his campaign promise to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He reportedly told the president the same thing at a meeting on the sidelines of the National Prayer Breakfast. This may not be the sole reason why the embassy was not moved, but it's also worth noting that it was just after a meeting at the White House with Abdullah--who had been the first Arab leader to call on Bashar al-Assad to step down--that Trump abruptly changed his tune on the Syrian leader, condemning his "heinous actions." The king--whose regime is becoming increasingly autocratic--appears to have some influence with Trump.

SecBI network security firm raises 5m to tap US, European market


SecBI has raised 5 million in a Series A funding intended to fund the firm's debut into the US and European cybersecurity markets. On Tuesday, the Beer Sheva, Israel-based firm said the 5 million funding round has now closed. Investors include Orange Digital Ventures, Connecticut Innovations, Amichai Shulman and existing investor Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP). SecBI says the proceeds of the investment round will be used to launch SecBI's debut product, a software solution which automates threat detection and incident investigation. SecBI harnesses machine learning technology to monitor and analyze network log data, identify interesting patterns and hidden threats, and the compile a "comprehensive incident storyline" which will help IT professionals mitigate cyberattacks quickly.