Al-Hashemi’s killing is a warning of a further security upheaval in Iraq (Al Arabiya)

The killing of analyst Hisham al-Hashemi in Baghdad yesterday is a great loss for Iraq. Al-Hashemi, one of Iraq’s last independent thinkers received threats prior to his death from pro-Iran Kata’ib Hezbollah.

By Mona Alami

Coronavirus, supply chains, sanctions: A new beginning or the beginning of the end? (Al Arabiya)

The novel coronavirus is ravaging economies across the globe. An initial supply shock was followed by a mitigation-driven demand shock as stringent lockdown and social distancing measures were implemented to contain the health crisis. More specifically, COVID-19 is forcing states and multinational corporations to re-evaluate the intrinsic value of global supply chains.

By Sultan Althari

The Lebanese-Syrian borders and Hezbollah’s priorities (Al Arabiya)

Hezbollah’s control of the Syrian-Lebanese border is attracting renewed controversy in Lebanon, where cross-border smuggling has recently intensified, and abroad, with the international community discussing Lebanon’s failure to establish sovereignty over its territory in line with UNSCR 1559.

By Hanin Ghaddar

We banned Hezbollah activities in Germany. Now it’s the EU’s turn (Al Arabiya)

The risk of being injured, or even killed, by an anti-Semitic or extremist attack in Germany has grown over the last few years. For the German government, it is important to take a clear and decisive stance against such developments.

By Christoph Bernstiel

New technologies could threaten Amazon’s empire (Al Arabiya)

It would appear at first glance that the COVID-19 pandemic’s biggest winner in 2020 is the online shopping behemoth Amazon. As lockdowns spread across the globe, devastating the legacy brick and mortar retail industry, Amazon sales jumped 27 percent year-on-year. With Neiman Marcus, J Crew and other major retail brands declaring bankruptcy, the Amazon online retail steamroller seems unstoppable.

By Nabil Al-Khowaiter

The coronavirus pandemic reopens the debate about the ethics of experimentation (Al Arabiya)

The shutdown of nonessential businesses could cost the US economy nearly $6 trillion per year of shutdown, according to new analysis. Consequently, health and business sector innovation that allows a return to normality will yield potentially massive returns. This forces us to reconsider the legal and ethical barriers that society places on innovation.

By Omar Al-Ubaydli

It is time to stop FGM (Al Arabiya)

A few weeks ago, my wife mentioned that our door attendant’s 10-year-old daughter, Malak, is scared because her parents had decided to “cut her.” As a professional who works for an organization that opposes all forms of gender based violence including female genital mutilation (FGM), Malak’s story disturbed me and prompted me to speak to her parents, Jumaa and Fatma.

Dr. Luay Shabaneh is the Regional Director for Arab States in UNFPA, the UN agency for sexual and reproductive health

Measuring where the responsibility lies for the climate crisis (Al Arabiya)

A burning question at the heart of the climate crisis is: “Where does the responsibility lie?”

Omar Al-Ubaydli (@omareconomics) is a researcher at Derasat, Bahrain

The arriviste Democrats undermining the values of America’s traditional statecraft (Al Arabiya)

Barely a week after a US Reaper Drone eliminated Iranian Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani and his top Iraqi lieutenant Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes in Baghdad on January 3, US President Donald Trump retweeted an image depicting Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer in Iranian-style headdresses in front of an Iranian flag. The tweet read, “The corrupted Dems trying their best to come to the Ayatollah’s rescue.”

Mamdouh AlMuhaini is the General Manager of Al Arabiya and Al Hadath