Arab News to publish column by CNN’s John Defterios

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Updated 07 March 2017
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Arab News to publish column by CNN’s John Defterios

JEDDAH: Arab News, the Middle East’s leading English-language daily, is to start publishing insightful columns by CNN anchor John Defterios and previewing exclusive reports and interviews from CNN’s “Marketplace Middle East” show.
The announcement comes as part of a drive to bolster Arab News’ business content, at a time of great momentum in Arabian Gulf economies.
Defterios, CNNMoney emerging markets editor and anchor, is the host of “Marketplace Middle East.” The show, on CNN International, covers the economic trends and business developments impacting the region, and features interviews with numerous prominent individuals from the business community.
He welcomed the move for his column to be published in Arab News.
“I’m delighted to be published with Arab News, and that I will be contributing to the newspaper’s business pages,” said Defterios.
“Given the daily’s pan-Arab coverage, and base in Saudi Arabia, it is in a unique position to cover both the Gulf’s pressing economic challenges, and the wealth of opportunities in this part of the world.”
Becky Anderson, managing editor at CNN Abu Dhabi and anchor, added: “CNN is proud to produce ‘Marketplace Middle East’ and ‘Inside the Middle East,’ which are both important programs made for and about the region. We look forward to our journalism — from big-hitting interviews to analysis of regional trends — featuring in Arab News along with John’s regular column. This is another example of CNN’s journalism continuing to resonate across the Middle East.”Faisal J. Abbas, the newspaper’s editor-in-chief, said that the contribution will be a valuable addition to the pages of Arab News — both in print and online.“Arab News is pleased to carry John’s column, which will bring new regional business insight, perspective and analysis to our readers,” said Abbas.
“As regional markets and businesses come under ever-closer scrutiny, such coverage becomes all the more important both in the Middle East and internationally.”
The cooperation starts this month, with the articles published in the newspaper and online at http://www.arabnews.com.Established in 1975, Arab News is the leading Middle East English language daily. The newspaper has been embarking on a more global and digital path in recent months. It has added high-caliber writers such as Yasar Yakis, former foreign minister of Turkey, and Frank Kane, the award-winning business journalist based in Dubai.


Twitter publishes tweet trove from ‘clumsy’ Iran regime campaigns

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Twitter publishes tweet trove from ‘clumsy’ Iran regime campaigns

  • Twitter found 770 Twitter accounts that it traced back to Iran
  • Nearly 4,000 accounts affiliated with Russian troll farm

WASHINGTON: Twitter published a trove of some 10 million tweets that it said are potentially the product of state-backed operations by Russia and Iran, shedding new light on the scale and nature of misinformation campaigns mounted by the two nations.
Twitter said on Wednesday that it had identified 3,841 accounts affiliated with the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency, a Russian “troll farm” that has been indicted by US Special Counsel Robert Mueller for attempts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.
It found another 770 Twitter accounts that it traced back to Iran.
“We are making this data available with the goal of encouraging open research and investigation of these behaviors from researchers and academics around the world,” Twitter said in a statement on its “elections integrity” site.
In total, the exposed accounts shared more than 10 million tweets and 2 million images and videos, Twitter said, before being taken down.
Twitter had already made public the existence of tweets it believes to be the product of foreign misinformation campaigns, but the release of the tweets themselves on Wednesday will allow researchers to learn much more about Russia and Iran’s disinformation efforts on Twitter since 2016.
It comes less than one month before US Congressional elections which are already the subject of foreign-directed social media campaigns, according to senior US intelligence officials.
The release shows that both the Iranian and Russian operations started out as campaigns to support countries’ governments at home, but the Moscow-based effort expanded into an “offensive weapon” targeted at the United States, said Ben Nimmo, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, which has seen the tweets.
“The Iranian operation was clumsy. It tried to use social media to draw people toward pro-regime messaging sites,” said Nimmo, whose lab published a detailed analysis of the tweets on Wednesday.
“The Russian operation was much more skilled. It masqueraded as real Americans to turn real Americans against Hillary Clinton, and against each other,” Nimmo added, referring to Donald Trump’s presidential election challenger.